Assembly Agriculture Hearing

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Feb 5, 1996

Assembly Ag Committee to Visit UW-RF

By LeAnne Olson Huntrods
UW-RF News Bureau

The Wisconsin State Assembly Committee on Agriculture will be at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for two days of hearings on higher education, rural development, and cooperatives Feb. 22-23.

A public hearing will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Hagestad Student Center Ballroom. The committee is providing this opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and employers to present testimony in regard to higher education in agriculture.

Dean Gary E. Rohde of the College of Agriculture said the visit will provide an important opportunity for the University and legislators to exchange information.

"The committee anticipates the students will provide their vision of agriculture in the Midwest, assess the adequacy of the education received at UW-RF, evaluate their employability as a result of internships, and comment on employment prospects," Rohde said.

He added that legislators also expect to hear about any other issues that concern students at the University.

Rohde noted that hosting the committee represents "a wonderful opportunity to showcase the College of Agriculture, our programs, and our students."

Immediately following the hearing, the committee will tour campus facilities. The tour will include the state-of-the-art greenhouse, food science pilot plants, and two laboratory farms that support undergraduate courses in agriculture, food, and environmental sciences.

Thursday evening the committee will visit the Rural Development Institute. Presentations will be made by Director Jim Stewart and extension specialists in the Agricultural Resource Center.

From 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, Feb. 23, the committee will continue the public hearing in the Rodli Commons Yellow Room. Testimony will focus on cooperatives and rural development. The Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives will coordinate testimony on business initiatives by cooperatives, "value added" agricultural enterprises, and rural economic development issues within the state.

For more information, contact Rohde at 715/425-3841.

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