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CAFES Names Hass as Distinguished Agriculturalist

MAY 4, 2007--The UW-River Falls College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science announced the 2007 Distinguished Agriculturalist at their annual banquet held on April 26.

The college recognized retired Pierce County UW-Extension Resource Agent Ed Hass with this outstanding honor for his continued support and service within the agriculture industry.

Hass grew up on a farm in Eden, Wis. He went on to receive a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in natural resource management. Hass also possesses a M.S. in urban regional planning from UW-Madison. In 1976, he began working for UW-Extension in Pierce County where he recently retired in November.

Hass has served on several boards for different cooperatives including: Wisconsin Federal Cooperative, Statewide Cooperative Association, and the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association. He currently holds a position on the Pierce-Pepin Cooperative Services Board. This coop deals with providing electricity to farms. He has held this position for nine years.

Some of Hass's accomplishments include initiating a groundwater study that led to countywide testing and mapping of private wells, assisting with the organization and pilot version of the Clean Sweep disposal opportunity, and taking part in forming a solid waste management board as well as a recycling facility for the county.

Hass has also been active within UWRF. He has served on the UWRF College of Agriculture Advisory board for four years, including two as president. He interacts with over 15 faculty members on a regular basis, has served on the search and screen committee for the selection of deans in the College of Agriculture, served as an agriculture reviewer for the conservation major, and has frequently given presentations to classes discussing the structure and function of UW-Extension.

While Hass is proud of this honor, he remains modest. "I think it's a tremendous honor being recognized as the distinguished agriculturalist, but I don't think its appropriate to identify one individual," said Hass. "It should be shared by a number of university and community leaders, along with faculty administration and students."

He also gave some advice stating that everyone should recognize agriculture and the contribution it makes to Wisconsin and the Midwest.

Hass was nominated by John Berggren, a former Pierce County Board Member.

The Wisconsin Distinguished Agriculturalist Award is given on behalf of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and the college's student advisory council. Candidates nominated for this award have made significant contributions and demonstrated a "vision" for long-term growth and success in Wisconsin Agriculture. The Wisconsin Distinguished Agriculturalist Award was first presented in 1970.

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