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Study Design
Eastern Wisconsin

Eric Cooley

Co-Director

Office: Green Bay, WI
University of Wisconsin Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive – ES107
Green Bay, WI 54311
(608) 235-5259 (mobile)
etcooley@wisc.edu

Eric Cooley is Co-Director of UW Discovery Farms who coordinates water quality research efforts, collects and disseminates data and develops educational materials based on UW Discovery Farms’ research results. Eric received his B.S. in Soil and Water Conservation and M.S. in Soil Physics from UW-Madison. He specializes in surface water runoff and tile drainage. 


Manure Management
Nutrient Management
Budget Inquiries
Farmer-Led Watershed

Amber Radatz

Co-Director

Office: Pigeon Falls, WI
(608) 317-0001 (mobile)
(715) 983-5668 (office)
aradatz@wisc.edu

Amber Radatz is Co-Director of UW Discovery Farms with a technical background in manure management and nutrient loss, and an expertise in program development, grant writing and communications. Amber received her B.S. and M.S. in Soil Science from UW-Madison. As Co-Director, she coordinates project development and analysis as well as works closely with farmers and advisors on manure management, water quality and nitrogen use efficiency.


Administrative Inquiries

Judy Goplin

Program Assistant

Office: Pigeon Falls, WI
(715) 983-5668 (office)
judy.goplin@ces.uwex.edu

Judy Goplin is the UW Discovery Farms Program Assistant in the Pigeon Falls office. Judy manages financials, assists in event coordination, arranges travel for staff and keeps behind the scenes tasks taken care of. Judy began her career with UW-Extension in 1992 and joined UW Discovery Farms when it was founded in 2001. Judy keeps program efforts running smoothly. 


Jersey Valley Watershed

Kevan Klingberg

Outreach Specialist

Office: Pigeon Falls, WI
(715) 299-0238 (mobile)
(715) 983-2240 (office)
kevan.klingberg@ces.uwex.edu

Kevan Klingberg is an Outreach Specialist at UW Discovery Farms. Kevan works closely with farmers to collect samples and field management data for projects in Western Wisconsin. He received his B.S. in Agronomy and Soil Science from UW-Madison and his M.S. in Professional Agriculture from Iowa State University. Kevan enjoys working with farmers and his decades of agronomic experience supports program efforts.

 

Leachate
Stream and Lake

Aaron Wunderlin

Senior Research Specialist

Office: Green Bay, WI
University of Wisconsin Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive – ES107
Green Bay, WI 54311
(920) 839-5431 (mobile)
aaron.wunderlin@ces.uwex.edu

Aaron Wunderlin, Research Coordinator for UW Discovery Farms, collects, analyzes and presents water quality data for the Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Tile Monitoring Projects in Eastern Wisconsin. Aaron received his B.S. in Biology from UW-Platteville and M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay. His technical background ensures accurate data collection and organization.

 

Communications Requests
Farmer Network

 

 

Erica Olson

Farmer Network and Communications Coordinator

Office: Pigeon Falls, WI
(715) 299-2678 (mobile)
(715) 983-5668 (office)
erica.olson@ces.uwex.edu

Erica Olson is the communications and farmer network coordinator. Erica manages communications requests, plans events, maintains and promotes the online farmer network and develops outreach strategies. She received her B.S. in Agronomy and Certificate in Agricultural Business Management from UW-Madison. Erica enjoys seeing farmers’ passion for maintaining farm sustainability, productivity and profitability while caring for the landscape.

Nitrogen Use Efficiency

Abby Augarten

Nitrogen Use Efficiency Project Coordinator

Office: Madison, WI
(914) 844-2146 (mobile)
abigail.augarten@ces.uwex.edu

Abby Augarten, Nitrogen Use Efficiency Project Coordinator, records on-farm agronomic information, collects soil and plant samples, analyzes data and organizes project outreach. Abby received her B.S. in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University. Abby is passionate about supporting agriculturalists to promote the profitability and preserve the environmental integrity of farming systems.

Tile Drainage

Aaron Pape

Tile Drainage Education Coordinator

Office: Green Bay, WI
University of Wisconsin Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive – ES107
Green Bay, WI 54311
(262) 674-4021
aaron.pape@ces.uwex.edu

As the Tile Drainage Education Coordinator, Aaron Pape recruits farmer participants, collects agronomic data and presents tile information to farmer groups. Aaron received his B.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management from UW Stevens Point and his M.S. in Natural Resource Social Science from Purdue University. He enjoys interacting with landowners and helping them make decisions that meet their personal goals and enhance our lands and waters.

Matt Ruark

UW Discovery Farms Faculty Advisor

UW-Madison Department of Soil Science  
(608) 263-2889 
mdruark@wisc.edu

Dr. Matt Ruark is an Associate Professor in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Extension Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. His Nutrient Cycling and Agroecosystems Laboratory works to improve our knowledge of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycling in grain, dairy, and vegetable cropping systems. He serves as Faculty Advisor to the UW-Discovery Farms program. Matt received his BS and MS in Soil Science from the University of Minnisota and his PhD in Agronomy from Purdue University.  

 

USGS Partner


 

Todd Stuntebeck

Physical Scientist

Todd has been working with the Discovery Farms Program as part of his duties with USGS since 2003. Todd specializes in data collection and operating monitoring stations which allows the program access to high quality and reliable data.

 

Founders


 

Dennis Frame

Co-Founder

Dennis was the co-director of the UW Discovery Farms Program from 2001 to 2013. He now runs his own consulting firm, Timber Ridge Consulting, where he works with farmers and agri-business on evaluating agricultural environmental performance.


 

Fred Madison

Co-Founder

Fred became the co-director of the UW Discovery Farms Program in 2001. Fred's work focused on the impacts of animal waste and its management on surface and groundwater.