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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

As co-director of the UW Discovery Farms Program, Eric Cooley coordinates and implements water quality research, collects and disseminates data, and develops educational materials based on Discovery Farms’ research. His work focuses on natural resource issues in eastern Wisconsin with an emphasis on surface water runoff and tile drainage. Eric spent his childhood working on farms and helping his veterinarian father with farm calls in northeastern Wisconsin, which fostered both his passion for agriculture and his understanding of the region’s water quality challenges. He received both his MS in Soil Physics and BS in Soil and Water Conservation from UW-Madison after completing his AS in Nuclear Engineering from Thomas Edison State College. Eric has served a 6-year enlistment in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear reactor operator and water chemist. Prior to joining Discovery Farms, he worked for the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department, specializing in nutrient management planning.


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 has a technical background in manure management and nutrient loss, and an expertise in program development, grant writing, and communications. Amber began her career with Discovery Farms in 2004 as a website and communications intern, and became a southwestern Wisconsin nutrient management outreach specialist in 2009 before moving into her current role as co-director. Her work focuses on assisting farmers with issues related to manure management, water quality and nitrogen use efficiency, especially in western Wisconsin. Amber received her BS and MS in Soil Science from UW-Madison. Having grown up in Trempealeau County, WI on her family’s dairy farm she is personally connected to and passionate about her work. When not speaking with farmers and reporting on monitoring results, she is with her husband and their two young sons enjoying friends, family, and delicious food.


Administrative Inquiries

Judy Goplin

Program Assistant

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

The UW Discovery Farms program would be lost without Judy. She focuses her work on the behind the scenes tasks, keeping the office and its affairs running smoothly. She assists in event planning, research coordination and numerous other Discovery Farms activities. Judy began her career with UW-Extension in 1992 and joined Discovery Farms when it was founded in 2001. She has lived in the Whitehall/Pigeon Falls area of west central Wisconsin all her life. The Goplins are former owners of a 700-cow dairy in the area and her sons, Jamie and Shane, still farm nearby. This farm background is what excites her about Discovery Farms, for she believes that it is important to understand what is really happening on farms.


Jersey Valley Watershed

Kevan Klingberg

Outreach Specialist

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

As an outreach specialist, Kevan Klingberg collects water quality samples, conducts farm walkovers, and supports research efforts in the Jersey Valley Watershed by working closely with farmers and writing reports on information gathered from that project. Kevan has several decades of experience working with farmers, first as a crop consultant in Eau Claire and later as an agronomist for the Chippewa County Land Conservation Department. Before joining Discovery Farms in 2001, Kevan taught agribusiness and farm business for the Wisconsin Technical College System.  Having grown up on his family’s farm near Orfordville, WI, Kevan has a strong understanding and personal connection to the issues that farmers face. Kevan received his BS in Agronomy and Soil Science from UW-Madison and his MS in Professional Agriculture from Iowa State University. Kevan and his wife live in Osseo and have a blended family of six young-adult children plus grandchildren.  When not doing projects around the house, they enjoy being involved with their church community.


Dry Run Watershed

Todd Prill

Dry Run Creek Watershed Coordinator

Office: Chippewa Falls, WI 
315 Irvine Court
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 
(715) 225-0862 (mobile) 
discovery.farms.prill@gmail.com

In his role as the Dry Run Watershed coordinator, Todd Prill collects water quality samples, conducts farm walkovers, and supports research efforts in the Dry Run watershed by working closely with farmers and writing reports on information gathered from that project. Todd’s experience with farming started at a young age on his family’s small dairy farm near Bloomer, WI. He went on to receive his B.S. in Agriculture Business from UW-River Falls. After graduation he spent eleven years as a project agronomist for the Chippewa County Land Conservation Department. Now he works part-time for Discovery Farms and spends the rest of his time running his own crop consulting business and as the current chair of the Wisconsin CCA Board. He thoroughly enjoys helping farmers grow high yielding crops using cost-effective methods that preserve soil and water resources for the next generation. When not working, he enjoys gardening and sharing delicious food with his wife, Ellen, and their two children.


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

As the senior research specialist, Aaron Wunderlin collects water quality samples, analyzes data, writes research reports and presents on research findings. Aaron joined Discovery Farms in February 2009 with a background in ArcGIS, data collection and analysis, and natural resource issues in northeastern Wisconsin. Prior to joining Discovery Farms, Aaron spent time conducting research and collecting data for the WDNR fisheries, Trout Unlimited, US Forest Service/UW-Green Bay black bear project, and Yellowstone National Park wolf recovery program. Aaron grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm that has been in his family since 1854. He received his BS in Biology from UW-Platteville and an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay. When not in the office, you’ll find Aaron exploring the great outdoors with his wife and three children.


Communications Requests

Callie Herron

Communications Manager

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

Callie Herron plans events, manages communications, and oversees content development. Prior to joining Discovery Farms, she was a research assistant at Tufts University, worked on federal agricultural policy in Washington, DC, and helped manage livestock and fruit and vegetable production on a 2,000 acre farm in North Carolina. Most recently, she worked in the public affairs department at Organic Valley. She is passionate about working closely with a diverse set of agriculturalists that share one common goal: supporting and maintaining profitable and environmentally sound farming systems. She received her BA in Environmental Economics from the University of North Carolina-Asheville and her MS in Agriculture, Food & Environment with a specialization in communications from Tufts University.
 

 
Farmer Network

 

 

Erica Olson

Farmer Network Manager

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

Erica Olson maintains the online farmer network and develops outreach strategies to increase farmer and advisor involvement. Prior to this role, Erica interned at UW Discovery Farms, focusing on the Nitrogen Use Efficiency Project. She will continue helping with the NUE Project by collecting and processing samples and developing a database. She received her BS in Agronomy and Certificate in Agriculture Business Management from UW-Madison. While at UW-Madison, Erica was a research assistant for the Department of Agronomy and an intern for Yahara Pride Farms. She was also very active in agriculture clubs on campus. Erica grew up on her family’s fifth generation dairy farm in Black River Falls, Wisconsin and continues to help out with farm chores whenever possible.

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. As project coordinator, she assists farmers in evaluating the environmental and economic efficiency of their corn production practices. Abby joined UW Discovery Farms after spending two years in Senegal, West Africa with the Peace Corps. While in the Peace Corps, she trained farmers on soil management and other production techniques as a Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Abby performed daily farm activities on a produce farm and dairy in New York State. She received her BS in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University. Abby is passionate about supporting and uniting 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. He comes to Discovery Farms with several years of experience working with farmers on soil and water conservation. Most recently, he led education efforts as the Conservation Coordinator for the Sauk County Conservation, Planning, and Zoning Department in Baraboo, WI. Aaron received his BS in Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management from UW Stevens Point and his MS 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. When not at work, you will find Aaron and his wife, Erin, converting their farm to a grass-fed beef operation.

Matt Ruark

UW Discovery Farms Faculty Advisor

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

Dr. Ruark joined the UW Discovery Farms team in 2013 as a faculty advisor. He is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management at UW-Madison. His Nutrient Cycling and Agoecosystems Laboratory (ruarklab.soils.wisc.edu) focuses on developing field-based solutions to improving nitrogen and phosphorus use efficiency in grain, dairy, potato, vegetable, and biofuel production systems. More specifically this includes improving nutrient management on sandy and tile drained soils and quantifying the benefits of cover crops to crop production. He is on the executive committee of the Midwest Cover Crop Council and is the co-director of the Wisconsin Crop Management Conference. Dr. Ruark has a BS and MS in Soil Science from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Agronomy from Purdue University.

 

USGS Partner


 

Todd Stuntebeck

Physical Scientist

Phone: (608) 821-3872
Mobile: (608) 235-9505
tdstunte@usgs.gov

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

(715) 299-0081 (mobile)
dennisrframe@gmail.com 

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

3817 Mineral Point Rd.
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 576-3743 (mobile)
(608) 263-4004 (office)
(608) 262-8086 (fax) 
fredmad@wisc.edu       

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.