UW Discovery Farms is governed by a Steering Committee. The committee, chaired by a farmer, includes representatives from Wisconsin farm, agribusiness, and environmental organizations. Most of the Steering Committee members are farmers. In addition, there is a group of non-voting advisors representing various public agencies and the University system. The UW Discovery Farms Steering Committee has four main duties:
Provide oversight, direction, and guidance to Discovery Farms
Assist in identifying topics and project possibilities, including project and cooperator selection
Provide regional assistance to Discovery Farms cooperators
Help share Discovery Farms information to the membership of many statewide and local organizations
Duties of the Steering Committee do not stop at the board meeting door. Farmer leadership is a crucial component of UW Discovery Farms and the Steering Committee, as well as farmer cooperators, are encouraged to stay involved year-round.