In 2015, Minnesota lawmakers approved legislation that created the Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Tech Transfer program (AGREETT). This program includes a multi-year $5 million state investment through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in agricultural research, Extension and teaching at the University of Minnesota.
Video: Joleen Hadrich connects animal health and productivity to farmers' bottom line
Joleen Hadrich is a U of M Extension specialist and CFANS associate professor funded by the Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Tech Transfer program (AGREETT). Her work is finding ways to combine animal health, production and farm financial data to help dairy farmers create more profitable and sustainable operations.
"We're in an information age today, especially in the dairy industry—there's a trove of data out on dairy farms and within our dairy organizations, and we need someone our dairy organizations," says Lucas Sjostrom, executive director of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association. "I think we got Dr. Hadrich at the exact right time. Having that outside per of someone who grew up on a dairy farm and now can string all the characteristics together, from environmental to profitability to what that really means in terms of practical day-to-day, is very important. So that's been extremely helpful as we've moved forward to get farmers back to profitability here in 2019."
AGREETT at the University of Minnesota
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