Huntsinger Farms, Eau Claire County
S3020 Mitchell Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701
July 20-22, 2021

Donald Peterson Technology Award

Aerial View of Seehafers Acres

The Award in the amount of $1,000 and other appropriate recognition will be provided annually to a CALS faculty or academic staff member or team for outstanding effectiveness in improving public understanding of new technological advancements; new management tools, processes, or concepts; or contemporary agriculture and natural resources issues via an exhibit (display, presentation, or demonstration) at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. The intent of the Award is to broadly encourage CALS faculty and staff to design creative ways to convey research-based information from CALS to its agricultural and natural resources constituents. The Award selection committee appointed by the CALS Dean will review applications and view related exhibits at Wisconsin Farm Progress Days. Applications and exhibits will be judged on the basis of the following criteria, with relative weights to be determined by committee:

  • Significance of the technology, concept, or information exhibited
  • Creativity of the exhibit and uniqueness of dissemination techniques
  • Quality of handouts and general attractiveness and readability of the exhibit
  • Strength of the linkage to CALS research and knowledge base
  • Success in transferring the exhibit's message
  • Appropriateness of the information transfer technique for the WFPD setting

Award winners are not eligible for the Award for a period of 2 years following receipt of the award. The selection committee may elect to withhold granting the Award in years when there are no suitable applications.

Past Recipients:

  • 2012 — Carrie Laboski, Chris Baxter, Fransico Arriga, John Peters, Matt Ruark and Doug Soldat - Soil Doctors
  • 2011 — Scott Craven, David Drake and Jamie Nack, Wildlife on the Farm, Forest and Wildlife Ecology
  • 2010 — Bryan Jensen, et al, Grain Crops Team, Field Crop Demonstration
  • 2009 — Center for Dairy Profitability and Farm and Risk Management Team, Managing in Difficult Times
  • 2008 — Cheryl Skjolaas, Agricultural Safety, Biological Systems Engineering Department
  • 2007 — David Drake and Jamie Nack, Wildlife on the Farm, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Department
  • 2006 — Chris Boerboom, Weed Doctors, Agronomy Department
  • 2005 — Bryan Jensen, Plant Doctors, Horticulture and Agronomy Departments
  • 2004 — Ron Schuler and Jeff Nelson, Farm Machinery Demonstrations, Biological Systems Engineering
  • 2003 — Keith Kelling and John Peters, Soil Doctors, Soil Science Department
  • 2002 — Rebecca Christoffel and Scott Cravens, ‘Wildlife on the Farm’, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Department
  • 2001 — Chris Boerboom and Jerry Doll, ‘Weed Doctors’, Agronomy Department

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The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments.