The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension welcomes Joe Zimbric as the Crops and Soils Agricultural Educator for Dodge and Fond du Lac counties. “I’m very excited to join the excellent team of farmers and agriculturalists in the area who are working hard to find solutions to the many challenges that are facing our agricultural producers and rural communities. I’m very eager to meet all of you and hear your stories,” said Zimbric.
Joe completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focused on optimizing a dual-use perennial grain crop for maximum grain and forage production. “I’m particularly interested in cropping system diversification, forage management and utilization, wetland restoration, soil health and water quality, on-farm research, data analysis and modeling, and agricultural policy. However, I look forward to working through the wide range of issues that may arise in this diverse agricultural area.”
Prior to his graduate studies, Joe worked with cattle ranchers and dryland wheat farmers in western Montana on improving soil health, irrigation efficiency, resilience to changing temperature and precipitation trends, and water quality. Through that experience, Joe said he developed “a deep appreciation and respect for producers who are trying to make decisions and manage risk in these highly volatile and unpredictable times.”
Joe hopes to develop forward-thinking educational programming to address immediate and long-term challenges in order to build greater economic and environmental sustainability into area farms and communities.
Extension’s purpose is to teach, learn, lead and serve while connecting people with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and engage with them in transforming lives and communities. For more information on Division of Extension – Dodge County, visit https://dodge.extension.wisc.edu/ or call 920-386-3790.