Tim Jergenson has served as the Barron County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent since 2003. Prior to that, Tim served as the Polk County Agriculture Agent and has Extension experience in Clark County and North Carolina.
As the Agricultural Agent for Barron County, Tim has focused his major programming within three areas: 1) Farm Financial Management, 2) Bio-energy and 3) Horticulture. Much of Tim’s farm financial management work has been done through programs the Management Assessment Center (MAC) program, Dairy Decisions Workshop and Farm Financial Recordkeeping programs. Tim has been an active MAC member since 2005, serving as an assessor and on the planning committee. This is a unique program in that each participant is given a real life challenge or task that he/she must complete while being observed by the trained assessors. Role playing and real life examples are included in the 2-day workshop. The program provides managerial assessment in nine management attributes, with the strengths and weaknesses of each individual as it relates to the attributes recorded and reported back.
Tim has been a leader in the Western District in the area of Bio-energy. Various methods have been utilized by Tim to determine the best ways to meet the needs of his clientele regarding energy. Over 600 people attended a series of roundtable discussions consisting of a wide variety of individuals, business owners, agency staff and educators. Evaluations indicated that participants increased their knowledge regarding renewable energy options, feasibility studies and community energy planning. Tim has conducted sunflower variety trials to address the need for unbiased information on sunflower production for bio-diesel. Different varieties, planting dates, planting techniques and weed control were evaluated. Field days were held at four sites to answer producer questions. Tim has also been researching Miscanthus as a source of biomass. His plans are to continue growing and evaluating winter hardiness and yield of Miscanthus in Northwest Wisconsin.
Tim currently serves as co-department head in the Barron County UW-Extension Office and was Executive Secretary of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Barron County 2013.
More information about Tim’s work can be found in his TFR June 2011.