Carl was one of the key leaders in developing the Management Assessment Center (MAC) program. This program was initially designed to evaluate management skills of owner/managers of dairy farms. Eventually, Carl added curriculums for agronomy plan managers and labor intensive fruit crops. This program partnered with Professional Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin to offer it to their members. It has also been recognized beyond Buffalo County to include Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Carl has also been a leader in the hops and malting barley programming that was created as a result of the increasing interest in growing hops and malting barley for the craft brewing industry in Wisconsin. He has organized and conducted several workshops around the state. He secured over $200,000 in grants to fund farm research trials and professional development for himself in this area. Carl also has established working partnerships with researchers at the University of Minnesota. Some of the results of his hops and malting barley work are:
- 20+ Wisconsin Craft Brewers are now including at least some Wisconsin hops in their products.
- Hop production as grown from 50 acres 4 years ago to about 200 acres of commercial hops today.
- Rahr Malt has contracted with a group of Buffalo County farmers to produce one test batch of local malt (110 acres).
- At least three commercial enterprises are exploring stating small malting facilities in Wisconsin.
- Facilitating a group of hop growers and craft brewers to improve the working relationship between the two industries in Wisconsin.
Carl has developed and conducted farm safety training workshops for farm employees and first responders. He has also been instrumental in the development of the skid loader safety and tractor safety DVDs (available in English and Spanish) which were developed as a tool to help farms provide some basic safety instructions to their employees that operate these pieces of equipment.
You can learn more about Carl Duley’s scholarly UW-Extension work here.