Matt Lippert has provided programming to the residents of Wood County since 2003 as the UW-Extension Agriculture Agent. He also provides programming across seven Central Wisconsin Counties as part of the Central Wisconsin Agriculture Specialization (CWAS) group as the Dairy and Cranberry production specialist.
The Central Wisconsin Dairy Series is a program Matt offers at multiple sites each year. The program has reached over 300 producers and Matt presents and organizes this event each year. As a results of his presentations regarding many feed related topics producers have reduced feed storage loss and managed inventory better resulting in improved herd health, lower operational costs and increased production as a result of these efforts.
Matt offers Risk Management training on an annual basis. He meets with producers in one on one consultations on topics regarding dairy modernization, cow comfort, farm structure and transfer.
Matt served for five years as the co-chair for the Dairy Team. He helped plan the displays at Farm Technology Days, World Dairy Expo and Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Annual Conference.
Wood County is the largest cranberry producing county in the state. Matt works closely with the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association (WSCGA) and serves as the only county based faculty in the Department of Agriculture and Life Sciences to work extensively with cranberry growers. Matt serves as the editor of the Wisconsin Cranberry Crop Management Newsletter, which is distributed to about 500 growers and industry affiliates. He also helps organize the Wisconsin Cranberry School that is attended by 400-500 people.
You can read more about Matt’s work in his 2013 Tenured Faculty Review.