Bill Halfman is an accomplished agricultural agent serving Monroe County since 1998. His work in beef production and agronomy have been recognized within Monroe County as well as throughout the state.
Bill has been the driving force for the beef team as well as being highly active in the area of beef cattle production and management. Examples include providing programing for the cattle feeder’s workshop series, Driftless Region Beef Conference, on-farm research regarding yardage costs, Beef Quality Assurance training, authoring Excel based decision tools, serving as webmaster for the Wisconsin Beef Information Center (WBIC) website, and providing educational resources on feeding considerations during times of drought.
A multi-year evaluation of the cattle feeder’s workshops yielded 75 responses from past participants. Thirty-five of which indicated they had made changes to vaccination and health programs, thirty-one changes to their nutrition program, thirty-four changed facilities and handing, thirty-five changed their marketing plan, and seventeen used at least one of the decision tools on the WBIC website. In 2017 the WBIC website will have approximately 60,000 visits according to Google Analytics.
With respect to agronomy, Bill continues to conduct on-farm fungicide trials which have provided valuable information to his clientele, as well as statewide. His work with foliar fungicide trials has resulted in an impressive four peer-reviewed publications. A newer project for Bill investigates nitrogen rate trials on corn. Emerging technology using drones and special sensors and cameras is included in this project.
Bill has worked with the Amish community on fresh market vegetable production, assisted the local Ho-Chunk community develop community gardens, is conducting nitrogen use trials for locally grown hops, and took a lead role in developing a video series for tractor safety training.
To learn more about Bill’s UW-Extension scholarly work please click here.