Jennifer Blazek has served as the Dane County UW-Extension Agriculture Educator since 2014. Her current appointment includes Dairy and Livestock Agent for Dane County, a Farm Human Resource Management Specialization for the Center for Dairy Profitability and is a member of the Civil Rights Leadership Team. Prior to her Dane County appointment, Jennifer was the UW-Extension Agriculture Agent for Polk County from 2011-14.
Jennifer is an active member of the Farm Risk Management Team (Human Resources Workgroup), the Dairy Team (Latino Dairy Workers Workgroup) and the Livestock Team. As a result of these team efforts, Jennifer has co-authored the “Becoming the Employer of Choice” curriculum in addition to several factsheets, bulletins and presentations. She was the sole-author of “The Farm Business Culture” module and also co-authored three other modules. Jennifer has earned state and regional NACAA Communications Awards recognition for her videos and computer generated presentations.
Dane County is very diverse agriculturally. Livestock production contributes significantly to the county’s agricultural production. Farm management is a vital education need to maintain the viability of Dane County agriculture since economic viability directly affects the sustainability of all kinds of agricultural enterprises. Her work on the importance of farm succession has been published on a local, state and national level.
Annie’s Project workshop have been a successful part of Jennifer’s programming with eighty-five percent of those participating indicating they have started or completed business plans after participating in this program.
Additionally, her current “Facilitating the Successful Transfer of Dane County Farms from One Generation to the Next” grant is another example of the investment Jennifer has made to not only the Dairy and Livestock Industry, but to Wisconsin Agriculture as a whole.
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