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University of Wisconsin and the Dairy Industry
The University of Wisconsin (UW) has been a longstanding supportive partner of dairy farmers all across Wisconsin. The focus here is on the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, part of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW Madison.
The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences has evolved over time to where it is today.
Its evolution is fascinating.
The first session of the Wisconsin state territorial legislature met in the building shown above (now renovated) in Belmont, Wisconsin between October and December 1836. It passed an act for the “establishment of the “Wisconsin University, named 36 trustees. But that’s all it did on this subject.
The second session of the legislature met between November 1837 and January 1838 in Burlington which at the time was in the Wisconsin Territory. Burlington became the territorial capital pending erection of a capitol in Madison. Construction had begun in 1837 at the site of the present capitol.
This second session passed an act that directed “the University of the Territory of Wisconsin (be) established at or near Madison.” Madison then became the territorial capital in 1838. As an aside, the Iowa Territory was created also in 1838 at which time Burlington fell within its boundaries.
Wisconsin became a state in 1848. Nothing significant was done with regard to establishing the university until 1848. Reuben Gold Thwaites, in his fabulous “History of the University of Wisconsin” indicates the university was known as the “Wisconsin University.” By legislative act it became a state university.
The first state governor approved the university as the University of Wisconsin (UW) in 1848. the first class met in 1849.
Then, in 1862 the US Congress established a national network of colleges devoted to agriculture and mechanics in 1862. These were known as Morrill Land Grant Act colleges. The net result was the state legislature designated the UW a land-grant institution in 1866. This is an important fact to note.
Professors and research people at UW achieved significant results early on.
I’d like to focus your attention on how the university became longstanding supportive partner of dairy farmers across the state.
To be continued …..