FY 23 Hub-funded projects by priority area

Stewarding land and water resources:

UW–Madison

  • STHI
    • The EZ Dairy Enviro-Money: a high level environmental and economic assessment tool for dairy farmers – Victor Cabrera, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
    • Estimating energy value and milk yield potential of whole-plant corn forage – Luiz Ferraretto, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
    • Improved solubility of milk protein concentrate and micellar ccasein concentrate by novel diafiltration approach – Nathan Price, Center for Dairy Research
  • Postdoctoral research fellowships
    • Green ammonia recovery from manure digester and lagoon by electrodialysis – Donald Lee Vineyard, Department of Soil Science
    • Improving pest management to expand adoption of intercropping alfalfa and corn for Wisconsin dairies – mentored by Mark Renz, Department of Agronomy
  • Graduate student assistantships
    • Investigating the disproportionality of pollutant loading based on farmer social indicators – Margaret Kalcic, Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Student: Andrew Hillman
  • Tenure-track faculty
    • Xia Zhu-Barker – assistant professor in the Department of Soil Science specializing in land and water stewardship, nitrogen use efficiency, and ammonia emissions.

UW–Platteville

  • Faculty research fellowships
    • Evaluating nitrogen availability from solid-liquid-separated and composted manure – Joe Sanford, School of Agriculture and Chris Baxter, School of Agriculture
    • Full implementation of automated rotational grazing and assessment of its impact on animals and on forage – Harold T. (Hal) Evensen, Engineering Physics; Andrew Cartmill, School of Agriculture; Cyrus Habibi, Electrical Engineering

  • Equipment
    • Enhancing elemental analysis capabilities for organic substances at UW–Platteville – Chris Baxter, School of Agriculture and Joe Sanford, School of Agriculture
    • Enhancing anaerobic digestion biogas analysis capabilities at UW–Platteville – Joe Sanford, School of Agriculture
    • Land and water resource resilience: key metrics of water quality and soil health – Andrew Cartmill and Dennis Busch, School of Agriculture

UW–River Falls

  • Faculty research fellowships
    • Efficient manure land application through vertical tillage systems: feasibility and environmental impacts – Bob Zhiwei Zeng, Patrick Woolcock and Joel Peterson, Department of Agricultural Engineering Technology and Natasha Rayne, Department of Plant and Earth Science
  • Equipment
    • Supplemental funding for analytical lab and collaborative research space – Heather Sumner-Davis, Department of Plant and Earth Science
    • Electric Autoclave used to sterilize instruments, liquids, and biological wastes – David Zlesak, Department of Plant and Earth Science and Larry Baumann, Department of Animal and Food Sciences
    • Reimagining 131/132 Agricultural Sciences Building to accommodate Hub-funded equipment to build research capacity – Heather Sumner-Davis, Department of Plant and Earth Science
    • Enhancing crop health assessment through acquisition of a porometer/fluorometer – Veronica Justen, Department of Plant and Earth Science
  • Tenure-track faculty
    • Bahareh Hassanpour Guilvaiee – assistant professor focusing on agricultural water management, remediation of non-point source pollution, hydrology, and hydrogeology
    • Susanne Wiesner – assistant professor with a focus in agricultural atmospheric science and climate resiliency, greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, carbon footprint, carbon sequestration, and mitigating impacts of climate change on the dairy industry

Growing farm business and community:

UW–Madison

  • STHI
    • Predicting meat cuts and carcass traits of beef-on-dairy calves through 3D images of live animals – Joao Dorea, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
    • Technological approaches to reduce incidence of biogenic amines in Block-Gouda cheese for export markets – Rodrigo Ibanez Alfaro, Center for Dairy Research
    • Assessing and addressing barriers to dairy product exports by small and medium sized Wisconsin manufacturers – Charles Nicholson, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
    • Whey-to-1,2-propanediol: unraveling the metabolic limitations to enhanced biosynthesis – Victor Ujor, Department of Food Science
  • Postdoctoral research fellowships
    • Galactooligosaccharides (GOS) synthesized from lactose as milk supplement to promote probiotic growth – Sonali Mohapatra, Department of Biological Systems Engineering

UW–Platteville

  • Faculty research fellowships
    • Opening windows for research, teaching, and demonstration through rumen cannulation – Ryan Pralle, School of Agriculture and Krista Hardyman, School of Agriculture
  • Equipment
    • Acquisition of a differential scanning calorimetry machine – John Obielodan, Mechanical Engineering; Zhezhen Fu, Mechanical Engineering; Danny Xiao, Civil Engineering; Joseph Wu and Ian Mackenzie, Chemistry

  • Postdoctoral teaching fellowship
    • Risper Nyairo – Intersection of dairy farmland, water and food for local communities including the campus community

UW–River Falls

  • Faculty research fellowships
    • Development of whey protein-lignin based film/coating materials for dairy food packaging applications – Youngmi Kim, Department of Agricultural Engineering Technology and Grace Lewis, Department of Animal and Food Science

Ensuring animal health and welfare:

UW-Madison

  • STHI
    • Genomic solutions to improve dairy bull fertility – Francisco Peñagaricano, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
    • Combinatorial AMP therapy to control bovine mastitis – Hilario Mantovani, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
    • Evaluating Salmonella Cerro as a preventative for Salmonellosis – Garret Suen, Department of Bacteriology

  • Postdoctoral research fellowships
    • Selection for resilient dairy cows – Ligia Cavani, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
    • Comparing the efficacy of EGTA and 5-HTP induction and resolution of hypocalcemia in dairy cows – Haylee Hanling, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Graduate student assistantships
    • Controlling ruminant methane emissions employing lactic acid bacteria and their metabolites – Hilario Mantovani, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. Student: Alice Peres Marques Assumpção
  • Tenure-track faculty
    • Lautaro Rostoll Cangiano – assistant professor focusing on dairy cattle immunology and host pathogen interactions to improve animal health and welfare.

UW-Platteville

  • Faculty research fellowships
    • Developing novel and sustainable disease management strategies against Aphanomyces root rot of alfalfa – Muthu Venkateshwaran, School of Agriculture
  • Equipment
    • Validating a novel serological panel for bovine fatty liver syndrome – Ryan Pralle, School of Agriculture and Erin Kammann, Department of Animal and Dairy, UW– Madison

UW-River Falls

  • Faculty research fellowships
    • Characterizing the behavior and management of dairy cows and neonate calves shortly after birth – Kate Creutzinger, Department of Animal and Food Sciences and Jennifer Van Os, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison
  • Equipment
    • Downdraft table for forage and grain analysis – Heather Sumner-Davis, Department of Plant and Earth Science
    • Replacement and improvement of video recording systems at the Mann Valley Farm Dairy Learning Center, phase 1 – Kurt Vogel, Department of Animal and Food Sciences

Enriching human health and nutrition:

UW-Madison

  • STHI
    • Improving the properties of cheese snacks by applying acoustic and textural mapping – Selvarani Govindasamy-Lucey, Center for Dairy Research
    • High-resolution mass spectrometry analysis (HRMS) of dairy products – Bradley Bolling, Department of Food Science
    • Development of biocontrol agents against Listeria monocytogenes in dairy production – Tu-Anh Huynh, Department of Food Science
    • Pilot scale demonstration of a process to convert an acid whey waste stream to high value food products – Scott Rankin, Department of Food Science
  • Postdoctoral research fellowship
    • Buccal swabbing as a molecular tool for rumen microbial profiling and diagnosis in dairy cattle – Juliana (Dias) Young, Department of Bacteriology
  • Graduate student assistantships
    • Dairy-derived proteins sources and optimal postsurgical metabolic management and outcomes – Joseph Pierre, Department of Nutritional Sciences. Student: Karen Angélica Gomes Vilela Antunes
  • Tenure-track faculty
    • Assistant or associate professor to foster and establish novel links between milk components and human health, leading to impactful dairy product discoveries.

UW-Platteville

  • Faculty research fellowships
    • Utilization of plasma activated water (PAW) as a clean-in-place (CIP) sanitizer for surface disinfection of dairy processing equipment – Zifan Wan, School of Agriculture
  • Equipment
    • Characterization of cold plasma via optical and electrical diagnostics – Zifan Wan, School of Agriculture

UW-River Falls

  • Faculty research fellowships
    • Optimization of casein micelle nanoparticle formation using high pressure homogenization and processing aids – Grace Lewis, Department of Animal and Food Science
  • Equipment
    • Texture analyzer for dairy products – Grace Lewis, Department of Animal and Food Science