Who We Are – Mark Hagedorn

Mark Hagedorn served as Brown County’s Agriculture Educator from 2006 to 2013 and is currently serving in the same capacity in Eau Claire County. During this time he has developed programs focusing in areas of: dairy modernization and management, dairy crop management, and strategies for improved rural/urban agricultural awareness.

When Mark arrived in Brown County in 2006 he brought nearly 30 years’ experience in the dairy industry.  His work has been appreciated and effective in improving milk quality through the myriad of management tools that affect a dairy operation, employee safety and training, and improvement of rural/urban relations. His outreach to underserved audiences including Hispanic and Hmong clientele has been commendable. He is diligent in looking for ways to serve farms of all sizes.

Mark was instrumental in organizing the inaugural Midwest Manure Summit to address the concerns about manure management in the state. The summit addressed a universal need by the dairy industry and Mark’s organizational efforts were key in making the event a success, and making it an annual event dedicated to addressing the technological difficulties related to manure handling and processing.

Mark has been proactive in addressing farm safety. He developed a bilingual skid steer safety program that was released at the 2010 World Dairy Expo and has been presented to workers statewide. His fact sheet, “Skid Steer Handling Skills” is available to the public. Mark responded to OSHA’s concerns about worker training and safety by working to help farms in Brown and Fond du Lac Counties reach compliance with OSHA’s regulations through farm safety risk assessments. The success of this program was shared with the Four-State Dairy Extension Group at their annual conference.

Mark currently serves as the Co-leader for the UW-Extension Dairy Team.  Mark can be contacted at 715.839.4712 or mark.hagedorn@uwex.edu

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