“Scientist for a Day” program promotes interest in research, science careers

High School students become Scientist for a Day at agricultural research station

Bio-chemist …
Agronomist …
Plant Geneticist …
Soil Scientist …
Agricultural Engineer …

Those are just a few of the future career opportunities for students to get involved,  in the realms of dairy science and agricultural research.

“Scientist for a day” program available to high school homeschoolers

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October 11th, 2011
8 am to 3 pm

U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center
S8822 Sunset Dr.
Prairie du Sac, WI 53578

Map to USDFRC Farm

Parent instructors and high school age students will have the chance to shadow four USDA research scientists for a day.

The program is completely free.  They will even provide lunch.

The U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center is one of about 100 units in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  It is the only USDA-ARS unit with the mission of improving forage use by dairy cattle.

The Scientist For A Day Program is being targeted to high school students who are interested in science, agriculture and/or research.

Scientist for a Day gives the opportunity for students to come in and actually do hands-on learning activities with a scientist.

What kind of learning activities?

These cows are surgically equipped with a permanent opening that allows direct access to the rumen’s contents for studies on digestibility.

Dr. Mike Sullivan will be working with genetic modification.

Dr. Jeff Brink will be out on the pasture… students will look at grass growth and how cows graze differently on different grasses.

Dr. Peter Vadas, will talk about a fact of life,  umm, cow poop … and what happens with that.

He’ll use a rainfall simulator and measure run-off and look at nutrients that go into the soil.

A favorite activity of students in last year’s program was to be able to “open up the side of a cow and put their arm into a cow’s stomach, pull out a sample of what that cow is eating, and then look at it under the microscope.”

Homeschoolers in agricultural research?

Your students will learn how agricultural research is conducted, why it’s needed,  and who benefits from it.

Imagine the possibilities if our homeschooled students become encouraged to become researchers in the future…

If we can change education one home at a time, maybe we can change farming through getting involved with agricultural research, one farm at a time!


Nancy Betzold, Dairy Herd Manager
U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center
S8822 Sunset Dr.
Prairie du Sac, WI 53578
Cell Phone: (608) 225-8748
Phone: (608) 264-5138 ext. 241

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