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New Research Director chosen for Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

Dr. Jim Stute, formerly with UW Extension has been chosen to lead the Research Program at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy.  With Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Agronomy from UW-Madison and minors in soil science and botany, Dr. Stute will bring to the position many years of experience specializing in crops and soils research. Dr. Stute was the former Outreach Coordinator for Michael Fields Agricultural Institute from 1997 to 2002, when he focused on organizing the research trials the organization had at the Walworth County Farm.


David Andrews, MFAI Executive Director, is pleased to have Dr. Stute oversee the innovative research that crosses the boundaries between conventional and organic agricultural practices. In fact, Michael Fields is in the process of breaking new ground to enlarge its research efforts with an additional 40 acres. Beginning in the Spring of 2014, the new research trials will compare conventional, organic and biodynamic agricultural production methods. Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary next year.