On Oct. 1, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue visited campus to tour the CALS plant breeding facilities and visit the USDA-ARS Cereal Crops Research Unit. Joined by Madison-area Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-2), Congressman Bryan Steil (WI-1), and Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, the group had the opportunity to meet with Chancellor Rebecca Blank, CALS Dean Kate VandenBosch and CALS researchers to learn more about the partnership between USDA and UW’s plant breeding and genetics program and its current facility needs.
The Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the four original departments of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and was founded in 1889. Home to 12 state-supported faculty members and 25 staff members, as well as 8 federally-supported faculty members, the department serves as a home for instruction, research, and outreach activities in many aspects of horticultural science. Since the 1960s, our department has benefitted from a strong partnership with the Vegetable and Cranberry Research Unit of USDA-ARS, which provides support for the 8 federally supported faculty programs, staff, and students.
The Department provides programs that are focused on fundamental studies of plant biology, crop production, and utilization of horticultural crops. It also provides educational opportunities for the pursuit of careers in horticulture, strengthens the competitive position of Wisconsin's horticulture industry, and works to increase the use of plants for environmental improvement and as a source of personal enrichment. The work of department faculty, staff, and students has made substantial impacts in the state and nation for over 125 years.