Michael Travis, PhD, has served Pepin County as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator and, beginning Jan. 1, 2019, will also serve Pierce County at .2 FTE's in that same role. Travis will work out of Extension office in Pepin County and provide programming related to agriculture throughout Pierce and Pepin counties.

Travis grew up on a dairy farm near Augusta, Wis. Following graduation with a master's degree in soil and water resource management from UW-Stevens Point, Travis worked as a hydrogeologist, followed by a role as an environmental manager in the leather industry. In 2000 he returned to agriculture, working first for a small dairy cooperative, then for an agriculture engineering company specializing in conservation practices, manure management, and dairy expansion design.

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In 2005, Travis moved with his family to Israel where he completed PhD studies and research. One of his projects was to design and test a constructed wetland for treatment and reuse of wastewater from a goat farm with on-the-farm cheese and yogurt production.

Since 2013, Travis has served as the agriculture and natural resources educator with UW-Extension in Pepin County. His educational programs have included cover crops, soil health, nitrogen-efficient corn trials and groundwater quality. He provides design assistance to farmers for calf barn ventilation systems. He has a passion for soil health. He also enjoys working with farmers to explore value-added, on-farm processing opportunities for long-range economic viability for family farms.

He can be reached at 715-672-5214 or at micheal.travis@ces.uwex.edu.