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Soybeans are growing in rye stubble. UW-Madison is seeking farmers to supply crop yield data.

UW-Madison last week announced the three finalists for the vice chancellor for university relations position.

The three finalists are:

  • Brent Colburn, the former assistant to the Secretary of Defense for public affairs for the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C.
  • Charles B. Hoslet, interim vice chancellor for university relations at UW-Madison.
  • Richie Hunter, vice chancellor and vice president of university marketing, communication, and media relations for the University of Houston System and the University of Houston.

Hoslet has been interim vice chancellor since last summer, when longtime UW official Vince Sweeney retired to start his own consulting firm. Sweeney was the first person hired as vice chancellor for university relations, taking on the role in 2009.

The vice chancellor for university relations is responsible for communications and relationship building inside and outside of the university, according to UW-Madison.

The vice chancellor is also responsible for making sure that all communication and marketing strategies are done for the good of the university community as well as the general public, a university spokeswoman said in a statement.

Each of the candidates will be giving public presentations from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Union South in the next couple of weeks.

Hoslet will present on Feb. 16, Colburn on Feb. 22, and Hunter on Feb. 23.

For those unable to attend, videos of the presentations will be available at provost.wisc.edu/vc-urelations.htm within at least a day of each of the presentations.

UW seeks farmers to submit crop yield data

Researchers at the UW-Madison are developing a way to measure crop yields using satellites in space, according to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

They’ve used this technique to create crop yield maps for Wisconsin and the Midwest.

In order to validate the accuracy of the new mapping technology, researchers are now seeking volunteer farmers to submit their crop yields from 2000 to 2015.

The ultimate goal for the new mapping technology is to identify — and someday predict — threats to crop yields such as weather, diseases, and pests, said a CALS spokeswoman.

Farmers who are willing to participate are asked to submit their data to yieldsurvey.wisc.edu.

For more information, contact Phil Townsend, UW-Madison professor of forest and wildlife ecology, at ptownsend@wisc.edu or 608-262-1669.

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