Ryan Stockwell, president, Central Wisconsin Agribusiness Innovation Center (CWAIC) has announced that Steve Oberle and Tim Shepardson have joined the organization's board of directors. "New board members bring new ideas and new talents to increase the board's capabilities and influence," says Stockwell. "I'm excited about the expertise that they will bring to the organization."
Steve Oberle has headed the Taylor County Conservationist and Land Conservation Department since 1998. Prior to this, he served the public in a variety of capacities including research scientist, soil fertility specialist, and water resources education coordinator. "Steve has expertise in soil fertility-plant nutrition, local-regional groundwater issues including safe drinking water, and the feasibility of utilizing municipal solid waste derived compost on agricultural land," explains Stockwell. "He has written numerous scientific articles in the areas of soils, farming systems, and groundwater quality."
Tim Shepardson is the administrator of the Chippewa Falls and Neillsville campuses of Chippewa Valley Technical College. He has worked in higher education for 29 years in the University of Wisconsin System and Wisconsin Technical College System. "Tim has spent most of his career advising the 'sons and daughters of Wisconsin'," notes Stockwell. "He also works as a Business and Industry Representative, setting up custom training with numerous companies and organizations."
With construction scheduled to begin in mid-summer, the state-of-the-art CWAIC building will contain incubator and laboratory space, a distance learning center, public meeting and event space, leased offices, a commercial test/classroom kitchen and multiple "smart" classrooms. The building itself will be a learning tool, using sustainable design concepts for both the Innovation Center and its surrounding site, the 71-acre Clark County Agribusiness Park.
"Our focus is on the future," adds Stockwell. "CWAIC will be a reason for people to visit Clark County and even better a reason to stay and raise a family. The growth of our board reflects the growth in our organization and helps us reach our goal of making Clark County and Central Wisconsin a hub for growth and innovation in agribusiness."