Farm & Industry Short Course Award Winners Announced

The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) is pleased to announce the Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) Award recipients for the 2020-21 school year.

FISC focuses on production agriculture and is the longest-standing program in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Courses are held during the winter months of the school year to accommodate students with obligations on their family farms.  The FISC program has more than 6,000 alumni and is led by UW-Madison’s premier agriculture and life sciences researchers and instructors, and is planning to resume face-to-face education for 2021-22.

WALSAA offers three groups of awards to FISC students – Outstanding FISC Student, Activities and Leadership, and Academic Excellence. All awards were presented on April 9, 2021 at the WALSAA Virtual Awards Ceremony that can also be viewed online at

Outstanding FISC Student – Three scholarships were presented to students who displayed excellence in leadership, service, academics and work experience. This year’s winners were: $1,000 to Steven Roets, Merrill, Wis.; $500 to Leo Ehlen, Elkhorn, Wis.; and $500 to Jay Woodhouse, La Crosse, Wis.

Activities and Leadership Award – This award was presented to a student actively involved in campus organizations and leadership opportunities. This year’s winners was: Leo Ehlen, Elkhorn, Wis..

Academic Excellence – Seven awards were given to students with the highest grade point averages in the FISC program. This year’s winners were: Tyler Bramstedt, Howards Grove, Wis; Madalyn Miller-Nielsen, Lake Mills, Wisc.; Steven Roets, Merrill, Wis.; Casey Schuerman, Fort Atkinson, Wis.; Rachel Schumann, Barneveld, Wis.; Brian Wisowaty, Walworth, Wis.; and Jay Woodhouse, La Crosse, Wis.

Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) is a one- or two-year production agriculture program taught during winter months when it is more convenient to leave a production agriculture operation. UW-Madison’s premier agriculture and life science researchers and instructors teach the courses. There are more than 6,000 program alumni to date.