Featured Students

It’s that time of year again… MARS is welcoming their student interns for the summer. I’ll be introducing them as their biography’s trickle in.

Linda Cerna

Major: Agronomy
School: Universidad de San Pedro Sula…
Year in School: Fourth Year
Hometown: San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Biography: This is my first time working aboard, and couldn’t be any happier by choosing UW-Marshfield Agricultural Research Station for my four month internship. I will be working with Dr. Matt Akins with research projects including animal and agronomy plot research, and laboratory analysis of corn grain samples. I’m currently a member of Rotaract San Pedro Sula, at my country. And through Rotary International I am able to stay at members homes from the Marshfield Sunrise Rotary Club. Dairy Science has always been my interest so I am pretty sure this will boost my knowledge in the area. I am very excited for this new journey life has given to me.


Amanda Gehrke

Hometown: Arpin
School: UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course
Biography: After finishing my first year at UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course for Dairy Farm Management, I decided Marshfield Ag Research Station was a great fit for me. My goal is to obtain new skills in animal husbandry and get experience working on a research farm. I enjoy showing dairy cattle at district 4 show, Milwaukee State Fair and Central WI State Fair. I am a temporary employee this summer at Marshfield Ag Research Station and really enjoy working will all the great people and cattle at MARS!


Morgan Larson

Major: Dairy Science
School: UW- Madison
Year: Sophomore …
Hometown: Loyal, Wisconsin
Biography: The summer after I finished high school I worked on an airport that did aerial pesticide spraying, it was a great experience! In Madison, I am working at Bucky’s Butchery, and helping with everything from animal harvest to packaging final products. I am a member of the Badger Meat Science Club and serve as the treasurer; this allows me to travel to places like Texas and Kentucky to participate in meat judging events. I also play on the club hockey team and an intramural hockey team. This allows me to relieve stress and do something I love a few times a week. I am just finishing my second year at UW-Madison. I am very excited to be able to work with the Marshfield Ag Research Station. I am hoping to learn anything and everything I can about the research side of agriculture, as I have not done much of that in school so far. I am also looking forward to being able to apply what I will learn this summer in my classes in the next two years of my schooling.


Antoinette Kaiser

Major: Animal Science with an equine management emphasis
School: UW-River Falls
Year in School: Junior…
Hometown: Marshfield, WI
Biography: I am attending River Falls to pursue my dream of therapeutic horseback riding. During my studies at River Falls I have sparked an interest in other agricultural fields. I enjoy working at the Marshfield Ag Research Station and I’m gaining more experience in the agriculture world. This is my first summer working at MARS.


Chelsey Hribar

Major: Dairy Science
School: UW-Platteville undergrad (graduated in December 2016)
UW-Madison graduate school (starting in the fall of 2017)
Hometown: Franksville, WI
Biography: This is my first summer working at the Marshfield research station. I will helping with grazing research this summer. I am excited to learn more about grazing dairy heifers and help to educate producers in the area about the benefits of grazing dairy heifers. I have worked at the UW- Platteville dairy farm and interned with UW-Extension- Dane county where I worked on a dairy heifer grazing project. I am attending graduate school at UW-Madison in the fall studying dairy cattle management. In the future, I hope to continue conducting research on dairy cattle and helping producers improve their management practices.

Doug Bolen

School: Stratford High School
Year in School: Senior
Hometown: Stratford, WI
Biography: I am 17 years old and starting my senior year at Stratford High School in the fall and graduating in May 2018.  After high school, I plan to pursue a career in agriculture.  I have been working at the research station for nearly a year now and I really like working here.  My hobbies are hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.


Brooke Bembeneck

Major: Soil and Land Management
Minor: Sustainable Energy
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) 5th Year Senior
Hometown: Stevens Point, WI
My childhood best friend grew up on a dairy farm in Stevens Point, WI and this is where I was exposed to everyday farm life. From a young age, I gained a lot of curiosity and respect for this lifestyle. As I have been getting older, that curiosity and respect has grown into a passion as I am working to complete a bachelor’s degree in Soil and Land Management from UWSP. I have a strong interest in sustainable farming practices and I hope to further my education by going to graduate school for this field. I enjoy hiking, gardening, and snowshoeing, when I am not busy with school. I am excited for the opportunity to use and grow my skills this summer at the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station!

Makayla Weigel

School: Marshfield High School
Year in School: Senior
Hometown: Marshfield
Biography: In the fall, I will be attending UW-Marshfield/Wood County for my first two years of school. After that, I plan of transferring to UW-River Falls to major in Dairy Science. I will be working at the Station while I go to school at the Wood. Since working at the Marshfield Ag Research Station I have had many new experiences compared to just working on my family farm.  I have learned to do herd health, drive skid steers, milk in a parlor and much more. I enjoy working with everyone at the Station because everyone is fun to work with, nice, and good at teaching me what I need to do at work.

Cade Lehman

School: Stratford High School
Year in School: incoming Freshman at UW-Stevens Point
Hometown: Stratford, WI
Biography: I recently graduated from Stratford High School and plan to attend UW-Stevens Point this upcoming fall to pursue a degree in Wildlife Ecology.  I enjoy hunting, fishing, biking, running and basically anything that gets me up and moving.  For running, I have made it to State in cross country the past three years and recently just made it to state this year in track.  I also consider myself an animal lover.  I currently have two dogs, a lizard and ten fish.