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    The EIDMRU, located in Marshfield, WI, is a satellite research facility associated with the USDFRC in Madison, WI. This research unit is co-located and co-managed with the University of Wisconsin Marshfield Agricultural Research Station, which celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2012. The USDA Laboratory facilities at Marshfield were completed in May 2008, and include dedicated space for microbiology, soils analysis, and forage/dairy nutrition. Specialized supporting laboratory work also can be completed at the University of Wisconsin Marshfield Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory, or at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, both of which are located in Marshfield. The University of Wisconsin Marshfield Agricultural Research Station/EIDMRU has two locations that are about 10 miles apart. The ‘South Farm’ is comprised of about 250 acres of research-plot and crop-production areas, while the ‘North Farm’ is larger (about 600 acres), and has facilities for rearing 550 replacement dairy heifers, as well as a 128-cow dairy that began milking operations in November 2011. Dairy heifers are housed in a bedded-pack system (40 research pens) until they reach about 850 lbs, when they are transferred to a freestall barn (28 research pens). Dairy cows are managed in a confinement system, and are housed in freestalls. The dairy cows and heifers are all part of the University of Wisconsin Integrated Dairy with other sites at Arlington and on campus in Madison. All cows at Marshfield are primiparous, and are currently averaging 80 lbs milk/cow/day. The manure-handling system at the North Farm includes facilities to segregate and retain small lots of manure from specific pens, as well as a sand and solids separator, and two lagoons. The North Farm also has a 40-acre (16-ha) grazing unit that can be subdivided as needed to support grazing trials with dairy heifers. A full contingent of plot- and farm-scale field equipment is available for use in agronomic studies ranging from micro-plot to field scales. An excellent supporting labor force (both full- and part-time staff) is available to support any planned research work.

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    Responsibilities

    The incumbent is a key team member on a multidisciplinary research project and will utilize skills and knowledge of agricultural engineering to enhance the quantity, quality, value, and sustainability of dairy production systems through improvements that address practical and systematic problems associated with collection, processing, storage, land distribution, and alternative uses for dairy manure.  Of particular interest is the assessment of power, energy, and mechanical requirements for manure processing/distribution, and to improve monitoring of runoff on plot, field, and watershed scales through improved instrumentation. The incumbent will assist in the development of mechanical, chemical, biological, nutritional, cropping-system, or other strategies (new or improved) with the goal of improving overall nutrient-use efficiency within dairy production systems.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Local and domestic travel is required to conduct on-farm research and attend scientific, educational, or extension meetings and conferences.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.



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