Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Josh Salentine photo

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Farm Business and Production Management

It’s not unusual today to see a drone or two hovering over an open farm field or to pass by a farmer in his tractor cab pouring over weed information provided through a new application available on his or her...
Noah Zirbel, LTC graduate

Lakeshore Technical College
Wind Energy Technology, 2009
Field Service Engineer, Invenergy Services

Noah Zirbel grew up with wind turbines in his back yard. His parents hosted the first two utility scale wind turbines in the state on their farm south of Green Bay. “I was intrigued,” he said of the giant towers...
Sandy Toney, MPTC alumni

Moraine Park Technical College
Food Science, 1989
Vice President, Masters Gallery Foods

As a stay-at-home mom, Sandy Toney spent a lot of time with food. She grew vegetables, preserved them and cooked many meals for her family. Most of her jobs had been waitressing in restaurants. At 30, she decided to get...
Kevin Raisbeck, SWTC grad

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Agribusiness Science Technology, 1996
Market President, Wisconsin Bank and Trust

Kevin Raisbeck grew up on a small dairy farm and wanted a career in agriculture. Eager to get out into the workforce quickly, Kevin chose Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (SWTC) for the two-year occupational degree and the hands-on learning it...
Portrait Russ Linder

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Agriculture Power & Equipment Technician, 2003
Service Technician, Mid-State Equipment

Even at the age of seven, Russ Linder was fascinated by farm equipment. As he grew older, it became his passion and career goal. A brochure Russ’s parents brought home from the World Dairy Expo led him to Southwest Wisconsin...
Kevin Freber, MPTC grad

Moraine Park Technical College
Water and Wastewater Technician, 2001
Water Systems Manager, City of Watertown

In high school Kevin Freber knew he was interested in water resources. He was accepted at multiple colleges, but with three children his parents couldn’t afford a four-year degree program. A high school counselor told Kevin about the Water and...
Justin Barrett, LTC grad

Lakeshore Technical College
Electromechanical Wind Energy Technology, 2009
Operations and Maintenance Technician, Forward Energy Center

Like many technical college students, Justin worked full-time while attending Lakeshore Technical College (LTC). He also happened to work third shift while taking classes. Maintaining a tough schedule was a little easier with all the support the college gave him...