Research Director, Owner
Welcome. I am the Research Director/Owner of AGRES. I purchased AGSTAT in April 2011. At that time the business was renamed Agricultural Research of Wisconsin, LLC (AGRES). Dr. Jon Baldock established AGSTAT in 1979. I worked at AGSTAT from 1997-2000, then rejoined AGSTAT in March 2006 after working as a horticulturalist at an orchard and a researcher in a plant breeding program at Seminis Vegetable Seeds. I worked as a research manager and principal investigator for Stewart Agricultural Research Services for three years. I received my Ph.D. in Horticulture, minor in Botany, and specialized in Weed Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. I received my M.S. at UW-Madison in Horticulture studying weed competition in cabbage production. In 1987, I received my B.S. in Agronomy with interest in Weed Science from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. I was raised on my grandfather’s farm raising cattle, swine, poultry and field crops, with interests in gardening. My family has strong roots in many facets of agriculture and I am enjoying being a strong part of that history!
Research Agronomist, David Wenner came to AGRES in April 2010. David was raised on a 2,500 acre cash crop farm in Southern Minnesota, where he was heavily involved in all farm operations. David received his B.S. Degree in Agricultural Business, Minor in Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2007. After graduation, David spent 4 years with Target Corporation as the Team Manager of the Consumables Department before leaving to join AGRES. David has completed many trainings including, but not limited to, GLP compliance, Stewardship, Regulatory/APHIS, ARM, other sponsor related electronic field notebooks, and University of Wisconsin Pesticide, Soil, and Fertilizer yearly training. David also has his Wisconsin Individual Commercial Pesticide Applicator License.
Katherine Hutchinson, our Administrative Assistant, joined the AGRES Team in March of 2014. Katherine received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Whitewater in English with an emphasis in publishing. After school Katherine worked as a Team Leader at Target for nine years. At Target Katherine focused her objectives on creating a training and development program for team members in her store. Katherine grew up on her parent’s dairy farm where her respect for agriculture and enjoyment of gardening began. Katherine earned her Wisconsin Individual Commercial Pesticide Applicator License and completed her GLP compliance training.
Assistant Research Agronomist
Nick Breunig joined AGRES in 2014 as a Research Technician. Nick grew up in Southern Wisconsin on his family’s dairy farm where he played an integral role in crop and milk production, along with general farm maintenance activities. Nick graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he received his B.S. in Agribusiness. Nick also has his Wisconsin Individual Commercial Pesticide Applicator License.
Ryan Meives joined AGRES in 2017 as a Research Technician. Ryan grew up in Southern Wisconsin where he developed an appreciation for the outdoors and gardening. Ryan attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he received his B.S. in Soil and Crop Science. While at UW-Platteville, Ryan was a Research Assistant and was involved in a two year study on the efficacy of carbon-based fertilizers on alfalfa quality and yield. Ryan also has his Wisconsin Individual Commercial Pesticide Applicator License.
Shelby Franzen joined AGRES in April of 2018 as a Research Technician. She grew up in central Illinois where she fell in love with farming and gained respect for the hard working people in agriculture. She attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she earned her B.S. in Crop Science-Agribusiness. Shelby earned her Wisconsin Individual Commercial Pesticide Applicator License and completed her GLP compliance training.
Andrew joined AGRES in spring of 2018 as a Summer Research Intern. He grew up in Eastern Wisconsin, but in the summer time he helped out on his family’s apple orchard, which is located in south western Wisconsin. Andrew graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2015 with a B.S. in Agronomy. Andrew has also obtained his Wisconsin Individual Commercial Pesticide Applicator License.