Supporting the Vitality of Rural Communities through the Wisconsin Rural Partnerships Institute



  • Glenda Gillaspy, Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Chris Kucharik, Director, Wisconsin Environmental Mesonet (Wisconet) and Professor, Department of Plant and Agroecosystem Sciences, UW–Madison
  • Patrick Robinson, Associate Dean Agriculture, Natural Resources and Community Development, Division of Extension
  • Steve Vavrus, Director and State Climatologist, Wisconsin State Climatology Office

The Wisconsin Rural Partnerships Institute (RPI) supports the state’s rural communities.  Panelists will discuss the overall RPI mission and its three major components:“Wisconet” monitoring stations, the Wisconsin State Climatology Office, and community research and outreach projects with rural stakeholders. After the panel, UW students from a meteorological measurements course will host an open house and demonstrate some of the standard measurements used in meteorology, including those related to Wisconet.

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Presented as part of Earth Fest.


Apr 26 2024


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Union South