In Remembrance

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November 18, 2013

Bill Wilcke grew up as the second of four children on a 240 acre family farm in Battle Creek, Iowa. He was driving tractors and milking cows by the age of four.

His mother’s interest in recycling, gardening and saving energy, and his father’s early adoption of soil conservation methods shaped his professional career and the way he lived his life. He completed three degrees at Iowa State University in agricultural engineering, including a PhD.

Bill taught at Virginia Tech and the University of Minnesota, where he also advised students and post doctoral fellows in crop drying and storage. His work improved the quality and safety of human food and animal feed, saved farmers’ money, and reduced energy use for drying grain. Dr. Wilcke established the graduate fellowship to perpetuate his interest in sustainability and to guarantee the future professional work of the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota.

Bill served as the state and later regional coordinator for the federally-funded SARE Program, overseeing sustainable agriculture research and education activity in 12 states. He also served on the board of directors for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force, and the U of MN Regional Partnership for Northwest Minnesota and Compatible Technologies, Inc.


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