All is quiet on the blog front

It's been awful quiet around here lately.

Yeah, too quiet. Something must be up.

And, it is. Starting last month, I took on a new role with our College related to implementing our recently completed strategic plan. In this, I will take my work and experience related to natural resource policy analysis and program evaluation and apply it to moving the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences forward. [see this link for more]

Green Economic News for Wisconsin

As I mentioned a while back, I am a frequent visitor of The Wheeler Report, a Wisconsin political news aggregator. However, for economic and business news with a green tint, I subscribe to Ken Harwood's Wisconsin Development GREEN News.

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Heroes of Uncertainty - Today's Op-Ed from David Brooks

This morning op-ed from David Brooks deals with the fundamental difference from between social and physical sciences, and their application in the real world. It is useful in helping people think through what the social sciences can help us discern about problem-solving in the world. The snippet and link from The New York Times...

NEW: Wisconsin Landowners and ecosystem services

New PublicationThe UWEX Learning Store has just published, Expanding Sustainable Forestry on Wisconsin Woodlands. This publication reports on recent research describing Wisconsin's woodland owners, focused in two areas:

The Tax Man cometh -- tips for landowners

Annually, the US Forest Service compiles forest tax tips for landowners. The latest version is available at either of the two links below... or



CLOSED: Post-doctoral POSITION AVAILABLE -- Social science, program evaluation, and landowner engagement

We are no longer seeking applications for this position.

We are looking to hire a post-doctoral researcher to contribute as a program evaluator  and social scientist related to landowner engagement. We begin reviewing application December 15. Please see attached pdf for details.


Rickenbach to help NIFA with natural resources, bioenergy, and climate change

NIFA logo Assuming all the paperwork sorts out, I’ll begin a one-year special assignment with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) focused on the agency’s natural resource, bioenergy, and climate change portfolios beginning July 17.

Radio interview on SW Wisconsin bioenergy survey

WRCO logoLate last week, I was interviewed by Aaron Joyce, News Director at WRCO in Richland Center (click logo for more on station). He was one of 600 residents in SW Wisconsin to receive a questionnaire about bioenergy and land use.

Click here to download/listen to the full interview (mp3, 3.1 MB, 3m 15s).

Attending Bioenergy Training

This week I am attending Sustainable Bioenergy Training Program for Extension Educators in Columbia, MO, along with several extension colleagues from Wisconsin as well as the North Central region. The hope that we will develop a comprehensive extension curriculum to support the bioenergy discussion in Wisconsin.


Video: the big break

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