Meet Stephanie Plaster, Agriculture Educator

Stephanie Plaster, Agriculture Educator HeadshotStephanie Plaster is the agriculture educator for both Washington and Ozaukee Counties. She covers farm management, dairy, and livestock across Sheboygan, Washington, and Ozaukee Counties through the Tri-County Ag Specialization. In addition, she leads two Master Gardener programs and three youth dairy and livestock groups. Her focus is primarily on farm business management, increasing production efficiencies, and volunteer management. She has worked at the US Dairy Forage Research Center, competed at the National Meat Animal Evaluation Competition, researched feedlot steer welfare, and studied dairying systems in Mexico. Stephanie also has experience in urban agriculture, commercial aquaponics, and vegetable seed production. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science in international agriculture focused on animal and dairy science from UW-Madison. She received a Master of Agriculture in integrated resource management from Colorado State University, where she worked with beef and sheep grazing and feedlot systems.

If you haven’t guessed it by now, Stephanie is an outstanding “teacher” and connects with everyone from youth to adults bringing the University of Wisconsin, Division of Extension Madison resources into the hands of our community. Impacting the farms, families, and businesses that contribute to supporting the quality of life for all in Washington County. 

Get to know a little more about Stephanie or “Steph” as most know her.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

“Rodeo pickup rider”

What was your first paying job?

“Giving horseback riding lessons”

Who inspires you? 

“My family”

What are your hidden talents or hobbies? 

“Assembling furniture and other items with many small parts”

Do you have any pets? 

“Dogs”

What’s your favorite season? 

“Fall”

Learn more about the resources Extension Washington County has to offer: https://washington.extension.wisc.edu/agriculture/

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