University of Wisconsin

Renk Agribusiness Institute

About RAI

The Renk Agribusiness Institute, originated with a gift from the Renk Family of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin to coordinate agribusiness teaching, research, and outreach activity on the UW-Madison campus utilizing resources and excellence between the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS) and the UW-Madison School of Business. The Institute offers financial assistance, professional networking and developmental internships and activities to agribusiness students seeking a Masterís in Business Administration and undergraduates enrolled in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Agricultural and Applied Economics. The Institute also organizes agribusiness research studies and designs Agribusiness Executive Management programs and training.

Policy direction for the Institute resides with the UW-Madison Deans of CALS, the School of Business and the Renk Council.  Faculty of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in CALS and the Business School develop and administer Institute programs. The Institute works with the UW Center for Cooperatives, The Babcock Institute for International Dairy Research and Development, UW Center for Dairy Profitability, and various agribusiness industry groups to fulfill its mission.

Board of Visitors

The Renk Agribusiness Institute is pleased to announce its inaugural board:




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Jones, Bruce L.


RENK Chair in Agribusiness, Agricultural and Applied Economics
Director, Renk Agribusiness Institute
516 Taylor Hall, 427 Lorch St., Madison, WI 53706-1503
Phone: (608) 265-8508

Research Interests:  Agricultural finance; farm financial management; cooperative finance; government farm programs.



Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, University of Illinois-Urbana, 1984.
M.S., Agricultural Economics, University of Illinois-Urbana, 1978.
B.S. (Honors), Accountancy, University of Illinois-Urbana, 1976.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF), Personal Web Page

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Dobson, William D.

Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Applied Economics
Former Director, Renk Agribusiness Institute
323 Taylor Hall
Phone: (608) 262-6974
Research Interests: International trade

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Gould, Brian W.


Associate Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics
Senior Scientist, Center for Dairy Research
418 Taylor Hall
Phone: (608) 263-3212
Research Interests: Agricultural policy analysis; dairy product demand; econometric modelling.

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Henry, Elizabeth A. (Liz)

Associate Director, Renk Agribusiness Institute
522 Taylor Hall
Phone: (608) 262-9485

Research Interests: Marketing and risk analysis; futures markets; international trade.
Teaching: Agribusiness Executive Management Program, Ag Business Management Club Advisor

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