Improving Extension

How can universities make dairy extension more relevant? Dr. Phil Cardoso’s efforts at the University of Illinois are revolutionizing the way dairies access science.

His Dairy Focus Team (DFT) is also training students to take their classroom knowledge onto farms where they tackle real-world problems. In the past five years, it’s evolved into a truly win-win situation.

This article appeared in the March 26, 2018 issue of Progressive Dairyman magazine.  It can be read at The magazine also published an accompanying slideshow when the article was posted to their web site and it may be viewed at