1861 – Founder of UW Agronomy School Born

On this date Ranson A. Moore, founder of UW Agronomy, was born in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. Although he was raised on a farm, he suffered an accident that prevented him from farming as an adult. Moore became a teacher and advanced to become the director of Short Courses for Young Farmers at the University of Wisconsin. Moore experimented with different species of grain, corn, and barley, and introduced new products that were successful in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest. His work helped farmers in Wisconsin to sell their crops and seeds across the nation. Moore was also active in founding the Four-H Club, inspiring young farmers in Wisconsin to use science to better their yield. [Source: by Fred L. Holmes]