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SIFE Brings Wisconsin Dairy Farmer John Vrieze to U of M Crookston Nov. 2, 2006

By Elizabeth Tollefson, Jana Hodgson on
Tuesday, October 31, 2006

CROOKSTON, MN (October 31, 2006) – University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) welcomes Wisconsin Dairy Farmer John Vrieze to campus as part of the SIFE Speaker Series. Vrieze will discuss the process called “manure digesting” on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium on campus. The event is sponsored by SIFE and is free and open to the public.

John Vrieze specializes in high-quality dairy production through years of genetic management. Along with his great cows, Vrieze is also a strong proponent of the “bio” cycle on the farm, using the manure from cows to produce natural gas, which is then sold. The process is called manure digesting. 

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is a nonprofit organization that gives students the tools to learn the free enterprise system in real working situations. SIFE challenges students on more than 800 college campuses nationwide to take what they're learning in the classroom and use their knowledge to better their communities.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) delivers more than 24 different undergraduate degree programs, including online options, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. UMC is dedicated to helping students and the region aim higher, reach further, and dream big dreams. To learn more, visit