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It’s time for The Babcock Institute and UW-Madison to say farewell to our beloved Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellow, Hysen Bytyqi. After spending over two months working under the direction of Department of Dairy Science Professor Paul Fricke, Hysen departs the U.S. for Kosovo with an enhanced knowledge of scientific developments in various agricultural fields across Wisconsin. As an expert in animal breeding and reproduction, Hysen has spent the last two months researching information that will help promote food security, economic growth and agricultural productivity in Kosovo.
Gaining its independence in 2008 after extreme civil unrest dating back to the early 1990's, Kosovo has suffered devastating losses to its dairy industry and the farmers fueling this market over the last two decades. In an effort to rebuild Kosovo and recharge its dairy industry, Hysen has also been helping with a two-year collaborative partnership with the Kosovan government led by UW-Madison's Dr. Pamela Ruegg and Babcock Institute Director Karen Nielsen. Funded by a USDA - International Scholarly Exchange grant, the project is aimed at assessing food safety risks and improving milk quality in Kosovo. Hysen has worked closely with Ruegg in furthering the initiative over the last few months--contributing greatly to the reconstruction of Kosovo's dairy industry. (For more information on the project please click here.)
The Babcock Institute has greatly enjoyed Hysen’s stay in Madison and is sad to see him leave the UW. It has been and honor and a privilege to host such a dedicated and ambitious researcher on our campus. We look forward to seeing what he does with the information he has acquired over the course of his stay in Wisconsin. That said, the Babcock Institute would like to thank everyone who had the opportunity to work with Hysen - the program was an immense success.
To read more about Hysen’s visit please refer to a previous article here.