Scott A. Sanford,

Distinguished Outreach Specialist / Extension Agricultural Engineer: Rural Energy Program

Agricultural Engineering Building
Room 125
460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: (608) 262-5062
Fax: (608) 262-1228
E-mail: sasanford@wisc.edu

Education and Certificates

  • M. Engr. -1984, Agricultural Engineering - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • B.S. - 1981, Agricultural Engineering - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Cert. - 1977, Agricultural Mechanics, SUNY - Cobleskill College, Cobleskill, NY
  • A.A.S. - 1976, Animal Husbandry, SUNY - Cobleskill College, Cobleskill, NY

Fields of Interest

  • Energy conservation and utilization of resources
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Greenhouses
  • Low Cost Dairy Expansion
  • Recirculation Aquaculture

Teaching

  • Agricultural Energy Management - Short Course
  • Milking Systems
Outreach/Research
  • Rural Energy Issues Outreach Program
  • Energy Conservation / Efficiency
  • Dairy Farms
  • Grain Drying
  • Irrigation
  • Crop storage for fruits and vegetables
  • Lighting
  • Greenhouse production
  • Maple syrup production
  • Renewable Energy

Publications

  • Sanford, S.A., Greenhouse Unit Heaters: Types, Placement, and Efficiency, University of Wisconsin - Extension, Madison, WI, 2006.
  • Sanford, S.A., Energy Efficient Agricultural Lighting, University of Wisconsin - Extension, Madison, WI, 2004.
  • Sanford, S.A., Ventilation and Cooling Systems for Animal Housing, University of Wisconsin - Extension, Madison, WI, 2004.
  • Sanford, S.A., Heating Water on Dairy Farms, University of Wisconsin - Extension, Madison, WI, 2003.
  • Sanford, S.A., D.S. Liebl, Wood Burning Appliances for Home and Businesses, Bulletin GWQ066, University of Wisconsin - Extension, Madison, WI, 2014.
  • Sanford, S.A., J. Hendrickson, On-Farm Cold Storage of Fall-Harvested Fruits and Vegetables: Planning, Design and Operation, Bulletin A4105, University of Wisconsin - Extension, Madison, WI, 2015.
  • Sanford, S.A., J.Panuska, Irrigation Management in Wisconsin, Bulletin A3600-01, University of Wisconsin - Extension, Madison, WI, 2015.
  • Panuska , J., S.A. Sanford, Methods to Monitor Soil Moisture, Bulletin A3600-02, University of Wisconsin - Extension, Madison, WI, 2015
  • Sanford, S.A., Milking System Air Consumption When Using a Variable Speed Vacuum Pump, ASAE, St Joseph, MI, Paper No. 03-3014, 2003
  • Link to Extension Publications

 

 Website Resources

  • Midwest Rural Energy Council (www.mrec.org)- Resource site with information about energy conservation, renewable energy and stray voltage.
  • Wisconsin Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resource site (http://www.uwex.edu/energy)- information for energy conservation in Agriculture - coming soon renewable energy.
  • Understanding Crop Irrigation (fyi.uwex.edu/cropirrigation) – resource site for growers with information about types of irrigation, irrigation management, irrigation scheduling, training videos and many other resources
  • Vegetable and Crop Storage (fyi.uwex.edu/cropstorage) – resource site for fruit and vegetable growers on the planning, design and operation of on-farm cold storage facilities. Site includes training videos, energy use estimator, equipment vendor lists and frequently asked questions.

 

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Wayne G. Russell Award, ASABE and Alliant Energy, 2014
  • ASABE Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards
    • Lighting Technology: LED Lamps for Home, Farm, Small Business, 2015
    • Wood Burning Appliances for Home and Businesses, 2014
    • Energy Efficiency in Greenhouses Series, 2012
    • In-Line Milk Cooling, Agricultural Engineering Fact sheet, 1984.
  • Rural Electric Resource Council Technology Award (ASABE) 2009
  • Alpha Zeta, National Honorary Agriculture Fraternity, inducted 1980.

Expertise Summary

Scott Sanford is a Distinguished Outreach Specialist in the Biological Systems Engineering department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he has been on staff since 2002. He works on and manages the Rural Energy Program. He has developed audit tools and educational materials for the program and makes presentations on energy conservation. Currently he is working on energy conservation on dairy farms, irrigation system, grain drying, cold storage facilities and greenhouses. Scott also teaches the Agricultural Energy Management and the Introduction to Precision Agriculture courses for the Farm and Industry Short course program. Prior to joining the university, Mr. Sanford worked in the dairy equipment business for 17 years holding positions in engineering, marketing and manufacturing.