University of Wisconsin–Madison

Scott Sanford

Distinguished Outreach Specialist, Extension Agricultural Engineer: Rural Energy Program

sasanford@wisc.edu

(608) 262-5062

125 Agricultural Engineering Building
460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Scott Sanford Headshot

Education and Certificates

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

Fields of Interest

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

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., How to Compare Heating Fuels, A4162, University of Wisconsin – Extension, Madison, WI, 2018.
  • Sanford, S., Tips for Buying, Drying and Storing Firewood, A4163, University of Wisconsin – Extension, Madison, WI, 2018.
  • Sanford, S., The Basics of Micro Irrigation, A4119, University of Wisconsin – Extension, Madison, WI, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Panuska , J., S.A. Sanford, Methods to Monitor Soil Moisture, Bulletin A3600-02, 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.
  • 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., 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., 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 (https://fyi.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 develops educational materials, audit tools and makes presentations on energy efficiency for dairy farms, irrigation system, grain drying, cold storage facilities, maple syrup production, greenhouses and renewable energy. Scott also does applied research and is currently working on a new method for the distillation of essential oils mainly mint. Prior to joining the university, Mr. Sanford worked in the dairy equipment business for 17 years holding positions in engineering, marketing and manufacturing.