Laurence F. Graber

Laurence F. Graber (HM1CZM)

Location: Mineral Point, WI 53565 Iowa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 51.491', W 90° 11.804'

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"Mister Alfalfa"

In 1887, Professor Laurence F. Graber was born on a nearby Mineral Point farm about three miles southwest of this location. In 1910, he began his career as an agronomy instructor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and was given the responsibility of increasing alfalfa acreage throughout the state. Graber received his doctorate from the University of Chicago and became an eminent agricultural scientist. He helped to develop superior winter hardy varieties of alfalfa seed and discovered new methods for planting and pasture renovation. Graber dedicated his life to educating students, farmers and the public about the benefits of alfalfa planting. He stated that (alfalfa is) "one of the greatest forages of the new hemisphere, and also one of its principal sources of renewable wealth." Because of Graber's efforts to promote this productive feed crop he earned the title "Mr. Alfalfa" and Wisconsin became the leading state in alfalfa acreage.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number433
Year Placed1999
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 4:30pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 729021 N 4748878
Decimal Degrees42.85818333, -90.19673333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 51.491', W 90° 11.804'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 51' 29.46" N, 90° 11' 48.24" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 815-841 Fair St, Mineral Point WI 53565, US
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