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Hard work pays off for this junior Angus herdsman

The Junior Herdsman of the Year Award is devoted to the recognition of a National Junior Angus Association member in their last year of eligibility who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and character, both in and out of the show ring. Each year, an exhibitor who exemplifies a strong work ethic, commitment to the breed and outstanding preparation of their cattle is chosen by their peers at the National Junior Angus Show.

Cale Hinrichsen, a fourth-generation Angus breeder of Westmoreland, Kan., is the recipient of the 2020 Junior Herdsman of the Year Award. He is a senior at Oklahoma State University, where he majors in agribusiness with a minor in marketing. Hinrichsen plans to attend law school to pursue a career in ag law and also intends to continue being involved with the Angus breed. His connection to the breed has been evident since the day he was born, when his aunt purchased a junior lifetime membership to the American Angus Association in his name.

“This breed has given me so much,” said Hinrichsen. “It’s shaped so much about me; I don’t see myself ever walking away from it.” He intends to continue giving back to the breed and hopes to serve as a mentor for young people the same way countless others have for him.

Hinrichsen explains this award illustrates the impact he’s been able to have on his fellow juniors, pointing out this is an honor one doesn’t apply for. He feels fortunate for the network he’s built and the lessons he’s learned during his time as an NJAA member. From exhibiting at shows across the nation and participating in contests and conferences, to even serving as the 2018 American Angus Ambassador, Hinrichsen has truly defined what it means to be involved and how to make the most out of one’s time in an organization. He emphasizes the importance of staying humble and working hard through it all.

“I’ve always tried to remember the motto: ‘stay humble, stay hungry’,” said Hinrichsen. “You might not always be at the top of the class, but you have to keep working hard to get there. When you do have success, it’s important to maintain that humility and know it could easily be someone else.”

The 2020 NJAS took place in Tulsa, Okla., where nearly 700 exhibitors entered more than 1,400 head of cattle. Hinrichsen’s successful week serves as a testament to the years of hard work that led him to his final NJAS.

“We can’t be discouraged by failures; we just have to constantly work even harder — it will eventually pay off.”

Visit angus.org for complete show results and news from the event.

K-State students presented with AMSA awards

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Katie Lybarger and Hannah Williams, both Kansas State University animal sciences and industry seniors, were presented the 2020 Undergraduate Scholastic Achievement Award by the American Meat Science Association.

The award recognizes students with a potential career in meats and that have shown a strong interest or commitment within the meat science industry.

From Garnett, Kan., Lybarger’s interest in agriculture and food production was cultivated through experiences in FFA. She was a member of the 2019 reserve national champion meat judging team and on the 2020 champion K-State ASI academic quadrathlon team.

A K-State Ag Ambassador, Lybarger has a secondary major in Global Food Systems Leadership she is also working too obtain a food science minor as well as a certificate in meat science. Upon graduation from K-State, she plans to pursue a master’s in meat science.

Williams, from Kearney, Neb., discovered her passion for agriculture through involvement in 4-H, FFA, and the National Junior Hereford Association. She was also a member of the 2019 reserve national champion meat judging team. She was named a second-team All-American as well as high individual at the Iowa State contest.

Williams has gained meat science experience through undergraduate research projects at K-State and internships. Her first internship was with Corbion working in the meat research lab and gaining an understanding of the bio-ingredient sector of meat science. Additionally, this summer Hannah has worked for Merck Animal Health as a cattle field sales intern.

“These two young women exemplify the high level of excellence, passion, and dedication that the meat science program at Kansas State is built on,” said Travis O’Quinn, K-State ASI associate professor and meat judging team coach. “They truly personify all of the characteristics this award from AMSA honors. We are extremely proud of them and look forward to all of their great accomplishments in the future.” ❖

Biehl-Owens is named KRVN market manager

Amy Biehl-Owens has been named market manager for the Lexington-based Nebraska Rural Radio Association stations, KRVN AM, 93.1 The River and KAMI.

Association Chief Executive Officer Tim Marshall made the announcement on Aug. 4. Biehl-Owens has been with the company for 21 years, serving most recently as director of sales.

“I listened to ‘The Best Farm Station in the Nation’ as a kid,” Biehl-Owens said. “For over 20 years, I have witnessed firsthand the dedication and professionalism of the people who work hard to serve our mission each day. I am honored and humbled to be able to help lead those efforts as we build on our rich history and explore new ways to serve rural America.”

Marshall said he is excited for Biehl-Owens and the company’s direction.

“We interviewed several strong candidates,” Marshall said. “The committee believes that Amy puts us in the best position for future success. With our growth in recent years, and our more recent expansion, it makes sense to have a station manager focus solely on KRVN.”

Last fall, the NRRA purchased five additional radio stations, bringing the company total to 14.

KRVN is the 50,000-watt flagship of the NRRA based in Lexington. Other markets include Scottsbluff, West Point, York, Cozad and Holdrege.

Nemetz launches Western Ag Network

BILLINGS, Mont. – Radio listeners in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming have a new source for the latest agriculture news and markets-the Western Ag Network.

Owned and operated by veteran National Association of Farm Broadcasting broadcaster Russell Nemetz, the network’s programs are heard on 47 radio affiliates in six states including Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

For nearly 25 years, he was part of the Northern Ag Network’s farm broadcast team; the majority of those years as its ag director.

In 2019, he had the opportunity to assume operation of and eventually purchase the Evan Slack Network; another well-known Ag Radio Network in the Rocky Mountain West and Northern Plains.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have this opportunity to continue to serve America’s agriculture industry on the airwaves” said Nemetz. “I want to thank Evan Slack for his legendary career as a trusted friend to agriculture and I will be forever thankful to the hall of fame farm broadcaster for this opportunity to carry on his legacy and still have him part of our broadcast team as an honorary member as he enjoys retirement.”

NAFB farm broadcaster Lane Nordlund has also joined the Western Ag Network team.

This award-winning farm broadcast team of Nemetz, Nordlund and Slack delivers nearly 100 years of combined on-air experience!

In addition to providing daily radio reports on the Western Ag Network, both Nemetz and Nordlund are seen statewide on the Montana Television Network as members of the Montana Ag Network. They also make regular appearances on national television broadcasts like Cattlemen to Cattlemen, This Week in Agribusiness, Market Day Report and Rural Evening News all seen on RFD-TV.

Nemetz is also heard on the Ag Information Network based in Walla Walla, Wash., with radio affiliates in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

For more information about the Western Ag Network, visit www.westernagnetwork.com. ❖

Virtual beginning for 2020-21 U.S. Wheat Associates officers

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Wheat Associates board of directors seated new officers at a virtual annual meeting July 17, 2020. USW is the export market development organization representing U.S. wheat farmers.

USW officers for 2020/21 are: Chairman Darren Padget of Grass Valley, Ore.; Vice Chairperson Rhonda Larson of East Grand Forks, Minn.; Secretary-Treasurer Michael Peters of Okarche, Okla.; and Past Chairman Doug Goyings of Paulding, Ohio. USW officers were elected to these one-year positions at the January 2020 board of directors meeting in Washington, D.C.

“We are all very disappointed that we could not hold our meeting as originally planned in Cincinnati, Ohio, so we could all thank Doug Goyings, his family and the team from the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Board for their dedicated leadership this past year,” Chairman Padget said. “Doug has done a wonderful job as chairman and I can only hope to meet his example with his help.”

Chairman Padget is a fourth-generation farmer in Oregon’s Sherman County, with a dryland wheat and summer fallow rotation currently producing registered and certified seed on 3,400 acres annually. Previously, Padget held positions on the Oregon Wheat Growers League board of directors and executive committee for seven years, serving as president in 2010. He chaired the NAWG Research and Technology Committee and served on the Mid-Columbia Producers board of directors, for which he was an officer for 10 years.

Vice Chairperson Larson was raised on her family’s Red River Valley farm and has been engaged in the operation full-time for nearly 30 years. Her father started the farm 50 years ago growing potatoes, wheat and barley. With her two brothers and her son, the third generation on the farm, they currently grow hard red spring wheat and sugarbeets. Larson has been a board member of the Minnesota Wheat Research & Promotion Council for 16 years and served as chair from 2010 to 2012. She served on the Wheat Foods Council board and is a long-time member of the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers and the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association.

Secretary-Treasurer Peters grows hard red winter wheat and canola and winter grazes stocker cattle on wheat. Peters is president of his local CHS Coop Board and is a member of the Okarche Rural Fire Fighters’ Association Board. He has also served as president and on the board of elders at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He currently serves as a commissioner and secretary of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, is a USW director and serves as chairman of the USW Wheat Quality Committee. He has participated in several farm leadership programs sponsored by CHS and the National Wheat Foundation. Peters and his wife Linda have two teenage boys who work with him and his father on their farm.

Doug Goyings’ family has been farming in northwestern Ohio since 1884. Past Chairman Goyings and his family grow soft red winter and have hosted numerous trade teams on their farm. He has served in Ohio and national agricultural leadership positions for 37 years. Goyings has been a member of the USW board since 2009 and is a past chairman of the USW Long-Range Planning Committee. He serves as a director for the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff Board, is a past-president of his local Farm Bureau and has served as a director for the Ohio Veal Growers Inc., Creston Veal, Inc. and Paulding Landmark, Inc.

USW’s next board meeting will be held jointly with the National Association of Wheat Growers Nov. 3 to 8, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.Mex. ❖

Randy Gordon to retire from NGFA

The National Grain and Feed Association announced that Randy Gordon, its president and CEO, plans to retire following the association’s 125th annual convention in March 2021.

At that time, Gordon will have served nearly 43 years in various executive capacities at NGFA. He joined NGFA’s staff on July 1, 1978, as its director of information services. In 1987, he was elected as NGFA’s vice president for communications and government relations. He became the organization’s chief executive staff officer in 2012.

“Randy joined our staff at a time when our industry was facing the daunting challenge of eliminating fire and explosion hazards, and helped communicate the life-saving technology and safety practices developed through NGFA’s unprecedented industry-funded Fire and Explosion Research Program,” said NGFA Chairman JoAnn Brouillette, managing partner of Demeter LP, Fowler, Ind.

“His leadership, dedication and selfless service were instrumental in NGFA pursuing new programs and services for its members, and in overcoming many challenges that came thereafter.”

Gordon is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of American Feed Control Officials — one of only eight industry members to be so honored during AAFCO’s 110-plus-year history. He also was recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2005 with an award for efforts to prevent the establishment or spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States.

A Nebraska native, Gordon is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with undergraduate degrees in journalism, history and political science. Before joining NGFA’s staff, he worked at the university’s Agricultural Communications Department for nearly three years.

Corn Refiners Association President and CEO John Bode said in a news release, “Randy Gordon’s tenure at NGFA has been characterized by principled advocacy pursued with persistence. As someone who grew up in an independent grain elevator and feed mill, I especially appreciate the manner that Randy and his strong team have represented their members.”

Brouillette announced that NGFA has appointed an eight-member search committee and now will begin the process of selecting Gordon’s successor. Applications are due by mid-August. Those interested in applying can access the job description and requirements online, as well as apply.

Western Growers’ Dave Puglia named to policy advisory committee

Dave Puglia, president and CEO of Western Growers, has been appointed to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee.

Puglia and other committee members advise the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative on trade policy matters, including the operation of existing trade agreements and negotiations of new agreements.

“International markets are vital to the growth of the fresh produce industry, accounting for more than $23 billion in fruit, vegetable and tree nut sales in 2019,

Puglia said in a news release. “However, tariff and non-tariff barriers continue to restrict access to key export destinations.”

Puglia said in the release he looks forward to working with other committee members “to help formulate durable trade policies that benefit our domestic growers.” ❖

CCA honors 2020 leaders at 1st virtual annual convention

Nearly 100 cattle ranchers and industry stakeholders gathered around their computers on Wednesday, July 1, for the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Leadership Election and Social Hour. Leaders were recognized and the CCA board of directors settled into their new roles; while attendees saw familiar faces and reconnected with old colleagues and friends.

The event kicked-off a series of virtual meetings that CCA will hold in place of its traditional 2020 Annual Convention, which was moved online due to government regulations and gathering restrictions. The revised event will still provide educational sessions, networking opportunities, leadership recognition and policy development. CCA is dedicated to delivering an exceptional and special event in this new, online format and also plans to host in-person meetings later on this fall.

The evening began with the nominating portion of CCA’s Business Session. Jim Santomas was nominated as the newest CCA board of directors member for the northeast quarter of the state. After the nominations concluded, Tim Lehmann was wished farewell and honored for his service on the CCA board, while Philip Anderson was recognized as the outgoing chairman.

Steve Wooten gave his departing speech as he moved on from his role as CCA president and welcomed Janie VanWinkle as the 2020-2021 president, where she addressed the virtual crowd.

CCA is pleased to welcome the CCA 2020-2021 board of directors.

• President: Janie VanWinkle, Fruita

• President-Elect: Troy Marshall, Burlington

• 1st Vice President: Philip Anderson, Walden

• 2nd Vice President: Robert Farnam, Brush

• Treasurer: Brett Datteri, Greeley

• Northeast reps: Jim Magnuson, Eaton and Jim Santomaso, Sterling

• Northwest reps: Tom Harrington, Carbondale and Mike Camblin, Maybell

• Southwest reps: Al Heaton, Cortez and Mark LeValley, Hotchkiss

• Southeast reps: Curt Russell, Sugar City and R.J. Jolly, Kit Carson

• Immediate Past President: Steve Wooten, Kim

• Past President: Mike Hogue, Steamboat Springs

As with the officers from years before, this year’s officers will be leading the association as CCA continues its mission of being the premier cattlemen’s association that serves as the principal voice and advocate for Colorado beef production.

Following the nominations, CCA awarded Officer Christopher Johnson, executive director of the County Sheriffs of Colorado, with the Public Service of the Year award. Officer Johnson suddenly passed away on June 21. He was a great ally and friend to the beef industry and was recently honored as CCA’s 2017 Outstanding Law Officer of the Year. His service and dedication will be missed, and his legacy will live on.

The evening wrapped up with a special performance by Caitlyn Ochsner and her band. Ochsner’s family have been long-time members of the association, and her love for agriculture shines through in her music. Then, attendees were given the opportunity to mingle, tell stories and reminisce about past meetings and their experiences within CCA.

If you missed the event, check out CCA’s Facebook page to watch the live presidential speeches and make sure to tune into the CCA Business Meeting: Issue Discussions and Resolutions virtual event on Thursday, July 30 at 1 p.m. For more information, please visit CCA’s website or call the office at (303) 431-6422.

Sponsorship opportunities are also still available with this new format, and create a unique opportunity to connect with CCA’s members and industry leaders in a new virtual and in-person setting. Please contact Sarah Dideriksen at sarahd@coloradocattle.org, or at (303) 431-6422 for more information.

Janie VanWinkle takes reins as CCA president

Janie VanWinkle was elected as Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s 115th president during CCA’s Leadership Election and Social Hour on July 1. VanWinkle has served on CCA’s board of directors for over six years, and has spent countless hours promoting and advocating on behalf of the beef industry. VanWinkle follows Steve Wooten, outgoing CCA president, from Kim, Colo.

VanWinkle and her husband, Howard, own and operate VanWinkle Ranch, LLC, located in Mesa County just outside Fruita, Colo.

VannWinkle has a diverse background, including working in a corporate environment as well as a small-business owner. The VanWinkle family have been active members of CCA for over 30 years. Janie, Howard, and their son Dean, the fifth generation on the ranch, proudly provide safe and nutritious beef for consumers in their local community and beyond.

“Thank you to CCA’s membership for having the confidence in me and allowing me the opportunity to serve as your president. It’s certainly very humbling. One of my intentions as president is to focus on our connection to the consumer. I believe that this could help us with a myriad of issues, particularly the wolf ballot initiative, which is imperative to defeat this November,” VanWinkle said. “We need to connect better with our consumers and build trust, because our consumers are the reason we are in business.”

As the industry continues to face unprecedented challenges in the coming year, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association will benefit from its strong leadership and its grassroots connectivity to individual beef producers. “I am looking forward to advocating for CCA and its membership throughout Colorado and our country on issues and opportunities pertinent to producer sustainability. I firmly believe we must find new and engaging ways to promote our way of life,” VanWinkle said. ❖

Western Growers welcomes Davis as senior VP, science

IRVINE, Calif. — Western Growers is pleased to announce the addition of De Ann Davis, PhD, as senior vice president, science. Davis brings extensive expertise to the leadership team with more than 25 years of experience in the development and execution of technical global programs, including food safety, quality assurance and regulatory compliance.

“Western Growers has long led our industry’s efforts to develop and embrace food safety best practices based on science,” said Western Growers President and CEO Dave Puglia. “The retirement of Hank Giclas — a pioneering leader in food safety — created a serious challenge for us in finding the right person to continue and enhance our commitment. Fortunately, today we are welcoming De Ann Davis to our team. With her uncommon blend of technical know-how, cross-sector experience, and demonstrated management capacity, De Ann is poised to take this position and drive further value to our members and the broader fresh produce industry.”

“Joining Western Growers is an exciting opportunity for me to really leverage my diverse experiences and technical background to advance food safety and scientific programs across its membership and the produce industry as a whole,” Davis said.

Following an impressive run in consumer products safety, Davis transitioned to packaged and fresh produce safety nearly a decade ago. She most recently served as food safety director for Commercial Food Sanitation, a provider of strategic consulting services, expertise and training that addresses food safety and sanitation challenges for food processing plants.

Previously, Davis was vice president of food safety and quality for both Church Brothers Farms and Earthbound Farm, and earlier as chief food safety officer for Kraft Foods Group, where she was engaged in the development of the regulatory framework for Food Safety Modernization Act.

Davis earned her bachelor of arts degree in biology and chemistry from Point Loma Nazarene University and her PhD in biochemistry from Texas A&M University. She is also a certified diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, where she has served since 1996.

Davis holds several committee appointments within the produce industry, including having recently served as the chair of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia. In 2018, Davis was appointed to the USDA National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Food.

Western Growers’ science division leads the association’s engagement in several issue areas, including food safety, crop protection, sustainability and industry data initiatives.

Top ag educator

Dan Stehlik, a Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture alumni and faculty member, was named a top educator in postsecondary education for his expertise in the classroom and laboratory.

The Nebraska Agricultural Education Association recognized Stehlik for NCTA’s Outstanding Postsecondary Program.

“Dan has done an amazing job building our Agriculture Mechanics program which includes welding, irrigation technology, small engines and agriculture safety courses,” NCTA Dean Larry Gossen wrote in his Dean’s Message.

“He knows NCTA quite well, having graduated in 1975 with an associate degree in production agriculture. Dan farmed for a few years at his hometown near Dorchester, then returned to a college campus to become an agriculture teacher. In 1986, he received a bachelor’s degree in dual programs of agriculture education and general agriculture,” he wrote. “We have another connection as both of us taught in Kansas high school agriculture education programs for many years. NCTA will celebrate Dan’s award when he officially receives the plaque and banner which accompanies the annual award.” ❖

Western Growers welcomes Davis as senior VP, science

IRVINE, Calif. — Western Growers is pleased to announce the addition of De Ann Davis, PhD, as senior vice president, science. Davis brings extensive expertise to the leadership team with more than 25 years of experience in the development and execution of technical global programs, including food safety, quality assurance and regulatory compliance.

“Western Growers has long led our industry’s efforts to develop and embrace food safety best practices based on science,” said Western Growers President and CEO Dave Puglia. “The retirement of Hank Giclas — a pioneering leader in food safety — created a serious challenge for us in finding the right person to continue and enhance our commitment. Fortunately, today we are welcoming De Ann Davis to our team. With her uncommon blend of technical know-how, cross-sector experience, and demonstrated management capacity, De Ann is poised to take this position and drive further value to our members and the broader fresh produce industry.”

“Joining Western Growers is an exciting opportunity for me to really leverage my diverse experiences and technical background to advance food safety and scientific programs across its membership and the produce industry as a whole,” Davis said.

Following an impressive run in consumer products safety, Davis transitioned to packaged and fresh produce safety nearly a decade ago. She most recently served as food safety director for Commercial Food Sanitation, a provider of strategic consulting services, expertise and training that addresses food safety and sanitation challenges for food processing plants.

Previously, Davis was vice president of food safety and quality for both Church Brothers Farms and Earthbound Farm, and earlier as chief food safety officer for Kraft Foods Group, where she was engaged in the development of the regulatory framework for Food Safety Modernization Act.

Davis earned her bachelor of arts degree in biology and chemistry from Point Loma Nazarene University and her PhD in biochemistry from Texas A&M University. She is also a certified diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, where she has served since 1996.

Davis holds several committee appointments within the produce industry, including having recently served as the chair of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia. In 2018, Davis was appointed to the USDA National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Food.

Western Growers’ science division leads the association’s engagement in several issue areas, including food safety, crop protection, sustainability and industry data initiatives. ❖

Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation scholarship recipients announced

The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded $61,200 in scholarships to students furthering their education goals in the 2020-2021 academic year.

“The foundation strongly believes in the importance of a sound education for tomorrow’s industry leaders and is pleased to be able to provide this funding to these outstanding students to aid in their academic career,” said Mark Jagels, president of the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation. “Due to the generosity of many donors and the success of our Retail Value Steer Challenge fundraising project, the foundation was able to offer an additional $5,000 in scholarship funds over last years awarded scholarships.”

The 2020 Nebraska Cattlemen Beef State Scholarship was awarded to Renae Sieck of Martell. This premier scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship that was established in 2014 to support outstanding junior, senior or graduate level Nebraska resident students enrolled in a Nebraska college or university pursuing a beef industry related degree. Sieck is currently working on her master of science degree at the University of Nebraska in animal breeding and genetics.

In addition to the Beef State Scholarship, the foundation awarded 47 additional scholarships to the following students:

Madison Adam, Alliance – $1,200 Clarence & Lois Jean Hartmann Scholarship; Lauren Ahlers, Rosalie – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Regan Alfs, Shickley – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Taylor Cammach, DeWitt – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Dana Christen, Steinauer – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Lacie Cruise, Genoa – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Clay Curtis, Royal – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Caitlyn Deal, Sidney – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Ashton Erickson, Wallace – $1,200 Ron & Shirley Huss Scholarship; Jais Ford, Cody – $1,200 Clarence & Lois Jean Hartmann Scholarship; Olivia Fredrick, Amherst – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Kathlyn Hauxwell, McCook – $1,200 Ron & Shirley Huss Scholarship; Brea Hostert, Atkinson – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; TaraLee Hudson, Belvidere – $1,200 Bill Briggs Family Memorial Scholarship; Loyal Johnson, Burr – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Elizabeth Karnopp, Oakland – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Marissa Kegley, Kearney – $1,200 Robert F. Lute II Memorial Scholarship; Felicia Knoerzer, Elwood – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Korbin Kudera, Clarkson – $1,200 Bill Pullen Scholarship; Weston Kunkee, Lexington – $1,200 Frank & Shirley Sibert Scholarship; George Lee, Elsie – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Malina Lindstrom, Elm Creek – $1,200 Vance Uden Memorial Scholarship; Kelsey Loseke, Blair – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Carsten Loseke, Columbus – $1,200 Col. Melvin Huss Memorial Scholarship; BaiLee McMillan, Milburn – $1,200 Col. Melvin Huss Memorial Scholarship; Shalyn Miller, Norfolk – $1,200 Cattlemen’s Open Scholarship; Katherine Mohr, Genoa – $1,200 Bill Heller Memorial Scholarship; Taylor Peter, O’Neill – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Savannah Peterson, Gothenburg – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Bailee Porter, Norfolk – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Laura Reiling, Malcolm – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Tigh Renken, Bertand – $1,200 Vance Uden Memorial Scholarship; Grant Reynolds, Ansley – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Ralston Ripp, Kearney – $1,200 Donavan Yoachim Memorial Scholarship; Trevor Ross, Callaway – $1,000 West Central Affiliate Scholarship; Rebel Sjeklocha, Hayes Center – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Joseph Sonderman, Columbus – $1,200 Nebraska Cattlemen Beef Pit Scholarship; Jace Stagemeyer, Page – $1,200 Robert F. Lute II Memorial Scholarship; Issac Stallbaumer, Oconto – $1,200 Cattlemen’s Open Scholarship; Jency Starr, North Platte – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Jacqueline Stauffer, Ashland – $1,200 Vance Uden Memorial Scholarship; Justin Stengel, Shickley – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Colton Thompson, Eustis – $1,200 Todd Ricenbaw Memorial Scholarship; Lauren Trauernicht, Wymore – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Wesley Wach, Wauneta – $1,200 Bill Heller Memorial Scholarship; James Wetovick, Fullerton – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; Jonathan Wetovick, Fullerton – $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship. ❖

Greeley Stampede Foundation scholarship recipients announced

Each year the Greeley Stampede Foundation awards scholarships to northern Colorado high school seniors to support our community and students pursuing higher education. Since the foundation began the program, more than $520,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

Recipients were selected based on their outstanding academic results, school involvement, leadership in the community, and plans to further their education. The selected 2020 Greeley Stampede Foundation High School Academic Scholarship recipients represent 11 Weld County high schools with each student receiving $2,500. The foundation board is proud to help these community minded students build a bright future for themselves and, as a result, our community.

For the sixth year, one college-level rodeo scholarship was awarded based on academic results and competitive level with the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. The 2020 recipient is Kelsey Story who attends Colorado State University and is pursuing a dual major in equine science and agriculture business.

Also recognized by the foundation with a scholarship, is 2020 Miss Rodeo Colorado, Hailey Frederiksen. As Miss Rodeo Colorado, Frederiksen has dedicated herself to represent the state of Colorado, the sport of rodeo and the Greeley Stampede as the home rodeo of the Miss Rodeo Colorado Pageant.

The 2020 recipients include: Mikyla Bowen, Northridge High School; Kathryn Broderius, Greeley West High School; Loralei Carroll, Prairie High School; Kailee Chambers, Roosevelt High School; Alaina Endreson, Briggsdale Undivided High School; Matea Floryance, Eaton High School; Abigail Granrud, Frontier Academy; Awna Hirsch, Windsor High School; Alexa Kopren, Windsor High School; Meagan Lorance, Frontier Academy; Georgina Magana Orantes, Greeley West High School; Evan Messmer, Eaton High School; Indigo Parlin, Greeley Central High School; Rodrigo Perez-Campos Jr., Greeley West High School; Maya Potter, University High School; Emalee Roth, Platte Valley High School; Everet Slaughenhaupt, Eaton High School; Nolan Steckel, Northridge High School; Shelby Tveten, Roosevelt High School; Caitlyn Walker, Eaton High School; Emma Younger, Windsor High School; Hailey Frederiksen, CSU, Miss Rodeo Colorado Foundation Scholarship; Kelsey Story, CSU, Rodeo Scholarship.

Weld County Farm Bureau presents 6 scholarships

The WCFB board of directors was honored to present five graduating high school seniors and one continuing college student with a $1,000 scholarship.

Courtney Carr and Ryleigh Carr, daughters of Jeff and Sandi Carr, are graduates of Highland High School and both plan to attend Colby Community College. Courtney will study pre-veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing. Ryleigh plans to study agribusiness. Awna Hirsch, daughter of Jake and Rebecca Hirsch, graduated from Windsor High School and plans to study animal science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Austin McCray, son of Michael and Shara McCray, is a graduate of Weld Central High School. He plans to study plant science, ag business and ag education at Aims Community College. David Sponaugle, son of Rick and Teresa Sponaugle, is a graduate of Colorado Heritage Education School System and will be studying mechanical engineering at the University of Wyoming. The Collegiate Scholarship went to Brianna McBride, daughter of Scott and Shani McBride, who is attending Iowa State University and studying dairy science, food science-industry. WCFB wishes these winners every success in their future. ❖

K-State ASI students join in virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium

K-State ASI students participate in virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A total of 60 undergraduate students presented their research during the Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry Undergraduate Research Symposium on Tuesday, May 12. The symposium, hosted virtually, highlighted ASI undergraduate research for the spring 2020 semester.

This year’s symposium and the awards distributed following the event were sponsored by the Dr. Mark and Kim Young Undergraduate Research Fund in Animal Sciences and Industry.

Two students were awarded $1,000 scholarships based on a combination of their scientific abstract, poster and presentation of data. Winning this semester’s scholarships were Kaylee Farmer, Nevada, M0.; and Ryan Maurer, Pompton Plains, N.J.

Farmer, a graduating senior, presented “Effects of Organic Acids in Place of Feed-Based Antibiotics on Nursery Pig Growth Performance.” Cassie Jones served as her faculty research mentor.

Maurer, also a graduating senior, presented “An Investigation of Collagen Characteristics and Collagenase Activity in Woody Breast Meat,” and was mentored by Michael Chao.

Undergraduate research is an opportunity to perform in-depth study; gain transferable skills; develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities; define academic and professional interests; and form relationships with mentors, professors and other students. The program gives students the opportunity to work with ASI faculty and graduate student mentors on a project that is rewarding and helps them prepare for their next goals.

Undergraduate research helps students understand the value and constraints of data. Whether they go on to graduate school, return to the ranch or venture into industry, these students will use data every day to make decisions. An undergraduate research experience helps students understand how to value that data during the decision-making process and will help make them more successful animal scientists.

Summary of the students’ projects and mentors:

Hope Aufdemberge – Effects of choline on immune cell function in growing cattle supplemented with guanidinoacetic acid and creatine – Dr. Barry Bradford and Dr. Evan Titgemeyer

Lane Bailey – Effect of heel bulb laceration treatment on soundness and return to function – Dr. John Lutter

Zach Buessing – Validation of equations to predict nursing calf feed intake – Dr. Brad White and Dr. Phillip Lancaster

Colin Chun – A preliminary study to investigate the contribution of different tenderness factors to beef loin, tri-tip, and heel tenderness – Dr. Michael Chao

Samantha Costigan – Corn gluten feed in Boer-type goat rations – Dr. Cassie Jones and Dr. Alison Crane

Olivia Harrison – Use of environmental monitoring to inform biosecurity compliance in a swine health challenge – Dr. Cassie Jones

Ashley Hoffman – Effects of Nannochloropsis algae on growth performance and fatty acid profile of broiler chick – Dr. James Lattimer

Ryan Maurer – An investigation of collagen characteristics and collagenase activity in woody breast meat – Dr. Michael Chao

Shane Newton – Impact of SYNOVEX® ONE GRASS implantation during suckling on pre-weaning calf growth performance – Dr. Cassie Jones and Dr. John Jaeger

Sara Ochoa – Behavioral phenotype assessment of finishing pigs for the NUtrack precision animal management system – Dr. Lindsey Hulbert

Macie Reeb – Effects of rest period prior to processing on vaccine response and blood metabolites in feedlot heifers – Dr. Cassie Jones and Dr. A.J. Tarpoff

Kristen Smith – Post treatment intervals and their effect on case fatality rate and first treatment success rate – Dr. Brad White

Nicole Stafford – Effects of rest period prior to processing on anthelmintic response during the receiving period in feedlot heifers – Dr. Cassie Jones and Dr. A.J. Tarpoff

Haley Watts – Development of commercial poultry skin as a snack food – Dr. Kelly Getty

The undergraduate research meat goat course focused on the effects of protein source and ionophore inclusion on meat goat growth performance and carcass traits. Students developed abstracts and posters as part of the course requirements. Researchers were Chase Archer, Rebekah Arnold, Emily Atkinson, Shaylyn Ballard, Chelsey Bieberle, Reba Colin, Paige Dameron, Miles Hamilton, Kaitlyn Hildebrand, Blake Hopkins, Kaitlin Houck, Emily Hudson, Autumn Johnson, Gabby Maroulis, Kenzie McAtee, Emily Prugh, Garrett Seltzer, Rae Sorensen, Mikayla Winter and Kristina Zerger.

The swine undergraduate research class focused their research on the effects of organic acids in place of feed-based antibiotics on nursery pig growth performance. Researchers were Megan Anguiano, Jenna Bromm, Ivan Bueso-Interiano, Erin Cocjin, Lauren Duncan, Kaylee Farmer, Alyssa Farran, Anna Hixon, Kate Nelson, Gabriela Olivier, Jordyn Orrison, Shyanne Osterhaus, Scotney Reichenberger, Destiny Serrano-Quiroz, Colton Stucky, Sydney Tastad, Ryan Tipton and Nadia Zhang.

In March, 10 K-State undergraduates presented their research at the Midwest American Society of Animal Science Meeting in Omaha. Olivia Harrison and Juliette Toothaker received first and second place undergraduate research poster, respectively.

Greeley Stampede Foundation scholarship recipients announced

Each year the Greeley Stampede Foundation awards scholarships to northern Colorado high school seniors to support our community and students pursuing higher education. Since the foundation began the program, more than $520,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

Recipients were selected based on their outstanding academic results, school involvement, leadership in the community, and plans to further their education. The selected 2020 Greeley Stampede Foundation High School Academic Scholarship recipients represent 11 Weld County high schools with each student receiving $2,500. The foundation board is proud to help these community minded students build a bright future for themselves and, as a result, our community.

For the sixth year, one college-level rodeo scholarship was awarded based on academic results and competitive level with the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. The 2020 recipient is Kelsey Story who attends Colorado State University and is pursuing a dual major in equine science and agriculture business.

Also recognized by the foundation with a scholarship, is 2020 Miss Rodeo Colorado, Hailey Frederiksen. As Miss Rodeo Colorado, Frederiksen has dedicated herself to represent the state of Colorado, the sport of rodeo and the Greeley Stampede as the home rodeo of the Miss Rodeo Colorado Pageant.

The 2020 recipients include: Mikyla Bowen, Northridge High School; Kathryn Broderius, Greeley West High School; Loralei Carroll, Prairie High School; Kailee Chambers, Roosevelt High School; Alaina Endreson, Briggsdale Undivided High School; Matea Floryance, Eaton High School; Abigail Granrud, Frontier Academy; Awna Hirsch, Windsor High School; Alexa Kopren, Windsor High School; Meagan Lorance, Frontier Academy; Georgina Magana Orantes, Greeley West High School; Evan Messmer, Eaton High School; Indigo Parlin, Greeley Central High School; Rodrigo Perez-Campos Jr., Greeley West High School; Maya Potter, University High School; Emalee Roth, Platte Valley High School; Everet Slaughenhaupt, Eaton High School; Nolan Steckel, Northridge High School; Shelby Tveten, Roosevelt High School; Caitlyn Walker, Eaton High School; Emma Younger, Windsor High School; Hailey Frederiksen, CSU, Miss Rodeo Colorado Foundation Scholarship; Kelsey Story, CSU, Rodeo Scholarship.