Hickey joins Compass Ag Solutions
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Compass Ag Solutions announced the addition of Travis Hickey to its risk management team as business and risk management consultant/data and technology manager, effective May 29, 2018.
Hickey will assist in developing, maintaining and executing sound risk management strategies for Compass clientele to enhance their sustainability. He will also oversee research, data and software that support the Compass team and customers and undoubtedly will contribute to company objectives, goals and culture as a strong addition to Compass character and values. Hickey grew up on a cow-calf operation in southern Alberta, Canada. He attended the University of Lethbridge, where he majored in agricultural economics. While attending university, Hickey interned at Western Feedlots in High River, where he rode pens, treated sick cattle, drove feed-trucks and worked in all aspects of day-to-day feedyard operations. After graduation, Hickey worked with Landmark Feeds, where he formulated premixes, minerals and supplements while learning about practical feedlot nutrition. Hickey then returned to Western Feedlots to oversee feeder cattle procurement and fed cattle marketing. After seeing the need to broaden his skill set, Hickey went to work with JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding in Dalhart, Texas. He was later promoted to cattle procurement business analyst for JBS-Swift in Greeley, Colo., Hickey quickly worked his way up to the head of cattle trading position at JBS, where he was deeply involved in hedging, risk management and trade execution for its North American beef packing plants. Hickey and his wife, Rimini, live in Loveland, Colo., where they raise their five children.
Ahlberg, Hobson receive Larry Corah awards
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry graduate students Cashley Ahlberg and Allie Hobson were recognized May 23, as recipients of Larry Corah Outstanding Graduate Student Awards.
Ahlberg, originally from Longmont, Colo., received the Outstanding PhD Student Award, which includes a $1,500 scholarship. She is a graduate research assistant pursuing a doctoral degree in animal breeding and genetics. Ahlberg’s research project is related to water intake and water efficiency in beef cattle. She has served as a teaching assistant in both genetics and animal breeding.
Hobson was awarded the Outstanding Masters Student Award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship. She is a graduate teaching assistant pursuing a master’s degree in meat science. Hobson’s research efforts have focused on bacon quality and she has three abstracts to her credit. She has taught more than 60 students in her role as graduate student coach for the KSU Meat Judging program. Hobson, who is originally from Hermiston, Ore., was nominated for the award by her adviser Terry Houser.
USDA announces National Pork Board appointments
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of six members to serve on the National Pork Board. Five appointees will serve three-year terms and one appointee will serve the remaining two-year portion of a vacant position. The appointed members are: Gary Asay, Oscon, Ill.; Rich Deaton, New Madison, Ohio; Pat FitzSimmons, Dassel, Minn.; David Newman, Myrtle, Mo.; Bill Tentinger, Le Mars, Iowa; and Todd Erickson, Northwood, N.D. (2-year term).
Northern Engineering’s Ritchie and Ruch obtain professional engineer license
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Northern Engineering Services, provider of civil engineering and land surveying services in Northern Colorado, announces Shane Ritchie and Ben Ruch are now licensed professional engineers in the state of Colorado. Ritchie has been with Northern Engineering since 2014. His projects include the DoubleTree by Hilton Greeley Lincoln Park Hotel, Eaton Recreation Center, Aims Public Safety Institute in Windsor, Colo., and Fort Collins City Park Tomorrow. Ritchie is a graduate of the civil engineering program at Colorado State University. In 2017, Ritchie was recognized as a Who’s Next Honoree for Excellence in Engineering.
Ruch has been with Northern Engineering since 2013. Ruch is also a graduate of the civil engineering program at Colorado State University. His projects include Heron Lakes Golf Course in Berthoud, The Exchange, Uncommon and The Union on Elizabeth in Fort Collins. ❖
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