The scholarships are offered to provide recognition, encouragement and financial assistance to outstanding students enrolled in academic programs that support the dairy industry. In 2012, seven qualified applicants received the scholarship.
Consideration for this scholarship will be given to Pennsylvania residents who are full-time undergraduate students planning to enroll or are currently enrolled in a qualifying field of study such as dairy and animal science; agriculture marketing and business; nutrition; food science; agricultural and extension education; agri-business management; agricultural engineering; or related fields.
Students may apply for and receive the scholarship in subsequent years. Selection of the scholarship winners will be made by a joint committee of the Center for Dairy Excellence and Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation board of directors. Decisions will be based on the completed application within the following criteria: academic performance; apparent commitment to a career related to the dairy industry; evidence of leadership, character and integrity; and application compliance.
First Lady Michelle Obama has launched Let’s Move! Active Schools – an unprecedented collaboration to bring physical activity back to America’s schools.
The program provides simple steps and tools to help schools create active environments where students get 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after the school day. Mrs. Obama called on school staff, families and communities to work together to reach an ambitious goal of engaging 50,000 schools in this program over the next five years.
The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation are the managing organizations guiding the development and implementation of the program.
Funding and other resources for Let’s Move! Active Schools are being kick-started by NIKE, Inc., the GENYOUth Foundation, ChildObesity180, Kaiser Permanente, and the General Mills Foundation, the inaugural sponsor of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Education will continue to support both physical and nutrition education in schools by realigning its $80 million Carol M. White Physical Education Program (“PEP”) to prioritize schools most in need and support applicants with plans to maximize their reach by building cost effective, sustainable programs.
Kellogg’s and Action for Healthy Kids have teamed up in the Share Breakfast effort to provide breakfasts to kids who might otherwise go without. Help them reach the goal of sharing 1 million breakfasts to kids across the U.S. by sharing a social media message.
Research shows that kids who eat breakfast generally have more energy and focus for learning, yet one in five go without this important start to the day. That’s why we’ve designed the Kellogg’s Share Breakfast™ program — to reach the goal of helping share 1 million breakfasts with kids who need them.
Just share our mission through social media and we’ll donate money to help Action for Healthy Kids increase participation in the national School Breakfast Program.
Posted: February 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm
By Jamie Johansen
Award-winning book, Prancing, Dancing Lily, can now be found world-wide as a multi-platform app. The heartwarming story about an Ayrshire cow determined to hoof and groove around the globe, was written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by John Manders. App developers and author have teamed up with interactive media publisher, Fat Red Couch.
“The Fat Red Couch team provided years of experience in storytelling and are a delight to work with,” says Ms. Arnold. “We persevered in our search for the perfect app just as Lily persevered in her search for the perfect dance, and just like Lily, we had a great time on the journey. Lily’s story will delight anyone who’s ever felt different from the herd. Children can interact with Lily as they read or listen to the story and enjoy playing puzzles.”
Download Prancing, Dancing Lily on iTunes, Android, and Amazon for $1.99. For a preview of the app, visit Vimeo. To learn more about Lily and author Marsha Diane Arnold, please visit www.prancingdancinglily.com. To learn more about Fat Red Couch, a member of the collaborative group of family-friendly app developers Moms With Apps, visit www.fatredcouch.com.
Posted: February 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm
By News Editor
The ninth annual Midwest Dairy Challenge, which ran February 6-8, 2013, attracted 79 students from 19 universities and colleges to the event hosted in Manitowoc, Wis., by Lakeshore Technical College.
Dairy Challenge is an innovative dairy analysis competition developed by industry and university professionals, which exposes students to opportunities in a vibrant dairy industry. Working in five-person, mixed-university teams, students at the Midwest Dairy Challenge assessed all aspects of a working dairy farm and presented recommendations for improvement to a panel of judges and participating farm families.
This year’s contest drew students from Chippewa Valley Technical College, Dordt College, Fox Valley Technical College, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Lakeshore Technical College, Michigan State University, Northeast Iowa Community College, Purdue University, South Dakota State University, Southwest Technical College, The Ohio State University, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Platteville and UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course.
Students visited one of two dairies for on-farm analysis. Host Farm 1 was Soaring Eagle Dairy, Newton, Wis., owned by Jim and Sandie Fitzgerald and daughters Kelly, Julie and Stacy, while Farm 2 was Meadowbrook Dairy, Manitowoc, Wis., owned by the Pete and Shellie Kappelman family.
After farm visits, the student teams developed questions for herd owners, who then answered questions about their farming operations from all students and judges. Armed with detailed production and financial paperwork, as well as their own observations, the participants developed a presentation including recommendations to improve profitability.
Judges chose two teams as 1st place winners, Team Select Sires from Farm 1 and Team Virtus Nutrition from Farm 2. Individuals on the winning Team Select Sires were Ben Thorpe, University of Minnesota; Samantha Mamarow, Michigan State University; Alaina VanWesten, Northeast Iowa Community College; Trisha Blaser, University of Wisconsin-River Falls; and Sara McCullough, Purdue University. Individuals on Team Virtus Nutrition included Jordan Hanson, Iowa State University; Vernon Oostra, Dordt College; Dillan Schumacher, Northeast Iowa Community College; Nick Miles, Lakeshore Technical College; and Katie Haerr, University of Illinois.
Posted: January 10, 2013 at 8:47 am
By News Editor
A variety of dairy management-focused breakout sessions will be offered during the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, scheduled for Feb. 6 – 7 at the Lancaster Host Resort in Lancaster, Pa. The breakouts will offer a mix of dairy planning discussions and hands-on dairy herd management insight.
On Wednesday, February 6, breakouts will be part of the “Core Dairy Management Track” and will focus on dairy herd management topics. The four breakouts offered Wednesday include:
· “Workplace Compliance and Developing Standard Operating Procedures” by Mary Kraft of Badger Creek Farm, Inc., and Ridge Dairy LLC, Colorado;
· “Managing Mastitis and Achieving Higher Milk Quality Goals” by Dr. Pamela Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison;
· “Using Genomics in a Commercial Dairy Herd” by Steve Bodart of Lookout Ridge Consulting and Lloyd Holterman of Rosy-Lane Holsteins; and
· A panel on “Complying with Increasing Environmental Regulations” with Tim Kurtz, a dairy producer; Peter Hughes, Red Barn Consulting; and Marcus Kohl, PA Department of Environmental Protection.
New this year, the second day’s program will include a “Core Planning Track,” with breakout sessions that complement the first day’s “Core Dairy Track” breakout sessions. Both days will be packed with meaningful insight that producers and managers can take back and quickly apply to their operations.
The deadline to register is January 30, 2013.
The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association and Merck Animal Health remain committed to the development of the next generation of dairy leaders through their sponsorship of the fifth Merck Animal Health Leadership Program.
Custom dairy calf and heifer raisers and dairy producers who raise their own calves and heifers are eligible to apply for this 12-month program. Six class members and two alternates will be selected based on their dairy industry and community involvement, in addition to their interest in the dairy calf and heifer industry. Applicants do not need to be a DCHA member to apply. The complete leadership program criteria and application are available on the DCHA website. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 30, 2013.
“The program offers an outstanding opportunity for dairy calf and heifer raisers to sharpen their business skills, network within the industry and become more involved in DCHA,” says the organization’s president Darin Mann. “Many of our former program participants have gone on to take leadership roles within their communities and even within our own organization.”
Six program participants will receive valuable hands-on training in such areas as working with the media, conflict resolution and negotiation skills. They also will serve on a DCHA committee and have opportunities to meet and interact with fellow calf and heifer raisers, as well as industry leaders and experts from across the country. In addition to training, participants will receive all-expenses-paid travel to the 2013 DCHA Conference in Lancaster, Pa., and the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.
Posted: December 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm
By Jamie Johansen
During the opening remarks from Dr. Pease Lyons at the 2012 Global 500, he compared farmers and ranchers to heros. Such a true statement.
I took the opportunity to meet one of Alltech’s Dairy Heroes featured at this year’s Global 500. Meet Carl Chaney, dairy farmer and ice cream entrepreneur. Carl’s story is inspirational. Farming is in his blood and sharing his story is his passion.
Carl and his wife knew they had to come up with some way to pay the bills when they downsized their dairy herd and it just so happened that ice cream was the answer. They opened Chaney’s Dairy Barn after Carl learned how to make ice cream. They now have a full service restaurant and travel the state educating the consumer about milk and dairy products.
“The farm started in 1888 when my great great great grandfather starting farming. My dad started milking cows in 1940. He started with two Jersey cows. He paid $125 for the both of them. One was a grand champion cow and the other reserve. Well, I guarantee you times have changed.”
Posted: November 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm
By Jamie Johansen
It is just a week before Alltech’s 5th Annual Global 500 kicks off. Dairy and beef leaders from across the world will come together to share ideas and educate themselves on new and cutting edge technologies.
They are expecting over 500 dairy producers to attend this year’s event. Robert Brouwer, owner of a 2,800 cow diary in New Mexico, has attended the event every year since it’s beginning.
“This is a must attend event for me. Alltech continues to outdo themselves with timely and relevant topics, presented by great speakers,” Brouwer said. “It is also great to meet and interact with dairymen from across the world. The event gives me new ideas and provides an opportunity to see things from a global perspective.”
This year’s agenda will feature presentations on branding milk, social media, employee training, decreasing carbon footprints and mycotoxins as well as many presentations that will address the core theme for the event, the EPS principle: Efficiency, Profitability and Sustainability.
“As the global demand for dairy products continues to grow and our climate becomes less and less stable, the pressure to innovate is on the shoulders of today’s farmers. However, the question of how to remain profitable is a question that does not have a clear answer anymore,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “Branding is much more important now as consumers are developing strong loyalty to brands and are more concerned about the origin of their food. Our answers must address efficiency, profitability and sustainability.”
I am excited to attend this years event and during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s (NAFB) Trade Talk I had a chance to talk with David Butler, Web Marketing Manager for Alltech. He offered insite to the upcoming event and shared what hot topics will be discussed. Check my interview with David here.
Also during NAFB I spoke with Ann Kopecky, Alltech’s North America Field PR Coordinator, about Alltech’s recent launch of their 37+ Program. This new mass spectrometry technique investigates 38 different mycotoxins allowing for a broader analytical approach into the contamination.
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) submitted comments on behalf of its members today, Nov. 26, 2012, regarding changes that the DESE have proposed in a new version of the MSIP 5 that will impact CTE courses in high schools. The changes have direct implications on agricultural education and FFA.
The new wording in MSIP 5, in comparison to MSIP 4, does not emphasize CTE and student organizations such as FFA. It is important that the wording be clarified to keep these programs strong in the state of Missouri.
MCA is encouraging all cattlemen and cattlewomen to take action and submit a letter of concern. Comments must be postmarked by Nov. 30, 2012. Send comments to:
Margie Vandeven, Assistant Commissioner Office of Quality Schools
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
In MCA’s call to action they also included a sample letter for people to use. It includes three key points that DESE needs to consider changing before MSIP 5 is finalized. I also encourage you to share your own personal story as to why career and technical education programs like the FFA have made a difference in your life.
This morning I spoke with Mike Deering, Executive Vice President of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, about their support for the Missouri FFA and the importance of representatives in Jefferson City to listen to those directly affected by the changes in MSIP 5.
Posted: November 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm
By News Editor
University of Maine hosted the 10th annual Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge which drew 105 students from nine northeast colleges and two Canadian universities to Waterville, Maine, on November 1-3, 2012.
The Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge is an innovative, three-day educational competition designed to prepare students for dairy careers. Working in mixed-university teams of four or five students, participants assessed all aspects of a working dairy farm, including facilities, nutrition, financials, reproduction, animal health and much more. Students collaborated on a 20-minute team presentation that detailed their observations and suggestions to a panel of judges and participating farm families. Teams were ranked as platinum, gold or silver based on how well their evaluations matched the judges’ evaluations of the dairy operation. The objective of this evaluation process is to create a real-life situation that stresses teamwork, communication and professionalism.
Teams, which were named after top sponsors of the Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge, were ranked as follows:
· Don Rogers Platinum (highest honors) – Merck Animal Health and Farm Credit System.
· Platinum – Cargill Animal Nutrition, Northeast Ag and Feed Alliance, Shur-Gain USA, APC, Inc. and Novartis Animal Health
· Gold – Farm Credit Northeast Ag Enhancement Program, Farm Credit of Maine, Holtz-Nelson Dairy Consultants, New England Jersey Breeders Association and Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition
· Silver – Elanco Animal Health, AgChoice & MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Select Sires, ABS Global, Alltech, CIDEC, Dairy One, Genex Cooperative Inc., IDEXX Laboratories, Northeast Ag Education Foundation, Pfizer Animal Health and Prince Agri Products Inc.
The dairy industry was well represented and I took the opportunity to talk with a representative from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. Laura Mandell serves as the Vice President in Sustainability Communications, she shared with me how the U.S. dairy industry is working to increase the industry’s contributions to healthy people, healthy products and a healthy planet.
“When we think about sustainability the dairy producers define it as the ability to provide consumers with the nutritious products – dairy food & beverages – that they’ve come to enjoy in a way that they can ensure it is produced responsibly. Sustainability really means stewardship dairy farmers have a long heritage of providing, ensuring that they perserve their farm for future generations. That they are minimizing the impact on the environment, but also assuring that their farm is profitable as well. And the third piece of that is contributing to the growth and the viability to the communities in which producers work and live.”
On-farm energy efficiency is also a top priority for the Innovation Center. Tools, resources and financial assistance are now available to help dairy producers reduce energy and costs. If you are interested in finding out what you can do on your own farm, contact your local NRCS office and ask about EQIP.
Posted: October 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm
By News Editor
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has released a revised version of its Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual for 2013. As an area of focus for the National Dairy FARM Program, the manual can be found online.
The Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual is a concise review of appropriate antibiotic use in dairy animals. The manual is a quick resource to review those antibiotics approved for dairy animals and can also be used as an educational tool for farm managers as they develop their on-farm best management practices necessary to avoid milk and meat residues.
Additions to the 2013 version include a section on avoiding potential residue violations from extra-label drug use in an unapproved class of cattle, cephalosporin extra-label use prohibitions, as well as an updated drug and test kit list. The 2013 manual includes a certificate of participation that can be signed by a producer and his/her veterinarian to demonstrate their commitment to the proper use of antibiotics.
“We know that there is increased attention to the use of medicines in livestock, and in order to maintain the ability to use those products, we have to demonstrate that we are using them properly,” said Jerry Kozak, President and CEO of NMPF. “This newly-revised manual represents the ongoing commitment dairy farmers have to using antibiotics responsibly and prudently.”
The dairy industry is committed to producing safe, abundant, and affordable milk and dairy beef of the highest quality. Healthy animals help make for safe food and disease prevention is the key to keeping cows healthy, Kozak said.
The National Dairy FARM Program was created by NMPF to demonstrate and verify that U.S. milk producers are committed to providing the highest levels of quality assurance including animal care, residue prevention, and other on-farm practices.
The Residue Avoidance manual was sponsored by Charm Sciences, IDEXX, and Pfizer Animal Health. No check-off funds were used in the development and distribution of this manual.
Posted: October 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm
By News Editor
Looking to see a robotic milker at work? This Friday, Nov. 2, Tayl-Wind Farm will host an open house in Cassville, N.Y., showcasing the Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The system features straight-through cow traffic, and the newest addition to the Juno automatic feed pusher family, the Juno 100. Guests will have the opportunity to see the Lely Astronaut and Juno 100 in action, tour the state-of-the-art facility and ask questions about the technology.
“Tayl-Wind Farm is an excellent example of how, by embracing the future now, you can put your dairy in position to succeed, year after year,” said Lely North America’s president, Peter Langebeeke. “We invite the community to see the Lely Astronaut and Juno in action, tour the facilities, speak with members of the Taylor family and gain the firsthand knowledge and experience they can provide regarding dairy automation.”
For more information, contact Finger Lakes Dairy Services, Inc. at 315-568-0955.
Posted: October 19, 2012 at 9:39 am
By Jamie Johansen
The image of agriculture throughout the United States is a fragile one. We have fewer people involved in production agriculture and that equals more consumers who don’t understand where their foods comes from. During the 2012 World Dairy Expo, Chuck talked with California diary producer, Ray Prock about the image in the non-farmer audience concerning agriculture and especially the dairy industry. They also discussed the role of social media in agriculture and how dairy producers are utilizing this industry changing tool.
“There is a huge need for this. Farmers have become more efficient. There ends up being fewer farmers out their in production agriculture. And we have more people in the cities everyday going to the grocery store who don’t know where their food comes from. It is programs like the Fuel Up To Play 60 that we created through the National Management Board and National Dairy Board where we are getting into schools. It is in 73,000 schools throughout the United States.”
“Students are getting leadership positions and helping their schools change their culture to become more fitness and nutritious minded and its not just about selling more dairy. Its about getting these kids to invest in their healthy lifestyles. And at the end of the day when they realize it was the dairy farmers that helped them get that culture change in their schools, they are able to realize that we are people too and we care about them too, especially the kids. There are stories of kids where their lives are changing because of programs like this. It takes these kids and gives them leadership abilities in school.”
Jill Anderson joined the Dairy Science Department at South Dakota State University as Assistant Professor in Dairy Production.
Anderson received her Bachelor’s in Animal Science from the University of Delaware and her Master’s in Animal Science in dairy cattle nutrition at South Dakota State University under the supervision of Distinguished Professor, David Schingoethe.
In 2005, she was appointed as a Research Assistant to manage the dairy cattle nutrition laboratory in the Dairy Science Department. In search of greater challenges, she began her Ph.D. program in 2008 in dairy cattle nutrition under the supervision of Professor Kenneth Kalscheur and successfully completed it in August 2012.
In recognition of her research work, Anderson received the International Ingredient Corporation Pinnacle Award at the 2012 American Dairy Science Association Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. This award recognizes her outstanding research in the area of coproduct feeding to growing dairy heifers. In 2010, she was the recipient of a competitive national scholarship; the John Brandt Memorial Scholarship.
Anderson has authored or co-authored five refereed journal articles and 11 abstracts. As a faculty member in Dairy Science Anderson will conduct research in the area of dairy heifer nutrition and teach undergraduate and graduate courses.
Posted: September 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm
By Jamie Johansen
Ruminating on the future of beef and dairy farming will be the topic of discussion at Alltech’s 5th Annual Global 500. The event will feature industry experts who will address the changing future of the dairy and beef industries. Last year’s event was a success with 700 attendees and they are expecting over 1000 this December 4-6 in Lexington, Ky.
“Global 500 has gone from a powerful event to an astounding event,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “In a few short years we’ve managed to get some of the industry’s most successful producers to attend and get involved in discussions that are paving the way to a future of opportunity and profitability.”
Producers and industry leaders will have the opportunity to network, discuss and discover new opportunities and challenges for 2013. The program will feature presentations on branding, social media in agriculture and finding new opportunities in challenging times. In addition to an array of presentations, attendees will be invited to take part in discussion dinners, breakout sessions and a number of farm tours.
Dairy producers will explore topics including breakthroughs in nutrition, strategies to manage feed costs, and emerging markets.
Beef producers will delve into issues such as the future marketplace, consumer demands, meat quality, greenhouse gasses and feed yard management.
Registration for Global 500 is $325, but for all those early birds out there register by November 9 for only $200. This will include all sessions, organized functions, luncheons and dinners. Register today and use the invitation code G124.
Seven individuals have been awarded the Student Leader Scholarship from the Center for Dairy Excellence and the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association. The scholarship is intended to provide recognition, encouragement and financial assistance to outstanding students enrolled in academic programs that support the dairy industry.
The Student Leader Scholarship is awarded annually to Pennsylvania residents who are full-time undergraduate students planning to enroll or are currently enrolled in a qualifying field of study such as dairy and animal science; agriculture marketing and business; nutrition; food science; agricultural and extension education; agri-business management; agricultural engineering; or related fields.
In 2012, the program received applications from 25 very qualified individuals. The center’s Board of Directors selected the seven applicants based on academic scores and levels, involvement in the dairy industry, content included in the application, and career aspirations. Each of the seven “Student Leader Scholars” will receive $1,000 upon certification of enrollment by the appropriate academic institution officer.
This year’s winners are:
Hannah Bachman, daughter of Mark and Melanie Bachman in Ulysess, Pa., who is a junior in agribusiness management at the Pennsylvania State University.
Casey Hall, daughter of George and Jamie Hall in Roaring Branch, Pa., who is a sophomore at the Pennsylvania State University studying biological engineering in the agricultural science department.
Destinee Horning, daughter of Nevin and Denis Horning in Lititz, Pa., who is a sophomore at Delaware Valley College studying dairy science.
Heidi Musshafen, daughter of Nick and Margie Musshafen of Millerton, Pa., who is a junior in the agriculture and biological engineering department at the Pennsylvania State University.
Kayla Romberger, daughter of William and Kathy Romberger of Pitman, Pa., who is a sophomore at Delaware Valley College completing a dual major in animal science and agricultural education.
Sarabeth Royer, daughter of Sara and Lynn Royer in Elizabethtown, Pa., who is a freshman enrolled in the Shreyers Honors College at Pennsylvania State University studying animal science.
Roxanne Seltzer, daughter of Dennis and Nancy Seltzer in Selinsgrove, Pa., who is a junior at Virginia Tech studying dairy science and communications.
The National Dairy Shrine announces the winners of their scholarships for 2012. The scholarships will be presented at the Awards Banquet at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin on Oct. 4. National Dairy Shrine will provide more than $40,000 of scholarship awards to students at that event.
The NDS student recognition program recognizes graduating seniors planning a career related to the dairy industry who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, academic ability, and a sincere interest in dairy cattle. Each university is allowed to nominate up to two candidates for this recognition in any given year. The highest winner receives a $2000 award, the second a $1500 award and the other winners receive $1000 awards.
The top awarded is Elizabeth Olson from Hutchison, Minn. The second award goes to Danielle Brown of Dodgeville, Wis. Also receiving the award are: Philip Bachman, Ulysses, Pa., Daniel Durfee, Chittenango, N.Y., Paul Lippert, Pittsville, Wis., Carissa Levash, Brillion, Wis., Laura Gordon, Shreve, Ohio, Leah Henkes, Luana, Iowa, Emily Ullerich, Ames, Iowa and Tera Koebel, Three Oaks, Mich.
Receiving the Kildee Graduate Studies Scholarships are Abigail Wirt of Lewiston, Minn. and Laura Gordon of Shreve, Ohio. Casey Arlig of Friendship, N.Y., has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Kildee Undergraduate Studies Scholarship.
Theresa Twohey, of Stewartville, Minn. has been awarded the 2012 National Dairy Shrine / DMI Milk Marketing $1500 Scholarship. Additionally, seven other undergraduate students have been awarded $1000 scholarships and are listed alphabetically. These generous scholarships are made possible by Dairy Management Inc. and NDS to encourage students to pursue careers in dairy product marketing.
Jacob Achen, Ambia, Ind., Hannah Bachman, Ulysses, Pa., Erin Daninger, Forest Lake, Minn., April Johnson, Heron Lake, Minn., Stephanie Kasper, Owatonna, Minn., Ashley Swenson, Nicollet, Minn., Abby Wethal, Brooklyn, Wis.
Each year, two scholarships are awarded by National Dairy Shrine in memory of Dr. Marshall E. McCullough, the well-respected nutrition researcher and educator from Georgia. Eligible students must be entering their freshmen year of college and plan to major in dairy/animal science or agricultural journalism with a dairy emphasis. National dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the 2011 McCullough Scholarship Winners – Mikayla Conrad of New Holland, Ohio, and Emily Selner of Denmark, Wis.
Michael Schmitt of Rice, Minnesota, has won the Maurice Core Scholarship. This $1000 award is given in honor of Maurice Core, the long-time Executive Secretary of the American Jersey Cattle Association, and, more recently, the Executive Director of the National Dairy Shrine. The funds for this award were donated by the friends of Maurice Core. The Core Scholarship is given to a freshman status student working toward a degree in dairy or animal science.
The Iager Scholarship for $1000 is awarded annually to students in a two year agricultural school pursuing a career in the dairy industry. It is based on academic standing, leadership ability, interest in the dairy industry and plans for the future. This scholarship was started with a generous donation from the Charles and Judy Iager family of Fulton, Maryland. We have two recipients this year. Benjamin Julka of Rosendale, Wis. and Emily Jackson of Waco, Texas.
Tyler Boyd, Parrottsville, Tenn., Jacob Achen, Ambia, Ind., Jessica Hammerand, Epworth, Iowa, and Corbin Wood of Littlestown, Pa. have been named the 2012 Klussendorf Association Scholarship Award winners. These $1500 scholarships are awarded by the Klussendorf Association and funded by a significant donation from Klussendorf member, Chris Kampf, and through gifts from fund raisers by the Klussendorf Association.
The Robert McKown Scholarship winners receive a $1500 scholarship in honor of “Whitey” McKown, a long time supporter of the Holstein breed and National Dairy Cattle Shows. These scholarships are made possible by generous donations from the family and friends of Robert “Whitey” McKown. This year’s winners are Nathan Ulmer, Belllefonte, Pa., Ariel Waldeck, Upton, Ky., and Abbey Wethal, Brooklyn, Wis.
Congratulations to Molly Paterson, Johnston, Iowa, and Sam Fessenden, King Ferry, N.Y., the winners of the 2012 John Brandt Memorial Foundation given by the Land O’Lakes Foundation. Paterson is attending Iowa State University and Fessenden is attending the University of Minnesota.
The John Brandt Memorial Foundation scholarship program supports graduate students pursuing work in dairy animal, food science or agribusiness at one of four eligible institutions: Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The scholarships are awarded in memory of John Brandt, an industry organizer who formed and remained president of Land O’Lakes until his death in 1953. The Land O’Lakes Foundation awards one or two scholarships each year to students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and aptitude toward their field of study.
Paterson earned her bachelor’s degree in dairy manufacturing with a minor in food safety from South Dakota State University. Her research focuses on consumer perceptions, preferences and behaviors with fluid milk and will examine consumers’ perceptions and preferences regarding how milk is processed and how it tastes. The information, she said, will provide information about what affects consumers’ milk purchases.
Fessenden received his Bachelor’s with Honors Distinction in Research in Animal Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. His research focuses on the use of hops acids—the compounds responsible for providing flavor and aroma to brewed products— in animal feeds.
Those interested in applying for the 2013-2014 school year can can find more information and download an application form online. Applications for the 2013-2014 school year will be accepted after March 1, 2013.