U.W. Madison’s Shaver recognized for dairy research

U.W. photo

U.W. photo

Dr. Randy Shaver of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been awarded the American Dairy Science Association Nutrition Research Award for his professional achievements. The award was established in 1948 to promote and stimulate research in dairy cattle nutrition and is jointly sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association and ADSA.

A native of Pennsylvania, Shaver received a master’s degree from the University of Maryland then completed his doctorate degree in dairy science at UW-Madison in 1986 after conducting research at UW-Madison and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center.

As a professor in the Animal Science Department, Shaver has advised or co-advised 29 master’s or doctoral students at UW-Madison. He has authored or co-authored 88 peer-review journal publications, 170 scientific abstracts, 101 popular-press articles in industry trade magazines and 249 newsletter articles, extension handouts or bulletins, and internet publications. He has presented 590 invited papers at industry conferences in 46 states and numerous foreign countries.

Pierce County presents Ag Youth Awards

Kim Carlson and Bailey Tinker were awarded the Pierce County Ag Youth Award

Kim Carlson and Bailey Tinker pose with their prizes as they are awarded this year’s Pierce County Fair Ag Youth Award in Pierce, Nebraska. The award is sponsored by KK93 FM.

Kim Carlson, 17, of Pierce County is the daughter of Lonnie and Tracy Carlson. She is a senior at Pierce Public High School where she is involved in FFA. She also enjoys playing golf and helping on the farm.

Bailey Tinker, 17, of Pierce County is the daughter of Mike and Kathy Tinker. Tinker is involved in both 4-H and FFA and is a senior at Pierce High School. In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf and baking.

WCCI chooses two “Youth in Agriculture” award recipients

WCCI 100.3 FM is proud to announce that Brett Meador of Lena is this year’s winner of the “Youth in Agriculture” award for Stephenson County.  Brett is a 2014 graduate of Lena-Winslow High School and will be attending Iowa State University in the fall. Brett is the son of Rick & Mary Meador and has one sister named Maddie.  He is currently an intern at Crop Production Services in Lanark, Ill. He told us that being in FFA has helped him in several ways and that he’d one day like to make his living in farming.  

Brett Meador, Youth Award Winner (Audio :41 mp3)

Claire Conrad of Scales Mound is this year’s winner of the “Youth in Agriculture” award for Jo Daviess County.  WCCI presented the award to Claire at the Jo Daviess County 4-H Fair, prior to the annual 4-H livestock auction. Claire is a 2014 graduate of Scales Mound High School and will attend St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa this fall. Conrad says her 4-H experience has been valuable in preparing her for life after high school.

Claire Conrad, Youth Award Winner (Audio 1:02 mp3)

Congratulations Brett and Claire!

Retallicks honored by Junior Angus Association

Wisconsin Junior Angus Association advisors Kevin and Keri Retallick have been named the National Junior Angus Association Advisors of the Year.


The Retallicks have been named WJAA advisors of the year five times, and in 2002 they were co-chairs of the NJAS held in Milwaukee.


The NJAA Advisor of the Year Award was introduced in 1980 to recognize the tremendous contributions of junior Angus association advisors. 

Two Iowa youths receive Ag Youth Awards

Mike Punt, winner of the Brownfield Ag Youth Award

Two Sioux County 4-H participants received 2014 Brownfield Ag Youth Awards from KSOU-FM in Iowa.

KSOU-FM partnered with Brownfield Ag News to offer this year’s award.

Recipients Edan Lambert of Orange City, Iowa, and Mitchal Punt of Maurice, Iowa, were nominated for outstanding 4-H work.

Lambert shows livestock and participates in communication events. The 2013 Fair Queen is also active in the Holland Windmills Club and Sioux county Youth Council. Lambert wants to be a large animal veterinarian.

Punt shows sheep, dogs and poultry, and was involved in mechanical engineering projects, with a special interest in trucks. He is a member and past officer of the Sioux Stockmen 4-H Club. He plans to attend the Diesel Mechanics program at Northwest Iowa Community College and eventually wants to own a trucking business.

Congratulations Edan Lambert and Mitchal Punt!

Photo: Mitchal Punt

Apply online for National DHIA scholarship

College students associated with the National Dairy Herd Information Association may be eligible for one of several $750 scholarships available this year.

Full-time incoming and continuing students at technical and two-year and four-year colleges/universities are eligible to apply.

Scholarships are awarded on academic achievement, leadership, community activities and work experience. Knowledge of DHIA and response to application questions are also considered.

Applicants must be a family member or employee of a herd on DHI test, a family member of a DHI employee, or an employee of a DHI affiliate. The DHI affiliate for the herd or affiliate employee must be a member of National DHIA. (Arizona DHIA, Dairy Lab Services, Dairy One Cooperative Inc., DHI Cooperative Inc., Idaho DHIA, Indiana State Dairy Association, Lancaster DHIA, Minnesota DHIA, NorthStar Cooperative DHI Services, Puerto Rico DHIA, Rocky Mountain DHIA, Tennessee DHIA, Texas DHIA, United Federation of DHIAs, Vermont DHIA and Washington State DHIA are National DHIA members.)

Applications are due Oct. 15, 2014. To apply, download and complete the application at DHIA.org.

Need more details? Contact:

  • Holly Thompson, National DHIA scholarship committee chair, at lilvaledairy@aol.com, or 507-534-4347
  • JoDee Sattler, National DHIA communications and events manager, 608-848-6455, ext. 112, or jdsattler@dhia.org.

U.W. Platteville hit by tornado

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will resume normal activities on Thursday.  The campus was closed for two days to assess the damage from an EF-2 tornado which struck the campus Monday. There are no classes underway at the University but a couple of camps were taking place.

The storm did serious damage to the roofs of two dormitories; Rountree Commons and Bridgeway Commons. Also damaged were Engineering Hall, Southwest Hall, the Greenhouse and Pioneer Stadium. Use of those facilities is suspended until they are declared safe.

There was no damage to the agriculture buildings on campus or to Pioneer Farm.  U.W. Platteville is one of three agricultural colleges in the University of Wisconsin system.


The next generation is up to the challenge

WalshIt has been a very busy seven months for National FFA President Brian Walsh, a period he describes as “A whirlwind of opportunities and experiences.” One of those experiences was the annual National Officer trip to Japan to meet with the Future Farmers in that country. He was impressed with the concentration and innovation of agriculture in Japan: “to feed the number people they have with the limited amount of land they have is very difficult.”

Walsh says we can learn from the Japanese as we face the challenge of feeding more than 9 billion people on the face of the earth by 2050. That presents endless opportunities for the people in the FFA today. “I think that the youth of FFA as well as the industry are taking a lead role in advocating for agriculture.” He also notes that we need to retain consumer confidence in the food we produce.

The Virginia native says as he has travelled the country the past seven months he has met people from all across the country with diverse cultures and diverse backgrounds yet unified in their passion for agriculture.

AUDIO:Walsh talks about the year 6:10 mp3

Meet the new Wisconsin State FFA Officers

2014-15 DadoRepresenting Section 1 is Ethan Dado of the Amery FFA, he will serve as Parliamentarian this year. He grew up on his family’s 450-Registered Holstein dairy farm. A 2013 graduate of Amery High School he has completed one year at the University of Minnesota studying dairy science and ag education. He wants to help motivate the less-than-active chapters in his Section to get more involved beyond the local level. After college he hopes to be an ag teacher and help out on the home farm when time permits.


Dado talks about his background 3:54 mp3






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Illinois FFA Convention concludes with naming of officers, Stars

The Illinois FFA State Officer Team: (left to right) Cody Morris; Tommy Justison; Andrew Klein; Renee Kinzinger and Willow Krumwiede

The Illinois State FFA Convention concluded in Springfield, Illinois Thursday with the installation of new state officers and the naming of FFA Stars in each of four separate categories.

The Officer Team was elected Thursday morning.

Delegates at the 86thState FFA Convention chose 18-year-old Cody Morris to be president.  Morris is from Coles County and a member of the Mattoon FFA Chapter.  Vice President is Tommy Justison.  The 17-year-old is from Montgomery County and a member of the Hillsboro FFA Chapter.

The new State FFA Reporter is Andrew Klein of Lee County and the Amboy FFA Chapter.  Renee Kinzinger, will serve as secretary.  Kinzinger is a member of the New Athens FFA Chapter in St. Clair County.  Treasurer is Willow Krumwiede from the Pittsfield FFA Chapter in Pike County.

The five officers, installed Thursday afternoon, will serve the Illinois FFA for the next 12 months.

The convention closed Thursday with the naming of the four Illinois FFA Stars.  The Illinois FFA Star Farmer is Layna Bond from the Galatia FFA Chapter.  The Star in Agribusiness is Cumberland FFA Chapter member Colin Cole.  The Illinois Star in Agricultural Placement is Andrew Livingston of the Taylorville FFA Chapter.  And the Star in Agriscience is Brandon Butcher, also of the Taylorville FFA Chapter.

Photo: The Illinois FFA State Officer Team: (left to right) Cody Morris; Tommy Justison; Andrew Klein; Renee Kinzinger and Willow Krumwiede