PEOPLE in the news
MUSHRUSH FAMILY “2012 Stockmen of the Year” The 2012 title was awarded to the Mushrush family of Strong City, KS, on March 1 by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council and the Kansas State University (KSU) Department of Animal Science and Industry. The family ranch, Mushrush Red Angus, sells about 150 bulls annually and most of the family members are KSU graduates.
RICHARD L. COTTA “2012 Cooperative Leader Award” The Agricultural Council of California (Ag Council) honored Richard L. Cotta with the 2012 Cooperative Leader Award at their 93rd annual meeting on March 12. Cotta has had a multifaceted career in the dairy industry and has worked in political advocacy for agriculture. Ag Council gives this prestigious award to individuals who have served the agricultural cooperative industry with steadfast commitment and loyalty. Historically, award winners have been lifetime servants to cooperatives, either as growers or in management.
DR. DAN HAMILTON Genetiporc, Director of International Technical Services Genetiporc of Saint-Bernard, Quebec, Canada, named Dr. Dan Hamilton director of International Technical Services March 6. As director of International Technical Services, Hamilton will be integrally involved in the direction of research and development of genetic lines and progress across all markets.
LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FFA CHAPTER “2012 FFA Chapter Challenge” The Lawrence County High School FFA Chapter in Moulton, AL, won this year’s FFA Chapter Challenge to establish closer ties to farmers in their area. The chapter is looking at an estimated $9,000 worth of prizes, including an all-expenses paid trip to October’s 85th National FFA Convention & Expo and $2,500 designated for other FFA uses like registration fees, official FFA member jackets, banquet supplies, and more. This is the second year of the FFA Chapter Challenge sponsored by Monsanto.
JOEL ORDONES Noteworthy community service related to ag Joel Ordones, a 13-year-old Indiana Boy Scout, secured months worth of food for the Shepherd Community Center which provides free meals for underprivileged children. After months of writing proposals to a trio of high-profile Indiana farms— Fair Oaks Farms, Rose Acre Farms, and Belstra Milling Co.— Ordones has ensured months of donations of milk, beef, eggs and pork to the community center. The first donations reached the center in late February.
HANNAH McCABE and CALYSSA THOMAS Kansas State University’s “Henry C. Gardiner Scholarship” The two young women were awarded Kansas State University’s (KSU) “Henry C. Gardiner Scholarship” on March 5. The scholarship is awarded to KSU juniors who prove themselves dedicated to animal agriculture, show outstanding leadership ablilities and work ethic, and are excellent students.