People in the news

May 25, 2012
by WLJ


2012 Bovance Student Scholarship Contest winner The Bovance Student Scholarship Contest is an essay contest where students pick a topic to write about related to cloning. This year’s winner answered the question, “How could genetic preservation and cloning help feed the world in the years to come?” Zuck is currently a sophomore majoring in Animal Science with a Pre- Veterinary focus.


Windett joins Hoop Beef Systems LLC Jeff Windett of Columbia, MO, joins a team of professional consultants working with customers to expand cattle feeding opportunities in the Midwest by minimizing feed costs, environmental impact, and improving marketing opportunities. “Experience in all segments of the industry is what Jeff brings to the team,” said Brent Bryant, Hoop Beef Systems managing director. “We are very pleased to have Jeff join the team to expand our marketing opportunities.” Windett started with Hoop Beef Systems May 14 and will be responsible for the lower midwestern states. Windett previously worked for Wilson Foods, the American Angus Association, the Iowa Beef Improvement Association and Circle A Angus Ranch. He most recently served as the executive vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.


New director of the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Boerboom replaces Duane Hauck, who retired at the end of 2011 after 35-1/2 years with the NDSU Extension Service. Boerboom served as interim Extension director for the last 4-1/2 months. Boerboom joined NDSU Extension in January 2010 as an assistant director for agriculture and natural resources and district director for five southeastern North Dakota counties. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and agricultural economics in 1984, a master’s degree in agronomy in 1987, and a doctorate in agronomy in 1989, all from the University of Minnesota.


Missouri Cattlemen’s Association interim EVP The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Executive Committee has announced that Brent Haden will serve as interim executive vice president for the association. Haden is a native of Mexico, MO, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School. He is a partner at the Columbia law firm of Haden & Byrne and has served as the association’s regulatory counsel since 2011. Haden served as associate counsel for the Kansas Livestock Association and as chief of staff for the Kansas Speaker of the House. He now lives in rural Callaway County with his wife and two sons. Haden will serve in his new role while the association searches for a new executive vice president. Interested applicants may submit their resumes electronically at or by mail.


2012 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year Debbie Lyons-Blythe, member of the Kansas Livestock Association, was nominated for the title of Farm Mom of the Year by her five children. Blythe and her husband run a registered Angus program and a commercial bred heifer program. Blythe is an active ag advocate through her blog “Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch.”


Chairman of the Board, National Western Stock Show Association Following the death of Jerry McMorris, Ron Williams of Gary- Williams Company and a cow/ calf operator, was elected as the chairman of the board. Williams has worked with NWSSA as the treasurer of the Executive Committee for eight years and is involved with considerable community philanthropy and industry leadership.


2012 Leopold Conservation Award Winner The Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and others, has awarded its 2012 Leopold Conservation Award to the Wineinger-Davis Ranch. The ranch successfully integrates not only the needs of a successful and productive beef operation, but also the habitat needs of a suite of shortgrass prairie wildlife species.