Section Awarded: National
Larry V. Cundiff, Morrison Award
Sponsored by F. B. Morrison Fund
Larry V. Cundiff, USDA-ARS, MARC, Clay Center, NE Bio: Larry Cundiff was raised on a livestock and grain farm in central Kansas. He and his wife, Laura, have one son and two daughters. He received a BS degree in animal science at Kansas State University, and MS and PhD degrees at Oklahoma State University. Cundiff has had a distinguished career with the Agricultural Research Service, USDA. He has led the cattle Germplasm Evaluation Program at the US Meat Animal Research Center to characterize 37 breeds for production traits. His research on effects of heterosis and breed complementarity has led to increased use of crossbreeding systems and development of composite breeds. His research and leadership have had major impacts on the beef cattle industry for the last 40 years.