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2016 ASAS/ADSA Midwest Award Winners

Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award

Sponsored by Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC

Dr. Carl Dahlen
North Dakota State University

Dr. Dahlen joined the North Dakota State University faculty in 2010 as the beef cattle extension specialist. Dahlen received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Dahlen's Extension program focuses on finding solutions to current problems faced by beef producers and identifying future opportunities to improve production. His extension efforts have included a state-wide survey of beef producers that was used as the basis of legislative actions and programs to support the beef industry, development of the PregCard and BullTest data collection platforms that enhance the role of veterinarians as multipliers of production-related information, and leading integrated Extension and research efforts taking place on over 350 commercial beef operations.

Dr. Dahlen has been instrumental in developing innovative training methods that empower county, area, and state Extension personnel to better serve their beef-producing clientele.

Outstanding Young Researcher Award

Sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products Inc.

Dr. Ryan Dilger
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Dilger earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Purdue University, and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upon completion of his doctorate, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois and joined the Animal Sciences faculty there as an Assistant Professor in 2010. His research program integrates the interdisciplinary fields of nutrition, immunology, and neuroscience. Research themes in Dr. Dilger's laboratory include nutritional strategies to improve efficiency of swine and poultry production, as well as use of the domestic pig as a translational animal model to study the effects of early-life nutrition on cognitive development.

Outstanding Young Teacher Award

Dr. Barry Bradford
Kansas State University

Dr. Bradford completed dual bachelor’s degrees at Iowa State University and a doctorate in animal nutrition at Michigan State University. In 2006 he joined Kansas State University as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 2011. Over the last 9 years he has impacted well over 1,000 students by teaching courses including Fundamentals of Nutrition, Physiology of Lactation, and Dairy Cattle Nutrition. He also oversees an active research program and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers on the interactions of inflammation and metabolism, use of alternative feedstuffs in dairy cattle, and physiological regulation of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.

Outstanding Early Career Agribusiness Award

Sponsored by BASF

Dr. Casey Neill
Pipestone Veterinary Services

Dr. Neill grew up on a diversified farming operation by Cummings, KS. He graduated from Kansas State University in 2004 with a B.S. degree in Animal Science and in 2005 with his M.S. in Swine Nutrition. After completing his M.S., he joined Christensen Farms in Sleepy Eye, MN as a Research Coordinator. In this position he provided daily oversight to their reach program and provided leadership to study design and developing new research.

In 2007, Dr. Neill began employment for PIC as a Technical Service Nutritionist where he formulated diets for 174,000 sows in commercial production around the world, was a core member of their nutritional research team, and was the primary author for the PIC Nutrition Guides in 2008 and 2011. In 2013, Casey was hired by the Pipestone System as their first company Nutritionist. In his current role, he formulates diets for 230,000 sows in 6 states and wean-to-finish diets for 1.5 million pigs.

National Pork Board Swine Innovation (Abstract) Awards

Sponsored by the National Pork Board


Abstract:  “Utilizing feed sequencing to decrease the risk of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) cross-contamination during feed manufacturing.” 
By Loni L. Schumacher¹, Roger A. Cochrane¹, J. C. Woodworth¹, Anne R. Huss¹, Charles R. Stark¹, Cassandra K. Jones¹, Qi Chen², Rodger Main², Jianqiang Zhang², Phil C. Gauger², Steve S. Dritz¹ and M.D. Tokach¹     ¹Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS     ²Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Abstract:  "The feed enzyme xylanase improves finish pig viability and carcass feed efficiency."
By C.E. Zier-Rush¹, C. Groom¹, M. Tillman¹, J. Remus² and R.D. Boyd¹     ¹The Hanor Company, Inc., Franklin, KY     ²Danisco Animal Nutrition, Spicer, MN


Abstract:  “Evaluation of case-based reasoning to promote learning and swine industry interest in an undergraduate reproductive physiology course.” 
By Amy T. Desaulniers, Renee M. McFee and Brett R. White, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Stahly/Peo Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student Award

Sponsored by the Stahly/Peo Memorial and Tribute Fund

Caroline Gonzalez-Vega
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Gonzalez-Vega is a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois under the guidance of Dr. Hans H. Stein. Her research is focused on determining requirements for digestible calcium in pigs and to elucidate interactions among calcium, phosphorus, phytate, and phytase. Ms. González-Vega has a Masters degree in swine nutrition from the University of Illinois and a B.S. degree in Animal Science from the National University of Colombia. As an undergraduate student she worked on pig farms in the Dominican Republic and at the University of Illinois. Caroline has published 11 research articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation and look forward to working as a swine nutritionist in the feed industry.

Academic Quadrathlon Winners

Sponsored by Agri-King, ASAS Foundation, and Iowa State University

1st - Purdue University
2nd - Kansas State University
3rd - University of Wisconsin - Madison
4th - University of Illinois

Young Dairy Scholars

Pamela R.F. Adkins - University of Missouri
Katherine Boesche - Purdue University
Abigail J. Carpenter - Kansas State University
Colleen Chapman - University of New Hampshire
Joao Paulo Martins - Michigan State University
William Weich - South Dakota State University
Zheng Zhou - University of Illinois -Urbana-Champaign

Animal Science Young Scholars

Laura A. Amundson - University of Wisconsin - Madison
Emily K. Arkfeld - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Casie S. Bass - North Dakota State University
Jessica Colpoys - Iowa State University
Jon De Jong - Kansas State University
Josh Flohr - Kansas State University
Joshua McCann - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Kevin Sargent - University of Nebraska - Lincoln
J. Caroline Gonzalez Vega - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign