The deadline for nominations was January 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM CST.

2019 Award Winners

Distinguished Service Award

N. Andy Cole, USDA ARS

Dr. N. Andy Cole was reared on a farm near Pampa, TX. He received a B.S. degree from West Texas State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in animal nutrition from Oklahoma State University. In 1976, he joined the staff of the USDA-ARS Laboratory in Bushland, TX. During the first 20 years of his career, Dr. Cole's research focused on the nutrition of calves subjected to the stressors of marketing and transport. Following program changes in 1996, his research focus changed to decreasing adverse effects of cattle operations on the environment. His research was instrumental in establishing new chapters on the nutrient requirements of stressed calves and on decreasing the environmental impact of beef production in the 1996 and 2016 Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle. Dr. Cole has published over 120 peer-reviewed and 145 technical publications, given over 180 invited presentations to scientists and producers in the U.S. and six foreign countries, and has been principal or co-investigator on research grants totaling over $12,000,000. He received the ASAS Animal Management Award in 2005, the ASAS Fellow Award in 2009, and the AFIA Ruminant Nutrition Award in 2012. He served on the team that wrote the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) 2016 Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle. In 2015 Dr. Cole “semi-retired” from ARS but he currently serves as President of ARPAS, and served as Associate Editor of the Professional Animal Scientist.

Extension Award

Elizabeth "Betsy" Greene, University of Arizona

Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Greene, started her studies at Morehead State University. She received an Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Morehead. She received a Master’s degree from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University. She was hired as an Equine Extension Specialist at Washington State University in 1993, spent almost 16 years in Vermont and is now back at the University of Arizona. Betsy’s accomplishments are vast; her enthusiasm, infectious; her work ethic, tireless. Her involvement with HorseQuest and Extension Horses, Inc. has pioneered the way equine specialists and others work collaboratively in real-time across state lines in the development of equine content and programs to benefit horse owners throughout the world. Betsy’s advocacy to raise awareness of the issues facing the horse industry, promote solutions and provide educational opportunities has been an underlying current of her contributions to the field of equine science. As a part of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Dr. Greene has demonstrated outstanding extension outreach to both youth and adults throughout the state of Arizona. She has worked hard to foster productive working relationships with specialists, agents, program coordinators, and volunteers around the state. Dr. Greene’s continued commitment to service and leadership at every level is demonstrative of her commitment to supporting Cooperative Extension, its agents, and its mission.

Young Scientist Award

Adam Summers, New Mexico State University

Dr. Adam Summers completed his BS at Utah State University in 2007 and continued on for his M.S. under the direction of Dr. Wiedmeier in Ruminant Nutrition (2009). He then moved to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to pursue his doctorate in Reproductive Physiology with Drs. Rick Funston and Andrea Cupp which he completed in 2012. After completing his PhD, he continued working with Dr. Cupp as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. In July of 2014, Dr. Summers was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University. His laboratory focuses on improving reproductive success and female longevity in beef cattle. One of his major areas of emphasis is how specific nutrients fed during pregnancy can influence subsequent progeny. The second area of research deals with management of heifers on native rangelands during the development phase. He also devotes his research time to the needs of the constituents in the state of New Mexico. He conducts research to provide direct answers for producers regarding reproductive management for sheep, goats, and cattle. Dr. Summers has mentored 6 graduate students (5 M.S., 1 Ph.D.) and has served on 10 graduate committees. He currently serves as a member of the Beef Reproduction Task Force and has been recognized by his colleagues as a leader in his field through several invited talks both at the local and national level. Dr. Summers has published 22 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 41 abstracts, 18 proceedings and a book chapter. Dr. Summers and his wife Eden live in Las Cruces, NM where they are raising 5 wonderful children.

Young Scholar Winners


Dillan Henslee, University of Idaho

Robert Posont, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Caitlin Cadaret, California State University-Chico


Competitions Winners


  • 1st Place: Jessica Lancaster, University of Idaho
  • 2nd Place: Tasha King, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 3rd Place: Joslyn Beard, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Applied Animal Nutrition

  • 1st Place: Joslyn Beard, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 2nd Place: Shelby Rosasco, New Mexico State University
  • 3rd Place: Susana Urias, New Mexico State University

Undergraduate Poster Competition

  • 1st Place: Thomas Chrisenten, University of Wyoming
  • 2nd Place: Ellen Van Noy, California State University, Chico
  • 3rd Place: Danielle Peinovich, University of Arizona

Graduate Student Paper Competition

  • 1st Place: Matthew Crouse, North Dakota State University
  • 2nd Place: Ana Menezes, North Dakota State University
  • 3rd Place: Shelby Rosasco, New Mexico State University

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