Category Archives: Awards

Banta receives Extension Award

Media contact: Kim Schoonmaker, kims@asas.org Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, received the Southern Section Extension Award at the 2017 Southern Section Meeting, held Feb. 4-7,  in Franklin, Tenn. Banta has worked as an Extension Beef Cattle Specialist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for the past 11 years. He developed a highly successful and well-recognized Extension Program, which includes presentations at more than 550 Extension meetings. A highlight of Dr. Banta’s career has been the co-development of 5 banner programs that provide clientele with daylong, in-depth training on specific… Read More →

Livestock, wool teams reserve champions

Both the livestock and wool judging teams brought back reserve champion honors from their respective contests at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. In addition to reserve, the wool team also placed third overall with a second team. Livestock judging team members include Clayton Schram, Sealy; Harrison Smith, Gatesville; Kelsey Jozwiak, Hempstead; Emily June Kelley, Yoakum; Maddison Holder, Alvarado; Logan Browne, Bowling Green, Ohio; Ryon Cox, Mt. Pleasant; Garrett Wildman, Banquette; Scott Chachere, Dyaton; Ally Spears, Brentwood, Calif.; Jordan Hevner, Adkins; and Carly Hoffman, New Braunfels. The… Read More →

Beef Quiz Bowl & Academic Quadrathlon Teams place at NCBA

The Texas A&M Beef Quiz Bowl team placed 3rd in the National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl co-sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and the American Society of Animal Science held at the NCBA Annual Convention in Nashville, TN.   The Team qualified for the contest by winning the 2016 Southern Section American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon competition.     Team members were Maddy  Wilson a senior ANSC major from Spring Branch, Texas;  Sierra Francis a December 2016 ANSC graduate from Mckinney, TX’;  Logan Speck a December 2016 ANSC graduate… Read More →

Doctoral candidate Smith receives trio of awards

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Brandon Smith, 979-845-3041, wbsmith89@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — William “Brandon” Smith, a doctoral candidate in the Texas A&M University department of soil and crop sciences in College Station and the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton, is racking up awards as he approaches graduation. At the recent Texas A&M AgriLife Conference, Smith was awarded the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Graduate Student Research as well as the 2016 Department of Soil and Crop Sciences Special Achievement Award for… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife presents Vice Chancellor Award in Excellence honors

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence honors were presented to several statewide faculty and staff of Texas A&M AgriLife during a ceremony Jan. 9 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. The awards were given to 14 individuals and three teams with a total of 16 members. Officials said the awards program was established in 1980 to recognize “the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife.” “These awards represent the highest level of achievement… Read More →

Tedeschi, Tomberlin earn Faculty Fellow distinction at Texas A&M AgriLife conference

Contact: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists were named Faculty Fellow during the 2017 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference in College Station. The Faculty Fellow title given to Dr. Luis Tedeschi and Dr. Jeffery Tomberlin are permanent and become a part of the individual’s title. AgriLife Research established the Faculty Fellows Program in 1998 to acknowledge and reward exceptional research faculty within the agency. “Working in disparate fields — animal science and entomology — both Dr. Tedeschi and Dr. Tomberlin have made… Read More →

Lukeman, Eastwood receive Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Awards.

The Department of Animal Science was well represented at the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Awards on September 29, 2016 where several faculty, staff and students were recognized for their achievements. “The faculty and staff honored this year are part of the reason that our students, our research and our service mission is strong and vibrant,” said Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences. Robbie Lukeman received the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Staff. This award recognizes staff members who have made a significant impact on their department…. Read More →

Student participates in Canadian Provincial Contest Exchange

The National Western Stock Show offers a once in a lifetime experience to the high individual of the collegiate livestock judging contest. Every year the high scoring livestock judge is awarded a trip to the Calgary Stampede to judge the Alberta 4-H purebred beef heifer show, the Summer Synergy commercial beef heifer show and help with some of the junior livestock judging contests. On Jan. 15, 2016, in Denver, Colo., Quest Newberry, a senior animal science major from George West, Texas, was named the 2016 NWSS collegiate livestock… Read More →

Longtime breeder named to Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Writer: Steve Kuhlmann, steve.kuhlmann@thewagle.com   What began as an interest for a young boy on a farm in Louisiana has led College Station resident Nat Kieffer to leave his mark on the industry of horse racing. The 86-year-old former Texas A&M professor and longtime Brazos County horse breeder is set to be inducted into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame this fall, honoring his decades-long contributions to the sport in Texas. Although this is far from the first honor Kieffer has received, he said he was excited to… Read More →

Dr. Xiaoqiu (Churchill) Wang Awarded 2016 Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award

Contact: Kim Schoonmaker, 217-356-9050 ext. 4, kims@asas.org Dr. Xiaoqiu (Churchill) Wang has been named the recipient of the 2016 Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Wang recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Physiology of Reproduction under the mentorship of Drs. Fuller W. Bazer and Guoyao Wu. He received his B.S. degree in Animal Science from China Agricultural University (Beijing, China) and completed an internship at Tokyo University… Read More →