UW college of agriculture honors alumni, collaborators, faculty

An advocate for issues affecting Wyoming and the director of a laboratory that benefits livestock industries and people worldwide are outstanding alumni award recipients from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

Jody Levin of Cheyenne and Adalberto Angel Pérez de León of Kerrville, Texas, are among award recipients to be recognized during Ag Appreciation Weekend Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15.

Others are the Whitney Foundation of Sheridan for its collaboration with the college in developing agricultural educational opportunities with UW, James E. and Jill (Lynch) Anderson of Colorado for establishing a scholarship for students, and Scott Shaw, a professor of entomology, for his teaching, research and scholarship.

Awards are presented Friday and recipients recognized on Jonah Field Saturday during the Wyoming-Wofford football game. Full stories are athttp://bit.ly/2018agawards.

            Outstanding Alumni

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Jody Levin

Boulder, Wyo.-area native Levin graduated with undergraduate and graduate degrees and interned with then Senator Craig Thomas’ office, later becoming legislative director from 2001-2002. She returned to Wyoming and was the state’s first endangered species coordinator.

“I owe everything to the college of agriculture,” she said.

She launched Levin Strategic Resources, LLC, in 2009, specializing in government and public affairs representation. This year she completed her term as president of the Wyoming Capitol Club. She is a member of the agriculture dean’s advisory group.

“She has been a staunch advocate for issues affecting Wyoming citizens, and her  grassroots  advocacy  and  community  outreach  have  made  her  a  trusted  liaison  between  the  people  and  government,” noted Ben Rashford, head of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the college.

Pérez grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, received his master’s degree at the University of Georgia and his doctorate from UW. He continued his graduate vesicular stomatitis research with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service and now is the laboratory director of the USDA-ARS Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory in Kerrville.


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Adalberto Pérez de León

“It’s no secret I stood on the shoulders of giants,” said Pérez of his experience as a doctoral student in the college. One of those he credits is his co-adviser, Jack Lloyd, who died in March.

Christopher Chase, then with the USDA-ARS Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research in Laramie, made a recruitment visit to visit Perez in Georgia.

“When I first met him, it was apparent there was something special about Beto,” said Chase. “Now, he has made his mark as a world-renowned leader in developing policy and plans for national programs in both veterinary and medical entomology.”

Research/Outreach Partner Award

Whitney Foundation logo      The Whitney Foundation’s agricultural efforts include more than $3 million toward building curriculum with the college of agriculture and establishing the Edward E. Whitney Agricultural Instructor position at Sheridan College. In addition, the foundation agreed to enter a 50-year free lease with UW for the Adams Ranch immediately south of Sheridan College for use by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station.

“We believe Mr. Whitney would be quite pleased to see these educational opportunities for both local, and the state’s, youths,” said Whitney Benefits vice president Roy Garber of Big Horn.

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University of Wyoming Ag Day Barbecue raises money for student groups

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Ag students serving during last year’s barbecue inside the Indoor Practice Facility.

The annual University of Wyoming Ag Day Barbecue benefitting College of Agriculture and Natural Resources student organizations is Saturday, Sept. 15.

The barbecue is prior to kickoff of the Wyoming-Wofford football game and is in the southwest corner of the Pepsi Pre-game Zone in the Cowboy Joe Tailgate area inside the Wyoming Indoor Practice Facility.

Serving is 11:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Prices are $12 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12 and those under 6 eat free. Credit cards will be accepted. Barbecue beef, pork and lamb sandwiches will be served, and soda and water will be available.

The Food Science Club prepares the food, and ag student group members volunteer to serve.

Last year’s barbecue raised more than $4,200 for about 70 students in 15 different clubs and organizations.

UW coach announces top 4-H’ers in 307 Livestock Judging Series

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Junior All-State Team from left with Tyler Bauer, University of Wyoming intern; Emmy Hornecker, Natrona County; Riley Lake, Albany County; and Caleb Boardman, UW livestock judging teach coach. Not Pictured, Paiyzli Baker, Sublette County.

A summer series of livestock judging camps designed to boost skills among 4-H’ers – and increase opportunities for college scholarships – culminated at the state fair when the top scorers in three divisions were recognized.

University of Wyoming livestock judging team coach Caleb Boardman presented 307 Livestock Judging Series certificates to five senior, five intermediate and three junior participants.

4-H’ers could compete in twelve 307 Livestock Judging days and camps. They had to attend at least three and then compete at the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo, noted Boardman.

“We are trying to give students interested in judging more opportunities to compete,” Boardman said. “The more experience you get, the better you will be.”

All-State Award recipients in their divisions and their counties are:

Juniors (ages 8-10) – Riley Lake, Albany; Emmy Hornecker, Natrona; Paiyzli Baker, Sublette.

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Intermediate All-State Team from left with Tyler Bauer, University of Wyoming intern; Kymber Stinson, Albany County; Emma Gonzalez, Laramie County; McKinly Hepp, Johnson County; Garrett Burkett, Natrona County; Haidyn Hornecker receiving award for her brother, Brekken, Natrona County; and UW livestock judging coach Caleb Boardman.

Intermediate (ages 11-13) – Kymber Stinson, Albany; McKinly Hepp, Johnson; Emma Gonzalez, Laramie; Garrett Burkett, Brekken Hornecker, Natrona.

Seniors (ages 14-18) – Kemsley Gallegos, Alexis Lake, Saige Ward, Albany; Emma Mercer, Big Horn; Logan Mehling, Park.

There are sports camps in summer, why not livestock judging camps, asked Boardman, who noted the camps have aided student recruitment to UW.

“I don’t want to take anything away from sports, but the majority of students from Wyoming, if they get scholarships, will be academic or agricultural scholarships,” he said. “If you look at the ag industry, UW Extension and the college of agriculture, all of these students are working toward gaining a scholarship and being on a collegiate competition team.”

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