Hutjens Named ADSA Fellow

URBANA, US - An internationally-known University of Illinois Extension dairy specialist has been named a Fellow by the American Dairy Science Association. The award, announced earlier this month, recognizes Mike Hutjens for "distinguished service to the dairy industry over 20 years or more."
calendar icon 30 July 2008
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In announcing the award, the ADSA noted Hutjens' "exceptional contributions" to the dairy industry during a career that began in 1971 when he joined the University of Minnesota faculty after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

"Mike Hutjens is one of the seminal contributors to the dairy industry over the past 30-plus years," said Neal Merchen, head of the Department of Animal Sciences.  "Recognition of Mike as a Fellow of the American Dairy Science Association celebrates those contributions to the industry and to his flagship professional organization and I can't think of anyone who is more deserving of this important award."

Joining the U of I faculty in 1979, Hutjens serves as a professor of animal sciences and Extension dairy specialist. He is a frequent contributor to a number of dairy publications and presents programs at international dairy conferences.

The ADSA described Hutjens as "internationally recognized for his innovative and effective outreach programs" and for his outstanding teaching and mentoring abilities, as well. "His long-time teaching of introductory and advanced dairy management courses, along with his pioneering online program in dairy cattle management, have had a significant impact on many current and future leaders in the dairy industry," the ADSA noted.

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