The American Dairy Science Association is holding its annual meeting at the Kansas City Convention Center this week. Last night’s ceremony honored renowned researchers from around the U.S. and world for their contributions to the industry, and also installed new officers to the ADSA board of directors.

Award winners:

Alltech Inc. Graduate Student Paper Publication Award

Rachel Campbell Mertz, Kraft Food Ingredients

American Feed Industry Association Award

Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin

Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award

Heather Dann, William H. Miner Institute

DeLaval Dairy Extension Award

Normand St-Pierre, The Ohio State University

Elanco Award for Excellence in Dairy Science

Joseph Hogan, The Ohio State University

Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award

William Graves, University of Georgia

International Dairy Foods Association Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing

Kayanush (Kai) Aryana, Louisiana State University

J.L. Lush Award in Animal Breeding

Les Hansen, University of Minnesota

Lallemand Animal Nutrition Award

Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph

Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production

Amin Ahmadzadeh, University of Idaho

National Milk Producers Federation Richard M. Hoyt Award

Eduardo de Souza Ribeiro, University of Florida

Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award

Bill Mahanna, DuPont Pioneer

Zoetis Physiology Award

Juan Loor, University of Illinois

DuPont Forage Award

David Combs, University of Wisconsin

West Agro Inc. Award

Geoff Dahl

Genevieve Christen Undergraduate Student Award

Jessica Hammerand, Iowa State University

ADSA Foundation Scholar Award

Todd R. Bilby, Merck Animal Health

Journal of Dairy Science Most-Cited Awards (from year 2011 published papers)

Aziz Homayouni – Dairy Foods

Kristen Reyher – Physiology and Management

Alexander Hristov – Nutrition, Feeding and Calves

George Wiggans – Genetics and Breeding

ADSA Award of Honor

Phil Tong, Cal Poly

ADSA Distinguished Service Award

Donald Palmquist, The Ohio State University

ADSA Fellows

Bill Aimutis, Cargill Inc.

Tom Jenkins, Clemson University

Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M University

Nagendra Shah, The University of Hong Kong