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Jim Hogue Named Penn State Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus

Posted: April 3, 2015

Hogue, beef nutritionist, will be honored during the Little I/Dairy Expo weekend on April 24 and 25 at University Park.

Nutritionist Jim Hogue has been selected as the Penn State Department of Animal Science's Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus for 2015, and will be honored during the Little I/Dairy Expo weekend on April 24 and 25 at University Park.

Hogue, founding partner of Agri-Basics, Inc., has worked as a beef nutritionist in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania for 29 years. Now in partial retirement, his clients included cattle feeders, and cow-calf producers. He worked with his feedlot clients in utilizing food waste by-products into their rations, and spoke to groups in Ohio, Virginia, Maine and Pennsylvania about sourcing and incorporating these products.

Dr. Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science said, "I offer my sincerest congratulations to Jim. He has had enormous influence within the beef industry and has generously shared his expertise with our students and others in the industry. It is a pleasure to recognize him with this year's honor, and to welcome him to campus."

Hogue said, "I was very flattered and pretty much awestruck when I learned that I was to be recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus. I am honored, and I am appreciative of my Penn State education."

While at Penn State he was a member of the Block & Bridle Club, a member of the meats and livestock judging teams and served as Show Manager of the Little I. In his junior year, he began working at the swine barn, and worked there until graduation, calling his education at the swine barn under Vern Hazlett and Dave Hosterman, "a valuable and memorable experience."

A native of York County, Hogue has lived in Lancaster since 1986. He had been a livestock products manager for Young's, Inc. after having worked on farms for several years following graduation from Penn State.

He has been a member of the board of the PA Center for Beef Excellence, the Lancaster County Extension Board and the Blueprint for Success Committee. In 2009 he was recognized by the Pennsylvania Cattlemen's Association with their Industry Service Award.

During his career as a beef nutritionist he has been a guest lecturer for beef production classes at Penn State, and has worked on educational programs with the PA Beef Council and helped coordinate tours for students and producers to feedlots in Lancaster County.

He is a member of the Penn State Alumni Association and the Penn State Stockman's Club.

Hogue enjoys motorcycling, bicycling and travel with his wife Jean, often visiting Blacksburg VA and Salmon, Idaho where his two daughters, Catherine and Mary, live.