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Etherton Receives Dairy Service Award

Posted: February 17, 2016

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, was honored at the PA Dairy Summit last week.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Penn State Department of Animal Science and Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition, was recognized with the Pennsylvania Distinguished Dairy Service Award by the Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association, the Center for Dairy Excellence and the PDMP at the annual Pa Dairy Summit last week.

As Department Head for 18 years, Etherton has been an influential leader for the dairy industry's within the University, around the Commonwealth and throughout the nation.

In accepting the award, Etherton gave credit to the dedicated team within the Animal Science Department, recognizing their commitment to provide the education, research and technology for dairy progress.

In 2000 he led the effort to create the Dairy Alliance initiative, working to make sure that the needs of producers were being met, and that faculty, staff and administrators were attuned with the needs of both producers and industry.

After the transition to the Penn State Dairy Extension Team, Etherton continued to ensure the success and sustainability of the program and our industry. He has consistently encouraged and led the collaboration between Penn State and allied industries, one of Pennsylvania's great strengths.

A nationally and internationally recognized speaker, he is a strong and passionate advocate for dairy producers and for the importance of bringing science-based information to the sometimes emotional debates in agriculture. His strong and sincere advocacy for science and technology distinguishes him as a leader and proponent of the dairy industry. He said, "The battle for science continues on a conversation by conversation basis with consumers and the public because we care about the future of food, farms and families."

Etherton leads one of only a handful of animal science departments across the United States that provides "full service" teaching, research and extension across all species of animals. He meets regularly with students, faculty and industry leaders to help the Penn State education to continually evolve and meet changing needs. He supports resources necessary for students to have a. Strong classroom education and exceptional real world experience.

Etherton is married to Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, who is world renowned in the field of human nutrition. Her expertise provides him with a broad, global perspective on how science impacts not only animals and producers but how it ultimately benefits the consumer. The Ethertons have two adult sons and two grandchildren.

Etherton has his B.S. in Agricultural Science from the University of Illinois, his M.S. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota.

A leading authority on the role of agricultural biotechnology in the food system, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and presented more than 190 invited seminars nationally and internationally.

Others recognized at the Summit included Wayne Harpster, Evergreen Farms, with the Distinguished Dairy Producer Award; Patty Purcell, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association with the Distinguished Dairy Woman Award; and Bradley Biehl, Corner View Farm and AMS-Galaxy-USA, with the Dairy Innovation Award. This is the first year the three organizations have joined together to present the awards that showcase leadership, stewardship and excellence in Pennsylvania's dairy industry.