Five agriculture professionals will be recognized by the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences this October. Daphne and Lloyd Holterman, Anna Maenner, David Rhoda and Timothy Young will receive the highest honors bestowed by the college during the CALS Honorary Recognition Banquet.
The Honorary Recognition Award, now in its 109th year, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their professions, their communities and the university. This year’s awardees are the Holtermans, Maenner and Rhoda.
Upon graduating with degrees in Life Sciences Communication and Dairy Science, the Holtermans farmed with Lloyd’s parents for six years on their 220-acre family farm in Watertown. They then branched out on their own, leasing a farm in Ixonia for a few years before going back to Watertown and purchasing the family farm. Since then, the Holtermans have grown the farm from 80 to 950 milking cows in a modern freestall barn and double-12 milking parlor. Today, the farm operates 1,750 acres.
The Holtermans are well-known and respected in their local community, among their fellow CALS alumni and throughout the dairy industry around the world. The Holtermans, both together and as individuals, have been recognized numerous times with honors such as World Dairy Expo Woman of the Year, Holstein Association Progressive Genetics Award and Jaycees National Outstanding Young Farmers.
As owner and president of ACM Administrative Services, Inc., Maenner provides organizational support, public relations and management to the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association, Wisconsin Grape Growers Association, Wisconsin Winery Association, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show.
Maenner authored the original editions of “The ABC’s of Agriculture” and “This Business Called Agriculture,” two educational activity books that teach children how food is produced and distributed through an engaging combination of facts, figures, puzzles and games. Maenner and her husband are also farmers and owners of Country Haven Farm, a 100-ewe sheep farm that sells pureblood Scottish Blackface sheep.
Rhoda has had a long career as a large animal veterinarian and has been an integral leader in animal well-being and food safety. After receiving his DVM from the University of Illinois, Rhoda served in the Army for three years before beginning his vocation as a practicing veterinarian in Evansville.
Over the years, he has been involved in many initiatives that have improved the dairy industry in Wisconsin, and he was a UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course teacher for 10 years.
Young will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement and service. A globally respected professor at the University of Tennessee, Young is a leading expert in quantitative analysis, intelligent manufacturing, and statistical process control in the forest industries.
The awards will be presented at the CALS Honorary Recognition Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 25 in Union South. For more information and to register for the event, visit http://www.cals.wisc.edu/honorary.