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Onan Honored with Friend of County Agent Award
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/20/2014

A professor of animal and food science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has been honored with the 2014 Friend of the County Agent Award by the Wisconsin Association of County Agricultural Agents. Gary Onan, who has been at UW-RF since 1997, was recognized for his support and assistance to county-based extension programs.

"Gary's support for Wisconsin county livestock judging for the past 17 years, including 20-30 live animal or carcass shows every summer throughout the state, is truly extraordinary for a faculty member without an Extension appointment," said Greg Blonde, agriculture agent for Waupaca County. "As the Animal and Food Science Department Chair at UW-RF, Gary is also very supportive of other faculty working with UW-Extension faculty and staff around the state to help support various livestock producer/industry outreach programs."

Dale Gallenberg, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at UW-RF, adds that Gary and his colleagues are committed to solving issues and facilitating opportunities for producers and youth across Wisconsin.

In 2006, Onan was honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award at the school. He is a member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists and earned the Professional Animal Scientist designation in 2006. Onan is also a member of the American Society of Animal Science, serving several years as chair of the Midwest Section Academic Quadrathlon Committee, along with advising the UW-RF Academic Quadrathlon Team.

Meanwhile, Onan also advises the UW-RF chapter of the Association of Women in Agriculture; and has supervised numerous undergraduate research projects, including some within the McNair Scholars Program. In the international arena, he has served as a mentor in the Romanian Young Visiting Scientist Program and most recently co-led a group of students to Nicaragua in January 2014 as part of a study tour in collaboration with the Universidad Nacional Agraria.

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