Nutrition Awards
Richard Sellers, senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs
Monday, September 8, 2014
by: Richard Sellers, senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs

Section: Fall 2014

The American Feed Industry Association in partnership with various other industry associations awarded five individuals in July with nutrition awards for their work in the field.

The American Feed Industry Association in partnership with the Poultry Science Association recognized Joseph Moritz, Ph.D., a faculty member at West Virginia University’s Department of Animal and Nutritional Science, on July 17, for his contributions to poultry nutrition. The Poultry Nutrition Research Award was presented to Moritz by Dr. Janet Remus of DuPont, during the annual PSA meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas.
“We believe it is important to recognize leaders in poultry nutrition as the U.S. produced 55 million tons of broiler feed in 2013 alone,” said Sellers. “That is more than double the production of swine feed, which is the second highest total in annual feed production in the states last year.”
Moritz was trained in nutrition and feed manufacture at The Ohio State and Kansas State universities. He joined the faculty at West Virginia University in 2002, was tenured in 2008 and promoted to full professor in 2013. Moritz maintains a 45 percent research, 30 percent teaching and 25 percent extension appointment.
His research focus is on nutritional consequences of feed manufacture. Moritz’s laboratory has published 37 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented 65 abstracts at national meetings. He has been honored with teaching and research awards at the division and college level as well as the Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Junior and Senior Faculty Awards of Merit. Moritz’s teaching efforts were also recognized with the prestigious Land O’Lakes/Purina Mills National Teaching Award in 2007.
Jack Odle, Ph.D., an animal scientist at North Carolina State University, was presented with the New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award on July 21. The award is sponsored by AFIA and the Federation of Animal Science Societies.
This is the 11th consecutive year the organization has sponsored the FASS award. The purpose of the New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award is to stimulate, acknowledge and reward pioneering and innovative research relevant to animal nutrition. The award recipient must demonstrate outstanding and innovative contributions to nutrition research concerning animals that benefit mankind and/or the nutritional value of food from animals. Odle manages a research program focused on “Nutritional Biochemistry of the Neonate.”  
“His research has relevance to both agriculture and to medicine in that his laboratory uses piglets as a model for neonatal nutrition and metabolism,” stated Sellers “His research, focused on lipid metabolism and on intestinal health, has previously received recognition by the society as he was awarded a Young Researcher Award, the Non-ruminant Nutrition Award and the Animal Growth & Development Award.”
Odle has received $8 million for research, published 367 papers, abstracts and technical reports, and has trained 50 graduate students, post doctorates and visiting scientists. He has repeatedly served on proposal review panels for numerous government agencies and has also served on editorial boards of the Journal of Animal Science and the Journal of Nutrition, including six years as Associate Editor. He presently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology based in China and Advances in Nutrition published in the U.S.  
Odle received his bachelor’s degree with highest honors in animal science from Purdue University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a concentration in nutritional biochemistry. After five years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, he joined the Department of Animal Science at North Carolina State University in 1995 and was named William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in 2005.
The FASS New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award, which is similar to a lifetime achievement award, was presented to Odle during a conference of animal science societies in Kansas City, Mo. A committee of FASS members selected Odle for the honor, which was presented by Craig Wyatt, of AB Vista, on behalf of AFIA. 
Ermias Kebreab, Ph.D., an expert in ruminant nutrition, and Gerald Shurson, Ph.D., an expert in swine nutrition, were honored at an awards ceremony the following evening, July 22, for their professional achievements by AFIA and the American Society of Animal Science. 
Kebreab was presented with the Ruminant Animal Nutrition Award. Kebreab is a professor and Sesnon Endowed Chair of the Animal Science Department at the University of California-Davis. He joined the faculty of UC-Davis in 2009 as a professor of animal science, establishing a nutrition modeling laboratory. 
“During the last 10 years, Dr. Kebreab has authored 111 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 34 book chapters, more than 150 abstracts and has been principal investigator for grants exceeding $8 million” said Sellers. “As one of his largest contributions to the industry, he’s contributed to the research of the quantification of greenhouse gas emissions from ruminants, which we know is an important step forward in the sustainability of the industry.”
Kebreab received his bachelor’s degree from University of Asmara in 1987. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Reading, UK, in 1989 and 1998, respectively. Kebreab has worked as a post-doctoral fellow, adjunct and associate professor of nutrition modeling at universities in England and Canada.
Kabreab also serves on national and international scientific committees, and has been an invited speaker for scientific and industry conferences in several countries on five continents.
Shurson was awarded the Non-ruminant Animal Nutrition Award
“Shurson is a professor at the University of Minnesota where he has responsibilities in research, on-campus teaching and Extension,” said Sellers. “His research program focuses on evaluating the nutritional value of distillers’ dried grains with solubles in swine diets. It is really quite interesting.”
Shurson has authored more than 300 scientific publications and has generated more than $10 million in research funding. His research has been presented to audiences in 15 countries. He provides educational programs for producers and feed industry professionals on nutrition and management related issues and serves as a consultant for ethanol and feed industries, and government agencies.
Shurson grew up in southern Minnesota on a diversified dairy cattle and swine farm. He received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Minnesota and his master’s and doctorate degrees in swine nutrition from Michigan State University.
The Ruminant Animal Nutrition Award was presented to Kebreab by Rick Bonander of Adisseo, and the Non-ruminant Animal Nutrition Award was presented to Shurson by Craig Wyatt of AB Vista, both on behalf of AFIA. The ruminant and non-ruminant awards were an addition to the overall nutrition awards program in 1998.
Randy Shaver, Ph.D., an expert on dairy cattle nutrition, was awarded the American Dairy Science Association Nutrition Research Award on July 23, for his professional achievements. The annual award is jointly sponsored by AFIA and ADSA.
Shaver is a professor of dairy nutrition for the Department of Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin. His extension and research programs focus on applied nutrition of lactating dairy cattle. He has advised or co-advised 29 master’s or doctoral students at UW-Madison. Shaver has authored or co-authored 88 peer-review journal publications, 170 scientific abstracts, 101 popular-press articles in industry trade magazines and 249 newsletter articles, extension handouts or bulletins, and internet publications. He has presented 590 invited papers at industry conferences in 46 states and numerous foreign countries.
Shaver has previously received the ADSA Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Award, ADSA DeLaval Dairy Extension Award, ADSA Nutrition Professionals Applied Dairy Nutrition Award and UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Pound Extension Excellence Award. 
“Shaver is a life-long dairyman, growing up on a Pennsylvania dairy farm before transitioning to the nutrition side of the business,” said Sellers. “With his tremendous track record in the field, it seems only natural he be awarded the ADSA Nutrition Research Award for his lifelong commitment.”
Shaver received a master’s degree from the University of Maryland’s Department of Animal Sciences then completed his doctorate degree in dairy science at UW-Madison in 1986 after conducting research at UW-Madison and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center.
The award was presented to Shaver by Juan  Tricarico, Ph.D., of Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy on behalf of AFIA. The award was established to promote and stimulate research in dairy cattle nutrition. 
The Nutrition Research Award program was originally developed in 1948 as a way to better recognize leaders within various sectors of the industry for accomplishments pertaining to animal nutrition.  
For more information on the AFIA Nutrition Awards program, contact Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs, at (703) 558-3569 or, or Paul Keppy, AFIA government affairs specialist, at (703) 650-0144 or
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