Colorado State University Students Receive 2011 W.D. Farr Scholarships

Students Recognized for Excellence in Academics and Collegiate Leadership Roles

Colorado State University PhD candidates receive prestigious beef industry scholarship. The industry will be well served by these young leaders.

KISSIMMEE, FLA. (Aug. 3, 2011) – Jessica Igo of Plainview, Texas, and Scott Howard of Ponette, Wis., graduate students at Colorado State University (CSU), are the recipients of the 2011 W.D. Farr Scholarships from the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF). The $12,000 awards recognize superior achievements in academics and leadership and will allow the students to further their study in animal science. The presentation was made during the 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference Aug. 3, 2011, in Kissimmee, Fla.

Igo, a Ph.D. candidate, received her degrees in animal science from Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University. She has been involved in numerous academic and extra-curricular activities throughout her studies, including serving as the coach of the 2011 National Western Champion meat judging team. Her research has included conducting tenderness studies and interviews for Phase I of the 2011 National Beef Quality Audit, as well as coordinating consumer panels and pH and temperature analysis on beef carcasses. She intends to pursue a career as a research technologist in beef quality research and development.

Howard, also a Ph.D. candidate, received his degrees in animal science from Colorado State University. His research has included prediction of meat quality and tenderness using sophisticated imaging techniques. Howard also worked on the 2010 National Beef Quality Audit and several other projects involving quality of new beef cuts. Howard is also involved in several activities at CSU, including serving as president of the American Meat Science Association Board of Directors. He was named Outstanding Graduate Student in Animal Science in 2010.

“These two outstanding students are very deserving of the W.D. Farr Scholarships,” said Linda Davis, a NCF Trustee and chair of the W.D. Farr Scholarship Committee. “They not only excel academically, but also have demonstrated true leadership qualities and the character needed to stand out in their fields after finishing their degrees. The beef industry will be well-served by furthering the educations and careers of these fine young people.”

The annual W.D. Farr Scholarship awards were established by NCF in 2007 to recognize outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in meat science and animal agriculture. W.D. Farr was the first president of NCF and served as president of the American National Cattlemen’s Association, which later became the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. His career spanned 75 years and included innovations in cattle feeding, uniform beef grading, water conservation and banking. Farr died at age 97 in August 2007.