Tonya Amen Joins The Angus Genetics Inc.®

Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) welcomes Tonya Amen as the new Genetic Service Director. A wholly owned subsidiary of the American Angus Association®, AGI provides a conduit to develop and implement new technologies for genetic selection tools.

In joining the Angus team, Amen assists in coordinating genetic education and outreach programs tailored to Angus breeders and commercial cattle producers.  In addition, Amen will interface with Association entities to enhance strategic development of predictable supply chains using the available technologies and networks.

 “Tonya will be a great asset to our team as we continue to look to the future of genetic evaluation programs, and the need for education and outreach to our members and the beef industry,” says Bill Bowman, Association chief operating officer and AGI director.

Amen is a native of Colorado and received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas Tech University. She also earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in animal breeding from Texas A&M University.

For the past two years, Amen served as a cattle genetics specialist in the southeastern U.S. with Pfizer Animal Genetics. Prior to Pfizer, Amen served as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls. Amen is also active in industry activities and currently serves on the NCBA’s Young Producers Council.

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The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef organization, serving nearly 30,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

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