On Oct. 25, the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences will present its Honorary Recognition Award to Daphne and Lloyd Holterman, Anna Maenner, and David Rhoda, and its Distinguished Alumni Award to Timothy Young.
These are the highest honors bestowed by the college. The Honorary Recognition Award, now in its 109th year, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their professions, their communities and the university. The Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement and service, has been presented since 2009.
The awards will be presented at the CALS Honorary Recognition Banquet in Union South. Get more information and register for the event online.
Here’s a look at this year’s award recipients:
• Daphne R. and Lloyd W. Holterman are loyal, generous CALS alumni and valued members of their community. As students at UW-Madison, the Holtermans were active in organizations such as the Association of Women in Agriculture and Alpha Gamma Rho, and they continue to be active as alumni.
Upon graduating — Lloyd with a bachelor’s degree in dairy science in 1980 and Daphne with a bachelor’s degree in life sciences communication in 1981 — the couple farmed with Lloyd’s parents, Rose and Lloyd Sr., for two years on their 220-acre family farm in Watertown, Wis. 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 their farm from 60 milking cows to 900 in a modern freestall parlor setup on 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. They embody the “Wisconsin Idea” through countless service contributions and national and global speaking engagements, for which they are highly sought. 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 Outstanding Young Farmers.
In addition to their personal connections, the Holtermans’ family has a long-standing association with CALS; their daughters Lauren (Holterman) Brey (bachelor’s in 2013) and Taylor Holterman (bachelor’s in 2015) are CALS alumni, and Lloyd Sr., also an alumnus of the Farm and Industry Short Course in 1954, received the Honorary Recognition Award in 2001.
• Anna Maenner might have one of the most diverse agricultural networks of anyone in the state of Wisconsin, with connections to apples, berries, fresh vegetables, grapes and wineries, and a significant role in the execution of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.
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. Under her leadership and professionalism, these small crop commodity groups have grown substantially in membership and have thrived from collaborations.
With Maenner’s communication and organizational skills, the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show doubled in size to more than 700 attendees in 2018, making it the largest specialty crops conference in the Midwest outside of Michigan. As the driving force behind ACM Inc., Maenner helps make Wisconsin Farm Technology Days a success year after year.
Active in her community, she volunteers with local schools and even 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.
• David 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, Wis.
Over the years, he has been involved in many initiatives that have improved the dairy industry in Wisconsin, including helping to develop and support the Milk Money Program, a voluntary Extension program to empower farmers and their local dairy advisers to work together to improve milk quality and farm profitability. He also served as the first chairman of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act Task Force to develop guidance for veterinarians on how drugs can be used properly on dairy farms. Rhoda is committed to education and was a well-respected UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course teacher for 10 years.
He was always developing new ways to engage students and improve his lectures to meet current issues. Rhoda shared his passion for fostering knowledge about the dairy industry with UW milk quality graduate students as an informal mentor, as well as with elementary school students whom he targeted by helping to develop a video called “Cows Need Doctors Too.” He also wrote a monthly column for Hoard’s Dairyman for 14 years.
An enthusiastic, thought-provoking practitioner who leads by example, Rhoda always wants to bring the latest information to clients and fellow veterinarians to help them prevent disease and maintain profitability.
• Timothy M. Young is a globally respected university professor, and an expert in quantitative analysis, intelligent manufacturing and statistical process control in the forest industries. Young received his bachelor’s degree in natural resources in 1979 and a master’s degree in forest economics in 1983, both from the University of Wisconsin.
He continued his education at the University of Tennessee with a second master’s and doctorate, and spent time working in the industry before returning to UT, where he has been a faculty member since 1998.
Young’s extensive and internationally recognized research portfolio has led to innovations that have increased efficiencies in manufacturing processes, reduced costs and improved profitability in the forestry-manufacturing industries. In addition to his 272 scientific publications and over $7.2 million in extramural funding, Young offers industrial training courses in statistical process control, advanced data mining and experimental design for managers in the biobased industries. More than 600 professionals have taken these courses and praised Young’s teaching and leadership.
His international activities include research collaborations, teaching and service, and while living and working in Tennessee, Young has been active in the scientific community in his home state of Wisconsin. For the past 15 years, he has been involved with research grants and contracts with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison. Young has a professional work ethic, is always positive and approaches everything with a commitment to excellence. He exemplifies the meaning and importance of a land-grant university faculty member.
Source: UW-Madison CALS