Troxel named fellow in American Society of Animal Science
By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture
- Troxel named American Society of Animal Science Fellow
- Troxel nominated by peers for fellowship
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LITTLE ROCK -- Tom Troxel, associate head-Animal Science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has been named a Fellow in extension of the American Society of Animal Science.
The honor was bestowed on Troxel during the society’s annual conference July 12-16 in Orlando, Florida.
“I never dreamed I’d get that award,” Troxel said. “What was special about it was that it came from my peers in Animal Science.”
Troxel grew up working horses, but spent summers in high school working at a Montana cattle ranch and his interests swung to cattle in college.
Troxel earned a B.S. from West Texas A&M University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. At the University of Illinois, Troxel studied physiology of reproduction with an emphasis in postpartum beef cows.
He began his career with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service and achieved the rank of associate professor in 1983. In 1992, he accepted the position of Extension Beef Cattle Specialist and Animal Science Section Leader for the Cooperative Extension Service in Arkansas.
Throughout Troxel’s career, he made a number of major impacts that affected programs across the Southeast and the country. Many Beef Quality Assurance educators use studies conducted by Troxel in their BQA presentations.
“I’ve been very fortunate to work with really good people,” Troxel said. “Good county agents, good faculty, good producers. The aware reflects on working with good people, with good ideas and good results. They’re all part of this as well.”
Troxel was also heavily involved with the 300-Day Grazing Program. The program features demonstrations that will reduce the number of hay feeding days and the amount of feed, fertilizer and fuel requirements. The members of 300-Day Grazing team were headliner presenters at the 2012 National Cattlemen’s College. Their presentation was received with enthusiasm by cattlemen from across the United States as being novel, relevant and practical. “I’ve been very fortunate to work with really good people,” Troxel said. “Good county agents, good faculty, good producers. The award reflects on working with good people, with good ideas and good results. They’re all part of this as well.”
The Fellow award in the extension category is granted to American Society of Animal Science members who have rendered very distinguished service to the animal industry and/or to the American Society of Animal Science, in addition to having continuous membership in the Society for a minimum of 25 years. The American Society of Animal Science is a professional organization that serves more than 5,000 animal scientists and producers around the world.
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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service