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July 2007

National Dairy Scholarships to Two MSU Graduate Students

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Scholarship Committee recently awarded scholarships to four deserving Ph.D. and master’s students pursuing research in the dairy industry as part of the 2007 NMPF National Dairy Leadership Scholarship Program.
The four scholarship recipients are all conducting research in areas that will benefit dairy cooperatives and producers.

This year the Murray Hintz Memorial Scholarship, which is given to the top candidate, was awarded to Marcus Hollmann. Hollmann is pursuing his Ph.D. in animal science at Michigan State University. His research addresses the mitigation of methane and ammonia emissions for both pre- and post- excretion in the cow. This timely research will provide feed management strategies to reduce and quantify the reduction of emissions from dairy animals.

The Hintz Memorial Scholarship was established in 2006 to honor the late Murray Hintz, former Chairman of the Board for Cass-Clay Creamery, Inc., one of the cooperatives which played a key role in establishing the NMPF Scholarship Program.

Additionally, Nicole Olynk, who is pursuing her master’s degree in agriculture economics at Michigan State University was a scholarship recipient for her research that aims to help producers make reproductive management decisions by developing a user-friendly computer program.

Other NMPF scholarships were awarded to graduate students (Gregory Golombeski) from the University of Minnesota for Ph.D. research on enhancing the trace mineral status of replacement heifers through transition cow management and (Jessica Wheelock) from the University of Arizona, for research on the effects of heat stress on liver glucose production in lactating Holstein cows.

Each year the NMPF Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to Ph.D. and master’s graduate students pursuing research in the areas of animal health, dairy product development, agriculture economics, environmental science, and dairy food science.

 

 

 

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