New Scholarships for Dairy Students
Miriam Weber Nielsen and Elizabeth Karcher
Dept. of Animal Science
For 54 years, the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation (MDMSF) has been helping Michigan State University students fund their education. The MDMSF awards nearly $100,000 annually to students. It is the largest scholarship fund in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and is funded primarily through gifts from individuals and organizations representing the Michigan dairy industry. This year, the Foundation added four new endowed scholarships for students pursuing a career in the dairy industry. The scholarships are named for Nick Bellows, Red and Edna Cotter, Archie Studer, and Velmar Green.
The Nick Bellows United Dairy Industry of Michigan Scholarship in Dairy Promotion will benefit undergraduates in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU with an interest in dairy promotion. The United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) established the $3,500 scholarship in Nick’s name upon his retirement after serving as CEO for two and a half decades.
Nick Bellows was born and raised on a 320-acre Centennial dairy farm in Eaton Rapids, Michigan where his family milked 40 Holsteins. After serving as an Army Paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, Nick earned a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University, and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
For two and a half decades, United Dairy Industry of Michigan benefited from the dedicated and supportive leadership of Nick Bellows. As the CEO of United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Nick’s record of service included many programs widely recognized as being among the nation’s most effective in terms of increasing dairy consumption. This was accomplished by building a solid network of partners in the Michigan business and scientific community who invested their credibility and financial resources in local dairy promotion programs. Additionally, in order to advance programming at the national level, Nick shared his time and expertise by serving as chair and committee member of several Dairy Management, Inc. program planning committees.
The Archie Studer Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarship will benefit undergraduates in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU with an interest in dairy production or breeding. The family of Archie Studer established the $3,500 scholarship in Archie’s name in recognition of a lifetime of involvement in the Michigan dairy industry.
Archie Studer was born on January 13, 1918, the seventh of eleven children growing up on their farm east of Shelby, Michigan. After graduating from Shelby High School in 1937, he managed the family farm. He fought in World War II in the Pacific Theater as a member of the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant in January 1946.
After the war, he and his wife Elizabeth moved to Casnovia, Michigan where they established the Kenowa-Acres Dairy Farm. Over the next 37 years, he bred and raised an outstanding herd of registered Holstein dairy cattle. Utilizing the Artificial Insemination certification he received in the early 1970s, he converted an unknown name to a frequently cited herd prefix for quality animals. Holstein Association USA records show 318 Kenowa-Acres female animals, including four Gold Medal Dams and five Dams of Merit, with 73 of them rated as “Very Good” and two as “Excellent”. At least three Kenowa-Acres bulls were selected for use in the AI program. He also won many DHI awards for his cattle herd.
In the 1960s and 1970s he was active in the Muskegon Co. 4-H, serving as a veterinary medicine leader and assisting as his three children (each later graduated from Michigan State University) participated. He was an MMPA member and participated in the Muskegon County DHIA from about 1953 until 1988, serving as president for two years. After his herd was dispersed in 1988, Archie continued crop farming for ten years before retirement.
The $4,000 Red and Edna Cotter Purina Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarship will benefit veterinary students who completed the Production Animal Scholars Program in the Department of Animal Science and are currently enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU. Redmond (“Red”) and Edna provided the endowment to the MDMSF after Red’s retirement from Ralston-Purina.
Both former students at MSU, the Cotters were generous supporters of multiple programs at MSU. Edna was born on a farm on which is now located MSU’s Turfgrass Research (the square bordered by Mt. Hope, Beaumont, Farm Lane and Forest Roads). Red was a 1937 graduate of MSU and after served as a guest lecturer in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He was employed for 43 years with Ralston-Purina, serving as the Sales Manager for Michigan, Ohio and Indiana at the time of his retirement. Mr. Cotter was an inspirational leader and a well-respected motivator of sales and marketing executives.
The Michigan Milk Producers Association recently established the Velmar Green Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarship in the name of Velmar Green in recognition of Velmar’s retirement from the Board of Directors of MMPA after 40 years of service. The $3,500 scholarship is awarded to a student in the second year of the Dairy Management Program in the Institute of Agricultural Technology who plans to work on a dairy farm after graduation.
Velmar Green has been an innovative leader in the dairy industry for over 50 years. After completing his B.S. degree at Michigan State University, he and his brother, Duane, joined their father, Merle, in partnership on the family dairy farm. Since its beginning, Green Meadow Farms has been instrumental in providing leading dairy genetics, practical research application for universities, and leadership in state and national organizations. Green Meadow Farms continues its legacy today as one of the foremost dairy operations in the country.
Green Meadow Farms has been a “large dairy” since 1954 when the family milked 250 registered Holsteins. By 1985 they were milking 1,700 head of cows. In the late 1990s they completed a series of expansions building the herd to 3,200 milking cows with a total herd size of over 9,000.
Velmar has held leadership positions with milk marketers, breed associations, DHIA, cattleman’s association, university advisory groups and agriculture lenders. Most recently, in 2009, Velmar was appointed by the Governor to become a member of the Michigan Commission of Agriculture. At a time when “large dairies” are coming under more and more scrutiny he does not shy away from doing what he can to help researchers and fellow farmers. His farm is a popular location for on-farm research and they have been instrumental in much of the research done on animal nutrition, animal health, breeding and environmental issues. Many of the common management tools used today were once a research trial at Green Meadow Farms. Their unselfish commitment to the research efforts in the dairy industry has been a benefit to all dairy farmers.
Velmar, who has served as chair of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Animal Health Committee, has been instrumental in many national animal health issues. In Michigan, he has been at the forefront of the TB issue and the implementation of electronic animal identification. He has also worked on several committees at NMPF on animal health issues. Velmar represented the dairy industry on the U.S. Animal ID Working Group Task Force. Velmar’s list of recognitions include Michigan State University Dairy Farmer of the Year and Michigan State University Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award.
For more information on the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation, visit http://www.ans.msu.edu/academics/undergrad/dairy_memorial/index.html.
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Right-to-Farm: Site Selection 
Weather Provides Opportunity
Cleaning Overwinter Sites
MSU Extension Educational Sessions
Dairy Farmers' Views of Dairy Policies
When is a Milk Price a "Good" Milk Price?
2012 Employment Taxes
Detecting Mycoplasma Mastitis
Communication with Consumers
New Scholaships for Dairy Students
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Real-world Experience Via Internship