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Lincoln, NE —AFAN has announced the hiring of Rylee Stoltz of Bassett, Neb., as its new Livestock Programming Coordinator. Her appointment was effective July 8.

AFAN (The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska) is a non-profit organization formed by leading agricultural membership groups in Nebraska to encourage the development of environmentally responsible and economically viable livestock production in the state.

Stoltz’s responsibilities at AFAN include creating and managing programming events for producers and communities and assisting with communications activities to enhance understanding about the importance of the agriculture industry in Nebraska.

She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness focusing on business and finance. She also holds the Associate of Science degree from Northeast Community College, Norfolk. Until joining AFAN, she was a loan administrative assistant at Sandhills State Bank in Bassett. While in Bassett, her community activities included founder of the Rock County Growth, Inc., Youth Engagement Committee and chair of the Rock County Growth, Inc. Housing Board.

“Rylee is a most welcome addition to our team,” said AFAN Executive Director Steve Martin.  “Her skills and experience will be used to expand AFAN’s outreach efforts by helping create and carry out programming services on behalf of livestock producers and by getting the word out about how critical agriculture and livestock is to Nebraska’s economy.”

Representatives from California and Wisconsin have introduced a bill called the Farmer Fairness Act. The bill deals with environmental liability that Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation contract farmers are already subject to under the Clean Water Act.

Under the new bill, that liability would extend to the poultry and meat companies that they contract with to sell their livestock and poultry. In announcing the legislation, the sponsors said, “Large agribusiness companies like Tyson and Perdue buy livestock and animal products from farmers. The companies control the way the livestock is fed, medicated, and housed. They dictate what equipment and capital the farmer has to use.

Farmers often don’t make enough to live off of because the cost of the operations, which are mandated by the companies, can leave farmers in the red.” They say through all of that, the farmer also takes on environmental liability as well. The bill is supported by groups like the National Farmers Union, Food and Water Watch, and the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Three Kansas State University faculty members in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry were presented awards by the American Society of Animal Science at its annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

Bob Goodband received the 2019 American Feed Industry Association Award in Nonruminant Nutrition Research, which recognizes an individual who has contributed to and published outstanding work in the last 10 years.

Originally from Walpole, Massachusetts, Goodband graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1984. He obtained his master’s and doctorate in swine nutrition at K-State, and joined the faculty in 1989.

Goodband and his co-workers have played an important role in developing an intensive on-farm research program that has conducted numerous on-farm trials across the U.S. His work has resulted in 310 refereed journal papers, six book chapters, more than 1,000 research reports and extension publications, eight patents, and $13.9 million in grants and gifts to K-State.

Goodband also teaches Swine Science and Swine Nutrition courses and serves as academic advisor to more than 35 undergraduate students each year. He has served as the major professor for 22 master’s and doctorate students and on committees of an additional 113 students.

Cassie Jones received the 2019 ASAS Early Career Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding achievement as a young scholar and is working toward the professional organization’s mission.

An associate professor, Jones earned her bachelor’s and master’s from K-State and her doctorate in swine nutrition from Iowa State University in 2012. As the department’s undergraduate research coordinator, Jones oversees more than 100 undergraduates conducting research annually.

She teaches more than 250 students in seven different classes and advises approximately 60 students. Outside of teaching, Jones is an accomplished researcher in the area of animal feed safety, with more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, 100 abstracts, and $6.5 million in awarded grants, gifts and contracts during her seven-year career.

Jones and her husband, Spencer, raise Angus cattle near Wamego, and have three young children — Ty, Hayden and Hadley.

KC Olson received the 2019 ASAS Animal Management Award, which recognizes an individual who has contributed to excellent research in the biological or production management of livestock.

Olson’s graduate training at North Dakota State and K-State preceded his eight-year appointment in extension and research at the University of Missouri. In 2006, he joined the K-State faculty and is now a professor of animal science in a research and teaching role.

In 2011, he was awarded the W.M. and F.A. Lewis Distinguished Chair in Animal Sciences and Industry. His research has included more than 40 K-State scientists and 25 scientists from other universities.These projects supported degree requirements for 17 master’s, eight doctorate and seven undergraduate students under his mentorship.

Over the last decade, Olson has published 62 peer-reviewed journal articles, five book chapters, 48 proceedings papers and more than 100 abstracts. He has delivered numerous presentations around the globe. Olson’s previous honors include K-State Advisor of the Year, Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Excellence in Extension.