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2016 Awards


Contact: Angie Stump Denton, Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences & Industry Communication Coordinator, angiedenton@ksu.edu or 785-562-6197


Green Presented BIF Pioneer Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. (June 16, 2016) — The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Ronnie Green, Lincoln, Neb., a BIF Pioneer Award June 16 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Manhattan, Kansas. The award recognizes individuals who have made lasting contributions to the improvement of beef cattle, honoring those who have had a major role in acceptance of performance reporting and documentation as the primary means to make genetic change in beef cattle.

Green has served the beef industry and BIF in many ways during his career. He has published 130 refereed publications and abstracts, nine book chapters and 56 invited symposia papers; and he has delivered presentations in 43 U.S. states and 21 countries around the world.

In May, Green was named the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s (UNL) 20th chancellor after serving six years as the Harlan vice chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In this role, he also jointly served as the vice president for agriculture and natural resources of the University of Nebraska system. Since 2015, Green has also served as UNL’s senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, the institution’s chief academic officer and responsible authority in the absence of the chancellor.

Green was raised on a mixed beef, dairy and cropping farm in southwestern Virginia. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from Virginia Tech and Colorado State University, respectively. His doctoral program in animal breeding and genetics was completed jointly at the University of Nebraska and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in 1988.

He has served on the animal science faculties at Texas Tech University and Colorado State University, and as the national program leader for animal production research for the USDA ARS and executive secretary of the White House’s interagency working group on animal genomics within the National Science and Technology Council, where he was one of the principal leaders in the international bovine, porcine and ovine genome-sequencing projects. Prior to joining the UNL faculty, he served as senior global director of technical services for Pfizer Animal Health’s animal genomics business.

Green is a past president of both the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the National Block & Bridle Club. He has served in a number of leadership positions for BIF, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, Federated Animal Science Societies and the National Research Council. He was named a fellow of ASAS in 2014 and, in 2015, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.

Ronnie and best friend, Jane, are the proud parents of four children.

More than 600 beef producers, academia and industry representatives were in attendance at the organization’s 48th annual convention. BIF’s mission is to help improve the industry by promoting greater acceptance of beef cattle performance evaluation.

For more information about this year’s symposium, including additional award winners and coverage of meeting and tours, visit www.BIFconference.com. For more information about BIF, visit www.Beefimprovement.org.


Ronnie Green (second from left), University of Nebraska–Lincoln chancellor, receives the Beef Improvement Federation Pioneer Award from Craig Bieber (left), Leola, S.D., 2015-16 BIF president; Donnell Brown, Throckmorton, Texas, 2016-17 vice president; and Marty Ropp (far right), Normal, Ill., 2016-17 BIF president. Green was honored June 16 during the organization’s 48th annual convention in Manhattan, Kan.

Editor’s Note: This article was written is a news release provided by Kansas State University's Department of Animal Sciences and industry. For more about K-State’s ASI department visit asi.ksu.edu.

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