Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention
Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention
June 22-25, 2021 • Iowa Event Center • Des Moines, Iowa

Parish Presented Continuing Service Award

BIF honors Mississippi extension specialist, former executive director with Continuing Service Award.

Jane Parish (left), Verona, Miss., receives the Beef Improvement Federation Continuing Service Award from Marty Ropp, former BIF president.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (June 23, 2021) — The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Jane Parish, Verona, Miss., its Continuing Service Award June 23 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Continuing Service Award winners have made major contributions to the BIF organization. This includes serving on the board of directors, speaking at BIF symposia, working on BIF guidelines and other behind-the-scenes activities. As BIF is a volunteer organization, it is this contribution of time and passion for the beef cattle industry that moves BIF forward.

Parish currently serves as department head for the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona, Miss., and interim head for the Mississippi State University (MSU) Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. She served as BIF executive director for five years.

Applied research has been the theme and center for much of Parish’s career as a professor and extension professional at MSU. Through her tenure, she has proven tremendous breadth and diversity in her approach to helping producers be more successful, authoring research papers ranging from reproduction, genetics, cattle management and forage utilization, as well as the promotion and administration aimed at the future of successful extension programming.

“Just like most successful people, Jane has more to her life than just work,” says Marty Ropp, former BIF president, who presented the award. “Her husband, Jimmy Ray, along with their children, Beau and Haley, help keep everything else about life in perspective.”

More than 400 beef producers, academia and industry representatives attended the organization’s 53rd Annual Research Symposium & Convention in Des Moines, Iowa, and another 250 registered to participate online. BIF’s mission is to help improve the industry by promoting greater acceptance of beef cattle performance evaluation.

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