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Stakeholder listening session

A stakeholder listening session webinar was co-hosted by the AGIL and the Dairy Forage Research Center (Madison, WI) on May 9, 2016. To view the presentation, go to USDFRC and AGIL Overview NP101 Dairy Stakeholders. The presentation includes a series of questions related to research, education, and extension priorities in food animal production.

U.S. genetic evaluations for dairy cattle 

Recent news on U.S. genetic and genomic evaluations for dairy cattle can be found at the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding's web site: https://www.uscdcb.com/News/News.htm.


Awards (2014–present)

2016

Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics' Highly Cited Researcher 2016
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden and Dr. George R. Wiggans (retired) were included on Thomson Reuters'/Clarivate Analytics' highly cited researchers list; this honor was given to authors who ranked in the top 1% for total citations for articles published from 2004 through 2014 in the field of agricultural sciences.
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American Dairy Science Association's Fellow Award
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell was recognized as a Production Division member who had rendered distinguished service to the dairy industry for over 20 years.

American Dairy Science Association's Most Cited Award in Genetics and Breeding
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden was recognized as the senior author of "Genomic imputation and evaluation using high-density Holstein genotypes," which was published in the Journal of Dairy Science in 2013 and has significantly impacted research and the dairy industry; Daniel J. Null, Dr. George R. Wiggans, Melvin E. Tooker, Dr. John B. Cole, Dr. Tad S. Sonstegard, and Dr. Erin E. Connor were AGIL coauthors.

Journal of Dairy Science Featured Article of the Month in Physiology
Dr. Tad S. Sonstegard, Dr. Paul M. VanRaden, Daniel J. Null, and Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell were recognized as coauthors of "Identification of a nonsense mutation in APAF1 that is likely causal for a decrease in reproductive efficiency in Holstein dairy cattle," which was selected as a featured article for the August issue of the Journal of Dairy Science, Production: Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics section.

2015

Thomson Reuters' The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden was listed as one of the "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015" in Agricultural Sciences and is included on Thomson Reuters' highly cited researchers list; this honor was given to authors who ranked in the top 1% for total citations for articles published from 2003 through 2013 in the field of agricultural sciences.
Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Badge

Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding Award of Recognition
The staff of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory received a plaque from the board of directors of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding in recognition of their international leadership in the development of genomic predictions for dairy cattle: "Your sustained dedication has improved the lives of U.S. farm families and consumers significantly."

American Dairy Science Association's Jay L. Lush Award
Dr. John B. Cole was recognized for outstanding research in animal breeding with the potential for improvement of dairy cattle.

Journal of Dairy Science Featured Article of the Month in Genetics and Breeding
Dr. George R. Wiggans was recognized as the senior author of "Technical note: Rapid calculation of genomic evaluations for new animals," which was selected as a featured article for the March issue of the Journal of Dairy Science, Genetics and Breeding section; Dr. Paul M. VanRaden and Tabatha A. Cooper were AGIL coauthors.

Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding Award of Recognition
The staff of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory received a plaque from the board of directors of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding in recognition of their international leadership in the development of genomic predictions for dairy cattle: "Your sustained dedication has improved the lives of U.S. farm families and consumers significantly."

American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, Washington DC Chapter, Dr. Vernon G. Pursel Memorial Distinguished Service Award
Dr. George R. Wiggans was recognized for distinguished service to the animal sciences and for professional character and career accomplishments that serve as a model for professional animal scientists.

Journal of Dairy Science Featured Article of the Month in Genetics and Breeding
Dr. George R. Wiggans was recognized as the senior author of "Technical note: Rapid calculation of genomic evaluations for new animals," which was selected as a featured article for the March issue of the Journal of Dairy Science, Genetics and Breeding section; Dr. Paul M. VanRaden and Tabatha A. Cooper were AGIL coauthors.

USDA-ARS 26th Annual Beltsville Poster Day Competition, 1st place
Dr. Yang Zhou, a Visiting Scientist from the College of Animal Science and Technology, Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Yangling, China, was recognized for the poster presentation "Genome wide CNV analysis reveals variants associated with growth traits in Bos indicus."

2014

Thomson Reuters' The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden was listed as one of the "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014" in Agricultural Sciences and is included on Thomson Reuters' highly cited researchers list; this honor was given to authors who ranked in the top 1% for total citations for articles published from 2002 through 2012 in the field of agricultural sciences.
Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Badge

World Dairy Expo Industry Person of the Year
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell was recognized for excellence in research that supports the dairy industry.

American Dairy Science Association's Most Cited Award in Genetics and Breeding
Dr. George R. Wiggans was recognized as the senior author of The genomic evaluation system in the United States: Past, present, future," which was published in the Journal of Dairy Science in 2011 and has significantly impacted research and the dairy industry; Dr. Paul M. VanRaden and Tabatha A. Cooper were AGIL coauthors.

National Association of Animal Breeders' Research Award
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell was recognized for his significant contribution to the furtherance of the artificial-insemination industry during the last 5 years.

Journal of Dairy Science Featured Article of the Month in Genetics and Breeding

Journal of Dairy Science Featured Article of the Month in Our Industry Today
Dr. John B. Cole was recognized as a coauthor of "Development of a Lifetime Merit-based selection index for US dairy grazing systems," which was selected as a featured article for the July issue of the Journal of Dairy Science, Our Industry Today section.

University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' High Impact Research Publication
Dr. John B. Cole was recognized as a coauthor of the high-impact scientific journal article "Discovery of single nucleotide polymorphisms in candidate genes associated with fertility and production traits in Holstein cattle," which was published in BMC Genetics in 2013; Daniel J. Null was an AGIL coauthor.

 



A complete list of awards related to discovery and development of improved methods for genetic and genomic evaluation of economically important traits of dairy animals (project 8042-31000-101-00-D) is available at https://aipl.arsusda.gov/aipl/history/awards.htm.



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