UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2020 Industry Service Award from the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association (PCA) at its recent annual meeting.
Paul Slayton, president of PCA, noted that the award, which is presented only when there is a worthy candidate, was created to identify and acknowledge special individuals that have stepped up to assist the cattle and beef industries in Pennsylvania over the years.
“We chose to recognize Dr. Etherton for his untiring support over more than 20 years — always there when we needed support from outside our base membership,” Slayton said. “He was not just ‘another pretty face’ with a fancy name plate on his door; he was a dependable partner who had leverage and willingness to speak on our behalf if needed.”
Said Etherton, “It is very gratifying to receive this award from the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association. Over the years, it has been a pleasure to work with them in advancing the interests of the beef cattle industry in Pennsylvania.”
After growing up on a beef cattle farm in his native Illinois, Etherton received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural science and his master’s degree in animal science, both from the University of Illinois. He earned a doctorate in animal science from the University of Minnesota and was an National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.
Etherton joined the Penn State faculty as assistant professor of animal nutrition in 1979. Named a distinguished professor of animal nutrition in 1996, he has been head of the Department of Animal Science — formerly the Department of Dairy and Animal Science — since 1998.
The recipient of numerous awards over the years, Etherton received the Pennsylvania Distinguished Dairy Service Award from the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, the Center for Dairy Excellence and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania in 2016.
His nationally and internationally recognized scientific career has impacted animal agriculture greatly from both a science and political advocacy perspective.
–Sally Bair, Penn State University