CHAZY, N.Y. — Miner Institute is pleased to announce that Michael Miller has been named one of two recipients of the 2019 Charlie Sniffen Graduate Student Award. Michael is a research technician at Miner Institute who is also working on a Ph.D. in a collaborative arrangement between the Institute and the University of Vermont that focuses on fiber digestibility, forage utilization, and nutritional modeling.
Dr. Charlie Sniffen’s dedication and enthusiasm for dairy nutrition research inspired Kemin – a global nutritional ingredient company headquartered in Des Moines, IA – to establish the award at the Cornell Nutrition Conference in 2016. The $1000 award honors animal science graduate students at Cornell University and Miner Institute/University of Vermont that exemplify Dr. Sniffen’s leadership in conducting and communicating impactful research.
“It is an honor to receive this award as Dr. Sniffen has made a large impact on the dairy industry by successfully explaining complex concepts to farmers and scientists alike. I hope to one day be as effective a communicator as him,” Michael said. Jared Bramer from Kemin said that being recognized as a Sniffen awardee “is an indication of your promise and also an expectation for your future productivity and contributions.” Michael will prepare a short paper for publication in the proceedings of the Cornell Nutrition Conference plus give a 30-minute presentation at the conference in October.
Dr. Charlie Sniffen has been involved in the dairy industry for decades. He spent 30 years in academia both teaching and in extension. He has also worked in the feed industry and was the president at Miner Institute for 10 years. His research focus was on protein and amino acid nutrition of dairy cattle.
“In addition to all he has done for the dairy industry, Charlie Sniffen’s vision shaped what Miner Institute is today and it is a special honor for Michael to have won this award,” said Rick Grant, president of Miner Institute.
About Miner Institute
The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute is the present-day manifestation of the philosophy and principles once embodied by William Miner on Heart’s Delight Farm. Since its creation in 1951, the principal function has been, and continues to be, the economic improvement of agricultural operations through research, education, and demonstration. Miner Institute conducts integrated, cutting-edge education, research, and demonstration programs that optimize the biological and economic relationships among forage-crop production, dairy and equine management, and environmental stewardship. For more information about Miner Institute visit whminer.org.
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