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Source: Nat'l Cattlemen's Beef Assn news release

One MS-MBA student studying Food and Agribusiness Management, and a PhD student studying Biological Sciences are the recipients of the 2013 W.D. Farr Scholarship from the National Cattlemen's Foundation.

The $12,000 award recognizes superior achievement in academics and leadership and will allow the students to further their study in fields that benefit the cattle and beef industry. The presentations were made Aug. 9, 2013, at the 2013 Cattle Industry Summer Conference.

The recipients are:

Benjamin Turner of Rapid City, S.D., a Ph.D. candidate studying Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University. Turner received his bachelors of science degree Cum Laude in Agriculture Business from Sam Houston State University. He then later received his masters of science in Agribusiness from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Over the past year Turner has been a graduate assistant for South Dakota State University in the Natural Resources Management Department. His career goals involve teaching and developing useful teaching tools, such as a textbook on ecological economics and management so that students can make better decisions of consequence under real-world conditions.

Turner's Ph.D. Dissertation is: To Plow or Not to Plow: Investigating Grassland to Cropland Conversion in the Northern Great Plains Using Systems Thinking and Dynamics. He is expected to graduate in 2014.

John W. Wood of Greeley, Colo., an MS-MBA candidate in Food and Agribusiness Management at Purdue University. Wood received two bachelors of science degrees from Colorado State University in Beef Production and Business Leadership and Management. Since 2009, Wood has had several positions at JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding.

Wood has been involved in the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Young Producers Council since 2008 and currently serves as the group's chairman. He has also been part of many agricultural based clubs and teams.

Wood's career goals are to serve in an upper management position that allows him to employ a macro perspective as he helps lead, manage, develop and coach a high caliber team to obtain organizational objectives.

The annual W.D. Farr Scholarship awards were established by NCF in 2007 to recognize outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in meat science and animal agriculture. W.D. Farr was the first president of NCF, and served as president of the American National Cattlemen's Association, which would later become the NCBA. His career spanned 75 years and included innovations in cattle feeding, uniform beef grading, water conservation and banking. Farr died at age 97 in August 2007.

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