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Source: Feed Energy news release

Feed Energy announced today the recipients of its 2014 "Excellence in Ag" Scholarship Program. Chad B. Paulk of Kansas State University and Brent Sexton of Iowa State University will each receive a $2,500 scholarship from Feed Energy for the 2014-2015 academic year.

"Feed Energy is proud to support these students as the future of the animal nutrition industry," said Mike Shindelar, Feed Energy executive director. "We are committed to the future of our industry and committed to the innovation which will be needed to meet the evolving needs of livestock production."

Chad B. Paulk

Chad B. Paulk is a swine nutrition Ph.D. graduate student at Kansas State University having received his bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of Georgia. Paulk has focused his research on three areas of study including improvements in estimation of the mean hog weights within a barn, the effects on performance by adding zinc to swine diets and pork fat quality.

Paulk has been published several times for his research including articles in The Midwest Producer, National Hog Farmer and Paulk is a certified PQA PLUS trainer and an American Society of Animal Science Midwest Young Scholar award recipient. Following graduation, Paulk plans to join the staff at the University of Texas A&M as an assistant professor.

"The Feed Energy scholarship will allow me to to make more connections within the industry while helping defer tuition expenses," said Paulk. "It will also allow me to travel to additional farms to expanding my knowledge and research."

Brent Sexton

An animal science major at Iowa State University, Brent Sexton knew he wanted to pursue a career in agriculture early in life. Sexton was raised on a family farm near Rockwell City, Iowa, and began working at the local veterinary clinic in high school.

While at Iowa State, Sexton has studied abroad several times expanding his knowledge of global production practices. Sexton was named the 2014 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ag Man of the Year for his cross-campus involvement in activities such as Alpha Gamma Rho, Greek Week and Dance Marathon. Sexton plans to attend veterinary school focusing on large animal medicine at Iowa State University following graduation this spring.

"I knew at a young age that I wanted to become a veterinarian," said Sexton. "The Feed Energy scholarship will allow me to continue to focus on my academics while becoming involved in the industry without tuition expense worries."

These two students were chosen out of 29 applicants for their superior leadership in the classroom, perspectives on the future of animal agriculture and for their overall support to the future of the industry.

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