Feed Energy Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipients
May 13, 2014
Des Moines, IA
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 www.thepigsite.com. 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.”
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. Click here to read Paulk’s essay and Sexton’s essay on The Importance of a Safe Feed Supply to Safe Food Production.
About Feed Energy
Feed Energy is an agribusiness firm primarily engaged in further refining vegetable oil as a high-energy, liquid feed ingredient. The company produces and distributes throughout the Midwest scientifically balanced ingredients specific to their customers' needs. Feed Energy's headquarters and original production facility have been in Des Moines for more than 25 years, with additional Iowa production facilities in Sioux City and Pacific Junction. Feed Energy is a part of Riley Resource Group, a collection of related companies who serve the agricultural industry and the communities in which we live and work.
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