Herbert F. Behnke of Shawano, Roger and Bill Borgwardt of Valders, Guy Gottschalk of Wisconsin Rapids, and Lloyd A. Holterman of Watertown will receive Honorary Recognition awards Nov. 1 from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The awards will be presented at a banquet in the Memorial Union on the UW-Madison campus. Also at the banquet, Robert Hougas of Cross Plains, professor emeritus of genetics and horticulture at the UW-Madison, will receive the CALS Distinguished Service Award.
Honorary Recognition, the highest honor bestowed by the College, recognizes people who have made outstanding contributions toward the development of agriculture, protection of natural resources, and improvement of rural living. Since 1909, the College has honored more than 400 people with these awards. For information on attending the banquet, please call CALS Outreach Services, (608) 263-1672.
Herbert F. Behnke
Lifelong conservationist Herbert F. Behnke is serving his fourth term on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board. Over five decades Behnke has worked to improve conservation relationships with farmers and to develop sound natural resource policies that harmonize with agricultural concerns. Behnke pioneered the animal breeding industry in Wisconsin during his 42 years with 21st Century Genetics, improving production and marketing programs in the cattle breeding industry both in Wisconsin and nationally.
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Third-generation dairy farmers Roger and Bill Borgwardt, CALS graduates and co-owners of Sunnyside Dairy Farms, have positively influenced the dairy industry by breeding high-quality Holsteins, by investing in new farming technology that emphasizes effective soil and water management, and by sharing their knowledge with Wisconsin's dairy farmers. Between them, they have provided more than 50 years of service to the Wisconsin and National Holstein Associations.
Guy Gottschalk, owner of Gottschalk and Biron Cranberry companies and a CALS graduate, exemplifies the "Wisconsin Idea" of partnership with the University to enhance research, teaching and outreach. Besides running one of the state's largest cranberry operations, Gottschalk for many years has provided resources and land access to University researchers, as well as serving as a UW regent.
Lloyd A. Holterman
Lloyd A. Holterman has a reputation as an outstanding dairy farmer with exceptional leadership skills. A 1954 UW Short Course graduate, Holterman has worked effectively to improve dairy-farming profitability, and he is a lifelong advocate for environmental protection, community welfare, and education.
Bob Hougas — CALS Distinguished Service award
Emeritus professor Bob Hougas led the National Potato Germplasm Program and has published more than 40 scientific papers on the genetics of wild and cultivated potatoes. He served for 34 years on the faculty of the Departments of Genetics and Horticulture, and during this time he also served the College for 18 years as associate dean and director.