Wisconsin 4-H inducts UW-Madison Dairy Science professor emeritus into Hall of Fame

howard_w-terryUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Emeritus W. Terry Howard of the Department of Dairy Science was recognized for outstanding service and inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Green Lake Conference Center on Saturday, Nov. 5. Howard’s grandson, Patrick Wiltzius, accepted the award on his behalf as Howard was unable to attend.

“Each of the 2016 Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame laureates has transformed the lives of children and families with whom they’ve worked and the communities in which they’ve lived,” says Dale Leidheiser, Program Director of Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development, which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

“Terry” Howard, a distinguished dairy expert, had his interest in the dairy industry piqued as a 4-H’er working on registered Guernsey and Holstein farms his father managed. In his career, he went on to educate and create opportunities for countless 4-H members, producers, and professionals in the dairy industry. His contributions as a researcher, educator, and communicator have been recognized throughout the world.

Howard studied dairy nutrition and served on the faculty in Dairy Science as an Extension state specialist for nearly 30 years. He was an innovator and leader in introducing computer technology as a tool for education, communication, and dairy herd management. In his outreach efforts, he was both an advocate for dairy youth and a role model for a generation of young people interested in pursuing dairy industry careers. Howard judged countless 4-H shows in the summer and regularly officiated at 4-H contests. He also developed and reviewed educational material for 4-H dairy publications and quiz bowls. Howard received the DeLaval Extension Service Award from the American Dairy Science Association for his professional accomplishments.

From its inception, Howard was a major contributor to the success of World Dairy Expo. He served on the show’s board of directors where he championed the introduction of youth showmanship and breed shows. Howard was also the event’s long-time dairy cattle show superintendent. For his efforts, the organization conferred upon Howard their President’s Award and Industry Person of the Year recognition.

The Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, financial supporters, staff and pioneers who made major contributions to the 4-H movement at the local, state and national levels. The candidates represent 4-H in the broadest sense – people who had an impact on the lives of children, their community or state through significant contributions of time, energy or financial resources to 4-H and its members. The names of some are very recognizable, as sites and buildings bear their names. Others, while not broadly known, have transformed the lives of children and families with whom they’ve worked and the communities in which they’ve lived. The Hall of Fame preserves Wisconsin’s 4-H history and development while increasing awareness of the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development program.

Other 2016 Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame Laureates are:

  • Kay Buelke Schroeder, Ozaukee County 4-H Agent
  • Judy Etta, Washington County 4-H Volunteer
  • Marvin C. Hanson, 4-H Educator and Director of Upham Woods (In Memoriam)
  • Kenneth I. Johnson, Crawford County 4-H & Youth Agent (In Memoriam)
  • Jerry “Jer” Lang, Wood County 4-H Leader
  • Bob Leopold, Sauk County 4-H Volunteer
  • Janice Micke (In Memoriam) and Jerry Micke, Clark County 4-H Volunteers
  • Melanie Miller, Sauk and Dunn County 4-H Agent, 4-H Specialist
  • Rosanne M. Schleif, Price County 4-H Educator
  • Karen Stamm Binder, Milwaukee County 4-H & Youth Agent

A list of the previous 111 Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame laureates and all laureate bios are available at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/wi4hhof/honorees/

The Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner were held during the annual Wisconsin 4-H Fall Forum weekend. Fall Forum is an opportunity for youth and adult leaders to attend a statewide training weekend with county and state staff to develop relationships, facilitate discussion between counties and provide an opportunity for youth and adult volunteers to be involved in the planning and evaluation of state programs.

Event photo available at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4zV60bx_F27ZThvLWhSeUdMeXM/view?usp=sharing

Cutline: Patrick Wiltzius (center) accepts an award on behalf of his grandfather, W. Terry Howard, who was inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame on Nov. 5 at Green Lake Conference Center. Wiltzius is pictured with Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Program Director Dale Leidheiser (left) and Wisconsin Leadership Council Youth President Sarah Schuster (right).

Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development is part of the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, with more than 150,000 youth in urban, suburban and rural settings involved with 4-H and other UW-Extension youth programs in the state’s 72 counties. Youth, from five-year kindergarten to one year past high school, learn leadership, teamwork, critical thinking and communication to help prepare them for success, while engaging in fun, hands-on 4-H activities, from livestock care to art, drama and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Wisconsin 4-H’s 16,000 adult volunteers serve as mentors and role models who provide a safe, interactive place for youth to take risks, practice their independence and master new skills. Adults who volunteer for 4-H learn and strengthen skills that help them in the workplace and to become better connected to their communities. Find out more about Wisconsin 4-H at http://4h.uwex.edu/.

UW-Extension offers timely access to University of Wisconsin research and knowledge through educational colleagues in 72 county offices, on five 4-year campuses and within three tribal nations, offering educational programs that address the important issues of individuals, families, businesses and communities. Find your county extension office at http://www.uwex.edu/ces/.


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