UW-Madison: College of Ag and Life Sciences names 2018 Honorary Recognition awardees

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Lloyd and Daphne Holterman

MADISON - The University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) will present its Honorary Recognition Award to Daphne and Lloyd Holterman, Anna Maenner and David Rhoda, and its Distinguished Alumni Award to Timothy Young on Oct. 25.

These are the highest honors bestowed by the college. The Honorary Recognition Award, now in its 109th year, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their professions, their communities and the university. The Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement and service, has been presented since 2009.

The awards will be presented at the CALS Honorary Recognition Banquet in Union South. For more information and to register for the event, visit

Honorary Recognition Awardees

Daphne and Lloyd Holterman are loyal, generous CALS alumni and valued members of their community. As students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Holtermans were active in organizations such as the Association of Women in Agriculture (AWA) and Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR), and they continue to be active as alumni.

Upon graduating with degrees in Life Sciences Communication (Daphne, BS’81) and Dairy Science (Lloyd, BS’80), the Holtermans farmed with Lloyd’s parents Rose and Lloyd Sr. for two years on their 220-acre family farm in Watertown. They then branched out on their own, leasing a farm in Ixonia for a few years before going back to Watertown and purchasing the family farm.

Since then, the Holtermans have grown the farm from 60 to 900 milking cows in a modern free-stall parlor on 1,750 acres. The Holtermans are well-known and respected in their local community, among their fellow CALS alumni, and throughout the dairy industry around the world.

The Holtermans, both together and as individuals, have been recognized numerous times with honors such as World Dairy Expo Woman of the Year, Holstein Association Progressive Genetics Award and Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmers.

Anna Maenner

In addition to their personal connections, the Holterman family has a long-standing association with CALS—their daughters Lauren (Holterman) Brey (BS’13) and Taylor Holterman (BS’15) are CALS alumni, and Lloyd Holterman Sr., also an alumnus (FISC’54), received the Honorary Recognition Award in 2001.

With connections to apples, berries, fresh vegetables, grapes and wineries, and a significant role in the execution of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, Anna Maenner might have the one of the most diverse agricultural networks of anyone in the state of Wisconsin.

As owner and president of ACM Administrative Services, Inc., Maenner provides organizational support, public relations and management to the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association, Wisconsin Grape Growers Association, Wisconsin Winery Association, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show.

With her excellent communication and organizational skills, the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show doubled in size to more than 700 attendees in 2018, making it the largest specialty crops conference in the Midwest outside of Michigan.

As the driving force behind ACM Inc., Maenner helps make Wisconsin Farm Technology Days a success year after year. Active in her community, Anna Maenner volunteers with local schools and even authored the original editions of “The ABC’s of Agriculture” and “This Business Called Agriculture,” two educational activity books that teach children how food is produced and distributed through an engaging combination of facts, figures, puzzles and games.

Anna Maenner and her husband are also farmers and owners of Country Haven Farm, a 100-ewe sheep farm that sells pureblood Scottish Blackface sheep.

David Rhoda

David Rhoda has had a long career as a large animal veterinarian and has been an integral leader in animal well-being and food safety. After receiving his DVM from the University of Illinois, Rhoda served in the army for three years before beginning his vocation as a practicing veterinarian in Evansville, Wisconsin.

Over the years, he has been involved in many initiatives that have improved the dairy industry in Wisconsin, including helping to develop and support the Milk Money Program, a voluntary Extension program to empower farmers and their local dairy advisors to work together to improve milk quality and farm profitability. He also served as the first chairperson of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act Task Force to develop guidance for veterinarians on how drugs can be used properly on dairy farms.

Rhoda is committed to education and was a well-respected University of Wisconsin–Madison Farm and Industry Short Course teacher for 10 years. His passion for fostering knowledge about the dairy industry was shared with UW milk quality graduate students as an informal mentor, as well as elementary school students whom he targeted by helping to develop a video called “Cows Need Doctors Too.”

Distinguished Alumni

A globally respected university professor, Timothy Young is a leading expert in quantitative analysis, intelligent manufacturing, and statistical process control in the forest industries.

Timothy Young

Young received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Natural Resources (BS’79) and Forest Economics (MS’83). He continued his education at the University of Tennessee (UT) with a second master’s and PhD degree, and spent time working in the industry before returning to UT where he has been a faculty member since 1998.

His extensive and internationally recognized research portfolio has led to innovations that have increased efficiencies in manufacturing processes, reduced costs, and improved profitability in the forestry-manufacturing industries.

In addition to his 272 scientific publications and over $7.2 million in extramural funding, Young offers industrial training courses in statistical process control, advanced data mining, and experimental design for managers in the bio-based industries.

His international activities include research collaborations, teaching and service, and while living and working in Tennessee, Timothy Young has been active in the scientific community in his home state of Wisconsin. For the past 15 years, he has been involved with research grants and contracts with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison.