Russell Honored by 4-H Youth Development Professionals
Ron Russell, Sr. Lecturer at the UW Meat Science & Muscle Biology Lab received the 2016 Meritorious Service- Non Member award from the Wisconsin Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (WAE4-HYDP) at their annual conference on Tuesday, April 19th in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
This award recognizes individuals who are not members of WAE4-HYDP, but who have contributed to the 4-H Youth Development educational program area or the profession.
Russell has spent countless hours and miles on the road teaching 4-H youth about livestock and meats evaluation over his 30 year career. He has contributed time in officiating and planning the livestock judging contest portion of area animal science days as well as at the 4-H state livestock Contests, 4-H meats contests and the like.
In addition, he judges numerous county carcass shows and evaluates ultrasound data for counties around the state and works with Extension Agriculture and 4-H agents in facilitating these programs. He has truly gave of his time to youth involved in so many aspects of 4-H in both the livestock and non-livestock projects.
Russell is an individual that the students in Animal Science, youth in 4-H and FFA, and livestock producers in the state appreciate, value, and respect. Ron is often heard saying, “If I can’t have fun, I quit!” He takes that mindset to all of the people and programs he reaches and in everyday life.
L to R: Ron Russell, Bernie O'Rourke