Katharine Knowlton receives the Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award

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Champaign, IL (June 3, 2020)—The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®) is pleased to announce Katharine Knowlton as the 2020 recipient of the Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award. Knowlton will be recognized during the virtual ADSA Annual Meeting.

The Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award was created to recognize a candidate who has had significant involvement in dairy-related youth activities in either a professional or volunteer capacity for a minimum of 10 years. The recipient shall be highly regarded in the dairy industry for his or her role in personal development of dairy youths and for enhancing knowledge of and interest in the dairy industry. The winner need not be a member of ADSA and may have worked with youths of any age, up to and including college, in many possible capacities, such as coach, counselor, teacher, adviser, mentor, chaperone, or supervisor.

Katharine Knowlton, a professor of dairy science at Virginia Tech, is enthusiastic about teaching and mentoring young people, including 4-Hers, FFA members, and college students. Knowlton is the curriculum coordinator for the Department of Dairy Science and is academic advisor to an average of 40 undergraduates per year. Knowlton has served as advisor to 6 PhD students, 10 MS students, and 4 post-doctoral researchers. A highly successful collegiate dairy judging team coach, she coached winning teams at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest on four occasions. She has also developed a highly sought-after workshop for youth, Dairy Judging 101.

It is with great pleasure that ADSA and Hoard’s Dairyman present Katharine Knowlton with the 2020 Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award.


About the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA)
The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) is an international organization of educators, scientists, and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry and keenly aware of the vital role the dairy sciences play in fulfilling the economic, nutritive, and health requirements of the world’s population. It provides leadership in scientific and technical support to sustain and grow the global dairy industry through generation, dissemination, and exchange of information and services. Together, ADSA members have discovered new methods and technologies that have revolutionized the dairy industry. www.adsa.org