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Champaign, IL (May 19, 2021)—The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®) is pleased to announce Jillian Bohlen as the 2021 recipient of the Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award. Bohlen 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.
Jillian Bohlen truly believes in providing opportunities to young people. Facilitating 10 different events for more than 375 young people annually, she coordinates the state’s 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl, 4-H Dairy Judging competitions, and the Commercial Dairy Heifer project and shows, and she serves as advisor to the University of Georgia Dairy Science Club, ADSA Student Affiliate Division (SAD) delegation, and Dairy Challenge coach. Her contribution to collegiate development alone includes taking student groups to more than 40 professional development events across the United States. Bohlen has mentored two Genevieve Christen Award winners, served as advisor to the ADSA-SAD board, and received the ADSA-SAD Outstanding Advisor Award (2008). Her service to youths beyond state borders includes hosting multiple Southeast Dairy Youth Retreats, ADSA-SAD regional conferences, regional Dairy Challenges, and most recently the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, where she welcomed 240 students representing 43 universities to Tifton, Georgia, in 2019.
It is with great pleasure that ADSA and Hoard’s Dairyman present Jillian Bohlen with the 2021 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.