Dan Thomson, PhD, DVM, Kansas State University, has been honored with the Kansas Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service to Agriculture award is presented to individuals who exemplify leadership in agriculture, service to Farm Bureau families and community involvement.
“My heroes are farmers, ranchers and veterinarians working every day to provide food for the world,” Thomson said. “It is an honor to serve the Kansas farmers and ranchers. The Kansas Farm Bureau has provided me many opportunities to serve and I am very humbled to receive this award. Awards are not hurdles, but instead expectations that you will continue to provide service. I look forward to many years of serving the Kansas farmers, ranchers and veterinarians.”
Kansas Farm Bureau's Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award is given in recognition of outstanding service on a national or significant statewide basis in the interest of agriculture. Nominees are selected by the Awards Committee made up of Kansas Farm Bureau board members and the entire Kansas Farm Bureau board of directors approves the selection.
"Dr. Dan Thomson is an obvious choice for Kansas Farm Bureau's Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award for 2011," said Steve Baccus, an Ottawa County grain farmer, who serves as president of Kansas Farm Bureau. "Dan works tirelessly for Kansas farmers and ranchers, and travels across the state informing and listening to members of our county Farm Bureaus. He is a true leader in beef cattle production and health management, and Farm Bureau members of Kansas appreciate his work."
Thomson, who is originally from Clearfield, Iowa, is recognized internationally as a leader in beef cattle production and health management. Currently, he is The Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology and Director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He has served as the OIE Chair of Beef Cattle Production and Welfare and was recently asked to serve on the Food Marketing Institute’s Animal Welfare Advisory Board.
Thomson has been very active working on advisory boards and committees for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Farm Bureau, American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the North American Food Animal Well-being Committee. He serves as a leader in the state of Kansas on animal agriculture issues and has been named to the Governor’s advisory board for the Animal Ag summit along with serving on advisory boards and committees for Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. Thomson is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Kansas, Nebraska and Texas.