Beef producers in North Dakota, and in other states as well, know Lisa Pederson as a tireless and passionate advocate and educator of beef quality assurance (BQA) principles. During last week’s Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego, NCBA and the Beef Checkoff recognized Pederson, who serves as her state’s BQA specialist at North Dakota State University, with the 2016 BQA educator of the year award.

During the presentation, farm broadcaster Russell Nemetz, who served as MC for the program, outlined how Pederson has enthusiastically worked with beef and dairy producers across North Dakota to help them improve cattle health and overall management to protect beef quality and optimize productivity.

Pederson also has served as one of the founders and a driving force behind the national Bovine Emergency Response Plan (BERP). That plan, developed by specialists at several universities, aims to provide training and education for first responders in communities around the country, with a goal of ensuring rapid and appropriate response to emergencies involving cattle, such as trailer wrecks on highways. The BERP training helps responders set a plan for contacting local producers and veterinarians to quickly assist in containing cattle at the accident scene and treating or humanely euthanizing injured animals as needed.

Pederson grew up on her family’s ranch in Colorado and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colorado State University. She and her husband also manage their own commercial cow herd in North Dakota.