The Livestock Publications Council (LPC) has announced winners of their special awards during the Agricultural Media Summit (AMS) held in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Headliner Award honors a person from outside the livestock publishing field for actions that produce a positive change in livestock production and marketing. This year's winner is Dr. Temple Grandin, a noted animal behaviorist and designer of livestock handling.

Dr. Grandin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Franklin Pierce College, her Master of Science degree in animal science at Arizona State University, and Ph.D in animal science from the University of Illinois. Today, as a professor of animal science, she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University (CSU) and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling and animal welfare.

Temple Grandin-designed facilities are used throughout the world and in North America, almost half of all cattle are handled in a center-track restrainer system she designed for meat plants. She has authored more than 300 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare and facility design. Her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many producers and firms to reduce stress on their animals during handling.

As a renowned animal scientist she is also revered in the consumer sphere, appearing on television shows such as 20/20, Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, and the Today Show, as well as numerous foreign news programs. One of the world's highest functioning autistics, she has worked to foster a better understanding of autism among the general population and is a prominent advocate for autism rights. An HBO biopic starring actress Claire Danes that chronicles Dr. Grandin's life and experiences over the decades of the 1960s and 1970s is set to air in 2010.

On October 30, LPC will hosts its sixth annual LPC Royal Gala in Kansas City during the American Royal where Dr. Grandin's portrait will be unveiled and hung permanently in the Hall of Honor which is located in the headquarters of the American Royal.

Whitney Wallace, senior agricultural journalism student at the University of Missouri, was awarded the 2009 Forrest Bassford Student Award. The $2,000 scholarship is given in honor of long-time friend of the livestock publications industry Forrest Bassford and sponsored by Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health.

"Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health is pleased to join the Livestock Publications Council in co-sponsoring the Forrest Bassford Student Award," says Jeff Baxter, senior marketing manager for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. "We are committed to supporting the development and enrichment of the next generation of ag communicators and recognize the unique student talent this award honors."

Wallace is a Missouri native with a passion for agriculture, Wallace says, "I'm honored to receive this prestigious award that will help me continue working toward my professional goals. I've always wanted to spend my time helping tell the story of agriculture, and this investment gives me the chance to focus on that dream."

No stranger to agriculture or the livestock industry, Wallace has been active raising and showing lambs since she was five years old. Her dedication to agriculture is clear as she serves as an ambassador for agriculture through various leadership roles. Wallace works with leaders in the industry and is currently representing the Missouri Department of Agriculture as the 2008 Missouri State Fair Queen.

Three other travel winners were presented $750 stipends, which allowed them to attend the AMS and have a chance to network with livestock publishing professionals. Travel award winners were: Rachel Duff, University of Missouri; Julie White, Kansas State University; and Katherine Kuykendall, Purdue University.

Recognized with the Ed Bible Distinguished Service Award for her dedication and service to LPC is Becky Terry, Winchester, Kansas. She owns her own business Showboat Graphics, a graphics and design company focusing in the livestock industry. She is a former member of the LPC board of directors and served on many committees for both LPC and AMS. This year she organized the Buddy System for the international visitors who attended the AMS. She is a graduate of Seamen High School in Topeka and Kansas State University in 1995 with an Agricultural Business degree.

Source: Livestock Publications Council news release