The academic career of an outstanding graduate student was recognized at the 2009 Cattle Industry Annual Convention held in Phoenix, Ariz., with a scholarship awarded in honor of one of the cattle industry's greatest pioneers. The National Cattlemen's Foundation honored the late Fred Johnson, of Summitville, Ohio, through the inaugural $2,000 graduate scholarship bearing his name.
Brandon Carlson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, where he also received his master's and bachelor of science degrees. He received his associate degree in animal science from Northeastern Junior College, in Sterling, Colo. Carlson is studying meat science with an emphasis in food safety design and intervention strategies to reduce the level of microbiological contamination in cattle and the probability of a foodborne disease. His family has been in the cattle industry for four generations in Byers, Colo.
"It is a great pleasure to recognize Mr. Carlson for his educational endeavors and commitment to the beef industry," stated Fred H. (Sam) Johnson III, President of Summitcrest Performance Angus, who presented the award in memory of his father.
Fred Johnson's focus was the driving force in his belief that the beef industry must deliver a consistent, high-quality eating experience for consumers. Thus, his leadership and vision led to helping establish the Certified Angus Beef program. His work with the Beef Promotion and Research Board was just as powerful, serving as its first treasurer and third chairman.
"We are very pleased to honor the late Fred Johnson and his life's work in the beef industry, while assisting young people who exemplify his drive and vision," said Bob Josserand, chairman of the NCF Board of Trustees.
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