Dr. Joe Domecq, Michigan State University (MSU) youth dairy specialist, coordinator of the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology dairy management program and animal science academic specialist, has been awarded the Hoard's Dairyman Youth Development Award, the dairy industry's highest award recognizing a dairy youth educator.
The award was presented to Domecq on July 17 during an awards ceremony at the 2012 joint annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) in Phoenix.
"His leadership, guidance, and support of the Michigan 4-H Dairy Youth Program are unparalleled," says Sheila Burkhardt, director of member relations and public affairs for the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA). "He volunteers numerous hours and timeless energy to the dairy judging program and to youth activities and educational sessions throughout the state. Whether in the role of teacher, advisor, student mentor, dairy youth specialist, or dairy judging coach, Domecq is passionate about guiding students on their individual paths to reaching short- and long-term career and life goals."
Domecq became the coordinator of the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology dairy management program in 1992, while still a graduate student. He joined the MSU Department of Animal Science faculty in 1994