2016 Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture laureates named
Congratulations to this year's Siehl Prize laureates! Each year, recipients of this prestigious award are chosen in three categories: knowledge (teaching, research and outreach); agribusiness; and production agriculture.
Production Agriculture Winner: Don Buhl
The Tyler, Minn., pork producer has been a leader in state and national pork organizations over the past three decades, helping to develop programs for people new to the industry and to expand U.S. pork exports. He began farming in 1976 and has grown operations significantly since then. He was a founding member of the "Pipestone System," a production model aimed at allowing independent family farms to remain competitive through shared ownership and increased efficiencies.
Agribusiness Winner: Mark Davis
The former chairman and CEO of Davisco Foods International started as a milk truck driver for his family's creamery and eventually led the company's expansion into a multinational agribusiness. Davisco is known for its innovations in the dairy industry, including new products and markets as well as a state-of-the-art dairy educational partnership with the U of M's College of Veterinary Medicine at its farms near New Sweden, Minn.
Knowledge Winner: Marla Spivak
Her tireless advocacy for bees and what they do for the world's food supply has made her a well-known speaker, but at its core her work is about understanding how bees behave, breeding new lines of disease resistant bees and finding the causes behind Colony Collapse Disorder and other threats to bees. Marla has been a U of M faculty member since 1992 and thanks to her leadership a new bee and pollinator research center will open on the U's St. Paul campus later this year.