June 15, 2004
June 2004 --
Veneman Names DeHaven Top APHIS Administrator
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced on April 9, 2004, the appointment of Dr. Ron DeHaven as administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
As administrator, DeHaven will manage programs crucial to the protection of America's livestock, plants and food supply.
Prior to this appointment, DeHaven served as deputy administrator of APHIS for Veterinary Services, where he provided leadership in safeguarding animal health - most notably the detection and investigation of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a cow in Washington State in December 2003.
"I am very pleased that Dr. DeHaven has accepted this appointment," Veneman said. "His leadership and management experience are valuable assets as we continue to strengthen our animal- and plant-protection systems."
DeHaven replaces Bobby Acord, who retired after almost 38 years of federal service.
Logan Resigns from State Veterinarian Post
Dr. Jim Logan recently announced that he will be leaving his post as Wyoming's State Veterinarian to return to private practice in Fremont County.
"It has been a privilege to serve the livestock industry and the boards I have worked with, but it is time for me to make a change," Logan said. "I will definitely remain available and stay active with the state until Wyoming regains its Brucellosis-Free Status."
Logan will continue his duties with the state until a replacement can be hired and familiarized with the procedures and issues in regulatory medicine - a process that is likely to take three to four months.
"The resignation of Dr. Jim Logan will be a huge loss to the livestock industry in Wyoming," Wyoming Livestock Board President, Jim Wilson, said. "Jim's excellent working relationship with veterinarians of Wyoming's export states will be missed."
Bonifaces Inducted into Minnesota Livestock Hall of Fame
Long-time U.S. sheep industry members Juanita Reed-Boniface and Dick Boniface were recently inducted into the Minnesota Livestock Hall of Fame.
Juanita served much of her 30-year career with the Extension Service. She began as an extension agent in 1959 and finished as an Associate Professor, Extension Educator, 4-H, University of Minnesota, in 1992.
Dick was director of field service, public relations director and editor of The Wool Sack when he retired from the North Central Wool Marketing Corp. after 38 years. He helped organize the Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers Association and conducted several college classes in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin on wool quality, grades judging and marketing. Dick also originated the grade and yield method of marketing wool.
The picture of Juanita and Dick is the 136th to be hung in the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association Hall of Fame.
Hadlow Retires from Rocky Mountain Laboratories
Dr. Bill Hadlow, a former researcher for Rocky Mountain Laboratories, recently retired after 35 years.
Hadlow is known for his work in the field of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. In 1958, he was sent to the Agricultural Research Council Field Station in Compton, England, to study a degenerative disease of goats and sheep now known as scrapie.
"Dr. Hadlow contributed immensely to the body of literature and understanding of TSE diseases," said Paul Rodgers, deputy director of policy for the American Sheep Industry Association. "We are grateful for his time and dedication in helping the U.S. sheep industry better understand the disease, which is now being eradicated from the U.S. sheep population."