Chris Lupton, Ph.D. (Texas), a long-standing American wool industry member will receive the prestigious American Wool Council Wool Excellence Award at the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)/National Lamb Feeders Association Annual Convention, taking place Jan. 23-26, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.
Having given nearly 40 years of service to the American sheep industry, Lupton is being recognized for his many contributions that led to growing superior, higher-value wool that is more competitive in domestic and international markets. Lupton has spent the majority of his career focusing on wool research at the Bill Sims Wool and Mohair Laboratory at the Texas AgriLife Research Center. He contributed to the research that revolutionized objective measurement of wool in the United States and was key in many wool/sheep research projects. These technologies help better measure wool and identify key wool characteristics effecting wool prices and methods to improve the value of U.S. wool.
Lupton will be honored during the Wool Recognition lunch on Thursday, Jan. 24. The sheep industry will be given an opportunity to recognize Lupton for his service to the industry during this event. Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be purchased in conjunction with a convention registration.
"We encourage everyone who knows and has been fortunate to work with Chris to join the Wool Council in celebrating his life-long contribution to the wool industry," said Dan Gutzman, chairman of the U.S. Wool Roundtable. "It will be an honor to recognize Chris for his service to the industry and we hope you will be able to join us."