On the Human Side – June/July 2022

The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently hired Abby Kornegay as manager, issues and engagement. In this role, Kornegay is responsible for shaping the Alliance’s issues management and crisis communications strategy. Kornegay joins the Alliance team from her previous role as animal care program manager for Butterball, LLC.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum inducted Gerald Timmerman into their Hall of Great Westerners during a recent awards ceremony. Timmerman and his family own feedyards and ranches in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas and Oregon, and developed a meat processing center that became one of the largest independent meat packers in Omaha, Neb.


Dave Nichols, Ph.D., Kansas State University animal science professor, was awarded the Purdue Animal Science Distinguished Career Award in April. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.


Two grants awarded to Texas A&M AgriLife will fund studies to improve responses to outbreaks of animal diseases like avian and swine flu in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program awarded two grants totaling $668,166 to Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases. The grant funding is directed toward two projects designed to address animal disease outbreak response and mitigation.

The Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine has named its equine skills lab at Mariposa Station “The Allsup Family Charitable Foundation Equine Clinical Skills Lab” after receiving a $1 million donation from the foundation.

Compass Ag Solutions has hired Amanda Fuller, Ph.D., as a futures broker and livestock insurance agent for their Hereford branch. Fuller is equipped to manage risk through traditional futures hedging strategies and also livestock risk protection insurance.

ServiTech has named Ryan Hassebrook as their new president and CEO. He most recently served as the company’s director of business development.