Ron Russell honored by 4-H Youth Development Professionals

Ron Russell, Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Meat and Muscle Biology Department received the 2016 Meritorious Service Non-Member Award from the Wisconsin Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (WAE4-HYDP) at their annual conference on Tuesday, April 19 in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Ron Russell (left) accepts the 2016 Meritorious Service Non-Member Award at the 2016 Joint Council of Extension Professionals Conference April 19. Bernadette O’Rourke (right) nominated Russell for this award.

This award recognizes individuals who are not members of WAE4-HYDP, but who have contributed to the 4-H Youth Development educational program area or the profession. This would include University specialists, Foundation directors, and others.

Russell has spent countless hours and miles on the road teaching 4-H youth about livestock and meats evaluation over his 30 year career. He has contributed time in officiating and planning the livestock judging contest portion of area animal science days  as well as at the 4-H state livestock Contests, 4-H meats contests and the like.

In addition, he travels around judging numerous county carcass shows and evaluating ultrasound data for counties around the state and works with Extension Agriculture and 4-H agents in facilitating these programs. He has truly given of his time to youth involved in so many aspects of 4-H in both the livestock and non-livestock projects.

Russell is an individual that the students in Animal Science, youth in 4-H and FFA, and livestock producers in the state appreciate, value and respect. Ron is often heard saying, “If I can’t have fun, I quit!” He takes that mindset to all of the people and programs he reaches and in everyday life.