UW-Madison dairy science professor emeritus W. Terry Howard was recognized for outstanding service and inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Green Lake Conference Center on Saturday, Nov. 5. Howard’s grandson, Patrick Wiltzius, accepted the award on his behalf as Howard was unable to attend.
“Each of the 2016 Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame laureates has transformed the lives of children and families with whom they’ve worked and the communities in which they’ve lived,” says Dale Leidheiser, Program Director of Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development, which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension.
“Terry” Howard, a distinguished dairy expert, had his interest in the dairy industry piqued as a 4-H’er working on registered Guernsey and Holstein farms his father managed. In his career, he went on to educate and create opportunities for countless 4-H members, producers, and professionals in the dairy industry. His contributions as a researcher, educator, and communicator have been recognized throughout the world.
Howard studied dairy nutrition and served on the faculty in Dairy Science as an Extension state specialist for nearly 30 years. He was an innovator and leader in introducing computer technology as a tool for education, communication, and dairy herd management. In his outreach efforts, he was both an advocate for dairy youth and a role model for a generation of young people interested in pursuing dairy industry careers. Howard judged countless 4-H shows in the summer and regularly officiated at 4-H contests. He also developed and reviewed educational material for 4-H dairy publications and quiz bowls. Howard received the DeLaval Extension Service Award from the American Dairy Science Association for his professional accomplishments.
From its inception, Howard was a major contributor to the success of World Dairy Expo. He served on the show’s board of directors where he championed the introduction of youth showmanship and breed shows. Howard was also the event’s long-time dairy cattle show superintendent. For his efforts, the organization conferred upon Howard their President’s Award and Industry Person of the Year recognition.
The Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, financial supporters, staff and pioneers who made major contributions to the 4-H movement at the local, state and national levels. The candidates represent 4-H in the broadest sense – people who had an impact on the lives of children, their community or state through significant contributions of time, energy or financial resources to 4-H and its members.