Michael Hutjens, retiring University of Illinois Extension dairy nutritionist, was recognized for his contributions to the dairy industry with the “Michael F. Hutjens BASF Graduate Student Travel Awards” scholarship fund.

BASF Plant Science announced a $2,000 donation to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Animal Sciences during World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.

The fund will grant $500 travel scholarships to exceptional graduate students, two each in 2011 and 2012, whose research and career interests are in dairy cattle nutrition and management. The funds will cover travel and other expenses associated with attendance at the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) meetings.

“We are pleased to support dedicated students in the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences and demonstrate our appreciation of Dr. Hutjens’ service to the dairy industry,” says Jerry Weigel, BASF Plant Science manager of nutrition and technical service. “The scholarships will allow Dr. Hutjens’ contributions to continue to grow even after his retirement.”

Hutjens, 2008 American Dairy Science Fellow and 2008 World Dairy Expo Industry Person of the Year, has provided significant developments in dairy nutrition and research.