Extension educator receives outstanding young alumnus award
The Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Carbondale College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society Board of Governors selected Michigan State University Extension educator Tom Guthrie as the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Young Ag Alumnus award.
The award is a competitive process, designed to recognize individuals within 10 years post-graduation who have excelled within their respective fields of the agricultural industry. Dr. Gary Apgar, interim department chair of the Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition at SIU, nominated Tom for this honor.
Tom received the award at SIU’s College of Agricultural Sciences Annual All Ag Banquet. Two hundred people attended the banquet held Feb. 22 at Giant City Lodge in Makanda, Ill.
Based in Jackson County, Tom has a 50 percent swine and 50 percent equine statewide Extension responsibility. He develops and provides statewide accessibility to educational programming regarding equine and swine management, including environmental management.
Tom is a three-time Saluki (Saluki is the SIU mascot – it’s a dog) receiving bachelor’s degrees in forestry in 1996 and animal science in 2001. Tom went on to earn a master’s degree in animal science with a swine nutrition emphasis in 2003.