Warren Beeler is inducted into the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal and Food Sciences Hall of Fame by department chair Robert Harmon on Sept. 6 in Lexington. (University of Kentucky photo by Stephen H. Patton)
KDA ag policy advisor Beeler named to UK Animal and Food Sciences shrine
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Monday, September 9, 2013
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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Longtime Kentucky agriculture leader Warren Beeler earned another accolade in a ceremony during the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Roundup of college alumni Friday in Lexington.
Beeler, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s director of agriculture policy, was inducted into UK’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences Hall of Fame.
“Warren greatly deserves this honor for his service to agriculture in Kentucky and throughout the United States,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “He has distinguished himself as a leader, a farmer, and a livestock judge. Perhaps his most important contribution has been his work teaching children about farming and how important it is. I am blessed to have Warren as a mentor, a counselor, and a close personal friend.”
In their nomination of Beeler, UK faculty members Donald Ely and Debra Aaron wrote that he “is such an advocate of animal agriculture. He will stand on any corner of any city, and has done so, to deliver the message that livestock of today are produced in cleaner, safer, and healthier environments than ever before in history.”
Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor given by the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
Beeler has served the KDA for 15 years in livestock marketing and show and fair promotion. Along with advising Commissioner Comer on agricultural issues, Beeler speaks on behalf of the KDA at agriculture conferences and workshops.
Beeler is a former president of the Kentucky Pork Producers Association and a Hall of Fame member, Western Kentucky University agriculture alumnus of the year, a member of the Middle Tennessee State University Animal Science Hall of Fame, recipient of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Service Award, and winner of the Kentucky FFA Distinguished Service Award. Regarded as the most experienced livestock judge in the country, Beeler has judged livestock shows for 35 years in 42 states. He manages his family farm in Caneyville with his wife, Dee Dee, and their five children.