COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.— John Maday, managing editor for Drovers/CattleNetwork, was presented the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s Advocate for Animal Agriculture award April 16 at the organization’s annual conference in Louisville, Ky.

“If you read about the beef industry, then you are familiar with the words and insight of John Maday,” states Dr. Nevil Speer, Western Kentucky University who presented the award to John.  “John’s passion for agriculture—and the beef industry in particular—and his dedication to presenting the facts shines through his writing. He is extremely well versed and isn’t afraid to ask the hard questions.

“John uses the power of the pen judiciously and fairly. He is a strong and positive voice for agriculture.”

Raised in southern Wisconsin and working on diversified crop and livestock farms through high school and college, John earned his Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science in Agricultural Extension Education from the University of Florida. Before joining the Drovers staff in 1993, John worked at the University of Florida in extension for six years, spent 18 months in the West African nation of Cameroon teaching at the national college of agriculture and worked in agricultural public relations.

A resident of Fort Collins, Colo., John was a co-recipient of the 2000 and 2008 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award.

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) is a non-profit, membership-driven organization that unites and advances animal agriculture—the aquaculture, beef, dairy, equine, goat, poul­try, sheep and swine industries. NIAA is dedicated to programs that work towards the eradi­cation of diseases that pose risk to the health of animals, wildlife and humans; promotes a safe and wholesome food supply for our nation and abroad; and promotes best practices in environmental stewardship, animal health and well-being. NIAA members include farmers, ranchers, veterinarians, scientists, state and federal officials and business leaders.