The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) honored John Maday, of Drovers/CattleNetwork and Bovine Veterinarian magazine, with the Ambassador Award during the organization’s annual meeting and research symposium June 18-21, in Lincoln, Neb. This award is given annually by BIF to a member of the media for his or her efforts in spreading the news of BIF and its principles to a larger audience.

A native of southern Wisconsin, Maday earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He continued his education at the University of Florida, earning a master’s degree in agricultural extension education. Upon completion of his degrees, Maday worked for six years coordinating in-service training for Florida vocational agriculture teachers. He also spent 18 months in Cameroon teaching at the National College of Agriculture.

In 1993 Maday joined the staff at Drovers/CattleNetwork magazine and quickly became recognized as a talented writer capable of covering complex subjects in all facets of beef production and marketing. He has written hundreds of news stories, management features and opinion columns for America’s beef producers.

Specifically, Maday has reported on a wide-range of issues relative to genetic improvement and the profitability of beef cattle. His work examined issues of importance to commercial and purebred breeders such as the use of structured crossbreeding systems, expected progeny differences (EPDs), selection indices and genomics tools. His work extends the reach of BIF’s goals and mission to aid in the genetic improvement of beef cattle for both seedstock and commercial producers.

As a testament to his journalistic skills and his prolific production, Vance Publishing named him editor of Bovine Veterinarian magazine in 2013, a role he fills in addition to his duties as managing editor of Drovers/CattleNetwork.

During his tenure at Drovers/CattleNetwork, Maday’s contributions helped the publication earn two prestigious Jesse H. Neal awards from the American Business Media. Last year he was honored with the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) 2013 Advocacy in Animal Agriculture Award. Over the years his peers have recognized him with numerous writing awards from Livestock Publications Council (LPC) and the American Agricultural Editor’s Association (AAEA).

Maday and his wife, Jane, reside in Fort Collins, Colo. They have two children, Ian and Margaret.