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1995 Certificate of Distinction Winner James Foster

James Foster


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James Foster embodies the role of ." Extension swine specialist." For 34 years, Foster, who retired from Purdue last fall, used a variety of avenues to inform and educate pork producers in Indiana and across the nation. Foster is probably best known as the co-founder and co-leader of the national Pork Industry Handbook and as chairman of the nationally televised swine Extension education series. In nominating Foster for the Certificate of Distinction, one professor of animal sciences wrote, "Extension education and the role of the specialist have changed in the last 30 years, and Jim Foster has changed with the times as evidenced by the introduction of the televised swine Extension programs. This is the only swine program of its kind in the United States," Another of Foster's former co-workers called the Pork Industry Handbook "a national gem for the swine industry." Foster was an innovator in youth activities-he is largely responsible for the initiation of the annual Junior Pork Day and the Animal Science Workshop for Youth. Many of Indiana's swine organizations have benefited from Foster's leadership. He has served (secretary-treasurer of the Indiana Expert Swine Judges Association, secretary-treasurer of the Indiana Pork Producers Association, a member of the Hoosier Spring Barrow Show Executive Committee, and a member of the Indiana Pork Production Derby Advisory Committee. At Purdue, Foster wrote or co-wrote more than 80 extension publications and videos. He was (leader in collecting and disseminating information on producing and marketing leaner hogs and in on farm testing programs for seed stock producers. He also conducted research to- further aid his Extension programs. For his efforts, Foster has been honored with numerous awards, including the USDA Superior Service