News from the 60th Livestock Insect Workers Conference

The 60th Livestock Insect Workers Conference was held in Oklahoma City, OK, June 26-29, 2016. Justin Talley, livestock entomologist at Oklahoma State University, organized and hosted the conference, including a luncheon provided by Whitetails of Oklahoma at a deer farm.

Dave Taylor was conferred the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Entomology and Bob Pennington is the recipient of the Industry Appreciation Award, both presented by the Livestock Insect Workers Conference.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by Bayer Animal Health to recognize the individual’s outstanding contributions to animal health and productivity. Dave Taylor is a Research Entomologist, specializing in stable fly ecology and management, working at the USDA-ARS Agroecosystem Management Research Lab in Lincoln, NE.

The Industry Appreciation Award acknowledges individuals who have contributed to the Livestock Insect Workers Conference with their consistent participation. Bob Pennington first attended the LIWC in 1975 and has been a reliable attendee, missing only two meetings since then. In addition to working for several chemical companies throughout his career, Bob established his own research consultancy, Ecto Development Corporation.

Nine students received travel grants funded by Bayer Animal Health. Pictured (left to right) are Dr. Doug Ross (Bayer Animal Health), Mike Becker (LSU), Zach Polk (U. Manitoba), Chris Holderman (UF), Jessica Thomson (KSU), Annie Rich (UGA), Brenda Leal (UTRGV), Brent Phelan (UGA), Klara Zurek (KSU), and David Theuret (UTK).