Penn State to honor Schurman

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Gene Schurman

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Retired Extension Educator Eugene Schurman, of Clymer, Pa., will be honored as the 2017 Dairy Science Distinguished Alumnus by the Department of Animal Science at a ceremony Oct. 27 at University Park.

Schurman retired as senior Extension educator after 34 years, having served clients in Franklin, Indiana and the Southwest Pennsylvania Extension Region. Schurman’s work with dairy producers was aimed at helping them remain profitable, improve efficiency and adapt new technology.

He has always had a focus on farm safety and he is well-known throughout the state for his extensive work with youth. Schurman received his M.S. in Dairy Science from Penn State, and his B.S. in Animal Science and Agricultural Education from Cornell University.

He also has an Associate Degree in Agricultural Science from Alfred State College.

“It is a special honor to recognize Gene as a distinguished alumnus,” said Dr. Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science. “He has made countless significant contributions to the dairy industry, always working closely with producers to help them maximize their efficiency and their profitability. His leadership has been of great value to the dairy industry and he has inspired many young people to achieve their best.”

Schurman developed extensive educational programs for Southwest Pennsylvania youth in dairy production and management, as well as farm, tractor and equipment safety. He served as chair of the Pennsylvania 4-H Achievement Days Safe Tractor and Skid Steer Contest Committee for 20 years.

He currently works as a sales representative for DuPont Pioneer and with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Mid-Atlantic Secure Milk Supply Project as a Western Pennsylvania Consultant.

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