Dr. Hongwei Xin, professor, associate chair for research, and director of the Egg Industry Center for Iowa State University, was named USPOULTRY's Workhorse of the Year during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2014 International Production and Processing Expo. The poultry industry's most esteemed honor is given annually by USPOULTRY in recognition of dedicated service and valuable leadership given to the association and poultry industry.

Xin was "collared" with the long-established horse collar by 2013 Workhorse of the Year recipient, Dr. Charlie Olentine. He was also presented with a commemorative plaque by 2013 USPOULTRY Chairman James Adams, Wenger Feeds, Rheems, Pa.

"We are honored to recognize Dr. Xin with this special award and acknowledge his many contributions to the poultry industry. Dr. Xin led a landmark study that shows a significant environmental footprint decrease in U.S. egg production over the last 50 years. His research found that all aspects of the egg production process, from cultivating feed to the raising of laying hens, have led to a decreased environmental footprint. We are deeply appreciative of the time and energy he has committed to help address and meet the challenges facing our industry," remarked Adams.

Xin received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Shenyang Agricultural University, his M.S. in Agricultural Engineering and his Ph.D. in Engineering, related to the bio-environmental engineering field, from the University of Nebraska. Xin is an Iowa Egg Council endowed professor for the Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Animal Science and director of the Egg Industry Center for Iowa State University.