The American Feed Industry Association and the American Dairy Science Association have recognized Mark Hanigan, Ph.D., for his achievements in dairy nutrition. Hanigan is a professor in the Department of Dairy Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and he was presented with the AFIA-ADSA Nutrition Research Award on June 26 at the ADSA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dan Cooke of R&D Life Sciences presented the award to Hanigan on behalf of AFIA. The award is sponsored by AFIA as part of its ongoing awards program, which dates back to 1948.

"Dr. Hanigan is an accomplished researcher in the field of dairy science," said Preston Buff, Ph.D., AFIA director of regulatory affairs. "His contributions have and will continue to lead to improvements in dairy nutrition and overall sustainability."

Hanigan's focus at Virginia Tech is on nutrient metabolism using experimental and mathematical modeling approaches, with a long-term objective to improve animal efficiency and reduce the impact of animal-based production systems on the environment. 

Hanigan received a bachelor's degree in dairy science at Iowa State University and a master's degree and doctorate at the University of California - Davis.