COLLEGE STATION — Dan Hanselka has been awarded a 2009 Texas AgriLife Extension Service Superior Service Extension Associate Award.
Hanselka, an AgriLife Extension associate for agricultural economics in College Station, received the award at the 2010 AgriLife Conference held at Texas A&M University in January.
Hanselka was recognized for his work in analytical support in the areas of livestock economics, risk management, consumer and family sciences, and 4-H and youth development.
One area of his work that Hanselka was noted for was the coordination of a research project that estimated the impact of the Country of Origin Labeling law on the cattle and beef industry, according to the award nomination.
He conducted a survey of stocker cattle operators, cattle feeders, meat packers and retailers to calculate expected costs associated with implementing the law. His effort on the project resulted in the most downloaded article of the year in Choices magazine, a widely read journal in agricultural policy circles, according to the nomination.
Hanselka’s contribution has led to identifying more than $2 billion in economic benefits attributable to AgriLife Extension’s educational programs, according to the award nomination.
“Dan’s dedication, enthusiasm and accomplishments serve as strong evidence of his superior service to the agency and to the people of Texas,” according to one support letter.