Zidon honored as Friend of Expo by World Dairy Expo

December 20, 2013
Dr. Mark Zidon

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ – Earlier this month, Dr. Mark Zidon, professor of agricultural education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was one of five individuals recognized by World Dairy Expo as a Friend of Expo. The individuals were honored for their outstanding service supporting World Dairy Expo.

Each year, the Central National FFA contests draw thousands of FFA members from across the Midwest to the World Dairy Expo. For more than 20 years, Zidon has been the superintendent for the contests. He oversees the volunteer team that provides a series of competitive and educational contests for FFA members, including the Central National Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, Showmanship Contest, Dairy Products Contest and World Forage Management Cup. Arranging the contest guidelines, registrations, judging, scoring and results are just a few of the key responsibilities that he has supervised over the years.

Each year, more than 500 volunteers offer expertise, skills, time and talent to support the various facets of World Dairy Expo including a dairy cattle show, a trade show, youth contests and educational venues for dairy producers.

“Of the hundreds of volunteers, the World Dairy Expo staff select a handful of friends each year,” said Zidon. “I feel very honored by this recognition. UW-Platteville has had a major presence at the World Dairy Expo for the 24 years that I have been involved with the contests and many years prior. This recognition should also be credited to the work of Dr. Rick Bockhop, who runs the Dairy Products Contest, and Dr. Chris Baxter, who conducts the World Forage Management Cup.”


Contact: Dr. Mark Zidon, professor of agricultural education, (608) 342-1391, zidon@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Ethan Giebel, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, giebele@uwplatt.edu


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