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In Profile: AFS’s Loni Woolley remains dedicated to agriculture, meat science

In Profile: AFS’s Loni Woolley remains dedicated to agriculture, meat science

Passion, meat science and agriculture go hand-in-hand for Texas Tech University meat science graduate student Loni Woolley. Born and bred into agriculture, she has always been a part of the industry.

“I have a sister, Landi, who is six years older, and she was always at the barn or doing Share-the-Fun in 4-H, and I always tagged along,” Woolley said. “I couldn’t wait to get involved in 4-H and FFA after watching her as a role model.”

After participating in 4-H and FFA, including judging meats and dairy cattle in high school, Woolley said she was recruited to Tech to be on the meat judging team. Since stepping foot on the Tech campus, Woolley has been a member of the 2009 Co-National Champion Wool Judging team, 2010 Co-National Champion Wool Judging team, the 2010 National Champion Meat Science Quiz Bowl team, the 2010 Reserve National Champion Meat Judging team, and the 2011 National Champion Livestock Judging team.

But her judging career didn’t end there. In here graduate experiences at Tech, Woolley said she also coached the 2013 National Champion Meat Science Quiz Bowl and Meat Judging teams.

While at Tech, Woolley has been actively involved on and off campus. As a graduate student, Woolley serves on the American meat Science Association’s Student Board of Directors and conducts research focusing on objective measures of beef-steak juiciness.

In her undergraduate career, Woolley was a member of the Chancellor’s Ambassadors, Block and Bridle, TTU Meat Science Association, AgriTechsans, Ambassadors for Agriculture, Collegiate FFA, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and Collegiate 4-H.

Awards for Woolley include being selected for the International Livestock Congress, CASNR and the Department of Animal and Food Sciences Outstanding Senior (2012), AMSA Undergrad Scholastic Achievement Award (2011), National Block and Bridle Outstanding Junior (2011), and receiving her American FFA Degree.

Woolley was also the recipient of the prestigious ‘Colvin Certified Angus Beef scholarship and the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Graduate Scholarship.’ After graduation, Woolley plans to pursue either a doctorate in meat science or a career in the beef industry.

Written by Faith Jurek

CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2805 or



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