March 24, 2016

Mark Davis has been named a recipient of the distinguished CFANS Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture.

The prize is awarded annually by CFANS to recognize outstanding efforts in agriculture. Recipients are chosen in three categories: knowledge, agribusiness and production agriculture.

Davis was recognized for his efforts in agribusiness. 

The former chairman and CEO of Davisco Foods International started as a milk truck driver for his family’s creamery and eventually led the company’s expansion into a multinational agribusiness. Davisco is known for its innovations in the dairy industry, including new products and markets as well as state-of-the-art dairy educational partnership with the U of M’s College of Veterinary Medicine at its farms near New Sweden, Minn.

Davis’ two sons, Marty and Mitch, are graduates of FSCN and currently leading the third generation of the family business.

The 2016 Siehl Prize laureates will be honored at a ceremony in McNamara Alumni Center on the university campus on Thursday, May 26. Davis is joined by Marla Spivak (knowledge) and Don Buhl (production agriculture). More information about the award and additional recipients can be found here

The Siehl Prize was created in the early 1990s by a generous gift from New Ulm-area livestock breeder and businessman Eldon Siehl, a dedicated philanthropist who had a lifelong interest in agricultural systems. Siehl was concerned that people were losing touch with their agrarian roots and wanted his gift to ensure that achievements in agriculture would be recognized and celebrated.  Recipients receive a $50,000 award as well as a sculpture and lapel pin designed by Minnesota artist Thomas Rose especially for the Siehl Prize.