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Phillips wins top award in poster session

Hannah Phillips won an award in an an organic farming conference poster contest. Phillips is a graduate student working with the West Central Research and Outreach Center.

MORRIS — University of Minnesota graduate student, Hannah Phillips, was awarded first place in the Organic Research Forum Poster Session at the 2017 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Conference held in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Feb. 23-25.

Phillips has been exploring the feasibility of grazing crossbred dairy steers on two types of cover crops (winter wheat and winter rye) and finishing on forages as a method of utilizing a low-input system. Furthermore, Phillips evaluated the meat and whether or not it would add value to the organic beef market by improving taste and health benefits for consumers. She concluded that consumers clearly prefer steaks from crossbred steers which grazed winter wheat compared to winter rye. Her poster highlighted objectives, results and conclusions of this research project, which can be viewed at  https://wcroc.cfans.umn.edu/research-programs/dairy/outreach

This project is supported by USDA-NIFA-OREI.

Phillips is originally from Covington, Washington, and graduated with a B.S. in animal science from Iowa State University. She is pursuing her master's with a focus in organic dairy systems with the U of MN College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences under the direction of Brad Heins, associate professor at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris.

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