Animal Science Golden Alumni Announced

The Department of Animal Science, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce that Mr. John Goihl has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Golden Alumni Award – Achievement in Industry, and Dr. Tom Porter was chosen as the winner of the Golden Alumni Award – Achievement in Academia. The Golden Alumni Award recognizes one alumnus from industry and one alumnus from academia that has achieved distinction in their professional lives for their outstanding contributions to animal agriculture and exceptional service to their respective fields.

Mr. John Goihl  received his bachelors and master of science degrees in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. During his time as a student, John was very involved in a number of student activities and organizations including being a member of Livestock and Meats Judging Teams, Block and Bridle Club, Farm House Fraternity, and the Alpha Zeta honorary and professional society in agriculture. As a graduate student he conducted several swine nutrition experiments and served as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate “Feeds and Feeding” course. Upon receiving his M.S. degree, he completed all necessary courses for a Ph.D. degree in animal nutrition, but was hired away from the University to serve as Research Supervisor at the Supersweet Research Farm in New Ulm, MN in 1963. This was the beginning of his impactful 56-year career in the feed and animal industry.

Early on in his career, John developed a reputation for being knowledgeable and innovative, always seeking to improve productivity and efficiency in animal production. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to form Agri-Nutrition Services (ANS) in Shakopee, MN in 1973, which he owned and successfully managed for 45 years. John and ANS have become an icon in the upper Midwest, and filled an important niche by providing consulting services to smaller livestock and poultry producers, feed manufacturers, and vendors, and ANS eventually became a major supplier of vitamin-trace mineral premixes and base mixes to numerous customers. John is perhaps best known for his monthly articles, “Bottom Line of Swine Nutrition,” in Feedstuffs magazine, which is considered one of the premier global feed industry publications. From 1974 to 2016, he identified timely and emerging swine nutrition topics, provided critical reviews of published research studies, and wrote over 500 articles that have guided swine nutritionists to use the most current technology when formulating swine diets. John has been a tireless and unselfish provider of exceptional service to his profession, the Minnesota Pork Producers Association, Minnesota Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, and the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota for many years. He has been an active and contributing member to the American Dairy Science Association, American Society of Animal Science, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, and the National Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, as well as other professional organizations.

Dr. Tom Porter received his doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota, Department of Animal Science under Dr. Mohamed El Halawani. After completing his Ph.D. degree, Tom went on to a serve as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He then obtained an Assistant Professor position at Texas A&M University. In 1997, he was recruited to the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland where he was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor and Professor. He became chair of the department in 2007 and currently is serving as Interim Associate Dean and Associate Director for University of Maryland Extension.

As a researcher, Tom is best known for his research in regulatory mechanisms for growth hormone production in broiler chickens. His research group has also made discoveries using genome-wide gene expression analyses to enhance our understanding of the neuroendocrine genes and gene networks controlling critical performance factors (growth, composition, and feed intake) of broiler chickens. Tom has been recognized for teaching and mentoring excellence. He has received numerous awards from the University of Maryland including: Junior Faculty Excellence Award, Alumni Excellence in Instruction Award, and Dean Gordon Cairns Award for Distinguished Creative Work and Teaching in Agriculture. Students flock to Tom’s laboratory. He has trained more than 20 graduate students and 5 postdocs and has served on more than 50 graduate advisory committees. More than 45 undergraduate students have apprenticed in his laboratory. Tom’s service contributions to professional societies and organizations are exceptional and numerous,  and include the Poultry Science Association (PSA) and the International Society for Avian Endocrinology (ISAE) as only a few examples. For the Poultry Science Association, he served as editor-in-chief of the Poultry Science journal from 2010-16 where he improved the quality, the impact and the breadth of published research.

Mr. Goihl and Dr. Porter will be recognized for their achievements and presented their awards at the 2019 Connecting with U – Animal Science Showcase on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Details for the event are listed below. Alumni, industry partners, students, and stakeholders are welcome and encouraged to attend. Register to attend at:


Connecting with U – Animal Science Showcase


Wednesday, April 3, 2019


10:00 AM – 1:30 PM


University of Minnesota—St. Paul Campus

Cargill Building, Atrium and Seminar Room

1500 Gortner Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108


10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Poster Session

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Lunch and Networking

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Awards and Programming


Register here by Monday, April 1: 

For information or questions, please reach out to Allison Kierth at