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American Angus Association names Joel Cowley AGI president

published: May 29th 2020
by: Holly Martin
source: American Angus Association

The American Angus Association® recently named Joel Cowley president of Angus Genetics, Inc. (AGI). With his combination of beef industry experience and innovative leadership, Cowley will guide the company’s genetic evaluation technology and research programs.
    “In a time of advancing science and fast-paced innovation, he will lead AGI’s efforts to remain at the top of our game and connect that science to the cattlemen who depend on it,” said Mark McCully, American Angus Associa-tion CEO. “He is a true leader, and his animal breeding training, coupled with executive experience, makes him ideally suited to lead AGI to the next level.”
    Cowley’s roots are firmly planted in the beef industry. He completed his undergraduate studies at Colorado State University, where he competed on the livestock judging team. Cowley achieved his master’s degree in animal breeding at Texas A&M University while serving as the University’s livestock judging coach. Cowley also served as a beef cattle extension specialist at Michigan State University, where he completed his MBA. 
    Most recently, Cowley was the president and chief executive officer of the Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM, where he directed the efforts of 35,000 volunteers and 130 full time staff to conduct an event that draws more than 2.5 million visitors in 23 days and annually awards $27 million to youth and education. Though he enjoyed being part of an event that hosts the world’s largest livestock show and connects urban consumers with agriculture, Cowley wanted to have a more direct impact on production agriculture and welcomed the opportunity to work with Angus breeders. He previously worked for Certified Angus Beef LLC as an executive account manager and then assistant director of food service.
    “Angus breeders are the leaders in improving their genetics, their breed and the beef industry,” Cowley said. “I am fortunate to be asked to lead those efforts and am looking forward to working on the research that will continue the advancement of genetic evaluation of beef cattle worldwide.”
    In addition to his work experience, Cowley has served on the Texas FFA Foundation, Texas 4-H Youth Development Foun-dation, University of Hous-ton Bauer College of Bu-siness Board of Directors, and the Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas Bowl Board of Directors. He recently was named Texas A&M University Depart-ment of Animal Science Outstanding Alumni and a Houston Business Journal Most Admired CEO.

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