Dr. Cowan’s career defines the Agricultural Adventurers Award: a farmer; master breeder of livestock; teacher; mentor; livestock and meats judge and innovator of many programs that keep the University of Connecticut in the national spotlight.
As the University of Connecticut Animal Science Department Head and Chairman of the Faculty Senate Admissions Committee, he has had tremendous impact on young people entering the field of animal agriculture in the northeastern part of the country. This Emeritus professor has also been responsible for private contributions of animals and funds valued in excess of $1 million. He continues to research and is at the forefront of new applications and ideas as they relate to agriculture. He has been an outstanding spokesman for the agriculture community, bringing the message of agriculture to the urban and suburban population.