Dr. Fred Owens grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and did his graduate work at the University of Minnesota. He spent 6 years in the Animal Science Department at the University of Illinois before joining the faculty at Oklahoma State University. At Oklahoma State, Fred conducted research on rumen function, metabolic disorders, feed intake, feed additives, and growth and development. During his 24 years at Oklahoma State, Fred was Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Animal Science and won the Morrison Award from the American Society of Animal Science. In 1998, Fred retired from Oklahoma State to start a new career with DuPont Specialty Grains that was folded into Pioneer Hi-Bred when DuPont purchased Pioneer. As Senior Ruminant Research Nutritionist at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Fred is involved with developing and testing cereal crops and oilseeds that have been or can be altered to improve both nutrient availability and quality of milk and meat produced by ruminants.