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Robert Cowan

2001 Volunteer Recognition Award
Left to Right: Glenn Carter, Robert Cowan, Lois Cowan, Darwin Braund

Left to Right: Glenn Carter, Robert Cowan, Lois Cowan, Darwin Braund

Robert Cowan, professor emeritus of animal nutrition, received the first Volunteer Recognition Award from the Pasto Agricultural Museum in June 2001. In 1998, Cowan donated a rare, 1905 stationary hay press to the museum. Powered by horses or mules, the machine was used by Cowan's father to bale loose hay into rectangular blocks weighing roughly 100 pounds. Cowan, his three sons, two daughters and eleven grandchildren demonstrated the press during Ag Progress Days in 2000 using their own mule.