W.D. Farr Scholarship

2017 W.D. Farr Scholarship Winners 

Pictured L-R: R.D. Farr (W.D. Farr’s grandson), Dustin Aherin (2017 Winner), Linda Davis (W.D. Scholarship Committee Chair),
Arquimides Reyes (2017 Winner), and, Bill Farr (W.D. Farr’s son)

Dustin Aherin is a Ph.D. student in the beef systems management program at Kansas State University. Aherin’s agricultural roles started at a young age through involvement in 4-H and FFA. He served as an officer of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association, and was on the Allen Community College five-year Strategic Planning Committee. In 2016 he was accepted into the Kansas Livestock Association’s Young Stockman’s Academy. An active member of the American Gelbvieh Association, Aherin and his brother own a small Gelbvieh/Balancer herd, in cooperation with Eagle Pass Ranch of Highmore, S.D.

With undergraduate degrees from KSU, the goal of Aherin’s Ph.D. is to develop a beef systems model encompassing the industry from cow-calf to cattle feeding, with the capability of conducting “what-if” analysis based on differences in technology, management and government policy.


Arquimides Reyes, is a Ph.D. student in animal science at Colorado State University. Reyes also began his involvement in the cattle industry early, as he grew up on a small dairy and beef farm in El Salvador. After coming to the United States he became involved in FFA, which fueled a desire for an in-depth understanding of how the beef industry operates. He has since earned an undergraduate degree in animal science with a minor in agriculture-economics from Texas A&M University, followed by a master of science degree in animal science from Angelo State University.

A member of the Texas A&M Corp of Cadets, Reyes served four years in leadership positions, at one point overseeing nine staff and more than 2,400 cadets in training and leadership development. He has also worked with producers and consumers as a meat sales representative in Texas. 

Please check back in August 2019 for information regarding the 2019 applications!