Liz Henry ’83 announced as a CALS Honorary Recognition Recipient

Liz Henry, ’83 who graduated with a meat and animal science degree was announced this week as a 2022 Honorary Recognition award recipient by the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS).

This award is the highest honor bestowed by the college. The Honorary Recognition Award, now in its 112th year, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their professions, their communities and the university.

Henry has leveraged her UW–Madison experiences to contribute to the agricultural community at every opportunity. Her degree in meat and animal science paired with a Master of Business Administration provided a strong foundation for her efforts to elevate the agribusiness industry in Wisconsin. She served as a Farm and Industry Short Course housefellow, Alice in Dairyland, CALS instructor and advisor and in various leadership positions in ag-related businesses while growing the family businesses, Henry Farms, and Henry Farms Prairie Spirits (J Henry & Sons). In 2005, Henry became the associate director of the university’s Renk Agribusiness Institute, where she developed the Renk Scholarship Program, revived the Ag Business Management Club and assumed leadership of the annual Agricultural Outlook Forum. Her proudest achievement was establishing the undergraduate Certificate in Business Management for Agricultural and Life Sciences in collaboration with the Department of Life Sciences Communications and the Wisconsin School of Business. Through her volunteer leadership Henry gives back to her community, to agriculture and to UW–Madison. She has served as president of the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association board, president of Demeter, and member of the college’s Board of Visitors.

Henry and the other recipients will be presented their awards at the CALS Honorary Recognition Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Union South. For more information and to register for the event, visit