Congratulating John Schouten

Floor Speech

Date: July 29, 2021
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. NUNES. Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate John Schouten on his retirement as Chief Executive Officer of World Wide Sires, an international bovine genetics company in Visalia, California. John retires after thirty-five years at World Wide Sires and twenty years as its CEO.

Despite joining World Wide Sires with little international experience, John rigorously applied himself, forging relationships that allowed U.S. genetics to enter countless parts of the world and support dairy farmers globally. As CEO, John continuously pursued the latest technological innovations that made World Wide Sires an international leader in the bovine genetics industry.

In addition to pioneering World Wide Sires' success, John has been a leader for the whole industry. He served numerous times as Chairman of the National Association of Animal Breeders International Marketing Committee and worked closely with USDA Foreign Agriculture Service staff in various countries to develop more direct pathways for importing U.S. genetics. Under John's leadership, World Wide Sires' export business has grown more than 500 percent, expanding the company's genetics and support services to over 75 countries.

As a dairyman, I am grateful for John's considerable contributions to the global bovine genetics industry and helping American cattle farmers receive access to foreign markets. I wish John all the best in his retirement.