CROPLIFE AMERICA ANNOUNCES ITS AWARD WINNERS
Sep. 26, 2013
CropLife America reports:
Lea S. Hitchner Service Award
The Lea S. Hitchner Award honors one individual whose outstanding contributions to the crop protection industry and association activities embody the spirit of the first and longest-serving CLA President, Lea S. Hitchner. It is CLA's top annual award.
The Lea S. Hitchner Service Award was given this year to two individuals: Peg Cherny, who recently retired after more than 35 years at Bayer CropScience; and Bill Mahlburg, former director of government affairs for Nufarm Americas, Inc. and current president of RegVantage Strategies. Both Peg and Bill are long-time leaders in our industry, and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence, particularly in the realm of government affairs. Congratulations to both Peg and Bill for their years of hard work!
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors a member of the industry who has made major contributions over the years and will be honored in their retirement.
I was pleased to give this award to two of my friends and colleagues in the CropLife family: Carlos Buzio, past president of CropLife Latin America; and Lorne Hepworth, president and CEO of CropLife Canada. Carlos very recently retired from his position as president of CropLife Latin America, a role that he filled in 2009. Prior to his presidency at CropLife Latin America, he spent 26 years with Monsanto Company. He also chaired CropLife Latin America's board of directors from 2000 through 2002. Lorne assumed the role of president of CropLife Canada in 1997 and plans to retire on February 28, 2014. A veterinarian by profession, Lorne also spent nine years as a member of Saskatchewan's Legislative Assembly, during which time he served as Minister of Agriculture, and in several other ministries.
The Workhorse Award recognizes one or more individuals who, over the course of many years, have shown dedicated service to the crop protection industry and CLA, working hard and diligently to promote both, and often assuming extra duties. These individuals have demonstrated significant and progressive contributions that support the recognition of the crop protection industry as serving a key role in the production of a safe, affordable and abundant food supply for U.S. consumers.
The Workhorse Award was given to three individuals this year. The first recipient was Iain Kelly, product safety manager at Bayer CropScience. Iain is also the chair of CropLife America's Pollinator Issue Management Team, and was instrumental in the team's creation and membership.
The next recipient of the Workhorse Award was Patrick Havens, research leader at Dow AgroSciences and vice chair of CLA's Environmental Exposure Work Group.
The final recipient of the Workhorse Award was John Cummings, North America registration and regulatory affairs manager for FMC Corporation. John has played an integral role at FMC for more than six years, and worked tirelessly to develop relationships that the company has with government agencies in Washington.
Presidential Path to Leadership Award
The Presidential Path to Leadership program encourages and thanks CLA leaders who have shown exemplary service as voluntary chairs of one or more of our work groups, issue management teams or committees. The dedication and commitment of each chairperson is recognized and rewarded by the sequential achievement of advancing Presidential Chair status. The Chairs are named for four of our nation's presidents who most epitomize great leadership and dedication to land stewardship, and who were instrumental in promoting agriculture and conservation in our country: Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.
Roosevelt Award (Those who have served one full, aggregate term leading a committee or IMT.)
*Tim Donnelly, Law Committee, AMVAC Chemical Corporation
*Nick Poletika, Clean Water Issues Management Team, Dow AgroSciences
*Joe Wisk, Eco-Toxicology Work Group, BASF Corporation
Jefferson Award (Those who have served three full, aggregate term leading a committee or IMT.)
*Russell Jones, Environmental Risk Assessment Committee, Bayer CropScience
*Jack Cain, Registration Committee, DuPont Crop Protection
State Legislator Award
The State Legislator Award honors an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the area of state legislative issues and promotes initiatives that preserve, protect and advance the ability of farmers to provide a safe, affordable and abundant food supply to America. This state legislator will have contributed significantly and performed outstanding service by developing and implementing methods to strengthen and improve the crop protection industry's reputation.
This year's State Legislator Award was presented to Pennsylvania Senator Mike Brubaker and Iowa State Representative Annette Sweeney.
Urbanowski Grassroots Award
The Urbanowski Grassroots Award is presented to allies who work to promote our industry within communities and through grassroots activities and is named in honor of Richard L. Urbanowski, who served as Chairman of CLA from 1993 through 1995.
Heather Hansen, executive director of Washington Friends of Farms & Forests, was this year's recipient of the Urbanowski Grassroots Award. WFFF is one of CLA's state partners, and Heather is one of our strong allies on the West Coast.
Agriculture Ambassador Award
The Agriculture Ambassador Award honors a member of the media or allied organization who has made a major contribution to the education of the public about crop protection products and their contribution to a safe, affordable and abundant food supply. The award is intended to be an expression of appreciation from the association and the industry for these outstanding leaders who have provided complete, accurate and unbiased information to our society about our products. As a result of attending the CLA Annual Meeting and interacting with members, the honoree will further develop his or her own knowledge of the field and will expand his or her network of expert contacts.
The Agriculture Ambassador Award this year was given to Bill Angstadt, executive secretary of the Delaware Maryland Agribusiness Association.
The Chairman's Award honors one or more individuals within the CLA staff for his or her exceptional service to member companies, the industry and the association. This recognition is reserved for exceptional dedication to one's position, and leadership within the association.
Dr. Michael Leggett was the first recipient of a Chairman's Award this year. Mike is the senior director of environmental policy for CLA, and plays a vital role in our science and regulatory affairs department. He continues to build and improve the association's relationships with outside agencies and strengthen our reputation as an organization that strives to be scientific and transparent.
The second recipient of a Chairman's Award was Mary Emma Young, CLA's director of communications and marketing. Mary Emma is instrumental in developing effective, modern solutions for communicating our industry's most important issues.