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Source: American Agri-Women news release sent via AgPR--the news distribution service for agriculture

American Agri-Women (AAW) presented Richard Ulrich with its VERITAS award at the 38th annual convention, held recently in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Ulrich is the senior advisor on industry engagement at the Canadian Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

American Agri-Women is a national grassroots coalition of more than 50 agriculture, natural resources and agri-business affiliates promoting the welfare of our national security through a safe and reliable food, fiber and mineral supply.

Its VERITAS award is the highest award given to a non-member. It is given annually to a person who has given public witness to "the pursuit of truth" in accordance with the principles enunciated in the AAW statement of philosophy, "The Call to Power."??

Ulrich has been a long-time supporter of women in agriculture. As a Canadian diplomat based at the Consulate General for Canada in Minneapolis, Minn. he participated in the 2007 Women's Agricultural Leaders Conference, sponsored by the Minnesota Agri-Woman.

There, he began the efforts to link American and Canadian women in agriculture, which culminated with this year's convention, the first-ever joint meeting with Canadian ag women.

Ulrich has had a long career in public service in support of agriculture. Ulrich's previous positions include former Canadian diplomat to the U.S. and South Korea; executive director of the International Grains Council Conference; and agriculture and food international trade policy and market development specialist. Ulrich grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and continues to manage the farm.

Ulrich shared these comments in his acceptance speech:

"I commend AAW for its undertakings. Whether in policy development or leading in educating the public or in mentoring youth, AAW is a shining example of what dedicated people united to a cause can achieve. You have been an inspiration to me and there is always, always a little bit of you in me whenever I speak to agriculture issues or when asked about who influenced me."

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