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National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) reports:

National Corn Growers Association Chief Executive Officer Rick Tolman this week will receive Purdue University College of Agriculture's highest honor for achievement, the Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award.

Tolman is one of 11 alumni to receive the 2014 award, which recognizes Purdue Agriculture alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments, made significant contributions to their professions or to society in general, and exhibit high potential for future professional growth. In 2012, he was awarded the Certificate of Distinction from the Purdue Ag Alumni Association.

"Everyone at NCGA is extremely proud of Rick," said NCGA President Martin Barbre. "He is a proven, visionary leader who has taken our association to new levels of success and has done great work not only for our growers, but for all of American agriculture in a long career of service. This award is very deserved."

Tolman joined NCGA in September 2000. He previously served as executive director for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products worldwide.

Tolman also has chaired the Chairman's Advisory Committee of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, which he helped found in 2010, and has served on the USDA Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee for grains and oilseeds. In addition to his Purdue awards, Tolman was recognized as the 2008 Agribusiness Leader of the Year by the National Agri-Marketing Association.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Tolman received his master's degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University. He and his wife, Linda, have five children and reside in Ballwin, Mo.

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