The AAEA Lifetime Achievement Award is designed to honor current and former members of the organization, including those who may be deceased, for outstanding professional and personal achievements and leadership, with specific emphasis on contributions toward improvement of the viability and value of AAEA. This award is reserved for those who have adhered to high standards of professionalism in all aspects of their endeavors.


The AAEA Lifetime Achievement Award is open to all members based on years of professional accomplishments and other criteria as noted below:
  • Years of membership in AAEA;
  • Professional accomplishments/achievement;
  • The member’s contributions and service to agricultural communications through writing, editing, design, photography, etc.;
  • Contribution to and involvement in AAEA;
  • Other criteria as approved.

The AAEA Legacy Committee will select the winner(s) and may, at their discretion, select to honor up to three nominees annually, including at least one deceased member. Contact Legacy Committee Chair Larry Dreiling with questions,, 785-628-1117.

Nominations for 2020 have closed and will open again in Spring 2021.

Congratulations to the 2019 AAEA Lifetime Achievement Winners!


Joann Alumbaugh

For more than 30 years, JoAnn Alumbaugh has been a champion of AAEA and PIF programs.  She is dedicated and passionate and has served on or chaired nearly every committee available.  JoAnn is widely known and respected for her work in the swine industry. In her career, she’s served as the executive director of the National Association of Swine Records, for breed associations, and written for PorkNetwork and


Jim Patrico

Having been awarded the Photographer of the Year award nine times, Jim Patrico’s reputation in AAEA is synonymous with excellence.  Jim has served on the AAEA board of directors, as a committee chair, and PIF trustee.  With his award-winning work and selfless work for the association, he’s left a major impact for generations to come.




Special thanks to CHS for supporting this award! 

Past Award Recipients 

2018 Tom Curl and Lynn Henderson

2017   Paul Queck

2016   Jack Odle and Harlen Persinger

2015   Len Richardson

2014   Del Deterling and Joe Dan Boyd

2013   Jack Pitzer and Wayne Swegle

2012   Earl Manning

2011   John Harvey and Fred Myers

2010   Paul Weller

2009   Bill Fleming, Jim Lilly and Betty Lou Denton

2008   Claude Gifford and Larry Harper (Heritage Award)

2007   Wilson Carnes,  Jim Thomson (Heritage Award), Cordell Tindall (Heritage Award), Charlie Scruggs (Heritage Award) and Bob Rupp

1990   Wheeler McMillen