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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-628-1117.
Nominations for 2020 have closed and will open again in Spring 2021.
Congratulations to the 2019 AAEA Lifetime Achievement Winners!
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 Farms.com.
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
2017 Paul Queck
2016 Jack Odle and Harlen Persinger
2015 Len Richardson
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