ASA Achievement Awards

Do you know a grower or someone who has made a significant impact to the American Soybean Association and/or the U.S. soybean Industry? The American Soybean Association Lifetime Achievement Awards are a nice way to thank them for their contributions.

ASA presents the following achievement awards:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Membership
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Association
  • Special Meritorious Service Award

Eligibility for the Membership and Association Lifetime Achievement Awards is open to any former ASA Board of Director who has been off the board for at least three years. Eligibility for the Special Meritorious Service Award is open to any individual who has devoted a major portion of his/her career to the soybean industry.

Nominate Someone to Receive an ASA Achievement Award

 

Lifetime Achievement Award – Membership

The Lifetime Achievement Award with a membership focus honors individuals who have devoted their sustaining commitment to strengthening ASA membership through avid recruitment, board involvement or state affiliation. NOTE: current members of the ASA Board of Directors are not eligible for this award. Former ASA board members must be off the ASA Board for at least three years.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Association

The Lifetime Achievement Award with an association focus honors individuals who have through many years of service, exemplified truly outstanding leadership through unselfish dedication to the American Soybean Association and the soybean industry. Persons involved in soybean farming and/or soybean association related functions are eligible for this award. NOTE: current members of the ASA Board of Directors are not eligible for this award. Former ASA board members must be off the ASA Board for at least three years.

Special Meritorious Service Award

The Special Meritorious Service Award honors individuals who have served the soybean industry above and beyond the ordinary. This award may be presented to an individual who has devoted a major portion of his/her career to the soybean industry in any field.

ASA Presents Top Awards at Banquet During Commodity Classic

Close to 900 ASA members and supporters from across the country gathered at the ASA Awards Banquet on March 1 at Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla.

The ASA Lifetime Achievement Award-Membership Focus was presented to Illinois farmer Kent Hodel, who has worked part-time for the Illinois Soybean Association for more than two decades doing outreach and education.

Kent Hodel award

ASA President Danny Murphy (left) and ASA Lifetime Achievement Award-Membership Focus winner Kent Hodel. (ASA photo by Jim Spelios)

The ASA Lifetime Achievement Award-Association Focus was presented to South Dakota farmer Bob Metz, an ASA past-President (2005-06) whose contributions to his state soybean association and ASA have been far-reaching and significant.

Bob Metz award

ASA President Danny Murphy (left) and Lifetime Achievement Award-Association winner Bob Metz.
(ASA photos by Jim Spelios)

The ASA Special Meritorious Service Award was presented to Lyle Roberts, retired CEO of the Illinois Soybean Association. Roberts was part of Illinois agriculture for 40 years, helped create ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, and founded the Council on Food and Agricultural Research.

Lyle Roberts award

ASA President Danny Murphy (left) and Special Meritorious Award winner Lyle Roberts. (ASA photo by Jim Spelios)

Special Meritorious Service
2013 Lyle Roberts, Hopedale, Ill.
2012 Phil Bradshaw, Griggsville, Ill.
2011 Walter Fehr, Iowa State University
2010 Neil Strong, Syngenta
2009 Dr. Bhima R. Vijayendran, Columbus, Ohio.
2008 Dr. Ann Dorrance, Wooster, Ohio.
2007 Keith Reinholt, Reese, Mich.
2006 Keith Smith, Farmington, Mo.
2005 Blanche Lincoln, U.S. Senate, D-Ark.
2004  Charles E. Grassley, U.S. Senate, R-Iowa
2003  David Haggard, Steele, Mo.
2002  Allen Johnson, Office of the US Trade Representative
2001  Dave Younkman, Columbus, Ohio
2000  James D. Thrift, Parsippany, N.J.
1999  Dr. Ken Bader, St. Louis, Mo.
1998  James F. Wilder, Raleigh, N.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Smith, Petersburg, Mich.
Lifetime Achievement-Membership
2013 Kent Hodel, Bloomington, Ill.
2012 C.W. Gaffner, Greenville, Ill.
2011 Gary Appel, Enfield, Ill.
2010 Robert Nelsen, Westbrook, Minn.
2009 Gerry Hayden, Calhoun, Ky.
2008 Homer C. Ferguson, Oskaloosa, Iowa
2007 Roger Hadley II, Woodburn, Ind.
2006 Jimmy Vaden Barbour, Friendship, Tenn.
2005 Don Louwagie, Marshall, Minn.
2004 Earl Brandt, Sumner, Iowa
2003 Lorraine Birschbach, Malone, Wis.
2002 John Eckert, Jackson, Minn.
2000 Mark Berg, Tripp, S.D.
1999 Norbert Pilotte, Monticello, Ind.
1998 Don Korte, Canton, Mich.
Patrick Delanty, Charter Oak, Iowa
Lifetime Achievement-Association Focus
2013 Bob Metz, Browns Valley, SD
2012 Bart Ruth, Rising City, Neb.
2011 Ron Heck, Perry, Iowa
2010 Al Ambrose, CHS Incorporated
2009 Darryl Brinkmann, Carlyle, Ill.
2008 John R. McClendon, Marianna, Ark.
2007 Dr. John Henderson, Auburn, Ala.
2006 John F. Long, Newberry, S.C.
2005 Dwain Ford, Kinmundy, Ill.
2004 Mike Yost, Murdock, Minn.
2003 Harold Phillips, Stevenson, Ala.
2002 David Erickson, Altona, Ill.
2001 Richard A. McWard, Bunge Corporation
2000 Raymond Heck, Urbandale, Iowa
Grant Putman, Williamston, Mich.
1999 Dale Darling, Wilmington, Del.
Gary Riedel, Centralia, Mo.
Robert Utz, New Washington, Ohio
1998 Vivian Evans, Montevideo, Minn.
Lifetime Achievement (1996-97)
1998 Stephen M. Yoder, Altha, Fla.
Karl Sera Hidesuke, Japan
1999 Dr. James Orf, University of Minnesota
William Silver, Williamsport, Ind.
Ron Schildroth, Grundy Center, Iowa