ASA Achievement Awards
ASA Honors Lifetime Leader, Top Recruiter at Commodity Classic Banquet
The American Soybean Association (ASA) recognized individuals for their meritorious service, lifetime membership development and top recruiting achievement at the annual ASA Banquet during the 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix.
ASA presented Dr. Jim Specht, emeritus professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with the Special Meritorious Service Award. The Special Meritorious Service Award honors individuals who served the soybean industry above and beyond the ordinary and devoted a major portion of their career to the soybean industry in any field.
Specht’s work led to major advancements in the soybean industry, including findings that an earlier planting date was crucial to achieving higher soybean yields. He was instrumental in DNA sequencing for generating higher seed yields and a leader in water management research and soybean yield response.ASA presented Dr. Jim Specht, emeritus professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with the Special Meritorious Service Award. The Special Meritorious Service Award honors individuals who served the soybean industry above and beyond the ordinary and devoted a major portion of their career to the soybean industry in any field.
ASA presented Harvey Morken, of Casselton, N.D., with the Lifetime Achievement Award – Membership Focus. The award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding leadership and dedication to ASA and helped further the interests of soybean farmers.
Morken’s hard work helped the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association increase membership enough to receive a second national director on the ASA Board for 2015. He is a dedicated membership recruiter who strives to learn more about the important issues and engages farmers in conversation, underscoring the importance of having a state and national soybean association working on policy issues on their behalf.
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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.
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 Lifetime Achievement Awards at Commodity Classic Banquet in San Antonio
The American Soybean Association (ASA) recognized two leaders with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual ASA Banquet at Commodity Classic at the end of February 2014.
The award honors individuals who have provided outstanding leadership and dedication to ASA and helped further the interests of soybean farmers.
Dave Drennan from Chesterfield, Mo. was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award – Membership Focus. Drennan started his career with ASA in 1975 as newsletter editor. He was named interim Field Services Director at age 24. Dave was ASA’s first Membership Manager in 1979 to spearhead ASA’s membership efforts. In that year, ASA’s membership increased eight percent and more than 1,400 members from the previous year.
Drennan was also recognized as the number one ASA Regional Manager for membership recruitment in 1980 from ASA’s 11 regions.
David Womack from Shelbyville, Tenn. was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award – Association Focus.
Womack has been involved in the state and national soybean organizations for more than 30 years. Womack held leadership positions in ASA, was a founding member of the United Soybean Board (USB) and the last president of the American Soybean Development Foundation.
“In my opinion, you couldn’t find a more deserving and qualified individual who has committed more than Mr. Womack to serving the Tennessee and American soybean associations and to improving the standing of soybean producers everywhere,” said Julius Johnson, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Agriculture in his letter of recommendation for Womack.
Womack also served on the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), Tennessee Soybean Association (TSA) and Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board (TSPB).
Special Meritorious Service
|2015||Dr. Jim Specht. Lincoln, Neb.|
|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.
|2015||Harvey Morken, Casselton, N.D.|
|2014||Dave Drennan, Chesterfield, Mo.|
|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
|2014||David Womack, Shelbyville, Tenn.|
|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