ASA Achievement Awards
**The 2017 Nomination Period is Now Closed**
ASA Honors 2016 Lifetime Achievement Leaders at Annual Banquet
The American Soybean Association (ASA) recognized individuals for their lifetime association and membership developments and top recruiting achievements at the annual ASA Banquet sponsored by the United Soybean Board (USB), DuPont and Monsanto BioAg Inc. on March 4 at Commodity Classic in New Orleans.
ASA honored Johnny Dodson of Halls, Tenn., with the association’s highest award – the ASA Lifetime Achievement Award-Association Focus.
Dodson has been a member of the Tennessee Soybean Association and ASA for nearly 30 years. He’s served on the boards for both associations, and been in all the top leadership positions.
For seven years, starting in 2003, Dodson served on the ASA executive committee and was a vital part of the national leadership team. He served as president of ASA in the 2008-09 term.
During his presidency, Dodson helped ASA successfully lobby for continued funding for a soybean pest monitoring and management network. Under his leadership, ASA was out front on climate change discussions at a time when the issue first started generating increased public attention. Also highlighting Dodson’s term as president was continuing to strengthen ASA’s leadership in the area of agriculture biotechnology and market access for U.S. soybeans.
Dodson has always channeled his efforts toward serving and protecting the interests of U.S. soybean farmers – and has done so with great success.
ASA presented Jack Trumbo of Simpsonville, Ky., with the ASA Lifetime Achievement Award-Membership Focus.
Trumbo has served the soybean industry at the state and national levels. He has held multiple leadership positions on the Kentucky Soybean Association board, and has been a top recruiter for Kentucky and the American Soybean Association.
As an ASA director, Trumbo served on committees for membership, public affairs, and trade policy. And for many years he has been involved with ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program.
Over the past 15 years, Trumbo has more than 300 membership recruits to his name. And some of his recruits have gone on to serve on the Kentucky Soybean Association board.
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.Click here for a print version of the
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2017 ASA Achievement Award Program nomination Form
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 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.
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
|2016||Award Not Presented|
|2015||Dr. Jim Specht. Lincoln, Neb.|
|2014||Award Not Presented|
|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.
|2016||Jack Trumbo, Simpsonville, Ky.|
|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
|2016||Johnny Dodson, Halls, Tenn.|
|2015||Award Not Presented|
|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