Awards Presented by ISU Agriculture Honor Society

April 4th, 2007

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture, presented awards April 3 to College of Agriculture faculty and an alumnus.

Allen Trenkle, emeritus Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, received the Distinguished Achievement and Service to Agriculture Award. The award recognizes exemplary achievements and contributions to agriculture. Trenkle recently retired from Iowa State after 45 years as an animal science professor. He was a member of Gamma Sigma Delta for more than 40 years.

Alumnus Craig Lang, Iowa Farm Bureau president, received the Alumni Award of Merit. Lang earned a bachelor's degree in dairy science in 1973 and operates a dairy farm with his father and brother. The award is given to alumni who have contributed to the agriculture industry in exceptional ways.

Four Mission Awards were presented, which recognize faculty in the College of Agriculture who have made exceptional contributions in helping Iowa State achieve its mission in the areas of extension, teaching and research. Gail Nonnecke, horticulture professor, was presented the Teaching Mission Award; Dan Loy, animal science professor, was presented the Extension Mission Award; Herbert Fromm, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, was presented the Research Mission Award; and Max Rothschild, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, was presented the International Mission Award.

The Gamma Sigma Delta chapter at Iowa State is celebrating its centennial this year. The organization began as a professional agricultural fraternity called Delta Theta Sigma at The Ohio State University in 1905. Its purpose is to encourage a high degree of excellence in the practice of agricultural pursuits and high standards of scholarship in all areas of agricultural science and education.


Robert Martin, Agricultural Education and Studies, (515) 294-0896,
Ed Adcock, Communications Service, (515) 294-5616