ISU College of Agriculture Awards Presented Oct. 17

October 20th, 2003

AMES, Iowa — Two Iowa State University College of Agriculture graduates who have made important contributions to the agriculture industry were honored Oct. 17 as part of an ISU Alumni Association awards ceremony. Both awards are given annually by the Iowa State College of Agriculture.

The recipient of the 2003 Floyd Andre Award was James Penney. The award honors an Iowa State alum who has made an outstanding contribution to production agriculture, agricultural business or is in a position to have a significant influence on Iowa agriculture.

Penney has been a leader in Iowa agriculture for many years. He is general manager of the Heart of Iowa Cooperative in Roland. Penney graduated from Iowa State in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in farm operations, and earned a master's degree in agronomy in 1979.

In the 1980s, he was one of a small group of input suppliers who saw a need to provide pest management expertise to farmers. He worked with ISU Extension Integrated Pest Management to establish these specialty services at Heart of Iowa Cooperative. Penney is past-president of the Agribusiness Association of Iowa. He has served eight years on the board of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and was recently named board chairman.

The 2003 Henry A. Wallace Award was presented to retired professor Wesley Buchele. The Wallace Award honors an Iowa State alum who has made an outstanding contribution to national or international agricultural writing, teaching, research or leadership.

Buchele is known internationally for his many contributions to the agricultural engineering profession. He was instrumental in the development and widespread adoption of ridge-till farming, which slows erosion and reduces pesticide use. Buchele contributed to the development of large round hay balers, the development of rollover protective devices for tractors as well as several machinery safety features.

He holds nearly 25 patents for his inventions and supervised graduate students who received another 10 patents for equipment innovations that have made farming safer and more efficient.

Buchele received a doctorate from Iowa State in 1954, with a double major in agricultural engineering and soil physics, after earning a bachelor's degree at Kansas State University and a master's at the University of Arkansas. He spent two years as an assistant professor at Iowa State before moving to Michigan State University. He returned to Iowa State in 1963 and retired in 1989.

Contacts: 

Susan Thompson, Communications Service, (515) 294-0705, sander@iastate.edu

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