Richard Daluge, Director and Assistant Dean of the UW-Madison’s Farm and Industry Short Course, was presented the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s “Distinguished Service to Agriculture” award at the organization’s 88th annual meeting earlier this week. The Farm Bureau’s “Distinguished Service to Agriculture” award is the highest individual honor in recognition of service to Wisconsin agriculture.
“He has certainly committed his life to making sure that young people going into production agriculture are well equipped,” said Bill Bruins, Wisconsin Farm Bureau President. “Throughout his career he has opened many doors to opportunity in agriculture for people across the state.”
Daluge is the longest serving Short Course director in UW History. He also serves as the secretary-treasurer of Wisconsin Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Association, which he grew from 200 members to nearly 2,000 members.
Born and raised on a Rock County dairy farm near Janesville, he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Ag Education from the UW-Madison in 1971. He first worked as a 4-H agent in Buffalo County in the early 1970s, before being named Assistant to the Dean and Director of Career Services for CALS. He later received a Master’s of Science in Ag Extension and a PhD in Adult Education from the UW-Madison. He was selected to his current post with Short Course in 1983.
Daluge is Vice President of the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program Board of Directors. He also serves on the Wisconsin FFA Sponsors Board and as an advisor for the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He is a member of the Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ and the Madison West Lions Club, of which he is a past president. He was also a board member of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.
Among the other awards he has accumulated are the Spirit Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association, Man of the Century Award from the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, Volunteer of the Year (Ruth Gordon Award) from the Madison Area Service Clubs Council, as well as honorary State and American FFA Degrees.
Daluge and his wife, Peggy, have two children and two grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys downhill skiing, traveling, playing the piano and participating in his church choir.