Honorary Recognition and Distinguished Service Award Banquet – Oct. 23

The 2008 CALS Honorary Recognition and Distinguished Service Awards will be presented Oct. 23 at the Honorary Recognition Banquet and Reception held in Memorial Union Great Hall, with a reception to meet past and current honorees at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. To register go online to or download the 2008 Honorary Recognition Flyer and registration form. Questions can be directed the CALS Conference Office at

This year’s Honorary Recognition Awards go to James Behnke, Linda Bochert, Pete Giacomini and Richard Renk. The 2008 CALS Distinguished Service Award goes to Emeritus Professor Robert Cropp of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

James Behnke, Incline Village, Nev., retired as the Senior Vice President of Technology at The Pillsbury Company. He is an alumni of the U.W.-Madison Food Science Department.

Linda Bochert, Madison, served for eleven years in top management at DNR, she spent two years running the Attorney General’s environmental unit, and has been a partner in the environmental law practice at Michael Best & Friedrich for 17 years.

Pete Giacomini, Verona, graduated from the U.W.-Madison Department of Dairy Science and is the Chief Operating Officer of AgSource Cooperative Services.

Richard Renk, Sun Prairie is a graduate of the Meat and Animal Science Department at U.W.-Madison
and has worked for the Renk Seed Company since 1961, holding most of the executive posts and currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

Robert Cropp is a graduate of U.W. Platteville and U.W.-Madison in Agricultural Economics. He served the U.W. Platteville as Professor of Agricultural Economics and Dean. During his tenure in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department on the Madison campus he also served as Director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives.