Honor your stakeholders: Nominate for CALS Distinguished Alumni award by June 2

2013 Honorary Recognition Award Recipients Roger Blobaum, an agricultural consultant, has been a leader in organic farming research, education, advocacy, and policymaking since the early 1970s.  He has served on boards of more than 30 regional, national, and international organic and sustainable agriculture organizations, including Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). Pam Jahnke is known to many as the voice of agriculture in Wisconsin. She was president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) and is currently the Farm Director of Wisconsin Farm Report Radio. Her enthusiasm for agriculture is contagious with community members of all ages. John Ruedinger is an accomplished dairy farmer and cooperative leader who was an early innovator in the expansion of the family dairy operation. A fire that destroyed much of his family farm over a decade ago made John and his wife, Karen, question their willingness to continue farming. Instead of throwing in the towel, they rebuilt the farm to be even bigger and better. Allan Schultz is the Vice President of VP Holdings Corporation and Vita Plus Corporation. Raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Al found his passion and came to the UW-Madison to receive a bachelor of science in 1972, a master of science in 1974 and a PhD in 1991 in dairy science. Al is a dedicated and visionary leader, and a great supporter of the college. 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Henry Fribourg is an emeritus professor of Crop Ecology at the University of Tennessee where he worked since 1956. He received his bachelor of science degree in Agronomy and Soil Science from the UW-Madison in 1949 and went on to receive a master of science from Cornell University and a PhD from Iowa State University. Since then, he has traveled the world and mastered several languages while spreading his knowledge about forage management, crop ecology and agricultural climatology. 2013 Distinguished Service Award Recipient Warren ?Buck? Gabelman came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison from Yale in 1949 and began the CALS hybrid vegetable breeding program. He developed and released over 75 vegetable inbreds, hybrids or cultivars, and virtually every consumer of table beets, processing carrots or long-storage onions in North or South American, Europe, Japan or Australia has benefited from germplasm from his program.  He has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work as an excellent vegetable breeder and prolific teacher.We’ve extended the deadline for nominations of Distinguished Alumni. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a CALS alumna or alumnus in Wisconsin or beyond with a career of outstanding achievement through extraordinary contributions to one’s chosen field or an exemplary record of public service.

The award will be presented at the college’s annual Honorary Recognition event on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Union South. Please send your nomination packets to by Monday, June 2.

For more information and a nomination form, click here.

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