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Rick Brandenburg (BS ’77) receives Purdue Agriculture’s top award

Nine Purdue University College of Agriculture alumni will receive the college’s highest honor, the Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award, at a ceremont Friday (March 1) on campus.

The annual award honors mid-career Purdue Agriculture graduates who have made significant contributions to their profession or society in general and have a record of outstanding accomplishments.

The award will be presented during a convocation at 3:30 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom.  A 2:30 p.m. reception, open to the public, will precede the ceremony.

“These nine people are terrific representatives of what we do so well – prepare students to make a difference,” said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture.  “They are businesspeople, farmers, scientists and entrepreneurs working in both the public and private sectors – and they are all leaders.  We take great pride in our alumni, and these are nine of our best.”

The 2013 recipient from Entomology is Rick L. Brandenburg (BS ’77), the William Neal Reynolds Professor of Distinction in the Department of Entomology at North
Carolina State University, Raleigh.  Brandenburg is co-director of the Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education and is an internationally
recognized authority on insect pest management in turf and peanuts.  He recently joined an international project to improve the agricultural infrastructure in
Liberia and is working to develop projects to address diet and nutrition problems in West Africa.