Past Recipients

The AFA Leader in Agriculture Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the food and agriculture industry through their leadership and support of education and rural development. Past AFA Leader in Agriculture Award winners include:


Year

 

 Recipients

2016  

Russ Weathers
CEO
Agriculture Future of America

 2015  


Kenneth Quinn
President
World Food Prize

Kip Tom
Managing Member
Tom Farms, LLC

 2014   


Dan Dye

CEO
Ardent Mills

Bruce Rastetter
CEO
Summit Group

2013   
Vanessa Kummer 
Farmer & Immediate Past Chair
United Soybean Board

Bob Stallman
Farmer & President
American Farm Bureau Federation 

2012
 
Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh

Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics
Kansas State University

Howard G. Buffett
Farmer & President
Howard G. Buffett Foundation

2011
 
Paul F. Engler

Founder & Chairman Emeritus
Cactus Feeders Inc.
Amarillo, Texas

Sara R. Wyant
President
Agri-Pulse Communications Inc.

2010


Dr. Lowell B. Catlett

Regent’s Professor, Dean & Chief Administrative Officer
College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences
New Mexico State University

Patrick Gottsch
Founder
RFD-TV & Rural Media Group

2009


Carl M. Casale

Executive Vice President and CFO
Monsanto Company

Christopher S. "Kit" Bond
United States Senator, Missouri

2008


Nancy Pellett

Former Chairman and CEO
Farm Credit Administration (FCA)

Dr. Jon Wefald
President
Kansas State University

2007


Loren Kruse

Editor-in-Chief
Successful Farming

Don Schriver
Executive Vice President
Dairy Farmers of America

 2006


Marilyn Adams

President
Farm Safety 4 Just Kids

Clayton Yeutter
Counsel
Hogan & Hartson, LLP

 2005


Jan Lyons

Past President
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Elroy Webster
Past President
CHS, Inc.

2004


Charles E. Kruse

Agriculture Producer
President
Missouri Farm Bureau

Warren E. Staley
Chairman and CEO
Cargill, Inc.

2003


Ann Dickinson

Chairman
Dickinson Financial Corporation

Pat Roberts
United States Senator, Kansas

2002


Dr. Norman E. Borlaug

Texas A&M University
1970 Nobel Peace Prize recipient

Morton Sosland
Chairman
Sosland Publishing Company

2001


Dan Glickman

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Department of Agriculture

Orion Samuelson
Agricultural Services Director
Tribune Radio Networks – WGN Radio

2000     
 
Michael Braude
President and CEO (retired)
Kansas City Board of Trade

H.D. “Harry” Cleberg
President and CEO (retired)
Farmland Industries, Inc.