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Eugene Badger Inducted Into Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame

Eugene Badger Inducted Into Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame

Eugene Badger was born in Hastings, Florida, and grew up on his family’s potato farm. This early connection to agriculture grew into a lifelong commitment to advancing Florida agriculture and advocating on its behalf.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017/Author: Teresa Lee/Number of views (305)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Tribute to Dr. Clayton Yeutter

Tribute to Dr. Clayton Yeutter

By James Patterson, Diplomat, Writer, Speaker, Educator

Yeutter held a law degree and a Ph. D. in agricultural economics from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At Nebraska, Yeutter, in 1950, was inducted in the Fraternity of Alpha Zeta, an agricultural honorary fraternity. 

Photo: U.S. Trade Ambassador Clayton Yeutter (AZ Nebraska) with Agricultural Attache Jim Patterson (AZ Auburn University) at the 1996 National Agricultural Marketing Association meeting San Diego California. Patterson was posted at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City at the time. 
Friday, March 31, 2017/Author: Teresa Lee/Number of views (370)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Richard and Evelyne Rominger Receive UC Davis Medal

Richard and Evelyne Rominger Receive UC Davis Medal

Alumni Richard and Evelyne Rominger, who for decades have played prominent roles in the community and in statewide and national agriculture, have been selected to receive the UC Davis Medal, the highest honor the university presents to an individual.
Thursday, February 2, 2017/Author: Teresa Lee/Number of views (435)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Chris Vitelli Named Superintendent/President of Merced College

Chris Vitelli Named Superintendent/President of Merced College

The Merced Community College District Board of Trustees has announced the selection of Mr. Chris Vitelli as the college’s seventh Superintendent/President.  The Board of Trustees announced the selection by unanimous vote during its meeting on December 13.
Thursday, January 12, 2017/Author: Teresa Lee/Number of views (488)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Tom McKinney Named Purdue University Distinguished Ag Alumni

Tom McKinney Named Purdue University Distinguished Ag Alumni

Purdue AZ alumni Thomas McKinney, President and General Manager of McKinney & McKinney, was named one of Purdue University's 2016 Distinguished Agricultural Alumni.
Thursday, September 1, 2016/Author: Teresa Lee/Number of views (10214)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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The War for Democracy in Ukraine

Alum Jim Patters on Auburn '77 Quoted in Film Publicity

AZ Alum Jim Patterson, Auburn '77, is featured in the publicity for the 2016 film documentary "Breaking Point: The War for Democracy  in Ukraine." An agricultural economist, diplomat and life member of the American Foreign Service Association, Patterson saw the documentary as a guest of the Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington DC. The link for the film is at http://breakingpointfilm.com/ Aside from the quote, Patterson commented the Ukraine was the Bread Basket of Former Soviet Union and Stalin infamously forcibly stole the wheat harvest for years leading to genocide by starvation against. The ongoing war between Russia and the peaceful Ukrainians has disrupted Ukraine's economy and status as a reliable wheat exporter. Disruption has hurts other areas of Ukraine's economy and it will decades to recover. Patterson has appeared to support Ukrainians at events in California (Los Angeles and the Bay Area) and Washington DC.   He plans to produce additional writings on the economic disruptions in Ukraine too support payments from Russia due to its military and economic crimes. He is interested in talking with other AZ members interested in collaborative projects. 
Thursday, August 11, 2016/Author: James Patterson/Number of views (658)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Resume for Graduate School

Write Strong and Expect Success

Friday, July 22, 2016/Author: James Patterson/Number of views (1011)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Who Feeds Us?

Reporting on a Student Activity at George Washington University in DC

AZ alumni James Patterson, (Auburn) a former US agricultural diplomat, recently visited Gelman Library at George Washington University for a research project. He noticed a student activity outside the library. Students were raising money "for those who feed us." Patterson thought students were raising funs for small family farmers or maybe farm workers idled by California drought.  Instead upon closer examination, Patterson noted students were raising money for DC restaurant workers. "They serve us," Patterson told the students, "farmers feed us." Patterson reports it is unclear if students plan another activity to raise money for small farmers.
Friday, April 22, 2016/Author: James Patterson/Number of views (862)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Who Feeds Us?

Reporting on a Student Activity at George Washington University in DC

Friday, April 22, 2016/Author: James Patterson/Number of views (800)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Former Purdue Dean of Agriculture & AZ Alum Vic Lechtenberg Honored

AZ alum Vic Lechtenberg (Nebraska chapter) has received the Order of the Griffin, one of the highest honors bestowed by Purdue University to individuals whose commitment and service to the university go well beyond the call of duty and whose strength and vision have greatly benefited the institution. 

When he retired in March 2015, Lechtenberg was director of the Center for Purdue Regional Development and special assistant to President Mitch Daniels. 

After earning his doctorate at Purdue, Lechtenburg joined the Purdue faculty as crop science professor. He went on to served as dean of agriculture (1993-2004), and vice provost for engagement (2004-11). He twice was called on fill vacancies on an interim basis while searches were underway for provost and vice president for government relations. 

"Lechtenberg served under six Purdue presidents and knows the university and the state of Indiana better than almost anyone," said Purdue Trustee John Hardin, who is also a Farm Foundation Trustee. "I would be hard-pressed to find any Indiana leader more respected and appreciated than is Vic." 
Wednesday, November 4, 2015/Author: Teresa Lee/Number of views (1258)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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