Iowa Congressman Tom Latham Receives Champion of Agronomy Award


Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University, presents the Champion of Agronomy Award to Congressman Tom Latham in Washington DC on March 9. Delate, a member of the American Society of Agronomy Board of Directors, was joined by fellow board members (left to right) Dick Gebhart, U.S. Army; Mark Alley, Virginia Tech, and Tom Bruulsema, International Plant Nutrition Institute.


The American Society of Agronomy on March 9 presented its 2010 Champion of Agronomy Award to Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA-4th).

Agriculture has always been a very important part of Congressman Latham’s life.  He grew up near the small farming community of Alexander, Iowa, and later served as co-owner of Latham Seed Co.

“It is a great honor to present the American Society of Agronomy’s 2010 Champion of Agriculture Award to Representative Tom Latham,” said ASA Board of Directors Representative Dr. Kathleen Delate of Iowa State University. “As a farmer, Congressman Latham knows the importance of conservation to ensure the long-term productivity of our agricultural lands.”

This is the first year of the Champion of Agronomy Award and Congressman Latham is the inaugural recipient.

“The American Society of Agronomy provides an important forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas among scientists studying agriculture worldwide,” said Congressman Latham upon receiving the award. “We must continue to make advances in agricultural science and conservation so America’s farmers and ranchers will continue to be able to provide the food, feed, fiber, and fuel crops that we depend on. We’ve taken great strides in this arena in the last several decades, and I know that the coming years will bring even more progress. This is critical work, and I look forward to our continued partnership. I am honored to accept this award.”

We are so proud of Tom and his continued support of the agriculture industry. Congratulations on your honor!

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