Edward M. Barnes, Sylvia Schonauer 2016-10-25 00:30:41
The importance of giving back to ASABE The ASABE Foundation supports the efforts of the Society in several ways, including numerous awards. In 2016, the Sukup Global Food Security Award was added as a major endowed award to “recognize enhancement of food security by innovative engineering or the application of engineering in the production and distribution of food, including the storage and handling of grains, oilseeds, and other food products.” The award was made possible by the generous endowment of Sukup Manufacturing Co. ASABE Fellow Charles Sukup, P.E., is President of Sukup Manufacturing and received the Cyrus Hall McCormick Jerome Increase Case Gold Medal Award in 2016 that recognizes “exceptional and meritorious engineering achievement in agriculture.” Given these two significant events occurring in the same year, we invited Charles to share some of his thoughts about what motivated him to initiate an ASABE award and how it felt to be on the receiving end of one of those awards as well. Charles said one reason he wanted to sponsor an award was that he is very thankful for what his company and family have been blessed with and was looking for an opportunity to continue to give back to the Society. He was the first degreed engineer to work in the family business, which was founded by his father over 50 years ago. The company has maintained a focus on grain drying and storage throughout its history. Charles has found value in the Annual International Meetings that he began attending as a student member at Iowa State University. As a 37-year member of ASABE, and having served as 2006-2007 Society president, on the Board of Trustees, and on the Foundation Board of Trustees, he has a deep understanding of the many roles that ASABE plays. One of the motivations for an award focused on global food security comes from Charles’ opportunities to travel internationally and see the challenges faced by farmers around the world. His daughter Elizabeth has also focused on international agricultural projects and has worked with organizations including the UN World Food Program, traveling to Liberia, Ghana, and Ethiopia. A focus on food security is also consistent with the grain storage business, as Charles indicates that up to a third of the grain produced in the world does not get to the end users. The Sukup Global Food Security Award reinforces one of the missions of agricultural and biological engineers: to feed the world. It is fitting that the first recipient of the award is ASABE Fellow Carl Bern, P.E., of Iowa State University, who has worked with smallholder farmers around the world in growing and storing their own food. The Sukup Global Food Security Award is unique in that it does not require the recipients to be ASABE members, and the award can be given to individuals, teams, or organizations. The idea is to not constrain possible recipients but rather to allow the award to highlight the most innovative and impactful efforts that address global food security. As a recipient of the Case Gold Medal, Charles said, “I am very humbled to receive the Society’s oldest award that began in 1932, and I hope to live up to that legacy.” Charles expressed great appreciation for the efforts of everyone associated with the Society, including staff, trustees on both boards, and all of the volunteers that allow ASABE to thrive. Perhaps there is a unique area that inspires or motivates you to create an award or recognition for ASABE programs—or to provide additional funds to an existing award or the KEYS fundraising initiative. Please contact Mark Crossley (email@example.com) or Darrin Drollinger (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the many ways you can give back and promote the future generations of your profession. ASABE member and Foundation trustee Edward M. Barnes, Senior Director, Agricultural & Environmental Research, Cotton, Inc., Cary, N.C., USA, EBarnes@Cottoninc.com. ASABE member, Foundation trustee, and Development Committee chair Sylvia Schonauer, P.E., Principal Engineer, Advanced Innovation Global Breakfast, W. K. Kellogg Institute, Battle Creek, Mich., USA, email@example.com.
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