, | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1993
Mr. Budd is vice president and publisher of Farm Progress Companies,
Inc. in Carol Stream, Illinois. He is a native of Lebanon,
Indiana. Mr. Budd is responsible for the editorial staffs of 18 farm
magazines coast-to-coast with an annual circulation of over one
million copies. He serves as director for the Farm Progress Show,
Husker Harvest Days, Oklahoma Farm Show, and the FarmerStockman
Show in Lubbock, Texas.
Mr. Budd began his career as a news reporter and farm editor of
the Commercial News in Danville, Illinois. He joined the staff of
Prairie Farmer in Illinois in 1960 as a field editor. In 1964, he
became the science editor. He served as editor of the Indiana
Prairie Farmer magazine until 1982 when he assumed his present
position. He led the effort to take the once newspaper-styled
publications to the sophisticated magazines they are today.
As a writer and editor, Mr. Budd has become widely known and
respected among readers, agricultural educators, and legislators for
his news, features, and editorials voicing the opinions of Indiana
agriculturalists. His extensive research on agricultural subjects has
often influenced legislation affecting agriculture and rural
Mr. Budd is a member of the board of directors of the National
4-H Foundation, the National Agriculture Hall of Fame, and vice
president of the North American Farm Show Council. He is a
noted communicator and member of the Society of Professional
Journalists and the American Agricultural Editors Associations.
He served as co-chair of the Agricultural Communications Curriculum
Review Committee for the Purdue School of Agriculture
in 1991. Mr. Budd was honored in 1992 by the national Agricultural
Communicators in Education organization with its highest
award, the Reuben Brigham Award. It honors individuals who
have made major contributions to communications in agriculture,
food, fiber, and natural resources.