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DAA: Allen Thomas Budd

Allen Thomas Budd

, | 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 America. 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.