The Purdue University Agronomy Department holds a reunion of sorts each fall. When they do, they recognize individuals who have performed at levels above and beyond expected, benefitting Indiana agriculture. The individuals receive the Agronomic Achievement award.
It was started in 2000 to honor alumni and friends of Purdue Agronomy who have made contributions to agriculture and the industry. This year's winners were Tony Bailey, Don Biehle and Kim Polizotto.
Bailey, originally from Goshen, has spent 25 years with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, serving in many counties and as an area agronomist in northwest Indiana.
Bailey is also a certified crop adviser, and received the Indiana CCA of the Year award in 2004. He currently works primarily on practices related to livestock farms and on soil health, working out of the state NRCS office.
Biehle became the first superintendent of the Southeast Indiana Purdue Ag Center in 1977, and is still the only superintendent to have ever served there. He's still in the same post, but the Center has grown, expanding in size and in types of research activities that go on there. It is located near Butlerville in Jennings County.
Biehle has made SEPAC a leader in no-till in southeast Indiana, and is responsible for practicing no-till on most of the bulk land not used for research each year at the Center. When he went there no-till was not expected to work on the wet soils of southeast Indiana.
Polizotto is retired and lives in Greenfield. He has worked in the seed and chemical industry, and was at the university for six years. His latest job was as Director of Agronomy for PCS Sales/Potash Corp. His job was to provide agronomic support to customers and to serve as an agronomic adviser to management of PCS. He is a respected agronomist who has experience in several segments of the industry.