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Poland, Indiana Native Receives Purdue Ag Alumni’s Top Award

Staff Report


Larry Nees Larry Nees Six agricultural leaders, including Poland, Indiana native Larry Nees received Purdue University Agricultural Alumni Association’s top award during the group’s annual Fish Fry in Indianapolis.

The Certificate of Distinction recognizes contributions to agriculture – and society in general – that go well beyond the requirements of a job or profession.

“We are awed by the contributions of professional and community service of this year’s award recipients,” said Donya Lester, executive director of the alumni association. “They represent the best of our agricultural and natural resources profession. Our university, our profession, and certainly a number of our communities are stronger because of their work, and we are delighted that we can honor and thank them at one of Indiana’s largest agricultural meetings.”

Nees (B.S. 1975) went to work at the Office of Indiana State Chemist and has spent his entire career there, now serving as Indiana state seed administrator. He has a long record of state and national industry leadership and volunteer organizational involvement for which he has received numerous awards. Nees is an advocate for consumers, including farmers and homeowners, and protects consumer interests by assuring that high-quality, correctly labeled seed is sold in Indiana. He also has strong rapport with seed companies, being fair in upholding Indiana’s seed law.

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