Richard Daluge, an assistant dean at the University of Wisconsin-Madison”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and director of the Farm and Industry Short Course, has been nominated by the Wisconsin Association of FFA, Inc. to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree. The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.
Daluge will receive the award at the 2003 National FFA Convention, held Oct. 29 to Nov. 1 at Louisville, Ky. He will receive a certificate and medal and his name will be permanently recorded. The National FFA board of directors approved the nomination.
The award recognizes those who have gone beyond valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists.
Daluge has served as director of the Short Course for 20 years, and more than 2,500 young people have attended the winter production agriculture program under his leadership. He has served as manager of the Wisconsin FFA Career Development events for the past 20 years. More than 2,000 students have come to the UW-Madison campus to participate in the events. Daluge has judged various contests at the Wisconsin FFA Convention for the past 30 years.
FFA is a national youth organization of more than 461,000 student members preparing for careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.