Washington, D.C. - Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman yesterday was presented with the prestigious Richard E. Lyng Award, in recognition of her long and continued commitment and dedication to public service. The award, presented by AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle, was created in 1991 and has been given to a handful of individuals who have truly distinguished themselves for their public service.
“Ann Veneman has lead
USDA during some very challenging times,”
noted Boyle. “During her tenure at the
Department of Agriculture, industry and
government have worked together to make
significant progress in enhancing food safety.
At the same time, she also showed strong
leadership in responding swiftly and
transparently to this country’s first and
only case of BSE, diagnosed in a Canadian-born
cow in December 2003,” he said.
Boyle noted that “under Veneman’s
leadership, America’s food supply has grown
healthier and its public confidence in the
safety of the meat supply is at an all-time
Before becoming the first
woman to lead USDA in January 2001, Veneman had
previously served as the Department’s Deputy
Secretary from 1991 until 1993. In addition to
her public service at the federal level,
Veneman also served as Secretary of the
California Department of Food and Agriculture
from 1995 until 1999.
The award is
named after the late Richard E. Lyng
(1918-2003), former President of the American
Meat Institute (1973-79) and Secretary of
Agriculture under President Ronald Reagan.
Past recipients of the Lyng award have included
Senators Richard Lugar, Trent Lott, Thad
Cochran, and Pat Roberts, as well as
Representatives Kika de la Garza and Charles
career of public service to American
agriculture embodies the same dedication as
evidenced by Dick Lyng,” said Boyle. “She
is a very worthy recipient of this award in his
Secretary Veneman Awarded AMI's Richard E. Lyng Award for Public ServiceWednesday, January 12, 2005
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