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Secretary Veneman Awarded AMI's Richard E. Lyng Award for Public Service

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

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 high.”

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 Stenholm.

“Secretary Veneman’s 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 name.

For more information contact:
David Ray
Vice President, Public Affairs
Janet Riley
Sr. VP, Public Affairs

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