Neil Harl, Economics, (515) 232-0487, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Meyer, Agriculture Communications, (515) 294-5616, email@example.com
HARL HONORED WITH NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL AGENTS' AWARD
AMES, Iowa -- Neil Harl will receive the Service to American/World Agriculture Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Harl is Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and emeritus professor of economics at Iowa State University. He will receive the award on July 27 at the association's annual meeting in Cincinnati.
The award recognizes those who have made major contributions to American and international agriculture and is recognized for those contributions by peers and the general public. A team of county agricultural specialists from Iowa who are NACAA members nominated Harl.
During his career, Harl has served on several federal advisory groups -- a Farm Tax Reform Task Force for the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 1967; the Commissioner's Advisory Group (Commissioner of Internal Revenue), 1979-80; the USDA Farm Structure Task Force, 1980; the Office of Technology Assessment, Technical Advisory Committee, by Congressional Appointment, 1987-95 (including a term as chair, 1993-94); the USDA Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology, 2000-02; and the Commission on Federal Payment Limitations in Agriculture, 2002-03.
Harl has received more than 30 major awards, including the USDA Superior Service Award in 1987; the President's Award from the Iowa State Bar Association, 1991; Charles A. Black Award from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, 1997; the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the Chicago Farmers Club, 1999, the Wallaces Farmer Iowa Master Farmer Award for Exceptional Service to Agriculture, 2000; Speaker of the Year Award by the National Society of Accountants, 2000; and the Presidential Service Award from Iowa State University, 2002.
Harl joined Iowa State's economics faculty in 1964. He writes extensively on agricultural law and tax matters and is author of several agricultural law books. From 1990 to 2004, Harl directed the Center for International Agricultural Finance at Iowa State. He earned bachelor and doctorate degrees from Iowa State in economics and a law degree from the University of Iowa.