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Bloomington, IL – Howard Buffett, central Illinois farmer and world renowned philanthropist, is the recipient of the Illinois Corn Growers Association’s (ICGA) 2012 Environmental Award. The award recognizes individuals who exhibit commitment to conservation and environmental preservation.
“Howard’s commitment to environmental preservation and to feeding the world through responsible use of technologies is noteworthy,” said Jeff Scates, Illinois Corn Growers Association President. “Our Environmental Award is to express our gratitude to Howard for his efforts in these areas and to bring his work to the attention of other farmers in Illinois.”
Mr. Buffett manages the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, a private charitable foundation. He operates a 1,472-acre family farm in central Illinois and oversees three foundation-operated research farms: 1,245 acres in Arizona, 2,622 acres in Illinois, and 9,200 acres in South Africa.
Mr. Buffett has traveled to over 100 countries documenting the challenges of preserving our biodiversity while providing adequate resources to meet the needs of a growing global population. In the process, he has authored seven books on conservation, wildlife, and the human condition. His writing has been published in periodicals including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
In 1997, Mr. Buffett became a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates; he received the Aztec Eagle Award from the President of Mexico in 2000, the highest honor bestowed on a foreign citizen by the Government of Mexico; and in 2002, he was recognized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture as one of the most distinguished individuals in agriculture. In 2005, he received the Will Owen Jones Distinguished Journalist of the Year Award, and in 2007, he was appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Hunger on behalf of the World Food Programme. In 2011, Mr. Buffett was awarded the Triumph of Agriculture Exposition Agri Award, the World Ecology Award, and the George McGovern Leadership Award. In 2012, he was awarded the National Farmers Union Meritorious Service to Humanity Award, the Columbia University Global Leadership Award, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Pennsylvania State University.