SHEFFIELD, Iowa – The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has presented the annual Sukup Global Food Security award to Dr. Manjit K. Misra, Director of the Seed Science Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
The award recognizes distinguished contributions to global food security through research, outreach, and teaching in post-harvest seed science, technology, and policy. Dr. Misra received the award in July at ASABE’s annual international meeting in Detroit, Michigan. The Seed Science Center is the world’s largest public facility devoted to seed technology, and Misra has had a transformational impact on food security by applying engineering principles to seed technology and systems.
The Sukup Global Food Security Award was endowed by Sukup Manufacturing Co. and consists of an engraved crystal trophy featuring a globe, and a $1,000 cash prize. The inaugural award was presented in 2016.
“Providing food around the world is critical to both increasing prosperity and also alleviating hunger and suffering among our most vulnerable global citizens” said Charles Sukup, president of Sukup Manufacturing, who presented the award. “Seed is a fundamental building block of food security, and Dr. Misra’s leadership has greatly contributed to developing and preserving the viability of seeds. We are thrilled to recognize his important work with the 2018 Sukup Global Food Security Award.”
Dr. Misra has received numerous awards from several organizations in recognition of his research and professional accomplishments. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Seed Trade Association, for Leadership, Vision, and Exemplary Service to the U.S. Seed Industry; Engineer of the Year, Iowa Section, American Society of Agricultural Engineers; and has served on the Scientific Advisory Council, American Seed Research Foundation, since 1991.
A distinguished author, Dr. Misra has written or co-written more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and other publications. He is listed as the co-inventor on nine patents. Dr. Misra has been a member of ASABE for 37 years.
About Sukup Manufacturing Co.
Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest family-owned and operated grain storage, drying and handling equipment manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Sheffield, Iowa, and covers 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, manufacturing and warehouse space. The company employs more than 600 people, making it one of the largest employers in North Central Iowa. Three generations of the family are now active in the business.
Sukup’s product line includes on-farm and commercial grain bins, portable and tower dryers, centrifugal and axial fans and heaters, stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors and supports. Sukup also manufactures a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors, as well as a line of steel buildings.
Sukup has six distribution centers located throughout the Midwest. Sukup products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as more than 80 foreign countries.
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