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Bekkum Honored as UWRF's Distinguished Agriculturalist
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/01/2018

A longtime professor emeritus of agricultural engineering at Iowa State University has been honored by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Alumnus Victor Bekkum was named the 2018 Wisconsin Distinguished Agriculturalist by the school's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

Over his three-decade career, Bekkum did much to help students grow and become leaders. He served as an FFA and student club adviser, developed the instructional materials resource center for the agricultural education department at UWRF, served as a supervisor for student teachers/interns and assumed state and national leadership roles with the FFA Ag Mechanics Career Development event.

Over the years, he received many awards for his efforts including being honored as a NACTA Teacher Fellow, receiving the Honorary American Farm Degree from the National FFA, the Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa FFA and the Outstanding Service Citation from the National Association of Agricultural Educators. His record of service continues in retirement. For the past decade, Bekkum has been a district director and office for the Wisconsin Retired Educators' Association.

The Wisconsin Distinguished Agriculturalist Award was established in 1970 to recognize individuals who have provided leadership, service and other contributions to the broader agricultural community.

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