2021 Gregg Hillyer, The Progressive Farmer
2020 Pam Golden Caraway, SYNGENTA
2019 M. Leroy "Shafe" Shafer, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (retired)
2018 Jack Dykinga, Photographer
2017 Forrest Laws, Director of Content, Penton Media Agriculture Group2016 Hembree Brandon, Editorial Director, Farm Press Publications
2015 Reginald Hall, Director, Promotion and Education, South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation
2014 Vince Patton, Producer, Oregon Field Guide, Oregon Public Broadcasting
2013 Max Armstrong, Director of Broadcasting, Farm Progress Companies
2012 No award presented
2011 Larry Dreiling, Senior Field Editor, High Plains Journal
2010 No award presented
2009 Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President, The World Food Prize Foundation
2008 Don Coe, Co-Founder, Black Star Farms
2007 Tony Hillerman, Author
2006 Peter Hannam, President, First Line Seeds Ltd.
2005 Calvin Pigg, Editor, Southwest Farm Press
2004 Lee Kline, Farm Broadcaster, WHO Radio
2003 Loren Kruse, Editor-in-Chief, Successful Farming and @griculture Online
2002 Paul G. Brower, Vice President of Corporate Relations, Gold Kist, Inc.
2001 George Stuart Atkins, Founding Director, Developing Countries Farm Radio Network
2000 John Holliman Jr., Reporter, CNN
1999 Charles Johnson, National Editor, Farm Journal
1998 Len Richardson, Editor, California Farmer
1997 Ed Johnson, President and Farm Director, Agricultural Comm, Inc.
1996 Paul Weller, President, Agri/Washington
1995 Danita Allen, Journalist and Founder, Country America magazine
1994 Neil Sperry, Independent Author, Photographer and Gardening Expert
1993 Martha Musgrove, Associate Editor, The Miami Herald
1992 Allen Thomas Budd, Vice President-Publisher, Farm Progress Publications
1991 Roy Reiman, Publisher, Reiman Brad Mills Magazines
1990 Dewey Rand, Jr., Publisher, Capital Press
1989 Ward Sinclair, Agricultural Editor, The Washington Post
1988 Sonja Hillgren, Agricultural Editor, United Press International
1987 Richard Krumme, Editor, Successful Farming
1986 Thayne Cozart, Editor/Publisher, Farm Talk
1985 No award presented
1984 Donald N. Collins, Vice President, Fertilizer Institute
1983 Robert H. Williams, Editor, Pennsylvania Farmer
1982 Robert G. Rupp, Editor/Associate Publisher, The Farmer
1981 Fred I. Jones, Vice President, Richardson, Myers & Donofrio, Inc.
1980 Emmerson Matson, Vice President, Evans/Pacific, Inc.