The Southern Crop Production Association's highest award for outstanding service to the organization by a member has been awarded to Eddie Ingram.

The William C. Larue Award for 2006 was presented at the association's annual banquet at Amelia Island, Fla.

Named for the SCPA's executive secretary for many of the early years of the organization, the award is given annually to a member or members having exemplified “the highest standards of honor and integrity, materially assisting in the accomplishment of SCPA's goals.”

Ingram, who is with Bayer CropScience at Auburn, Ala., has served on SCPA's State Affairs Committee for the past four years and as its president for the past two years.

“Under his leadership, the committee has monitored legislation and regulations in all southern states and has lobbied for passage of legislation favorable to our industry,” said Ed Duskin, SCPA executive vice president.

“In 2005, a successful State Issues Summit was held at Richmond, Va., providing much needed information for state associations and organizations, as well as providing an excellent networking opportunity for participants.

“In August 2006, the committee sponsored a Biotech Summit in Arkansas, which was well attended and helped to focus attention on the benefits of biotechnology in crop production.”

Ingram began his crop protection career in 1978 as a member of Union Carbide's Temik product development group. From 1980 to 1986, he was the company's field development representative for Louisiana, after which he became national development coordinator for specialty products at Raleigh, N.C.

Following Rhone-Poulenc's purchase of Union Carbide, he relocated to Lyon, France. In 1988, he returned to the United States, serving as RP's development manager for Latin America, covering Mexico and all points south.

In 1991, he became senior field development scientist, covering the states of Alabama and Georgia. When Rhone-Poulenc and Agrevo merged to form Aventis, he became a product manager, and when Aventis was acquired by Bayer, he assumed his current position as state affairs manager for the southern region.

He also currently serves as chairman of the Issues Committee for RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), the national association representing manufacturers, formulators, distributors, and other industry organizations involved with pesticide products used in turf, ornamental, pest control, aquatic and terrestrial vegetation, and other non-food/fiber applications.

“Eddie's wide-ranging experience and knowledge of the crop protection industry has been of enormous value in furthering the goals of our association and industry,” Duskin said.