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Monday, June 17, 2024

Seeking Nominations for the 2022 William Henry Hatch Lecture

PRESS RELEASE: USDA (June 22, 2022) – Each year the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) joins with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to sponsor a lecture presented at the APLU Annual Meeting. The lecture honors one of the three most important historical figures of the Land-Grant University System, William Henry Hatch for research, Seaman A. Knapp for extension, and Justin Smith Morrill for whom the Morrill Act, which created the Land-Grant University System, is named. 

This year, NIFA and APLU are seeking nominations for the prestigious Hatch Lecture. The lecture commemorates the efforts of William H. Hatch, Congressman from Missouri who championed the Agricultural Experiment Station Founding Bill which became law in 1887 and to celebrate the accomplishments of the Experiment Station System which the Hatch Act created.

We are seeking an insightful topic and a dynamic speaker, who can provoke discussion among meeting participants and prepare a formal lecture to be presented at the APLU Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, November 6-8, 2022.

While we seek recommendations from those within the Land-Grant University System, we also would encourage you to share this memorandum with colleagues outside of the research, education, and extension system, including stakeholders, foundations, public interest groups, or international organizations.

Nominations are encouraged from all sources. Recommendations should include the name of the nominee, title, address, telephone number, e-mail address and topic that could be discussed.

Please submit your potential topic and/or presenter on or before July 29, 2022. Recommendations should be forwarded electronically to Davida Vanderpuye Tengey at A committee will review submissions and narrow the scope of the recommendations to make a final decision.