Awards & Recognition

As a Fraternity, we recognize the actions and efforts of our members and friends as they strive to leave a lasting, positive impact on their communities — locally and worldwide. At FarmHouse, we are known for high-achievement, and these are just some of the accomplishments within our organization we are able to highlight. Please join us in congratulating the recipients of these prestigious awards.

Master Builder: Icon of a person with a hard hat on, pointing to a large multi-story building
Claude B. Hutchison Award: Icon of a businessman's upper torso in a suit and tie with a gear replacing the head

Master Builder

Nominations are open for the Master Builder of Men award and will be accepted until February 18, 2022. Nominations for this award should include a biography of accomplishments and letters of recommendation. 

All nominations and related material should be submitted to Christian Wiggins, Fraternity CEO, via email. Physical nominations may also be mailed to FarmHouse Fraternity attention to the Awards Committee.

2020 Winners:
Donald Ferguson (Kansas State 1963)
L Craig Harris (Iowa State 1965)
Frank Bezdicek (Minnesota 1967)
Larry Hageman (Ohio State 1994)

In 1950, the Master Builder of Men Award was created by the International Executive Board as the highest honor that FarmHouse can bestow upon one of its alumni members. Neither position, wealth, nor occupation enter into consideration for the award but simply what he has done to help others.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Master Builder iconography overlaying

Claude B. Hutchison Award

Nominations are open for the Claude B. Hutchison Award for Meritorious Service and will be accepted until February 18, 2022. Nominations for this award should include letters of recommendation and examples of service. 

All nominations and related material should be submitted to Christian Wiggins, Fraternity CEO, via email. Physical nominations may also be mailed to FarmHouse Fraternity attention to the Awards Committee.

2020 Winners:

Brent Bible (Purdue 1993)
Ron Vaske (South Dakota State 1987)
Jim Wieland (North Dakota State 1972)
Patrick Robinson (Kentucky 1998)

In 2018, the Fraternity recognized there was an opportunity to add an award for a much needed area – long tenure in volunteer service or completion of a significant period of volunteer service. The IEB gave considerable thought to what to name the award and settled on the Claude B. Hutchison Award for Meritorious Service. The naming seemed appropriate given Brother Hutchison’s role as the Fraternity’s first Board President, elected in 1917, serving eight years – the only president to do so. He was also a role model outside the Fraternity having served as the Dean of Agriculture at California Davis, as well as Nevada Reno, and was the Mayor of Berkeley, Calif. after his academic career ended.This recognition is the Fraternity’s second highest recognition for an alumnus, second only to the Master Build of Men honor.

Claude B. Hutchison. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Claude B. Hutchison Award iconography overlaying

Honorary Members

Honorary membership in FarmHouse is extended by the FarmHouse International Executive Board to men who are outstanding in agriculture or its related sciences; fulfill the objectives and high standards of FarmHouse; and/or are a source of inspiration to his associates and acquaintances. A man nominated for Honorary Membership may not be a member of another social fraternity. Honorary members have full rights and privileges of membership. In distinguishing between associate and honorary members, associate members are selected and initiated at a local chapter/association level, while honorary members are selected by the International Board and initiated at Conclave.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Honorary Members iconography overlaying

Barnes Interfraternalism Award

2020 Winner: Rick Burt

The Barnes Award for Interfraternalism recognizes the service of volunteers, campus professionals, organizations or higher education administrators who support FarmHouse and advance the fraternal movement as a whole, for the betterment of the fraternity and sorority community.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Barnes Interfraternal Award iconography overlaying

Philanthropy Laureate

2020 Winner: Steven C. Davis (Oklahoma State 1977)

Posthumously: Clayton K. Yeutter (Nebraska 1949)

The FarmHouse Foundation Board of Trustees established the Philanthropy Laureate Award in 1999. This distinguished designation for outstanding philanthropic support is the highest honor bestowed by the Foundation. The recipient(s) must have exhibited great philanthropic intent throughout his/her life and have some connection with FarmHouse as a brother, spouse, parent, relative, etc. Typically the recipient is an individual who has made financial and service contributions of significant dimension to the Foundation, individual FarmHouse chapters and/or society. Recipients may be chosen annually, but they generally will be announced and recognized at a Biennial Conclave.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Philanthropy Laureate iconography overlaying

Robert L. Off Servant Leader Award

2020 Winner: James P. Tobin (Iowa State 76)

The FarmHouse Foundation Board of Trustees established the Robert L. Off Servant Leader Award as a means of recognizing individuals who have tirelessly contributed their time, leadership and resources in meaningful ways for the advancement of the FarmHouse Foundation. The award is named after Bob Off (CO 64) for his 44 years of dedicated professional service to FarmHouse and for the tremendous difference he has made on thousands of FarmHouse members during his tenure.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Robert L. Off Servant Award iconography overlaying

Local Chapters

Annually, chapters may recognize outstanding individuals at the local level at Founders’ Day or other special events. These awards include the Darl Snyder Award for Outstanding Alumni Service, the Joan “Chad” Skinner Award recognizing the contributions of a female, the Doane Award for the chapter’s outstanding senior member and the Friend of FarmHouse Award recognizing the contributions of a non-member or organization affiliated with the chapter’s success. These awards are to be ordered through the International Headquarters.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Local Chapter iconography overlaying

Outstanding Advisor Award

Established in 2009, the Outstanding Advisor Award was first given in 2010 by the International Executive Board to Dr. Duane LeTourneau (Minnesota 1944), in recognition of his 53 years of service to the Idaho Chapter as an advisor, having served the chapter since day one. He helped establish the chapter when he arrived on the Moscow, Idaho campus in the mid-1950s as a young professor in the college of agriculture. He was the chapter’s Founding Father and was an ever-present figure in the chapter – as friend, brother, counselor and advisor. The late “Doc” LeTourneau served on the Fraternity’s International Executive Board in the 1960s, including a term as vice president and received the title Master Builder in 1966. He passed away in 2013. The award is given to an advisor, regardless of FarmHouse affiliation, who has exhibited a “…sacrifice of time, pleasures, and comforts” for the betterment of FarmHouse Fraternity.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Outstanding Advisor iconography overlaying

Ruby Cup

2021 Winner: Kansas State

Chapters are recognized annually for their outstanding work though the FarmHouse chapter awards competition. The Ruby Cup was designed in 1994 to recognize the overall outstanding chapter of the Fraternity. The chapter who captures The Ruby Cup gets a chance to display it in its chapter house for the year following selection. The chapter awards process is based upon the Excelsior Program and it is presented during the FarmHouse Leadership Institute.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Ruby Cup iconography overlaying

Awards & Recognition


Master Builder

Nominations are open for the Master Builder of Men award and will be accepted until February 18, 2022. Nominations for this award should include a biography of accomplishments and letters of recommendation. 

All nominations and related material should be submitted to Christian Wiggins, Fraternity CEO, via email. Physical nominations may also be mailed to FarmHouse Fraternity attention to the Awards Committee.

2020 Winners:
Donald Ferguson (Kansas State 1963)
L Craig Harris (Iowa State 1965)
Frank Bezdicek (Minnesota 1967)
Larry Hageman (Ohio State 1994)

In 1950, the Master Builder of Men Award was created by the International Executive Board as the highest honor that FarmHouse can bestow upon one of its alumni members. Neither position, wealth, nor occupation enter into consideration for the award but simply what he has done to help others.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Master Builder iconography overlaying

Claude B. Hutchison Award

Nominations are open for the Claude B. Hutchison Award for Meritorious Service and will be accepted until February 18, 2022. Nominations for this award should include letters of recommendation and examples of service. 

All nominations and related material should be submitted to Christian Wiggins, Fraternity CEO, via email. Physical nominations may also be mailed to FarmHouse Fraternity attention to the Awards Committee.

2020 Winners:

Brent Bible (Purdue 1993)
Ron Vaske (South Dakota State 1987)
Jim Wieland (North Dakota State 1972)
Patrick Robinson (Kentucky 1998)

In 2018, the Fraternity recognized there was an opportunity to add an award for a much needed area – long tenure in volunteer service or completion of a significant period of volunteer service. The IEB gave considerable thought to what to name the award and settled on the Claude B. Hutchison Award for Meritorious Service. The naming seemed appropriate given Brother Hutchison’s role as the Fraternity’s first Board President, elected in 1917, serving eight years – the only president to do so. He was also a role model outside the Fraternity having served as the Dean of Agriculture at California Davis, as well as Nevada Reno, and was the Mayor of Berkeley, Calif. after his academic career ended.This recognition is the Fraternity’s second highest recognition for an alumnus, second only to the Master Build of Men honor.

Claude B. Hutchison. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Claude B. Hutchison Award iconography overlaying

Honorary Members

Honorary membership in FarmHouse is extended by the FarmHouse International Executive Board to men who are outstanding in agriculture or its related sciences; fulfill the objectives and high standards of FarmHouse; and/or are a source of inspiration to his associates and acquaintances. A man nominated for Honorary Membership may not be a member of another social fraternity. Honorary members have full rights and privileges of membership. In distinguishing between associate and honorary members, associate members are selected and initiated at a local chapter/association level, while honorary members are selected by the International Board and initiated at Conclave.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Honorary Members iconography overlaying

Barnes Interfraternalism Award

2020 Winner: Rick Burt

The Barnes Award for Interfraternalism recognizes the service of volunteers, campus professionals, organizations or higher education administrators who support FarmHouse and advance the fraternal movement as a whole, for the betterment of the fraternity and sorority community.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Barnes Interfraternal Award iconography overlaying

Philanthropy Laureate

2020 Winner: Steven C. Davis (Oklahoma State 1977)

Posthumously: Clayton K. Yeutter (Nebraska 1949)

The FarmHouse Foundation Board of Trustees established the Philanthropy Laureate Award in 1999. This distinguished designation for outstanding philanthropic support is the highest honor bestowed by the Foundation. The recipient(s) must have exhibited great philanthropic intent throughout his/her life and have some connection with FarmHouse as a brother, spouse, parent, relative, etc. Typically the recipient is an individual who has made financial and service contributions of significant dimension to the Foundation, individual FarmHouse chapters and/or society. Recipients may be chosen annually, but they generally will be announced and recognized at a Biennial Conclave.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Philanthropy Laureate iconography overlaying

Robert L. Off Servant Leader Award

2020 Winner: James P. Tobin (Iowa State 76)

The FarmHouse Foundation Board of Trustees established the Robert L. Off Servant Leader Award as a means of recognizing individuals who have tirelessly contributed their time, leadership and resources in meaningful ways for the advancement of the FarmHouse Foundation. The award is named after Bob Off (CO 64) for his 44 years of dedicated professional service to FarmHouse and for the tremendous difference he has made on thousands of FarmHouse members during his tenure.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Robert L. Off Servant Award iconography overlaying

Local Chapters

Annually, chapters may recognize outstanding individuals at the local level at Founders’ Day or other special events. These awards include the Darl Snyder Award for Outstanding Alumni Service, the Joan “Chad” Skinner Award recognizing the contributions of a female, the Doane Award for the chapter’s outstanding senior member and the Friend of FarmHouse Award recognizing the contributions of a non-member or organization affiliated with the chapter’s success. These awards are to be ordered through the International Headquarters.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Local Chapter iconography overlaying

Outstanding Advisor Award

Established in 2009, the Outstanding Advisor Award was first given in 2010 by the International Executive Board to Dr. Duane LeTourneau (Minnesota 1944), in recognition of his 53 years of service to the Idaho Chapter as an advisor, having served the chapter since day one. He helped establish the chapter when he arrived on the Moscow, Idaho campus in the mid-1950s as a young professor in the college of agriculture. He was the chapter’s Founding Father and was an ever-present figure in the chapter – as friend, brother, counselor and advisor. The late “Doc” LeTourneau served on the Fraternity’s International Executive Board in the 1960s, including a term as vice president and received the title Master Builder in 1966. He passed away in 2013. The award is given to an advisor, regardless of FarmHouse affiliation, who has exhibited a “…sacrifice of time, pleasures, and comforts” for the betterment of FarmHouse Fraternity.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Outstanding Advisor iconography overlaying

Ruby Cup

2021 Winner: Kansas State

Chapters are recognized annually for their outstanding work though the FarmHouse chapter awards competition. The Ruby Cup was designed in 1994 to recognize the overall outstanding chapter of the Fraternity. The chapter who captures The Ruby Cup gets a chance to display it in its chapter house for the year following selection. The chapter awards process is based upon the Excelsior Program and it is presented during the FarmHouse Leadership Institute.

FarmHouse members. A green wash is applied over the entire image, with the Ruby Cup iconography overlaying