Alumni Awards & Farm Lane Society

Each year the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources recognizes outstanding individuals for their contributions to MSU, CANR, the community, state and nation with the ANR Week Awards which include the CANR Alumni Association Awards and the CANR Distinguished Service Awards.

These awards are presented during ANR Week which is scheduled for March 2021.

ANR Awards Program
2021 schedule to be announced.

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 CANR Alumni Association Awards

CANR Distinguished Service Awards

The Distinguished Service Awards honor individuals or partners who have made outstanding contributions to Michigan’s agriculture and natural resources industries and who possess high standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the college. These individuals demonstrate a commitment to Michigan State University and the CANR by continuing outstanding volunteerism and leadership on behalf of or in conjunction with the university on a local, state, national or international level. As many as three of these prestigious awards are presented annually during ANR Week.

Farm Lane Society

The Farm Lane Society honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as a CANR Alumni Association Board member or have brought honor to the college as a notable recipient of a CANR Alumni Association Award or the CANR Distinguished Service Award and to foster their continuing involvement in the College and Alumni Association. 



Award candidates may be nominated by departments, administrators, CANR alumni board members, faculty, alumni and industry stakeholders. Nominations are due Dec. 4, 2020. 

Submit an online nomination

Download a nomination form to submit

Selection criteria

  • The awards committee is looking for receipts based on their outstanding contributions to Michigan’s agriculture and natural resources industries and who possess high standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

  • Commitment to the Land Grant mission of teaching, research and outreach activities.

  • Professional, community and MSU service will be considered in the selection process for the Distinguished Service Award.

  • Nominees for the Distinguished Service Award will be considered for three subsequent years. If not selected in the first year, those submitting a nomination will be given the opportunity to update the nomination form before consideration the second and third year. If a nominee is not selected within the three years, they will be removed from the nomination pool, but could be nominated again at a later time.

  • Letters of recommendation are important in the selection process. A maximum of four letters of support will be accepted for the nomination. These letters should come from people who can support the nominee's activities in the various areas including MSU service, career information and community service. At least one letter should be from a MSU, MSUE or AgBioResearch faculty or staff member. 

  • The awards selection committee structure will consist of faculty and staff members from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources including MSU Extension and AgBioResearch.


Please contact Kathryn Reed at 517-355-0284 or via e-mail at