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8 Jul 2009 He is a steering committee member for 25 x25 Renewable Energy Alliance, a member of the Farm Foundation Roundtable, and past vice chair of


    Dolores Landeck

    269-428-6339 News Release

    Carol Flautt

    269-428-6336 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 8, 2009


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ST JOSEPH, MICHIGAN—— The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has named Allen R. Rider,

    PE, the 2009 winner of one of its most prestigious awards, the Cyrus Hall McCormickJerome Increase Case Gold Medal Award. The award, given for exceptional and meritorious engineering achievement in agriculture, was presented

    at the 2009 ASABE Annual International Meeting in Reno, Nevada.

    Rider, an ASABE Fellow, has made a significant impact on worldwide agricultural equipment technology through

    his work in extension education, product research and development, corporate leadership and management and

    professional society leadership. Since his retirement from New Holland North America, Rider has established a privately

    held consulting firm, Rider Group Consulting, Inc., of New Holland, Pennsylvania, that specializes in assisting companies

    with general management processes, product development, product liability and motivational presentations for their

    employees and customers

    As a faculty member at Oklahoma State University and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, he developed and

    implemented widely recognized extension and research programs dealing with the utilization of agricultural equipment.

    Rider then joined New Holland, a worldwide agricultural and light industrial equipment company, where for nearly 25

    years he served in various leadership roles involving product research, product evaluation and testing, product

    development of new tractors, combines and other equipment, manufacturing, sales and marketing. His talent for

    recognizing issues and opportunities, motivating ―people power‖ and producing results led him to ever-increasing responsibilities, including global vice president, product engineering; vice president, New Holland North American

    Business Unit; and president, New Holland North America.

    Rider has authored or coauthored more than 340 refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, technical

    publications, and book chapters, as well as a book. He has developed a nationally recognized reputation as a speaker

    at conferences, meetings, USDA agencies, and farm and commodity organizations on topics involving renewable energy,

    product development process, trends in agriculture, agricultural equipment industry, hay and forage harvesting

    equipment, and livestock handling facilities.


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    A 43-year member of ASABE, Rider has shared his time and talents in exemplary professional service to the

    Society, having served on numerous technical and executive committees. He served as treasurer from 1991-1994 and

    president 1995-1996 and is currently serving as president of the ASABE Foundation.

    A few of his awards include the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry George C. Delp Award for

    Agricultural Leadership, Colorado State University Individual Achievement award, and ASABE Young Extension Worker

    award. He is a steering committee member for 25 x '25 Renewable Energy Alliance, a member of the Farm Foundation

    Roundtable, and past vice chair of agriculture for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. He is a member of two

    corporate boards of directors and six honorary societies.

    The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an international educational and scientific

    organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to biological, agricultural, and food systems.

    Founded in 1907 and headquartered in St Joseph, Michigan, ASABE comprises nearly 10,000 members from more than

    100 countries. Further information on ASABE can be obtained by contacting the Society at (269) 429-0300 (phone) or

    (269) 429-3852 (fax); Details can also be found at


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