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The Agronomy and Horticulture Alumni Advisory Council is built on the voluntary participation of alumni with notable early and late career credentials. The mission of the AHAAC is to aid and counsel the head of the department in alumni engagement, financial stability, industry relations and student interaction with alumni. Members participate in a semiannual meeting with the department and throughout the year as needed.

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Ray Ward

Alumni Spotlight The Story of Ray Ward’s Laboratory

Just 30 percent of family businesses make it to the next generation, and only 10 percent are passed to the third generation.* Ward Laboratories, Inc., is beating the odds, and the story of its success is closely tied to University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.

Recounting History

After graduating from Fairbury Junior College, Ray Ward, president of Ward Laboratories, Inc., continued his studies at Nebraska, earning a bachelor’s in 1959 and a master’s in 1961.

According to Ward, three soil instructors—R. A. Olson, 
H. F. Rhodes and Robert L. Fox—influenced a lot of what he 
does today. “Those guys were excellent instructors, and I 
learned an awful lot.”

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