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H. Louis Moore receives high honors

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- H. Louis Moore, Penn State professor emeritus of agricultural economics, received two significant awards last month.

On Monday, October 21, the widely known and respected educator was formally recognized as an Outstandig Alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sceinces. Friends and family were pesent to witness the ceremony which took place here at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Moore, who made it his style to combine wit and humor with whatever economic picture he was presentng to audiences, always had audiences laughing -- which is what made him not only popular and likeable, but also credible. He never took himself too seriously, openly admitting that economists do a lot of guessing. He was as much of an entertainer as he was an economist and enjoyed every minute of it.

A people person, Moore looks back on his more than 55 years of service at Penn State as having been fun. His countless audiences across the country and even around the world were never disappointed. Simple reason: His uplifting personality trumped any graph or numbers chart, no matter how gloomy the outlook.

Moore’s other significant honor came in early October when the National Association of County Agricultural Agents singled him out for his outstanding service to American as well as world agriculture.

Moore has received numerous prior awards during his nearly six decades of service. Among them are the PennAg Industries Association Distinguished Service Award, the USDA Faculty Exchange Award, the Outstanding International Spirit of Extension Award, and the Bankers’ Association 56-year Service Award. During his involvement with the Pennsylvania Bankers’ Association, he organized the group’s annual conferences.

In the 1970’s Moore pioneered the first educational programs in agricultural futures markets. These markets now are used widely by farmers and agricultural industries.

Beginning in 1990, Moore did intensive Extension work throughout Eastern Europe in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Copernicus Society of America. His work included training hundreds of professionals in Extension.

Seven years later, he started a 13-year USDA faculty exchange program that brought 75 faculty members from the former Soviet Union to the United States for rigorous marketing training. He and his colleagues raised nearly $1 million to support the program.

Throughout his career, Moore has written hundreds of articles and has worked closely with the country extension educators, farmers, and people from all aspects of agribusiness. He is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association and has appeared regularly on WPSU-TV’s “Weather World” program and its predecessor, “Farm, Home, and Garden.”

Moore received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Penn State in 1952 and 1956, respectively. He and his wife, Jane, live in a restored, 200-year-old log barn and have four sons who also attended Penn State.