Former Indiana Corn Marketing Council president Gary Lamie was honored posthumously in Louisville for his work to explore new uses for the corn that farmers grow. At the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference this week the graduate student poster competition was renamed after Lamie, and his wife Kathleen and ICMC director Dean Eppley accepted plaques as the General Session opened Monday.
“Gary had always expressed an interest in working with anything that would develop new uses from the corn that we raise,” he told HAT. “He was very active in our Indiana new uses contest that was working with students at Purdue to come up with new ideas for possible new products that could come from the corn plant. That had carried on into work with National Corn Growers research and business development action team.”
Lamie passed away in 2013 while serving as the corn checkoff’s president. Eppley said it was an honor to accept the plaque. He’s also happy Kathleen Lamie could attend.
“We were very pleased that she was willing and able to be here to receive this plaque and she was well honored and pleased with it.”
The Gary Lamie Graduate Student Poster Competition is sponsored this year by ICMC. It allows students to present their research to an audience of potential employers and funding organizations. Awards go to the top three graduate student posters. Eppley considers the poster contest a significant part of the conference, which focuses on wet and dry milling technology and new use research, and one poster project that caught his eye is the idea of perennial corn. Another interesting idea is the use of corn silk for medication to treat kidney disease. Hear more by clicking the audio player above.
(Pictured: Tom Mueller, chairman of National Corn Growers Association’s Research and Business Development Action Team, presented a plaque to Kathleen Lamie in recognition of the Gary Lamie Student Poster Competition. Also pictured with Mueller is Dean Eppley, director of Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) from Wabash, Indiana. Photos courtesy of AgWired, Chuck Zimmerman)