Recognizing distinguished achievement in the application of science and art to the soil, this award honors engineering ways and means for improved manipulation, use and conservation of soil and water resources. The achievement resulted in applications of a new concept, product, art, or science that advanced the development of agriculture. The award is sponsored by the John Deere Foundation, Deere & Company, Moline, IL.

In 1837, John Deere forged a piece of saw blade into a plow-form, creating the world's first all-steel moldboard. One century later in 1937, his descendants established the John Deere award to recognize "Distinguished Achievement in the Application of Science and Art to the Soil." 


Eligibility: Recipient and nominator(s) must be current ASABE members.

Submission Deadline: October 31

Nomination Instructions: Please view this document in order to find the materials required for a nomination. The award nomination materials, including 3-5 letters of support, are to be submitted on the Major Awards Nominations website.  

Award Committee Bylaws


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2023 Recipient 
Digvir S. Jayas, PE

Past Recipients


To nominate an ASABE member for this award, visit the ASABE awards nominations website, linked below. Deadline for submitting materials is October 31 annually. 

Nomination website
Nomination Instructions