Every year the South Dakota Corn Growers Association (SDCGA) and South Dakota Corn Utilization Council (SDCUC) recognize an outstanding communicator for the Ag industry. Peter Harriman of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader is the recipient of the SDCGA/SDCUC 2006 Excellence in Public Outreach Award which was presented to him during the SDCGA’s 20th Annual Meeting held Jan. 7.
The Excellence in Public Outreach Award is given to someone who goes the extra mile in representing the industry to the general public with fairness, accuracy and due diligence. Harriman is a well-known and highly regarded journalist who has been writing for the Argus Leader since 1999. His writing career began in 1976 at newspapers in northern Idaho. He also wrote for magazines and wrote and produced features for the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Since he’s been with the Argus Leader, Harriman has had the opportunity to write about crossing the state north to south on horseback during the annual Bigfoot Ride in 2000. He also participated in a year-long project, “Progress of a People” that examined conditions in Indian Country 30 years after the Wounded Knee occupation. The Argus Leader won a 2004 National Headliner Award for that work.
Harriman has also earned a name for himself in covering agricultural news. Harriman was chosen for the Public Outreach Award based on his outstanding representation of the agricultural industry through fair, unbiased and in-depth articles published in the Argus Leader. The SDCGA and SDCUC applaud Harriman for his reporting excellence in the field of agriculture.