Dr. Lionel “Bo” Beaulieu, director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development and the Community Development, Program Leader for Purdue Extension, and director of the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies, was recently awarded the Secretary’s Honor Award for External Partnership.
The honor award is the highest recognition the Secretary of Agriculture can give to an individual or group. It recognizes distinguished employees and individuals whose outstanding contributions support the USDA’s mission and goals.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack presented the award to Dr. Beaulieu on November 6 at a ceremony in Washington D.C. The award was in recognition of Dr. Beaulieu’s work directing the Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) Center first at Mississippi State and now at Purdue University. The USDA’S economic research service and its RIDGE partners have provided expert research on pervasive issues including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); child nutrition programs; food security in U.S. households and communities; and the well-being of low-income participants in various USDA food- and nutrition-assistance programs.