AFIA presents Feed Manufacturing Lifetime Achievement Award

Eugene Wagester was honored for his significant contributions to the animal feed industry

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) recently honored Eugene Wagester with the AFIA-Kansas State University Feed Manufacturing Lifetime Achievement Award for his impressive engineering developments. Wagester received the award May 4 at the AFIA Board of Directors dinner in Arlington, Va.

The AFIA-KSU Feed Manufacturing Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and honors U.S. feed industry retirees—or those who are no longer serving the industry or allied industries—who have made a significant contribution to animal feed in the U.S. over the length of their careers. Individuals are nominated in the areas of business, science and technology. The award began in 1995 and has only been awarded to 18 individuals, with the last recipient in 2003.

Wagester has more than 50 years of experience in engineering. In 1975 he founded Wagester Engineering, which is now known as WL Port-Land Systems, Inc.

"One of Eugene's most notable contributions to the industry was his assistance in the design and development of what was known to be the largest capacity feed mill in the industry in 1992," said Gary Huddleston, AFIA manager of feed manufacturing safety and environmental affairs.

Wagester is also known for the slip form concrete structure design and constructing a round bin hopper for ingredient and finish feed storage.

Wagester earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering at Michigan State University. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Concrete Institute, and is a licensed Professional Civil and Structural Engineer in multiple states.