2020 George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award

March 29, 2021

Dewayne L. Goldmon (’91 PhD agronomy)
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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Dewayne Goldmon is a recognized national leader in diversity and inclusion in agriculture. He played a pivotal role in creating the National Black Growers Council, an organization with a mission of improving the sustainability of Black row-crop farmers. He currently serves as executive director of the organization, and manages his family’s 1,400-acre farm operation near Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In 2021, Goldmon was appointed senior advisor for racial equity to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack.

Goldmon’s work in diversity and inclusion began during his undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas, where he worked to recruit students of color. During his graduate studies at Iowa State University, Goldmon was a member of the college’s minority programs team, recruiting and advising undergraduate students of color. He was a founding member and advisor of the Iowa State Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) student organization.

Following graduation, Goldmon had a highly successful career in the agricultural seed and chemical industry, working in technology and product development, government affairs, and human resources. He retired in 2019 as the outreach lead for Bayer Crop Sciences.

Throughout his career, Goldmon’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has remained steadfast. He is currently serving his third term on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers and serves on boards for MANRRS, the Southern Risk Management Education Center and the Policy Center for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers.

Goldmon is an avid supporter of higher education, serving on the advisory boards for the University of Arkansas Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences; University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; and Tuskegee University. He regularly presents to Iowa State students through the Department of Agronomy seminar series and the MANRRS student organization.