UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored three of its graduates with 2013 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni.
Named Outstanding Alumni were Scott A. Burk, of Boalsburg; H. Louis Moore, of Linden Hall; and A. David Carroll Jr., of Berks County.
Burk, a 1995 graduate in landscape contracting, is president and CEO of Scott's Landscaping Inc., a landscape contracting company located in Centre Hall that provides service throughout central Pennsylvania. Since founding Scott's Landscaping with his wife, Kimberly, in 1990, Burk has expanded the company to provide full design, installation and maintenance services and a nursery division.
Burk is a leader in the "green industry" and has served on the board of the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association. He also served on the association's education committee and as a board member and president for the Central Pennsylvania Builders Association. He currently serves on the advisory committee for the Landscape Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Moore received bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural economics from Penn State in 1952 and 1956, respectively. He is a professor emeritus of agricultural economics, retiring from Penn State in 2011 after 55 years of service. As an extension economist in marketing in the 1970s, he pioneered the first educational programs in agricultural futures markets, which are now widely used by farmers and agricultural industries.
In 1997, Moore began a 13-year U.S. Department of Agriculture faculty exchange program that brought 75 faculty members from the former Soviet Union to the United States for intensive marketing training. He and his colleagues raised nearly $1 million to support the program. Moore is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association and has appeared regularly on WPSU-TV's "Weather World" program and its predecessor, "Farm, Home and Garden."
Carroll, a 1971 graduate with a bachelor's degree in plant science, is president of several companies in Berks County, including Giorgi Mushroom Co., Giorgio Fresh Co., Ontelaunee Farms Inc. and Donna Bell Farms Inc. As a plant pathology graduate student at Penn State in 1972-73, Carroll worked with his adviser, Lee C. Schisler, to develop a delayed release supplement, which increased mushroom crop yields significantly. The technology, patented and licensed by Penn State, is used globally to improve mushroom production and generated the highest intellectual property revenue in Penn State history.
Carroll has served on several advisory committees at Penn State, including the Mushroom Endowment Committee, and he chairs the Giorgi Mushroom Research Grant program. Currently, he is president of the Jeremy Carroll Foundation, honoring his late son by awarding college scholarships to local high school graduates. The foundation also supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Children's Home of Reading and other local charities.