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Scott Piggott is the recipient of the 2019 Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.

BS 1998, MS 2010 Biosystems Engineering

Scott Piggott was named Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Farm Bureau in April of 2012. As CEO, he is responsible for planning, managing and supervising all ongoing services and programs provided by the Farm Bureau for its members. Michigan Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization with more than 213,000 members.

Piggott began his career with Michigan Farm Bureau in 2000 as the Natural Resources and Right to Farm specialist, and became manager of the newly created Agricultural Ecology Department in 2002, where his responsibilities included all environmental issues that impact agriculture.

He has served on more than 20 boards and committees including cochairing the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (serving alongside several MSU leaders as cochair for 12 years) and the Michigan Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council. He represented Great Lakes Basin agriculture in the development of the Great Lakes Compact that was eventually codified in state and federal law.

He has participated in transition teams for State of Michigan administration changes, and serves as a director for several non-profits and financial institutions. He has been an invited fellow for environmental concerns at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto. He has also served MSU in leadership and advisory capacities for several endowed chair searches, curriculum reviews, and Right to Farm practice standard committees. He currently serves on the MSU Institute of Water Resources Advisory Team.

Piggott previously received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from the MSU Agricultural Engineering Department. Scott farms with his family near Fowler with his wife Donna and four children Danielle, Kaitlin, Anthony and Andrew.