Who’s Who of Humanitarians and Philanthropists

James W. Kuhlman

Title: County Extension Education Director,
Farmer (Retired)

Location: Mason City, IA United States


  • American Hereford Association (annual meeting, delegate, 2011-2012)
  • Central Gardens, Clear Lake, IA (board of directors, 2002-2019) (treasurer, 2003-2019)Central
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi
  • Holstein Association of American
  • Iowa Federation of National Association of Retired Federal Employees (chair, Iowa PAC, 2005-2008) (chair, national legislation committee, 2005-2008)
  • Iowa Hereford Association (director, 1991-1999)
  • Iowa Hereford Breeders Association (director, 2002-2008)
  • Iowa State University Extension Association (chair, retiree section, 1999-2000)
  • Mason City Chamber of Commerce (agriculture committee, 1981-2004) (chairman, regional issues committee, 1990-1991)
  • Mason City Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau (chair grants committee, 1998-2000)
  • National Association County Agricultural Agents (voting director, national committee, 1984) (voting director, 1990)
  • National Association Retired Federal Employees (co-chair state convention, 2001) (local chapter president, 1998-1999)
  • North Central Iowa Genealogy Club (past vice chair, 1997-1988) (president, 1999-2000)
  • North Iowa Fair (board of directors, 1984-2009)
  • Northern Iowa Figure Skating Club, Mason City, IA (past president, 1987-1989) (past treasurer, 1984-1987)
  • River City Trees (treasurer, 1998-2004)
  • Rotary Club Mason City (board of directors, 2000-2003) (board of directors, 2008-2010) (chair, rotary service) (committee chair, 1988) (committee chair, 1997-2014) (president, 2008-2009)
  • Sertoma Club (distinguished president of the world, 1965)
  • Village Co-op Mason City (chair, nominating committee, 2011-2019)
  • With, Congo Agriculture Project, North Central Office Presbytery (2006-2007)


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2019, 2017)
  • Graduate of Distinction Honoree, West Texas A&M University, Department of Agricultural Sciences (2019)
  • Inductee, Top Professionals of the Year, Marquis Who’s Who (2019, 2017)
  • Featured Member, Marquis Millennium Magazine, Marquis Who’s Who (2018, 2017)
  • Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2018,2016)
  • Recipient, Presentation Award, Rotary Club of Mason City (1995-2012)
  • Recipient, Honorary Award, Randall County Texas Extension Service (2011)
  • Inductee, Hall of Fame, Iowa Hereford Breeders Association (2009)
  • Recipient, Leadership Excellence Award, Rotary Club Mason City (2008-2009)
  • Named to Iowa’s 4-H Hall of Fame (2005)
  • Planted, J.W. Kuhlman Grove, honoring 35 years with the USDA Extension Service Agency, North Iowa Fairgrounds (1997)
  • Recipient, R.K. Bliss Extension Citation, Iowa State University (1995)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, National Association County Agricultural Agents (1984)
  • Recipient, 4-H Alumni Award (1979)
  • Recipient, Top Award, Lions Club International, Northwood, IA (1979)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Presidential Award, Sertoma Club International, Kearney, NE (1966)

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