State Sen. Mike Waugh is not a sports star, but he is a Hall of Famer.
Waugh, R-Shrewsbury, will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Livestock Association Hall of Fame during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Keystone International Livestock Exposition.
The event is at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Sale Arena of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center at 2300 N. Cameron St. in Harrisburg.
Waugh, the association's 44th Hall of Fame inductee, could not be reached for comment.
The Hall of Fame award honors excellence in animal agriculture and leaders in local, state, national and international endeavors, according to a news release from the State Department of Agriculture.
Waugh, an agricultural advocate, is vice chairman and former chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. Waugh's legislative work has led to the creation of the Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP), which offers tax credits to farmers who adopt conservation practices to reduce water pollution.
Other accomplishments: He also helped create the Farmers First Agenda that led to enhancements in farmland preservation, protections for the equine industry and the creation of the Healthy Farms, Healthy Schools initiative that increases the awareness of local agriculture by informing school students and their families about the benefits of choosing healthy foods that were grown within the state.
Waugh also has been an appointee to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Commission by the state's last four governors.
He is a founding member of the Friends of Farm Show Foundation, which raises funds to support educational opportunities provided during the annual show. He organized the celebrity draft horse driving competition, a fundraiser that brought in close to $20,000 in its first two years.
He is a member of the York County Farm Bureau and the
York County Cooperative Extension board and was instrumental in creating the draft horse show at the York Fair.
Preserved farm: He and his wife, Wanda, own Glen Ridge Farm, preserved land where they raise and train Percheron horses and grow hay as a cash crop.
They have shown their horses at the farm show and at Keystone International Livestock Exposition KILE. This year, Waugh is the horse show committee chairman.
Past winners' photos are displayed in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center.