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The Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame

Jesse Jewell

  • Born: March 13, 1902, Gainesville, Georgia
  • Died: January, 1975
  • Honored: October 5, 1988
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Occupation: Founder of J.D. Jewell, Inc.

Accomplishments: J.D. Jewell, Inc., has revolutionized the poultry industry in Georgia by selling feed and baby chicks on credit. He bought them back at broiler size for market price. Because of the resulting high volume of chickens, the first broiler processing plant in northeast Georgia was formed in 1941. Mr. Jewell served as the first president and board chairmen of the National Broiler Council; president of the Southeastern Poultry and Egg Association; director of the Institute of American Poultry Industries; and delegate to the 1951 Poultry Congress in Paris. He was chosen for the Poultry Hall of Fame of the Georgia Poultry Federation and presented the Sullivan Award for outstanding contributions to education in the South by Brenau College.

Jensen developed large combines fitted with special heads and vacuums, pioneered the market for vegetatively propagated grasses, and developed a transplanter, which, modified and automated, is still used today.

To promote the improved bermuda grasses developed by USDA and the University of Georgia for golf course use, Jensen formed Southern Turf Nurseries. His company was a key player in the development of turf into a multi-billion dollar business around the world.
Including Southern Turf Nurseries, Jensen is the founder, owner and operator of Tifton Seed Farms and Hall and Jensen Farms. He has served as trustee for the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College for over 30 years. He is an honorary alumnus of ABAC and an honorary member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). He has been active in the Tifton/Tift County Chamber of Commerce having received both Wall of Fame and Stafford awards. He has also held leadership roles on the Tift County Airport Authority, the Tift County Development Authority, the First Community Bank Board of Directors, and was president of Interstate Motor Hotels. Jensen was a founder of the Tift Regional Medical Foundation and remains active in personally funding scholarships.

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