The lecture will precede the announcement of the annual D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for Excellence, presented to UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences employees who excel in teaching, research and extension.
The teaching award was established in 1981 to recognize faculty members who make outstanding contributions and maintain excellence in the teaching program of the college. In 1983, the program expanded to include awards for research, extension and county extension programs. An award for international agriculture was added in 1988.
The Brooks awards include a framed certificate and $5,000 cash.
The lecture is named for the late D.W. Brooks, founder and chairman emeritus of Gold Kist, Inc. Brooks was an advisor to seven U.S. presidents on agriculture and trade issues. He started Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies in 1941 to provide farmers insurance.
His many honors for contributions to worldwide agriculture included being the first inductee into the UGA Agricultural Hall of Fame. He received the Distinguished Agribusiness Award from the Georgia Agribusiness Council and was named Progressive Farmer magazine's "Man of the Year in Agriculture in the South."
The CAES sponsors the annual lecture series in his memory.
(Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)