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Throughout the years, many Crop and Soil Sciences faculty have been honored with the coveted D.W. Brooks Award. 

The D.W. Brooks Lecture Series and Faculty Awards for Excellence are named for a Georgian whose contributions to agriculture are respected worldwide. An alumnus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, D.W. Brooks (BSA—Agronomy, 1922, MSA—Agronomy, 1924) devoted his career to improving lives through innovations in agriculture.


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CRSS Researchers Awarded $10M USDA Sustainable Agricultural Systems Grant

The AFRI-Sustainable Agriculture Systems (SAS) program awarded $10 million to the project “Enhancing the Sustainability of US Cropping Systems through Cover Crops and an Innovative Information and Technology Network."

The funding will support a coalition of university, non-profit, and federal scientists (~100 scientists from 35 institutions) with expertise in crop management, systems modeling, social science, technology (sensing technology, computer science, and AI/machine learning experts), and human-centered design (farmer-driven research, technology, and outreach).

Dr. Miguel Cabrera (Crop and Soil Sciences professor) and Dr. Jennifer Jo Thompson (Crop and Soil Sciences Assistant Research Scientist), along with ALEC faculty members Alexa Lamm and Kevan Lamm, are part of the UGA team that will contribute to on-farm field research with Georgia farmers, help to develop decision-tools for adaptive cover crop management, coordinate efforts to study the effectiveness of this information network as a model for integrating participatory research and practice, and serve as external evaluators on the project.

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Gary Hawkins Honored at NACAA

Gary L. Hawkins received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the 2019 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Gary L. Hawkins was one of several honorees who represent the top two percent of the membership selected by their peers and the Director of Extension. The following represents the awardee's recognition citation:

Dr. Hawkins has worked for the University of Georgia for 18 years and served as the Water Resources Specialist for 4 years. He provides statewide training and programs in the areas of pollution prevention, alternative energy, water quality, and water quantity.  Dr. Hawkins has served as a GACAA committee chair and is currently GACAA Vice-President. He has also served as President of the GA ANREP, GA JCEP Chair, and on the Galaxy planning committee.