Farm Progress

Outstanding achievements recognized at 50th APRES annual awards program

Ron Smith 1, Senior Content Director

July 18, 2018

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The last order of business for the 50th Annual American Peanut Research and Education Society meeting was to recognize outstanding achievements.

APRES President Peter Dotray presented these awards:

Bailey Award

Mark Burow, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas Tech University

Joe Sugg Graduate Student Competition

  • First Place – D.J. Mahoney, North Carolina State University

  • Second Place - K.M. Eason, The University of Georgia

  • Third Place - S. Lamon, The University of Georgia

Corteva Agriscience Agriculture Division of DowDuPont Awards

  • Research-Barry Tillman, University of Florida

  • Education-Peggy Ozias-Akins, University of Georgia

Graduate Student Poster Competition

  • First Place - C.C. Weaver, University of Georgia

  • Second Place - J.M. Haynes, Clemson University

Coyt T. Wilson Distinguished Service Award

Craig K. Kvien, University of Georgia

Corley Holbrook, USDA-ARS, received a special peanut poster in recognition of his contributions on the APRES board. And Rick Brandenburg, new APRES President, presented Dotray with a plaque in recognition of his service.

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith 1

Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 40 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.

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