Published on 09/11/01

Phillips to Deliver Brooks Lecture Oct. 1

Michael J. Phillips, executive director of food and agriculture for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, will be the featured speaker at the 2001 D.W. Brooks Lecture Oct. 1 in Athens, Ga.

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Michael Phillips will deliver the 2001 D.W. Brooks lecture.
Phillips' lecture, "The Future of Agricultural Biotechnology," will precede the presentation of the annual D.W. Brooks Awards. The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the Mahler Auditorium of the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

The first Brooks Award was established in 1981 to recognize faculty members who make outstanding contributions and maintain excellence in the teaching program of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Awards Expanded

In 1983, the awards were expanded to include research, extension and county extension programs. An award for international agriculture was added in 1988. Each award includes a framed certificate and a $5,000 cash award.

The lecture is named for the late D.W. Brooks, founder of Gold Kist, Inc., and Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies.

Brooks advised seven U.S. presidents on farm and trade issues. Among his many honors, he was the first inductee into the UGA Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.