Published on 04/10/14

Culpepper, Kemerait named Walter Barnard Hill Award recipients

By Sharon Dowdy

Two University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty have received Walter Barnard Hill Awards in recognition of their public service and outreach programs.

Stanley Culpepper, a professor of crop and soil sciences, and Bob Kemerait, an associate professor of plant pathology, both received Hill Awards for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach.

The Hill Award is named in honor of Chancellor Walter Barnard Hill, who led the UGA from 1899 until his death in 1905. Hill’s desire for more university involvement in the state and his application of these outreach goals helped pave the way for a modern public service oriented university. While president of UGA, he also laid the foundations for the university’s colleges of agriculture and education.

Four UGA faculty members received this year’s award. Each made contributions to the improvement of the quality of life in Georgia, or elsewhere, in a way that greatly exceeds the normal accomplishments of a productive faculty member. The awards were presented during the 23rd Annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon held April 7 in Athens.

Stanley Culpepper

Culpepper, assists in the sustainability of family farms by helping growers control weeds effectively and economically. As a UGA Cooperative Extension weed scientist, he focuses his work on weed control in cotton, vegetables and small grains. He is actively involved in applied weed management research.

Culpepper has received numerous awards, the pinnacle of which came in 2010 when he became the first person in Extension to win the EPA’s Montreal Protocol Award for the preservation of the ozone layer.

Bob Kemerait

Kemerait focuses his work on disease and nematode management in peanuts, cotton, soybeans and field corn. He joined the UGA in 2000 as an Extension researcher and specialist.

Highlights of his career have included the development of “Peanut Rx,” a risk index for peanut diseases and the development of set recommendations for controlling nematodes affecting cotton. Kemerait has worked in Guyana and Haiti helping lead CAES peanut projects sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development.

Both Culpepper and Kemerait are also past recipients of the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension. The award is presented by UGA in honor of CAES alumnus D.W. Brooks, founder and chairman emeritus of Gold Kist Inc. Brooks advised seven U.S. presidents on various agriculture and trade issues and started Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies in 1941 to provide farmers with insurance.

Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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