Ag Hall of Fame

first_imgBy Chowning JohnsonUniversity of GeorgiaStephen J. Brannen and William L. Lanier Sr. were inducted intothe GeorgiaAgricultural Hall of Fame Sept. 17 at the University ofGeorgia in Athens, Ga.The two were honored during the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences Agricultural Alumni Association dinner.Their portraits will be displayed in the CAES Activity Center onthe UGA campus in Athens.Since 1972, the CAES alumni have honored Georgians who havegreatly contributed to agriculture by inducting them into theGeorgia Agricultural Hall of Fame. This year’s event alsorecognized the alumni association’s 50th anniversary.Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin and Georgia FarmBureau President Wayne Dollar were also honored during the event.Steve BrannenBrannen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UGA and aPh.D. in agricultural economics at North Carolina State. Hereturned to UGA as an assistant county agent. He became anExtension economist, farm management specialist and Extensioneconomics department head. In 1967, he received the agriculturalalumni outstanding teacher award.For more than 27 years, Brannen chaired the UGA division ofagricultural economics. Under his leadership, the division waspresented Farm Credit Banks of Columbia’s Medallion Award. Hereceived a special Georgia Farm Bureau award for hiscontributions to agricultural marketing.Brannen founded the Georgia Agribusiness Council and the GeorgiaSociety of Farm Managers and Appraisers. He published “FarmEconomic Briefs” and contributed to Georgia’s Farm Record Bookand the Farm Income Tax Guide.He was a consultant and advisor for the U.S. Department ofAgriculture, Coastal Plains Regional Commission, Opekasit Inc.,Commodity Credit Corporation, Financial Services Inc. and FarmCredit Banks of Columbia.Brannen is a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, AGHON, AmericanAgricultural Economics Association and International Associationfor Agricultural Economists. He is a charter member and formersecretary, treasurer and president of the Georgia Society of FarmManagers and Rural Appraisers.Bill LanierLanier grew up in Candler County, Ga. He graduated from AbrahamBaldwin Agricultural College and UGA with a bachelor’s degree inagronomy. He was twice named “Who’s Who Among Students inAmerican Universities and Colleges.”As a member of the Georgia Legislature, Lanier wrote more farmand consumer protection legislation than anyone else in Georgia’shistory. He chaired the House Agriculture Committee in 1954-1958and drafted many amendments and legislative acts that have helpedimprove Georgia’s agriculture.Lanier was appointed to the U.S. President’s Consumer AdvisorBoard.He served on advisory boards and in other roles for C&S NationalBank, Southern Boosters, Agriculture Public Relations Committee,Cotton Inc., Tobacco Stabilization Corporation, American FarmBureau, Altamaha-Georgia Southern Area Planning and DevelopmentCommission, Eterna Club, U.S./U.S.S.R. Exchange Team, Boy Scoutsof America, National Cotton Council, Pineland State Bank, CandlerCounty Hospital and the CAES Alumni Association.Lanier was awarded Man of the Year in Georgia Agriculture byProgressive Farmer Magazine. He earned many other honor,including “Mr. Baldwin,” “Georgia Tree Farmer of the Year,””Citizen of the Year” and “Conservation Man of the Year.”Irvin, DollarCAES dean and director Gale Buchanan presented engraved crystaloctagons to Irvin and Dollar to commemorate their distinguishedservice to Georgia agriculture.”Commissioner Irvin and President Dollar have not onlyorchestrated dollars to enhance our teaching, research andextension mission of the college, they have supported our statebudget and legislative requests,” Buchanan said. “And they haveworked behind the scenes to ensure that we remain a productiveland-grant institution.”Buchanan attributed the success of the CAES to the strongpartnership among the college, Farm Bureau and the Department ofAgriculture.Irvin and his wife Bernice fund the Tommy Irvin Scholarship.Through the Department of Agriculture and Georgia SeedDevelopment Commission, he also helped fund an eminent scholar inbiotechnology and seed development. He is already a member of theGeorgia Agricultural Hall of Fame.Through Dollar’s leadership, the Georgia Farm Bureau hassponsored and supported student activities such as Georgia 4-Hand many CAES events.(Chowning Johnson is a student writer with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more