first_imgUniversity of Georgia professor Steve L. Brown will be awardedthe prestigious D. W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Public Servicefor extension Oct. 2 in Athens, Ga.Brown, a professor and extension specialist in the Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Entomology,is a widely recognized expert in integrated management of pestsin peanuts and stored products.His work is centered in two distinctly different program areas.He has been instrumental in finding a solution to tomato spottedwilt virus, one of Georgia peanut producers’ most damaging diseases.By 1995 the virus had become the greatest yield-limiting factorfor the billion-dollar Georgia peanut industry and had a severeimpact on other Georgia-grown crops, including tobacco, tomatoesand peppers.Tomato Spotted Wilt VirusBrown played a key role on a team of scientists that developedpractical programs and solutions to TSWV. He developed the UGASpotted Wilt Risk Index, a planning tool that assesses the riskof producer practices. Using hundreds of on-farm observations,the index is refined each year.While TSWV continues to be a threat to the Georgia peanut industry,the risk index has proven to be an accurate predictor of TSWV.It allows growers to avoid the devastating losses of previousyears.The risk index has yielded greater net returns for Georgiapeanut producers. Economic analysis of the risk index shows thatfor each percent decrease in risk index value, the net returnper acre increased by more than $11 in 1998. This resulted inan increase of $133 to $280 per acre.Besides his work with TSWV, Brown is a leading expert in theSoutheast for insect control in stored grains, peanuts and cottonseedand for postharvest entomology. Brown oversees the South’s onlydemonstration grain treatment and storage facility, which provideshands-on training for county Extension agents and growers.Other WinnersThe annual Brooks awards are presented to UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences faculty who excel in teaching, research,extension and international agriculture. The awards include aframed certificate and a $5,000 cash award.Other honorees this year were: Eddie McGriff, county extensionprogramming; Michael Dirr, teaching; John Ruter, research; andManjeet Chinnan, international agriculture.Before the awards ceremony, William F. Kirk, vice presidentof DuPont Biosolutions Enterprise, will deliver the D.W. BrooksLecture: “The 21st Century — An Agribusiness Odyssey.”The lecture and awards are named for the late D.W. Brooks,founder and chairman emeritus of Gold Kist, Inc., and founderof Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies. Brooks was an advisoron agriculture and trade issues to seven U.S. presidents. Steve L. Brownlast_img