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first_imgBrooks Pennington, Jr.Pennington dedicated his life to building Pennington Seed, Inc., one of the most successful agribusinesses in the nation, which was founded by his father.He studied agricultural engineering and agronomy at UGA and put his knowledge to work at his family business. His textbook,”Seeds and Planting in the South,” is a standard for manySouthern colleges of agriculture.The chair of President Jimmy Carter’s first campaign forgovernor, he was also Carter’s presidential campaign agriculturalcoordinator in 1976.Pennington served in both chambers of the Georgia GeneralAssembly. For eight years he chaired the Georgia Senateagriculture and natural resources committee.He donated his political pay to the Brooks Pennington Sr.Scholarship Fund. This fund has enabled more than 30 students toattend college. Seven years after his death, Pennington is stilltouching students’ lives through his scholarship fund. Robert LowreyLowrey grew up in Floyd County, Ga. He earned bachelor’s andmaster’s degrees in animal science from UGA and a Ph.D. in animalnutrition from Cornell University.After working with the Atomic Energy Agricultural Research Lab in Oak Ridge, Tenn., he returned to UGA as an animal scienceresearcher on a team studying beef cattle nutrition. The team’sefforts led to the release of Coastcross-1 Bermuda grass.Lowrey was highly regarded by his more than 3,000 students. Hereceived many teaching awards, including the D.W. Brooks andJosiah Meigs awards. More than 50 of his former students work forthe UGA Extension Service. Many more are successful vocationalagriculture teachers, farmers and leaders.Since Lowrey retired in 1999, an endowed scholarship in his name has attracted more than $37,000 in contributions, an indication of the high esteem in which his students, colleagues, friends and family hold him. Garland ThompsonThompson is an agricultural banker and avid soil conservationist. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he earned degrees from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and UGA.At the Trust Company Bank of Coffee County, he pioneered banking services now offered in banks across Georgia.Thompson is a member and past chairman of the Georgia BankersAssociation Agriculture Committee, which informs bankers oncommunity, economic and agribusiness development issues.While chairing the Southeast Georgia Area Planning andDevelopment Commission, Thompson helped establish a $4 millionethanol fuels distillery that bought wheat and corn from localfarmers.His efforts also led the expansion of a jet aircraft enginecomponent manufacturer that created 300 new jobs, a $10 millionCoats and Clark yarn plant (250 jobs) and Joseph CampbellCompany’s purchase of Douglas Foods (700 jobs).He has been a district soil-and-water supervisor for almost 30years, and in 1977, Gov. George Busbee appointed him to the StateSoil Conservation Committee, which finds ways to develop landwithout harming the environment. He was reappointed by GovernorsJoe Frank Harris and Zell Miller and named chairman by RoyBarnes.In 1982, Thompson was named Man of the Year in Service to Georgia by Progressive Farmer magazine for his solid, lifelong support of agriculture and agricultural research and extension in Georgia.To learn more about the GeorgiaAgricultural Hall of Fame, seethe Hall of Fame Web site (interests.caes.uga.edu/aghalloffame/).center_img By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaRobert Lowrey, the late Brooks Pennington Jr. and GarlandThompson were named to the Georgia Agricultural Hall of FameSept. 5 in Athens, Ga.Since 1972, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has recognized Georgians who haveextraordinarily contributed to agriculture by inducting them intothe Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame.The Hall includes Georgia governors, lawyers, farmers, bankers, educators and others. Their portraits are displayed in the CAES Activity Center on the UGA campus in Athens, Ga.last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Volunteer Centre will be holding an information session on Garda Vetting at their offices on Port Road Letterkenny on Tuesday the 21st of May at 6.30pm.Groups are getting ready for Garda vettingJohn Curran the Manager of Donegal Volunteer Centre and the Garda Vetting Authorised Signatory for Co Donegal said now is the time for groups to get ready for Garda vetting.“The Garda Vetting Bill that is currently being considered by the Oireachtas will once enacted, have a considerable impact on how the community sector engages with young people and vulnerable adults. Now is the time for groups to prepare the ground work to ensure that their services are not impacted when vetting becomes mandatory.” The aim of the session will be to clarify the process, procedures and indeed myths around Garda Vetting.The Donegal Volunteer Centre processes in excess of three hundred Garda Vetting applications annually and works with groups in establishing the policies and procedures to ensure that both the groups and the volunteers are supported through the vetting process.The Garda Vetting session will be one of a range of activities held across Donegal to mark National Volunteer Week, which aims to celebrate and acknowledge volunteers across Donegal. For more information or to book a place at this event contact Caroline Jahn of Donegal Volunteer Centre on [email protected] or 074 9126740.About Donegal Volunteer Centre Donegal Volunteer Centre is focused on providing a support service to both groups and individuals in Donegal. The DVC has in excess of 1600 registered volunteers and work with more than 400 groups across Donegal. GARDA VETTING FOR DONEGAL’S VOLUNTEER GROUPS – GET THE FACTS NOT THE MYTHS was last modified: May 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Volunteer GroupGarda vettinglast_img read more