Tifton Gazette

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November 14, 2012

UGA honors Tift County Extension Coordinator Brian Tankersley

TIFTON — Brian Tankersley, Tift County Extension coordinator, was recently awarded two top University of Georgia honors for his outstanding Extension programming.

In September, Tankersley received the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association 2012 Award of Excellence, which is presented to a University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences graduate who has achieved excellence in their chosen field and/or in their community. In October, Tankersley also received the prestigious University of Georgia, D.W. Brooks Award of Excellence for Public Service Extension Programs.

Tankersley has been a member of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension faculty for 28 years. He is fervent about serving clientele in Tift County. He plans and conducts agricultural and natural resources educational programs for the county’s $150 million agricultural industry.

He has worked with a value added farmer cooperative and worked alongside producers and extension specialists to evaluate and develop strategies to improve profitability for producers. He has made presentations on the local, state and national levels on different agricultural topics. He has been active in 4-H programming where he has coached and provided leadership to five national winning teams.

He was the 2006 winner of the University of Georgia Walter Bernard Hill Award, recognizing for distinguished achievement in public service and outreach.

Tankersley and his wife, Becky, have two sons, Daniel and Ross; a daughter-in-law, Abby; a daughter, Samantha; and two grandchildren, Chas and Elle.

 

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