Ambassador to the BREED Award

August 14, 2014

The American Boer Goat Association honored 16 people with Ambassador to the Bred Award at the Annual Members Banquet that took place during the 20th Anniversary ABGA National Show.

The Recipients of the 2014 Awards are:

  • Buck Pruitt
  • Jimmy Day
  • Kim Halfmann
  • Sammy Helmers
  • Don Jackman
  • Stan Keen
  • Norman Kohls
  • Mike Masters (Deceased)
  • Jane Meacham
  • Dian Newman
  • Lou Nuti
  • Ernest Schwarts
  • Mary Powis
  • Walter Pope III (Deceased)
  • Charles Turner
  • E. Whitehead

The Ambassador to the Breed Award was initiated by the ABGA Board of Directors in 2012 to honor people who the association believes have made an impact on the goat industry. In addition to receiving an ABGA bronze, the recipients’ names are placed on a plaque that resides in the ABGA office. They are also listed on the Ambassadors to the Breed page on the ABGA website.

Dr. Lous Nuti, recipient of the 2014 Breed Award

Dr. Lous Nuti and Buck Pruitt, recipients of the 2014 Breed Award

The first awards were given in 2013 and went to Dr. Frank Pinkerton, Marvin Shurley, the Kearney Family, and Dr. Frank Craddock.

Buck Pruitt and Dr. Lou Nuti both attended this year’s banquet and received their awards in person. The 16 individuals who received 2014 awards are those who first realized the full impact the South African Boer goat could have on the U.S. goat industry. They had the foresight and vision to enable them to put their personal differences aside and begin the work that would lead to the formation of the American Boer Goat Association.

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REAP 2014, “Sowing Into Your Future”

August 1, 2014

REAP participantsThe Research Extension Apprentice Program (REAP) has just come to a close after 2 weeks of learning, fun, relationship-building, and skill development. REAP is a program for high school juniors and seniors that are interested in Agriculture and/or Human Sciences. The program is 2 weeks long and provides on-campus room and board for the students along with conducting many fun and educational activities. The goal of the program is to educate students in research and extension related topics in a fun and interactive way, and motivate them to pursue a career in Agriculture or Human Sciences.

From June 15th to June 27th, the students attended a series of workshops and activities that were designed to teach the students skills that can help them be more efficient and maximize their potential and introduce them to some of the basics of Agriculture and Human Sciences. They discussed topics such as, the power of meditation, basic nutrition, the benefits of juicing, the power of forgiveness, and effective time management. The students also attended curriculum oriented seminars conducted by CARC researchers and scientists where they learned the basics of different agriculture and human sciences. They learned about chemistry, different types of soils, natural resources, environmental systems, hydrology, veterinary medicine, growth and development of livestock animals, and more.

The students were also able to visit the George Bush Library in College Station where they toured the museum and learned about former President George H. W. Bush. They also took a trip to Peckerwood Gardens in Hempstead where they were able to observe several different types of rare and uncommon plants.

The program came to an end on June 27th with a closing program for the students, parents, faculty, and staff in which the students were able to give emotional speeches and reflect about their experience in the program. The closing program also featured speeches from faculty and staff members of CEP and CAHS including a motivational speech from Dean of CAHS, Dr. Alton B. Johnson. Some of the students also took turns as Master of Ceremonies, and some entertained the crowd with dance and spoken word performances.

REAP 2014 turned out to be a success, and all the participants enjoyed their experience and their time at PVAMU. They all left with new friends and new skills to help them stay motivated and be successful and attend college, hopefully, at PVAMU CAHS.

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More photos from the REAP 2014 event can be found at the CAHS Facebook and Instagram pages

By Jakari Bates

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