Edward Twidwell, Merrill, Thomas A., Devillier, James E. | 3/23/2006 2:56:59 AM
News Release Distributed 03/22/06
Two LSU AgCenter faculty members received awards at the annual meeting of the American Forage and Grassland Council earlier this month (March 10-14) in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Ed Twidwell, LSU AgCenter professor and specialist in the Agronomy and Environmental Management Department, received the group’s Medallion Award, and Dr. James Devillier, the AgCenter’s area livestock specialist for East Feliciana and West Feliciana parishes, received the council’s Merit Award.
The American Forage and Grassland Council is a national organization with a membership of about 2,500 people. The organization consists of livestock and forage producers, industry personnel, university faculty and staff members and government agency personnel. The core purpose of council is to advance forage agriculture and grassland stewardship.
The Medallion Award is the highest recognition given by the American Forage and Grassland Council. The recipient must have made such outstanding contributions on behalf of forages and grasslands and to the council to have earned national recognition for work in research, teaching, extension, production or industrial development.
Twidwell has been involved with the American Forage and Grassland Council for more than 20 years. He has served on numerous committees, on its board of directors and as president during 2004-2005. He also was chairman of the council’s 2003 annual conference in Lafayette, La.
In addition, Twidwell currently serves as secretary of the Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council and has been involved with state forage councils in Indiana, South Dakota and Louisiana.
Twidwell also was instrumental in helping American Forage and Grassland Council develop the Certified Grassland Professional program. This program is designed to help ensure that individuals working in the forage and grasslands area meet the highest standards of the profession.
He works closely with the extension agents throughout Louisiana in providing educational programs dealing with forage crops. He writes publications, presents information at producer meetings and field days and puts out field demonstrations dealing with various aspects of forage production.
The Merit Award is presented to individuals who have made superior contributions in some phase of forage and grassland agriculture. Recipients have earned recognition among their colleagues for work and productivity in forage or grassland agriculture in research, teaching, extension, production or industrial development.
In presenting the award to Devillier, the council recognized the excellent job he does in providing educational programs dealing with forages and beef cattle to his clientele. He also was cited for organizing numerous meetings, field days and seminars, as well as his service as coordinator of a statewide forage bull test.
Devillier is active in the state forage organization, known as the Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council. He has been a member of that group for many years and has served on its board of directors and as its president. He also has worked with local producers in encouraging them to enter their hay into LFGC and AFGC hay shows, nominating them for awards and helping some of them make presentations at AFGC annual meetings.
Ed Twidwell at (225) 578-4564 or firstname.lastname@example.org
James Devillier at (225) 683-3101 or email@example.com
Tom Merrill at (225) 578-5896 or firstname.lastname@example.org