Dennis Brothers honored with SAEA Outstanding Extension Project Award

Dennis Brothers received the Southern Agricultural Economics Association’s Outstanding Extension Project Award at its annual meeting in early February. Brothers is an associate extension professor in the university’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.

The award was for his New Farmer’s Guide to the Commercial Broiler Industry, which included five extension publications, each peer reviewed through the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The guide also included presentations, complimentary publications and videos. The guide also won state and national finalist awards from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

“Dennis Brothers’ New Farmer’s Guide constitutes some of the most useful and scholarly extension work I have ever seen,” said Josh Duke, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Auburn. “In it, he wisely focuses on the financial realities facing new growers and breaks the management and financial considerations into five separate areas. Within a short span of time, the guide has already been used by industry groups and extension systems across multiple southern states.”

Brothers joined the Auburn agricultural economics faculty in 2018. Among other roles, he previously served as a poultry housing specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and as a poultry housing coordinator for Gold Kist Inc.

At its 2024 annual meeting, Auburn faculty received two of SAEA’s seven faculty awards. Paul Patterson, dean of Auburn’s College of Agriculture and director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, received the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


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