AUBURN, Ala.—The Auburn University Agricultural Alumni Association will pay tribute to five distinguished individuals for the positive impacts they have had on Alabama agriculture during its 2013 Alabama Agricultural Hall of Honor Banquet, set for Thursday, Jan. 31, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center in Auburn at 6:15 p.m.

Three of the individuals—Robert N. Brewer of Auburn, Philip Martin of Enterprise and Tommy Paulk of Decatur—will be inducted into the association’s Hall of Honor, which recognizes living Alabamians who have made significant contributions to the state’s agriculture industry.

Brewer, the honoree in the education/government sector of agriculture, was a faculty member in the Department of Poultry Science at Auburn for 32 years, serving as department head from 1987 to 2000. Martin, selected as the inductee in the production sector, has served many leadership roles within Alabama’s agriculture industry, including 31 years as president of the Coffee Country Farmers Federation Board of Directors, nine years on the Alabama Farmers Federation State Board and 55 years on the American Dairy Association of Alabama Board. Paulk, president and CEO of the Alabama Farmers Cooperative, is the inductee in the agribusiness sector.

Also during the banquet, the association will present its 2013 Agricultural Pioneer Awards to the families of the late Everett C. Easter of Limestone County, an early leader in bringing electricity to rural Alabama, and the late Samuel I. Hinote of Robertsdale, a trailblazer in the state’s farm-raised catfish industry. The Pioneer Awards are given posthumously to individuals who played a role in shaping Alabama’s agriculture industry.

Tickets to the 2013 Hall of Honor banquet are $50 per person; opportunities for corporate sponsorships of the event are available. For more information on corporate sponsorships or the awards and banquet, contact Elaine Rollo at 334-844-3204 or rollome@auburn.edu.

The Ag Alumni Association established the Hall of Honor in 1984. The awards banquet is held each year in conjunction with the association’s annual meeting. Learn more about the Agricultural Hall of Honor at http://www.ag.auburn.edu/alumni/hall-of-honor/.