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County agent earns highest UGA honor
Bill Tyson recognized with D.W. Brooks Award
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Bulloch County Agent Bill Tyson, right, says the weeks of drought are having a negative effect on crops, especially later-planted cotton and peanuts

Bulloch County residents depend a great deal on Bill Tyson.

Tyson is the county’s University of Georgia Cooperative Extension coordinator. He is available to answer questions and solve problems ranging from weeds in croplands to termites in your home.

Tyson’s years of service to the community led to him recently being honored by UGA with the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension.

The D.W. Brooks Awards are the highest honors given by the college. Tyson, among others, was recognized in a ceremony in Athens in early November.

“These winners are nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of judges as the most outstanding individuals in their fields,” said Sam Pardue, dean and director of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “They really are the best of the best.”

For more than 22 years, Tyson has worked in Bulloch and Effingham counties as a UGA Extension county agent. He started out in Bulloch County, then worked in Effingham County for 15 years. He returned to Bulloch County in 2014.

“I work with farmers, homeowners, the taxpayers of Bulloch County,” he said. “I help with problems with insects, disease, weed control and more.”

He does a great deal more than that, in reality. Tyson is the go-to man for many. He has a hand in peanut inspections, helps farmers determine the best time to harvest crops, teaches people how to detect pests in their fields and homes, and offers advice on when and what to spray or use to battle the pests, diseases or weeds.

According to a release from UGA, “In their nomination letters, colleagues described Tyson as having the ability to balance an on-farm research program that is helping to shape the best practices in agriculture across the Southeast with the day-to-day demands of a UGA Extension agent, which could include anything from identifying a problem with a constituent’s lawn to managing the county’s $212,000 Extension budget.”

Tyson said he was humbled by the award.

He is married to Kim Turner Tyson, and the couple has three boys — Turner, Gunnar and Konner. Originally from Brooklet, Tyson worked in the farming industry and as a Georgia Ag Chem employee before taking the position as UGA Extension agent.

In his spare time, Tyson enjoys hunting, fishing and playing golf.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

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