Stanley Culpepper, UGA Cooperative Extension weed scientist on the Tifton campus, is the recipient of the 2016 regional Excellence in Extension Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
Culpepper is this year’s Southern Region recipient-he’s one of five national recipients of the award-and was recognized Nov. 13 at the 129th APLU meeting in Austin, Texas.
A self-professed “farm boy,” Culpepper’s teachings are different than most professors at land-grand universities. Instead of teaching students in a normal classroom, Culpepper travels the world every year educating farmers and industry personnel about weed management options for more than 50 different commodities. Since joining UGA in 1999, Culpepper has given more than 900 educational presentations across 24 states and countries. He has researched options to control Palmer amaranth, a devastating weed that’s costing Georgia farmers more than $100 million to manage each year.