Larry Brown, retired USPOULTRY vice president of education, was recently awarded the 2022 Poultry Science Association (PSA) American Poultry Historical Society Award. The award is given to recognize the interest in documenting and recording historical information regarding the poultry industry development, to preserve artifacts and other items of historical interest to the poultry industry and to encourage the publication of recorded historical information in papers, books, etc.

“We are grateful to both PSA and the American Poultry Historical Society for recognizing Larry in this manner,” said John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY. “This award highlights the dedication, professionalism and integrity he has always exhibited in service to the poultry industry,” added Starkey.

Brown is a Georgia native. He attended the University of Georgia where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Journalism. Following graduation, in 1967, Brown began four years of service in the United States Air Force. He was public information officer in Washington State, Guam and North Dakota, acting as base spokesman, publisher of the base newspaper and responsible for public relations with news media, local government officials and civic leaders.

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Following his discharge from the Air Force, Brown joined the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) regional office in Nashville, Tenn., and was later named chief of the Veteran’s Assistance Division. He managed the division’s functions, supporting military veterans and dependents throughout the state, including veterans benefits counseling and assisting with applications for disability benefits, education programs and home loans.

In 1977, Brown joined the staff of Southeastern Poultry & Egg Association in Decatur, Ga. (now the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association), as communications director. He worked with industry media, wrote press releases and edited association publications. Later, he was named vice president of education, managing a comprehensive series of industry education programs consisting of annual conferences and seminars for all phases of poultry and egg company management. He was a recipient of the association's highest annual industry recognition, Workhorse of the Year. Brown retired in 2007. In retirement, he continues to consult with the association on a variety of projects and activities.