The retiring president of the Georgia Egg Commission, Gainesville native Robert Howell, has been inducted into the commission's hall of fame.
Howell has served as the commission's president for the last four years and was its executive director for some 34 years. He also directed the activities of the state's egg trade group, the Georgia Egg Association.
He called his induction into the hall of fame "a wonderful conclusion to my career with the egg industry."
Howell has served as a state representative for the nation's egg promotional agencies on the American Egg Board and as president of the Georgia 4-H Advisory Council and the Metro Atlanta AG Communicators' Club. He was twice named as a Friend of Extension by the University of Georgia's Cooperative Extension Service, was made an honorary member of FFA, FHA, and AGHON (the University of Georgia's Agricultural Honor Society). In addition, he was the recipient of the Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association's Appreciation Award and the Georgia Egg Commission's Golden Egg Award.
​Hall of Fame members have been chosen every three years but, with the recent termination of the Commission's program (see earlier story; link below) Howell will be the last honoree. Howell joins eleven other industry leaders who have been selected to the Hall since its formation in 1981.
Commission chairman Dennis Hughes made the announcement and presented Howell's family with a portrait in his honor and a Waterford crystal egg to commemorate the event. Portraits of the Hall of Fame members are displayed as a part of the Georgia Egg Commission's exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village in Tifton.