Auburn University’s Agricultural Alumni Association inducted three members into its prestigious Hall of Honor Feb. 5 during a banquet at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center.
This year’s recipients were Eric Cates of Greenville, Milborn Chesser of Fyffe and A.W. “Buck” Compton of Nanafalia.
Cates still farms land that’s been in his family since 1818. As a former state representative, he sponsored current-use property tax valuation legislation.
Chesser is a retired poultry farmer who helped found the Bank of Fyffe, now Horizon Bank. He served for more than two decades as secretary-treasurer of the Alabama Farmers Federation.
Compton owns one of the South’s largest Charolais cattle herds and is a former Alabama Cattlemen’s Association president.
The Pioneer Award was presented posthumously to the families of William Dumas and Claude Moore, both of Auburn and former professors.
Dumas was known for his tillage, weed control and insecticide research. Moore taught poultry science and was a leading poultry geneticist in the ‘80s.
The Agricultural Alumni Association established the Hall of Honor in 1984. The banquet is held annually in conjunction with the association’s annual meeting. Learn more about the Hall of Honor and Pioneer Awards at agriculture.auburn.edu/alumni/hall-of-honor.