Introducing the GW Bird Family Foundation for Environmentally Sound Agriculture

Former students, colleagues and family of MSU Entomology Professor Emeritus George Bird are honoring his international commitment to environmentally sound agriculture with an award and grant organization.

George W. Bird

George Bird is well known across the country and internationally for his work with integrated pest management, sustainable agriculture and sustainable-equitable development. He has applied his diverse training in nematology, plant pathology, entomology and horticulture to cultivate the evolution of innovations in these fields. He has been a consistent voice in academia for partnering with farmers to support environmentally sound agriculture.

In his honor, a new foundation has been established with the goal to foster environmentally sound agricultural innovation. The foundation will sponsor:

  • An annual award for environmentally sound agriculture innovation by an individual or group.
  • Environmentally sound agriculture innovation grants.
  • A website for enhancing environmentally sound agricultural.

The foundation’s board of directors will include the MSU Entomology chairperson.  The first GW Bird Environmentally Sound Agriculture Award will be announced at the end of 2022, with a call for nominations to take place in the near future.  

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