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    Louis L. Brooking, Jr.  

             

    Louis Brooking, Jr. a Virginia native grew up on a grain and cattle farm in Henrico County before attending VA Tech, majoring in Agronomy.  In June of 1968 Louis and his wife Ginger began operation of Brookmeade Sod Farm.  Louis is dedicated to turf research and biotechnology, which is demonstrated by supporting   Virginia Tech’s Plant Pathology Department which studied Brown Patch on his farm for over 25 years. Louis is a past president of Turfgrass Producers International, and remains active serving on the Past President Council. He has been President of the VA Sod Growers Association three times, and has served on the Board of Directors for both TPI and VSG. He is a past Chairman of the VA Agribusiness Council. Locally he served as a board member of Henrico and Hanover County Farm Bureaus, Hanover Country Club and The Ashland Youth Soccer League (also past president.) Recently Louis ended his 19 years of service on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Agribusiness Council. He is currently active with the VA Farm Bureau Green Industry Advisory Board; as well as a business partner with Hanover County's Partners in Education.

    His character and dedication to the Turf Industry have been recognized numerous times with the following awards:

    ·        UT Prosim Society

    ·        1993- R.D. Cake Memorial Award –significant contribution of the VA Turfgrass Industry

    ·        2005 –Virginia Turfgrass Council Award

    ·        2006 – Virginia Turfgrass Council Presidents Award

    ·        2007 – Lifetime membership VA Turfgrass Council

    ·        2008 -  Outstanding Alumni Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity

    ·        2008 – Hanover County Lifestyle Business Award

    ·        2008 – VA Agribusiness Council Distinguished Leadership Award

    ·        2012 – VA Agribusiness Council – Special Recognition of an Agribusiness Award

    ·        2013 – VA Tech College of Agriculture and Life Science – Outstanding Alumnus for the Department of Crop & Soil Services

            

    Brooking had considered becoming a golf superintendent but soon after graduation, with his father’s encouragement he started a turf farm in Hanover County strategically located on the South Anna River. In June of 1968 along with his wife, Ginger they opened Brookmeade Sod Farm. Since the beginning both husband and wife have been hands on operating the farm. Brookmeade has sod growing on 3 farms in Hanover County, as well as a large family of employees, many of whom have been with him for 20+ years. Louis, a dedicated farmer is extremely knowledgeable; he is dedicated to turf research with biotechnology, and believes that exciting new ideas are always on the horizon.

       Louis resides in Hanover County on the farm he started in 1968 with his wife Ginger. The Brookings’ have two sons, Louie and Matthew.  Louie is close by, working at Brookmeade’s Vontay location.  Matt is a computer engineer, residing in Northern Virginia with his wife Jeni and the Brookings’ grandchildren Isabelle, Ryan and Olivia.  Louis has enjoyed world travel with the International Turf Producers learning about sod production around the world. In 1993 Brooking spoke at Beijing University to a fledgling turf industry that has gone on to become world class. An avid VA Tech Football fan, a season ticket holder - home games have him tailgating with college buddies, cheering on the Hokies.   Louis still enjoys skiing in the winter, and relaxing at Myrtle Beach when Ginger can pull him away from the farm. His favorite pastime by and large is working on the farm and seeing the product of his labor.