Adams organized the Boy’s Corn Clubs in Newton County in 1904. These corn clubs are widely known as the predecessors of Georgia 4-H, making Adams the father of 4-H in Georgia. In 1913, the Girl’s Tomato Canning Club, an offshoot of the boy’s agricultural clubs, was created.

“His effort to teach 151 boys how to grow a better crop of corn was the beginning of the 4-H program in Georgia,” said Arch Smith, Georgia's state 4-H leader. “These young students carried back to their parents the message of better agricultural practices, which improved farm production methods in the early 1900s.”

Adams extended his impact on the agricultural community when he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1926. He served on agriculture and education committees; and, in 1932, he was elected commissioner of agriculture.

He was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2002.

“Adams’ legacy as an educator and public servant lives through the 4-H program,” Smith said, “which today reaches over 184,000 of the youngest students of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”

Boyd was a champion of the animal sciences at UGA in the 1960s and 1970s. He merged the CAES departments of animal science and dairy science and brought in new sources of external funding to strengthen the department and operations at UGA Experiment Stations across the state.

“This willingness to think outside the proverbial box led to CAES becoming one of the premier UGA units for generating private support,” said Rep. Chuck Williams, who graduated from the college in 1977.

When Boyd retired from UGA in 1992, he was asked to develop and lead the statewide Advisory Board for Agricultural Experiment Stations in Georgia. This board later merged with the Extension Advisory Council, forming the CAES Advisory Council.