UT Institute of Agriculture Presents Top Faculty and Staff Awards for 2022
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and Extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions luncheon on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 16, 2022. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.
UT Institute of Agriculture Senior Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President Carrie Castille hosted the award winners and celebrated their work. “I am so excited to recognize excellence as exemplified by the award-winning members of our UTIA faculty and staff,” Castille says. “Their continuing commitment to our land-grant mission ensures that the Institute develops and delivers real-life solutions to improve the health and economy of our state and beyond while also enhancing our environment.”
Anthony Shelton, director and agricultural agent in Washington County, is one of three statewide winners of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievements. Established by longtime supporters of the Institute of Agriculture Charles Wharton and his late wife Julie, and now supported by Charles and Lori Wharton, this award is presented to three UT Extension agents annually. These agents may conduct programs in any area, including agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and economic and resource development. The other two winners are Tonya Bain, 4-H specialist for UT Extension’s Western Region, and Shelly Barnes, family and consumer sciences agent in Wilson County.
“I am honored to win the Charles and Julie Wharton Award. Extension has allowed me to give back to an industry that I care about deeply,” Shelton says.
Shelton has been a key leader in the development of the Spring and Fall Washington County Cattleman’s Association Heifer sales since 2010. He has also facilitated producers in establishing the East Tennessee Cattle Alliance Pre-condition Sales, where more than 3,000 value-added feeder calves are sold each year. He also is one of the Extension leaders for the Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo and works with forage and row crop producers as well.
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