UT Extension Director wins Institute of Ag Award

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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 held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 17, 2018. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners and praised them for their work. “The people we recognized at our ceremony exemplify the Institute of Agriculture’s commitment to our mission of providing real life solutions through teaching, discovery and service on campus ― throughout Tennessee and across the world,” Cross says. “Their hard work and dedication inspires all of us to be our best.” Matt Webb, UT Extension director for Marshall County, is the winner of the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Agents and Specialists Award. The award is also named for Billy G. Hicks, dean emeritus of UT Extension.

Webb helped establish a Heifer Development School for local cattle producers – a curriculum that may soon go statewide. He’s also teamed with agents in neighboring counties in beef and dairy programs, provided instruction in small ruminant programs, as well as forage production and weed and pest identification. He is also a lead organizer of the annual Middle Tennessee Grain Conference in Manchester. Matt met his wife Savannah while both were UT Extension agents at a Junior High 4-H camp.

“I am very humbled and honored to receive the Hicks Award,” Webb says. “I am grateful for all the coworkers, farmers and 4-H youth that I get to work with in this profession. This award is a reminder of those great relationships and the encouragement I have received from my coworkers, friends and family.”

David Bilderback, area farm management specialist – headquartered in Loudon and serving UT Extension’s Eastern Region – was also named as a recipient of the Hicks award.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrates 50 years of excellence in providing Real. Life. Solutions. Through teaching, discovery and service. ag.tennessee.edu​.