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UT Extension Agent Wins Institute of Agriculture Award

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 11:55 am

Creig Kimbro is honored for work in Grundy County

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently honored some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and outreach experts with a number of prestigious awards. More than 30 people were recognized with a variety of honors — many gifts sponsored by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Creig Kimbro, UT Extension Director in Grundy County, received the Charles and Julie Wharton Award — one of three agents statewide to be recognized here. Kimbro has served his entire 16-year Extension career in Grundy County.

Kimbro UTKimbro works as Grundy County’s primary agricultural agent, with work goals to help farmers increase profit margins in row crop production, cattle and forage production, and an increasing commercial horticulture industry. Kimbro has reached more than 20,000 commercial horticulture producers through his educational programming in recent years. He has also worked closely with George Clay of Pelham, who was recently named “Tennessee Farmer of the Year” for 2015 by UT Extension.

In addition, Kimbro is one of three pond management specialists statewide, helping landowners care for their ponds as a source of water for agriculture and wildlife habitat.

“It’s an honor to receive the Charles and Julie Wharton Achievement Award. I really enjoy my job and appreciate the recognition,” Kimbro says.

Kimbro received the honor at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions luncheon held in Knoxville recently. UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington expressed his appreciation to all the honorees at the event. “Our faculty and staff carry out the mission of UTIA every day,” Arrington says. “We have so many talented and dedicated people all across the state, and they do an amazing job for the people of Tennessee. It was an honor to recognize all these award winners for their hard work.”

Kimbro is also part of UT Extension’s Strategic Planning Team – a statewide group of agents looking to grow and promote the organization. Kimbro works here in providing leadership and guidance to other agents as well as potential employees to increase the skill level of personnel, reduce turnover rates and increase their job satisfaction.

This award is made possible by Charles Wharton and his late wife Julie. Mr. and Mrs. Wharton have been generous supporters of UTIA and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine through their financial gifts. The other winners of this award are Linda Hyder, Family and Consumer Science Agent in Sevier County, and Tim Smith, UT Extension Director for Obion County.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; the UT College of Veterinary Medicine; UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers; and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.