AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2019 UTIA Luncheon


J.E. Moss AgResearch Award recognizes excellent achievement in research for the Institute of Agriculture. Awards are selected by the deans of AgResearch in consultation with the UTIA chancellor. These individuals demonstrate research excellence and collegiality in their field of research.

Greg Blaylock was awarded the J.E. Moss AgResearch Award for his contribution to research projects ranging from cattle production to horticulture. Blaylock is the senior supervisor of the Plateau Research and Education Center where he has served for 38 years. Read more about Greg and his award here.













T.J. Whatley Young Scientist Award is presented to a young scientist with more than five years of service to the Institute. This faculty member should possess the aptitude, judgment, drive, and interpersonal skills to have an outstanding and productive career as an agricultural scientist.

The T.J. Whatley Young Scientist Award was presented to Dr. Neelam Poudyal, associate professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. Poudyal investigates economic issues in natural resource management and is responsible for teaching courses such as Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Find out more about Neelamís work and his award here.













Research Impact Award is presented to a UT AgResearch faculty or professional staff member whose efforts have had a profound effect on improving efficiency, sustainability, and/or economic viability of the food and fiber industry of rural areas in Tennessee.

Professor Bob Trigiano is the 2019 Research Impact Award winner. Dr. Trigiano a professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology where he works with plant pathological and horticultural projects to improve the green industries. Read about Trigiano's work and his award here.













B. Ray Thompson Outstanding Faculty Performance Award is named in honor of B. Ray Thompson, a Knoxville businessman who made significant contributions to UT and the Institute of Agriculture. The honor is made possible by earnings from the Thompson Endowment, and is presented annually to UTIA faculty who have distinguished themselves by their exceptional performance.

Dr. Robert Hayes is the winner of the B. Ray Thompson Outstanding Faculty Performance Award. Hayes is a weed scientist by trade and currently serves as the director of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson. Read more about Hayes' work and his award here.











UTIA Institute Professor Award is the highest honor awarded by the Institute of Agriculture. The award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates high achievement in teaching, research, and service.

Dr. Burt English, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics, is the winner of the Institute Professor Award. English works in the area of production economics, precision agriculture, and rural development. Read more about English's award and work with the Institute.