Aaron Smith Awarded J.E. Moss Achievement Award
​UTIA Chancellor Tim Cross (center front) is flanked by the 2017 J.E. Moss Award winners: (left to right) Charlie Parker and Joe Sarten, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science; Aaron Smith, Agricultural and Resource Economics; and Charles Lambrecht, CVM IT Team Leader.  Also pictured are the deans of the four UTIA units: (top row, left to right) Dr. Jim Thompson, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Delton Gerloff, UT Extension (interim); (center row, left to right) Bill Brown, UT AgResearch; and Caula Beyl, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Photo courtesy UTIA.​

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts. More than two dozen people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville July 28, 2017. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute. 

Dr. Aaron Smith, Assistant Professor in Agricultural & Resource Economics and a crop marketing specialist, is one of the four winners of the J.E. Moss Achievement Award.

 "I'm honored to receive the J.E. Moss Award for UT Extension,” Smith says. “Although this award highlights individual achievement, I could not have obtained success without an excellent team of coworkers and a supportive administration. I look forward to continuing to serve farm families and rural communities across Tennessee by providing them unbiased research based information that can improve farm profitability and overall quality of life."

Smith has been with UTIA four years. During that time, he’s conducted hundreds of meetings and met with thousands of producers and Ag industry leaders – and generated some economic impact of his own, landing the Institute grants totaling in the millions. Smith has been instrumental in developing a marketing network for row crop producers across Tennessee. As an extension educator, Smith focuses on marketing, management systems and risk management for grain, oilseed and fiber crops. He’s also involved with the “Considerations for Beginning Farmers” program, advising people new to Ag to diversify their operations and have a business plan.

UTIA Chancellor Dr. Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people at the UT Institute of Agriculture word hard every day to deliver real life solutions to our many stakeholders,” Cross says. “Recognition of the outstanding work by our award winners inspires all of us to strive for excellence and make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans.”

This honor was established in memory of J.E. and Ann Moss, and recognizes excellent in achievement in teaching, research, and Extension for the Institute of Agriculture. Awards are provided each year for each of the four units. Other winners were Charles Lambrecht, IT Specialist at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Charlie Parker, Director of UTIA Construction Science, and Joe Sarten, Agricultural Engineer with UT AgResearch.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.



Charles Denney, 865-382-8058 (mobile), cmdenney@utk.edu

Dr. Aaron Smith, 865-974-7476, aaron.smith@utk.edu​