UTIA Professor Receives Service to American/World Agriculture Award

Clark D. Garland Receives Distinguished NACAA Award​

Dr. Clark Garland receiving Award at NACAA meeting
Clark Garland (center) received the distinguished National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Service to American/World Agriculture Award. Presenting were 2018 NACAA President Alan Galloway (left) and David Perrin, who nominated Garland.
Photo by Scott Hawbaker.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — UTIA professor emeritus Clark Garland received the distinguished National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Service to American/World Agriculture Award in recognition of his immense contributions to agriculture. Garland was presented with the award at NACAA’s 103rd annual convention and professional improvement conference that was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“It’s difficult to estimate Dr. Garland’s impact on agriculture,” said Delton Gerloff, department head of Agricultural and Resource Economics. “It is likely best measured one farm family at a time. His vision and follow-through in the farm crisis of the 1980s were nothing less than brilliant. Farm families’ financial, mental and emotional health were strengthened and sometimes saved by his work—either directly by his analysis or indirectly by those he trained in the MANAGE educational program.”

Garland began his university career more than 48 years ago, working as an agricultural economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He has provided exemplary leadership and conducted farm and financial management education programs throughout Tennessee. His signature career achievement is the design, development and leadership of the highly successful MANAGE program, which employs farm management specialists across the state who work alongside Extension agents to help farm families evaluate their individual situation and assist them in improving their quality of life. More than 19,000 farm families have greatly benefited from the program, which is recognized as among the strongest and most effective in the nation.

In receiving the award, Garland said, “I share this award with Tennessee area farm management specialists and Extension agents. We did this work together.”

With a sustained record of external funding, Garland has served as principal investigator on 45 grants and contracts, totaling $4.6 million to develop, deliver and improve Extension programs. He also collaborated on 17 additional projects, with $2.2 million awarded.

Retirement has not hindered his devotion to agriculture, as he continues coordinating Tennessee’s Federal Income Tax Seminars, in cooperation with Tennessee Farm Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service. Last year, seminar participants completed more than 325,000 tax returns.

Garland has received numerous awards throughout his career including NACAA’s Distinguished Service Award; the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Southern Region National Award for Excellence in Extension; the Superior Service Award from Tennessee Valley Region Association of Demonstration Farm Families; and the University of Tennessee’s B. Ray Thompson Sr. Outstanding Faculty Performance Award and the Webster Pendergrass Award for Outstanding Service.

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​