KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and outreach experts. Thirty-two people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held in early August. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.
Mike Buschermohle, precision agriculture expert with UT Extension and professor in biosystems engineering and soil science, is the winner of the B. Ray Thompson Award. 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.
Buschermohle has worked in the areas of farm electrical systems, alternative energy, fencing innovations and environmental control in livestock and greenhouses. This includes work with GPS systems, and drones to scout row crop fields from above. Buschermohle is also one of the founders of 4-H Electric Camp, held each summer on the Knoxville campus. More than 7,000 children have learned about the science of electricity in this program since its start more than 20 years ago.
In addition, Buschermohle was also named the “Precision Ag Researcher of the Year” in 2014 at the National Conversation Systems Cotton and Rice conference.
“Being the recipient of the B. Ray Thompson Award would not have been possible if it were not for the tremendous support I have received from the many dedicated county agents I have worked with throughout my career,” Buschermohle says. “A career as an Extension specialist with the University of Tennessee has been extremely rewarding and a lot of fun. I am honored to have been selected to receive this award.”
“We are so proud of the many talented and dedicated people working for the UT Institute of Agriculture across the state,” says UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. “It was an honor to recognize all these award winners for their hard work.”
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