​​Commodities for Communities Donors Attended Appreciation Dinner for Gifts of Grain and Cash

UT Extension Commodities for Communities Dinner, March 2015

Michele Sides (front row, third from left), director of advancement with the University of Tennessee Foundation, helped recognize participants in the UT Exension Commodities for Communities program at a dinner in Humbolt in March. CFC allows for farmers and landowners to directly transfer commodities as gifts to specific university programs that the donors wish to support.  Photo supplied.


JACKSON, Tenn. – A University of Tennessee Extension program showed its appreciation for West Tennessee producers letting a little grain “fall off the truck.”

The Commodities for Communities donor appreciation dinner held March 3 at Crown Winery in Humboldt, Tennessee, honored producers who have made gifts of commodities to their local UT Extension county endowments for agriculture. Approximately 60 donors attended the shrimp boil with music provided by Chad Karnes and Brian Bain.

“The UT Foundation and UT Extension wish to recognize these supporters because they are the heart of the program,” said Michele Sides, director of advancement with the UT Foundation. “This initiative has been producer and landowner driven. We feel honored that they choose to contribute a portion of their crops to support UT programs
, and this dinner was an opportunity for us say thank you and allow us to update them on the status of the county accounts.”

Commodities for Communities is a program that allows Tennessee farm operators and landowners to make a direct transfer of an agricultural commodity such as grain, corn or soybeans to the UT Foundation. Money raised from the sale of the commodity gift is designated to a UT program of the farm operator or landowner’s choice. To date gifts of grain have been accepted to fund UT Extension Endowments for Agriculture programming. These funds will enhance the UT Institute of Agriculture’s role of extension, research and education at the county level.

Counties currently participating are Dyer, Crockett, Gibson, Weakley, Obion and Fayette. To date $153,000 has been contributed to local county agriculture endowments through contributions of grain and cash gifts.

Jimmy Moody, a donor from Dyer County, said that when he thinks of this program he is reminded of the Greek
proverb that says “a society grows great when men plant trees in whose shade they know they will never sit.” Moody said he knows that he and the producers who contribute to fund these county endowments may never see the rewards in their lifetime, but he supports the program because he wants UT Extension programs to continue to flourish for future generations of farmers.

Gold sponsors for this year’s donor appreciation dinner were Dyersburg Elevator, Robinson & Belew and Ronnie Bates. Silver level sponsors were Mason Hall Elevator and the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board. Bronze level sponsor was Spain Brothers Milling. 

For more information about the CFC program, contact your local UT Extension agent.

The UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT AgResearch system of 10 research and education centers and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Lauren Vath, UT Foundation media relations, 865-974-5720,