Institute Honors Ag Financial Specialist, Veterinarian & Tennessee Farmer of the Year

Ag Day 2015 Award Winner David Lynn

David Lynn (left), Senior Vice President for Financial Services for Farm Credit Mid-America, receives the 2015 UTIA Meritorious Service Award at Ag Day from UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. The honor recognizes distinguished supporters who have been instrumental to the success of UTIA programs. Photo Courtesy UTIA.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – One man keeps farm families in business, another protects human health through veterinary care, and the other has been raising crops and livestock for more than half a century.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture presented awards at its “Ag Day” celebration recently to three gentlemen who have made noteworthy contributions to the Institute, public health and agriculture in our state.

David Lynn is Senior Vice President for Financial Services for Farm Credit Mid-America, and the 2015 winner of UTIA’s Meritorious Service Award. The honor recognizes distinguished supporters who have been instrumental to the success of UTIA programs. Lynn leads a sales staff of more than 200 professionals, and they oversee a $3.8 billion loan portfolio, leading sales in Tennessee, Kentucky and parts of Indiana. Lynn is a 1974 graduate of UT in Agricultural Education, and later earned a Masters in 1978 from UT in Administration and Supervision. He lives in Harrison near Chattanooga, and still has a hand in operating the family’s farm in Philadelphia, Tennessee. He has been with Farm Credit since 1981.

Lynn teamed with UTIA in establishing the Farm Credit Scholars program for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) in 2012. This program helps 20 students annually by providing experience in agricultural lending and resource management. The program includes a scholarship, interstate and international travel experience, and a summer internship with Farm Credit Mid-America. Lynn also led the way as Farm Credit became the first corporate sponsor in efforts to obtain the Lone Oaks 4-H Camp and Conference Center in Hardeman County, which this month hosted its first campers.

“David is a man we are proud to call our colleague and friend,” says UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. “His life’s work with Farm Credit has helped countless farm families, and made a significant difference in the well-being of rural Tennessee.”

The Institute named veterinarian Dr. Reid Harvey as the winner of its Horizon Award – to honor young professionals for early career accomplishments and leadership potential. Dr. Harvey holds both a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and a Master’s degree in Public Health from UT. He completed both programs in a four-year period, graduating from CVM in 2010. Most recently, Dr. Harvey has served as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here his focus is on foodborne and zoonotic diseases – infections which can be transmitted between animals and humans – and considered a widespread global public health threat.

Harvey has also served as a Congressional Fellow with the American Veterinary Medical Association. This came after a one-year internship, and Dr. Harvey was one of only three people in the nation to receive this honor. His current plans are to stay with the CDC as an epidemiologist for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in West Virginia.

“Dr. Harvey is well on his way to becoming one of our nation’s best advocates and leaders in veterinary public health,” says Chancellor Arrington.

The Institute also paid tribute on “Ag Day” to George Clay of Pelham in Grundy County, UT Extension’s Tennessee Farmer of the Year for 2015. Mr. Clay first leased 150 acres and sold oat and wheat seeds some 57 years ago, and has been farming since then. Today he and his entire family are involved in operating one of southeastern Tennessee’s most productive farms – more than 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans wheat and forage, and they also have a large cattle herd. Five generations of the Clay family have farmed on their Grundy County land.

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