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.
Don Tyler, a recently-retired professor in biosystems engineering and soil science, was honored with the Institute’s AgResearch Impact Award. Tyler was stationed at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, and served the Institute for more than 39 years.
Tyler’s research has saved literally millions of acres of top soil through no-till agricultural practices – where one crop is planted on top of the residue of a past crop without plowing the ground. Today more than 70 percent of Tennessee row crop land is no-till. Tyler was one of the leaders of UTIA’s successful Milan No-Till Field Day held in Gibson County, and has lectured on the topic of no-till agriculture in China, South Africa and Thailand.
In the past year, Tyler was honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change for Sustainable Agriculture,” one of just a dozen people nationwide to receive this recognition. He’s also been honored by the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science of America.
“I am humbled and gratified to get the AgResearch Impact Award,” says Tyler. “The impact that has occurred was truly a team effort, and I helped as needed. Thanks to everyone I have had the opportunity to work with over the years.”
“Don Tyler has impacted agriculture across the entire country, as well as internationally,” says UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. “We are so proud of the many talented and dedicated people working for the UT Institute of Agriculture. It was an honor to recognize all these award winners for their hard work.”
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