Hickman County’s Troy Dugger Is Honored with the TAAA&S-Hicks Award for UT Extension

Troy Duggar, UT Extension

Troy Dugger (center), UT Extension director for Hickman County, is the winner of the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Agents and Specialists Award. Also pictured are UTIA Chancellor Tim Cross (left) and interim UT Extension Dean Delton Gerloff. Photo courtesy UTIA.​


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts. More than two dozen people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville July 28, 2017. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Troy Dugger, UT Extension director for Hickman County, is the winner of the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Agents and Specialists Award. The award is also named for Dr. Billy G. Hicks, Dean Emeritus of UT Extension.

“I appreciate our professional association TAAA&S for making this award possible to its members each year,” Dugger says. “This award is not about me or my work, but about the good people I work with – both here in the office with our staff, and the producers and landowners of Hickman County.” Dugger is a past statewide President of TAAA&S.

Dugger has served Hickman County for 32 years, and is the principal agricultural agent for the county, consulting farmers on row crop, beef cattle and forage production. Dugger has led Beef Quality Assurance programs, and educational programs with the local Cattlemen’s Association. His partnership with this group included raising more than $10,000 in scholarship money for local students. 

He’s also done work with local youth in 4-H, and noted for valuable contributions to the Hickman County Fair and Farmer’s Market at River Park in Centerville. Dugger helped recruit some two dozen new vendors to the market, and also organized cooking demonstrations there featuring healthy foods. He also leads a program to grow gardens at local apartment complexes, and provide food education and healthy foods for low income residents.
“I’d truly like to thank him for all he does each day to secure the future of rural America and agriculture,” says Dianne Baker with Farm Credit Mid-America about Dugger.

UTIA Chancellor Dr. Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people at the UT Institute of Agriculture word hard every day to deliver real life solutions to our many stakeholders,” Cross says. “Recognition of the outstanding work by our award winners inspires all of us to strive for excellence and make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans.”

The Dugger household is truly what you’d call a “Power T” kind of place. Everyone there has a name that begins with a “T.” There’s Troy, his wife Tammy, and their twins Tayler and Tyler. All are UT Big Orange fans, and Troy has coached his boys in soccer and basketball. 

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.



Charles Denney, 865-382-8058 (mobile), cmdenney@utk.edu

Troy Dugger, 931-729-2404, pdugger2@utk.edu