Weakley County’s Bob Shumake Wins the Alice Ann Moore Outstanding 4-H Agent Award 

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.

Bob Shumake, 4-H agent with UT Extension in Weakley County, is the winner of the Alice Ann Moore Outstanding 4-H Agent Award.

Shumake started his career in Henry County, and has now been Weakley County’s primary 4-H agent more than two decades. He provides leadership to youth in traditional areas such as livestock judging, the 4-H Horse Bowl and public speaking. He’s also involved in such areas as computer coding, gaming and website design for 4-Hers – programs that utilize modern technology and STEM education.

“I am honored to receive the Alice Ann Moore Outstanding 4-H Agent Award,” Shumake says. “I have been fortunate to be able to serve the people of Weakley County for over 20 years, and thankful for the professional relationships that have been fostered over the years. My greatest reward in working for UT Extension comes from the impact on the community through our programs, and I am truly humbled by the recognition with this award.”

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.”

Shumake also serves as an educator for Young Farmers and Ranchers Day for 4
th graders, teaching them about agriculture. And under his leadership, the Weakley County 4-H rifle team has won several state titles over the past decade.

Shumake has also served on UT Extension’s Healthy Lifestyle and “Be Active” committees, promoting healthy living among his fellow Extension agents. He speaks from experience here. Shumake
is a distance runner who has competed in marathons and was one of the top finishers in the Tennessee State Park running tour.

On a community level, he’s also active with Leadership Weakley County, the local Optimists club, and served his community in youth soccer and softball. Also he’s a talented musician and sings and plays guitar, and has performed at his church and Extension conferences.

The honor is made possible by Alice Ann Moore, the former state director for Tennessee 4-H who served UTIA more than 30 years. Moore is also an honorary member of the Tennessee 4-H Foundation, and was a 4-H’er herself growing up in Crockett County.

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



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