Rutherford County’s Mitchell Mote is one of three statewide winners of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award


2017 Wharton Award Winners

The Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievements recognizes winners in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H, and includes an agent from each region of Tennessee. Shown are the 2017 award winners, from left to right, Mitchell Mote, Central Region; Sarah Poole, Western  Region; and Glenn Turner, Eastern Region. Along with the winners in the back row are UTIA Chancellor Tim Cross (left) and interim Dean of UT Extension 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.

Mitchell Mote, an agricultural and horticultural agent in Rutherford County, is one of three winners of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievements. The award recognizes winners in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H, and includes an agent from each region of Tennessee.

“I think that to even be considered as a potential recipient of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievement is such an honor, and to be selected from all the worthy and deserving agents is this region is humbling,” Mote says. “Thanks so much to the Wharton family for making this award possible.”

Murfreesboro and Rutherford County is growing like no other place in Tennessee – now with a population that tops 300-thousand people. But Mote looks out over an increasingly urban landscape and sees potential for continued agricultural growth. He does work in both row crop and horticultural management, and that includes assistance to one of middle Tennessee’s most productive Ag enterprises, Batey Farm – a pick-your-own and livestock operation. Mote is also a member of the “Green Team,” middle Tennessee agents providing help to the horticultural industry.

If you’re interested in getting into farming, Mote can help. He’s coordinated the creation of statewide workshops called “Considerations for Beginning Farmers.” Topics include financial management, land purchase options, veterinary and safe food practices and equipment needs. More than 150 people went into some form of agriculture after these workshops.

Mote is a bit of a media star. He writes a column for the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, and hosts a live, weekly call-in show on WGNS radio. Extension is in his family. Mote’s daughter is an agent in Warren County, and his son-in-law is an agent in Marion County. Away from work, he enjoys garden tractor pulls, tinkering with vintage tractors, and anything that includes turning gasoline into noise.

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.”

This award is made possible by Charles Wharton and his late wife Julie. Mr. and Mrs. Wharton have been generous supporters of UTIA and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine through their financial gifts. The other winners of this award are Sarah Poole, Family and Consumer Sciences agent for Crockett County, and 4-H agent Glenn Turner of Sevier 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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 Contact:

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

 Mitchell Mote, 615898-7710, mmote1@utk.edu​