David Bilderback Is Honored with the TAAA&S-Hicks Award for UT Extension

Picture of David Bilderback with UTIA leaders
Pictured above from left to right, Tim Cross, chancellor of UTIA; Matt Webb, UT Extension county director for Marshall County; David Bilderback, UT Extension area farm management specialist; and Robert Burns, dean of UT Extension. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA. Download image​.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 17, 2018. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners and praised them for their work. “The people we recognized at our ceremony exemplify the Institute of Agriculture’s commitment to our mission of providing real life solutions through teaching, discovery and service on campus ― throughout Tennessee and across the world,” Cross says. “Their hard work and dedication inspires all of us to be our best.”  

David Bilderback, area farm management specialist – headquartered in Loudon and serving UT Extension’s Eastern Region   is the winner of the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Agents and Specialists Award. The award is also named for Billy G. Hicks, dean emeritus of UT Extension.

“It is a great honor to win the TAAA&S Hicks award as it is awarded by a group of colleagues whom I have worked with throughout the years,” Bilderback says. “I am humbled and honored to receive this 2018 award.”

Bilderback’s expertise comes in the financial side of farming – teaching record-keeping, estate planning and even the use of social media in marketing. He works with beef and dairy cattle producers, conducts soybean scouting schools, and was part of the committee who just planned the National Association of County Agricultural Agents meeting in Chattanooga, with more than 1,400 attendees. Bilderback is a past winner of the Distinguished Service Award from this organization – an honor that goes to only about 2 percent of its membership. He grew up on a dairy farm in Sweetwater.

Matt Webb, UT Extension director for Marshall County, was also named as a recipient of the Hicks award.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrates 50 years of excellence in providing Real. Life. Solutions. Through teaching, discovery and service. ag.tennessee.edu.



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

David Bilderback, 423-798-1710, dbilderb@utk.edu