UT Extension Agent Calvin Bryant of Lawrence County Is One of Three Statewide Winners of the Wharton Award

2018 Wharton Award winners
Pictured above are the 2018 UTIA Wharton Award winners with UTIA leaders and Charles Wharton, from left to right: Tim Cross, chancellor of UTIA; Calvin Bryant, Extension agent in Lawrence County; Kathy Finley, Extension agent in Robertson County; June Puett, Extension agent in Hamilton County; Charles Wharton, UTIA donor and former member of the UT Board of Trustees; 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.”  

Calvin Bryant, director and agricultural agent for Lawrence 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.

Bryant is in his 25th year of service to UT Extension, also working in Davidson and Maury counties in his career. One of his focused areas is in beef and forage production in Lawrence County, where he works with more than 1,000 producers. He has also helped these farmers secure more than $2 million in agricultural enhancement loans from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. He also serves on boards for several cattlemen’s associations, and recently he received an award for his work with beef Extension programs.

Bryant also promotes agriculture in Lawrence County – where farming and farm products generate more than $65 million in economic impact. He coordinates a “Salute to Ag” week with the chamber of commerce, and hosts a farm-city day for kids, farm tours for adults and a number of livestock shows. Bryant is also a mentor in UT Extension’s “LEAD 95” program, where he counsels new county directors in other parts of Tennessee. 

“I am truly honored to receive the 2018 Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievement,” Bryant says. “For over 25 years I have been blessed to be a part of the UT Extension family where no two days are alike and relationships built last a lifetime. I am extremely thankful to the Wharton family for making this recognition possible.”

UT Extension and the UT Herbert College of Agriculture are a big part of the Bryant family. Calvin and his wife have a daughter Tori, a 4-H agent in Dickson County, and son John Calvin was active with 4-H on a statewide level and now is a junior food science major and Herbert College Ambassador. 

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

Calvin Bryant, 931-762-5506, ibryant1@utk.edu