UTIA’s Center for Profitable Agriculture Is Honored with Three Awards



Photo of Rob Holland with award
​Pictu​red above from left to right, Tim Cross, chancellor of UTIA; Rob Holland, director of the Center for Profitable Agriculture; and Robert Burns, dean of UT Extension. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA. Download image

Kim Giorgio, administrative specialist for CPA, is the first-ever winner of a new UTIA honor - the Charles and Patricia Goan Excellence in Customer Service award. Download image

A photo of the winners of the Cavender Outstanding Award for Best Publication, Megan Leffew and Chuck Grigsby, is not available as they were unable to attend.


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.”  

Representatives from UTIA’s Center for Profitable Agriculture were named the winner of three awards. The center is headquartered at the Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia and is a partnership with the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. It is
committed to increasing the value of Tennessee's economy through new, expanded and improved processing and marketing of farm and agricultural products.

The center’s director, Rob Holland, was recognized with the Lloyd and Nettie Downen Award, named for the former dean of the UT Extension and his wife. The award includes funding to pursue leadership training. Holland plans to use the award to study agricultural marketing programs, collaborative leadership efforts and successful agricultural teams in other states.
  Holland is a 25-year employee of UTIA. Prior to becoming director of the CPA, he served as a financial analysis specialist and as an area farm management specialist for UT Extension and has conducted educational programs in all 95 Tennessee counties and 12 other states. 

“The folks in our center are dedicated to developing educational programs that make a positive impact on farm businesses and in communities across the state,” Holland stated.
  “It is nice for so many of our staff members to be recognized for their exceptional performance and their commitment to customer service.”  

Kim Giorgio, administrative specialist for CPA, is the first-ever winner of a new UTIA honor – the Charles and Patricia Goan Excellence in Customer Service award, named for the former animal science professor and his wife. Giorgio is heavily involved in the management and operation of the CPA’s main office and in the development of educational outreach programs and seminars statewide. She’s worked for the CPA the past 15 years and previously worked in the Maury County schools.

Megan Leffew and former staffer Chuck Grigsby were also honored with the Cavender Outstanding Award for Best Publication for two online publications. The award is named for the former director of communications for UTIA.

The winning publications were “
E-commerce for Direct Farm Marketers: An Overview of Locallygrown.net and Case Studies of Online Markets in Tennessee,” and “E-commerce for Direct Farm Marketers: An Overview of CSA E-commerce Software and Case Studies of CSA Operations in Tennessee.”

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.
 

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Contacts:

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

Rob
Holland, 931=486-2777, rwholland@utk.edu


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