Lincoln County’s Dan Owen Is the Winner of the Alice Ann Moore Outstanding 4-H Agent Award



Photo of Dan Owen with Award
Picture​d above from left to right, Tim Cross, chancellor of UTIA; Harry and Alice Ann Moore, UTIA donors; Dan Owen, UT Extension 4-H agent in Lincoln County; 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.”  

Dan Owen, a 4-H agent in Lincoln County, is the winner of the Alice Ann Moore Outstanding 4-H Agent Award. 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-Her herself growing up in Crockett County.

Owen encourages 4-H youth to focus on civic leadership. His 4-Hers have collected for local food pantries, helped out at assisted living facilities, collected food for the local humane shelter and done cleanup work for the Lincoln County Museum.

He also wants kids to use the skills they learn in 4-H later in adulthood. His programming includes “Academics in the Workplace” and “Decision Making in the Real World.” 

Owen coordinates the Blue Ribbon Horse Show, an event that raises more than $20,000, and his 4-Hers grow and sell their own blueberries to generate funding. He has taken local youth on 4-H exchange trips to California, Kansas, Minnesota, New York and Texas. He’s also involved in Lincoln County’s Farm City day – where children learn about farm, food, water, ATV and power tool safety.

“I am honored to receive the Alice Ann Moore Outstanding 4-H Agent Award,” Owen says. “I have had the great pleasure to work with outstanding youth over my career who have worked hard to reach their goals. It is truly a blessing to watch them grow up and become productive citizens. Thanks to the Alice Ann Moore family for their support for this 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​.

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Contacts: 

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

Dan Owen, 931-433-1582, dowen1@utk.edu