Pickett County’s Amanda Woody Is the Winner of the G.L. Carter Outstanding 4-H Agent Award

Picture of Amanda Woody with UTIA leaders
Pictured above from left to right, Tim Cross, chancellor of UTIA; Amanda Woody, 4-H Extension agent in Pickett 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.”  

Amanda Woody, a 4-H and family and consumer sciences agent in Pickett County, is the winner of the G.L. Carter 4-H Agent Award. The honor is named for the late G.L. Carter who had a 44-year career with Extension in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Originally from Byrdstown, Woody has returned to her hometown to serve youth and adults in UT Extension programming. She also previously worked in Wilson County in her 12-year career. In Pickett County, Woody is part of an ambitious project where she’s created a coalition of adults and 4-H’ers looking to improve community health through nutrition and exercise programs. Coffee and Meigs counties are also part of this partnership with the National 4-H Council and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Woody has also partnered with the Pickett County schools in this project, where educators believe a physically active child will learn more effectively.

Woody also teaches 4-H programs in canning and food preservation and is also involved with “Behind the Scenes and Design Camp” – where girls learn everything from cooking and textile skills to smart shopping and leadership.

“It’s an honor to receive the G.L. Carter Outstanding Agent Award. I enjoy working with the 4-Hers - teaching, encouraging, and leading them through their projects,” Woody says.

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

Amanda Woody, 931-864-3310, agray8@utk.edu