Washington County UT Extension Agent Elizabeth Renfro Wins Vernon and Ida Darter Award​

Photo of Elizabeth Renfro with award
Pictured above from left to right, Tim Cross, chancellor of UTIA; Elizabeth Renfro, family and consumer sciences Extension agent in Washington 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.”  
Elizabeth Renfro, UT Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for Washington County, is the winner of the Vernon and Ida Darter Award. The honor is named for the late Extension Dean Emeritus Vernon W. Darter and his wife, the late Ida Darter. The award recognizes excellence among the ranks of associate Extension agents.

When you need something to make you healthy, you go to a “farmacy.” In this case, farmacy is spelled with an “f” instead of a “ph” – as in the word “farm” – and the prescription is for fruits and vegetables. 
Renfro leads an innovative program in a partnership with local farmer’s markets where she teaches people to shop for and cook healthy produce. There’s also an economic impact – more than $50,000 in sales for locally grown foods. 

And are you angry?  Elizabeth can offer you help there. She’s one of the agents teaching an innovative program called “Relax – Anger Management.” Here you learn to control emotions in a healthy way to excel in your professional and personal life. 

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

Elizabeth Renfro, 423-753-1680, eelizond@utk.edu