Greg Blaylock is the UT AgResearch Winner of the J.E. Moss Award

Picture of Greg Blaylock with UTIA leaders

Greg Blaylock, service supervisor of the Plateau Research and Education Center, is the AgResearch winner of the J.E. Moss Award. ​From left to right (front row): Bob DeNovo, associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine; Hongwei Xin, dean of UT AgResearch; Greg Blaylock, UT AgResearch; Michael Smith, the Herbert College of Agriculture; Claudia Featherstone, the College of Veterinary Medicine; Natalie Bumgarner, UT Extension; and Tim Cross, UT Institute of Agriculture senior vice president and senior vice chancellor. Also pictured (back row) are Michael Buschermohle, interim assistant dean of UT Extension, and Caula Beyl, dean of the Herbert College of Agriculture. 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 2, 2019. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

UTIA Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners and praised them for their work. “The faculty and staff of the UT Institute of Agriculture are known on campus and throughout the state as dedicated, hard-working and knowledgeable experts who provide real-life solutions to challenging issues every day,” said Cross. “The awards presented at this ceremony recognize excellence in research, education, Extension outreach as well as service programs that benefit our stakeholders. They serve as our way to express our gratitude for a job well done.”

Greg Blaylock, service supervisor of the Plateau Research and Education Center, is the AgResearch winner of the J.E. Moss Award.

“I am honored to receive the J.E. Moss Achievement Award,” Blaylock says. “I have worked for the University for almost 40 years and am thankful for the leadership of the two supervisors that I have had during that time, Dr. Robert Freeland and Mr. Walt Hitch, and also the relationships with co-workers I have built over the years. I've had the privilege of working with several of the agronomy professors from the University and have learned a lot from them. I have enjoyed working for the University and I thank them for this recognition.”

Blaylock has a lifetime of memories at the Crossville center. His father was the foreman there, so Greg lived on the grounds as a child. Now he has 38 years of service to UT AgResearch, and leads projects in cattle and row crop production, as well as horticulture and the UT Gardens, Crossville, also known as the Plateau Discovery Gardens. He works in data collection, and functions as equipment operator, electrician, mechanic and builder.

The J.E. Moss Award recognizes an outstanding person from each of UTIA’s four units. Natalie Bumgarner was the winner for UT Extension. Claudia Featherstone won for the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Michael Smith for the Herbert College of Agriculture.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.



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