John Goddard, UT Extension Agriculture and 4-H Agent for Loudon County, Is One of Three Statewide Winners of the TAAA&S Hicks Award

Picture of John Goddard with UTIA leaders

Three UT Extension agents share the 2019 Tennessee Association of Agricultural Agents Award, also known as the Hicks Award. Pictured from left to right are Michael Buschermohle, UT Extension interim assistant dean; award winner Laurie Mobley, UT Extension Houston County; award winner John Goddard, UT Extension Loudon County; award winner Shannon DeWitt, UT Extension Union County; and Tim Cross, UT Institute of Agriculture senior vice president and senior vice chancellor. 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.”

John Goddard with UT Extension in Loudon County is one of three winners of the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Agents and Specialists Award. The award is also named for Dr. Billy G. Hicks, dean emeritus of UT Extension. The other two winners are Shannon DeWitt of Union County and Laurie Mobley of Houston County.

“I appreciate TAAA&S for making this award possible,” says Goddard. “It is an honor to receive this award since Dr. Bill Hicks was our Extension dean during many of my formative years. This award is not about me, but about the great folks of Loudon County with whom I work.”

Goddard is approaching 40 years of service with UT Extension, with more than three decades in Loudon County. He also worked in UTIA’s animal science department as a graduate student, and for Extension in Hawkins and Bradley counties.

Goddard has split duties between agriculture and natural resource work and 4-H. He is known for work in row crop variety testing, and for leading 4-H judging teams in beef and sheep projects. Goddard has coached national championship teams in 4-H Skillathon competitions, as well as championship teams in soil judging and wildlife.

He was elected by his peers to serve on the UT Exempt Staff Council, where he served as Chairman. He also served on the UT’s Employee Relations Advisory Board and the UTK faculty senate.

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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John Goddard, UT Extension Loudon County, 865-458-5612,​