Laurie Mobley, UT Extension Agriculture and 4-H Agent for Houston County, Is One of Three Statewide Winners of the TAAA&S Hicks Award

Picture of Laurie Mobley 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.”

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

“It is truly an honor to receive the 2019 TAAA&S Hicks Award of Excellence,” Mobley says. “I work extremely hard for my producers and farm families in Houston County each and every day, and I’m humbled by being selected as one of this year’s winners.”

Mobley has split duties between agriculture and natural resource work and 4-H, and is in her 15th year of service with UT Extension. She’s a native of Houston County, and grew up active in 4-H. She works with youth and adults in beef production programs, including coordinating 4-H livestock projects. She also works with horse owners, plants crop variety trials and hosts a multi-county farm school for women. Last year she had more than 9,000 contacts with producers and youth in a variety of programs, including hemp production. Away from work hobbies include raising her own cattle and cheering for the Nashville Predators.

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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Laurie Mobley, UT Extension Houston County, 931-289-3242,