​​Gary Rodgers, UT Extension Director and 4-H Agent in Hardeman County, Is the Winner of the Alice Ann Moore Award


Picture of Gary Rodgers with UTIA Leaders

Gary Rodgers, UT Extension director and 4-H agent for Hardeman County, is the winner of the Alice Ann Moore Outstanding 4-H Agent Award. ​Pictured left to right, Michael Buschermohle, UT Extension interim assistant dean; Gary Rodgers, UT Extension Hardeman County; Alice Ann and Henry Moore, UT donors; 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.”

Gary Rodgers, UT Extension director and 4-H agent for Hardeman County, is the winner of the Alice Ann Moore Outstanding 4-H Agent Award. The honor is made possible by Alice Ann Moore, the former state director for Tennessee 4-H who served UTIA more than 30 years. Moore is also an honorary member of the Tennessee 4-H Foundation, and was a 4-H'er herself growing up in Crockett County.

“Being the recipient of the Alice Ann Moore Outstanding 4-H Agent Award means a great deal to me,” Rodgers says. “Having worked with Mrs. Moore and with her having ties to West Tennessee and Hardeman County, it means even more. Being a 4-H agent is a very rewarding and sometimes challenging task. Being recognized by my peers for my programming efforts and dedication to Hardeman County 4-H is truly special.”

Rodgers has served all 20 years of his Extension career in Hardeman County, and works with some 2,000 youth every year through 4-H. Notable programs include teaching kids the web curriculum
My American Farm – online games where you can learn about agriculture. He’s also coached champion 4-H meat-judging teams, and has been active in developing STEM programming for nearby Lone Oaks Farm. Rodger’s 4-Hers have been active collecting items for Operation Christmas Child and the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center in Bolivar. He’s a member of the Bolivar Optimist Club and is a deacon with his church.

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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Contacts:

Charles Denney, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 865-382-8058, cmdenney@utk.edu

Gary Rodgers, UT Extension Hardeman County, 731-658-2421, grodgers@utk.edu​