​​Gregg Upchurch With UT Extension in Cumberland County Is One of Three Statewide Winners of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award​

Picture of Gregg Upchurch with UTIA leaders

The Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievements Award recognizes UTIA achievements in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H, and includes an agent from each region of Tennessee. Pictured from left to right (front row): Michael Buschermohle, UT Extension interim assistant dean; Sharon Tubbs, UT Extension Madison County; Whitney Danhof, UT Extension Bedford County; Gregg Upchurch, UT Extension Cumberland County; and Tim Cross, UT Institute of Agriculture senior vice president and senior vice chancellor. Also shown on the back row, from left to right, Charles and Lori Wharton, UT donors. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIADownload 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.”

Gregg Upchurch with UT Extension in Cumberland County is one of three winners of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievements. The award recognizes winners in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H, and includes an agent from each region of Tennessee. Upchurch is being recognized as the winner for agriculture. Whitney Danhof of Bedford County is the winner for Family and Consumer Sciences and Sharon Tubbs of Madison County wins for 4-H agents.

“Extension has been part of every facet of my life from youth participant, parent, volunteer and agent,” Upchurch says. “Each of these interactions has fostered what I truly believe is a lifelong calling to help educate and serve others. Receiving the Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievement is a great honor for a lifetime spent with my Extension family.”

Cumberland County agriculture and the Upchurch family go together. They’ve farmed there for decades, raising cattle, swine, forage and crops, and being actively involved in the promotion of agriculture – serving on state and local boards and committees. Gregg’s father, the late Lacey Upchurch, served as an Extension agent himself, and was the long-time president of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. 

Gregg Upchurch works with livestock, row crop and vegetable producers and is also active with the Cumberland County Master Gardeners and 4-H youth. He also served as the Tennessee State 4-H Council President in 1982.

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

Gregg Upchurch, UT Extension Cumberland County, 931-484-6743.
gupchurch@utk.edu