UT/TSU Extension Office to host retirement ceremony for Tim Campbell

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
On Thursday, Dec. 7, UT/TSU will host a retirement reception for one of its most valued leaders, Tim Campbell. After 30 years of service, Campbell will now be enjoying life beyond the fields of Dyer County, where he intends to spend time traveling and being among his family.

RACHEL TOWNSEND

rtownsend@stategazette.com

On Thursday, Dec. 7, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., the UT/TSU Extension Office, located at 151 Everett Ave., will host a retirement ceremony for 69-year-old Ag agent/Director Timothy P. Campbell.

Pictured above, Campbell is seen planting cottonseed on the Burchfiel farm.

Collectively, Campbell has devoted 26 years toward his work at the Dyer County Extension Office, in addition to 4 years of service in Carroll County, where he performed 4-H work.

Campbell’s last day at the Extension Office will be Sunday, Dec. 31.

Throughout his career in Dyer County, Campbell has served as our local A&B Agent, as well as 12 years spent in the role of director.

Pictured above, Campbell is seen alongside farmers Tommy (L) and John (R) Cross.

Campbell says he has dedicated much time toward ensuring the success of agriculture programs in the county including the teaching of horticulture and agronomic practices. This comes in addition to helping oversee the Master Gardeners Program.

Developing relationships with roughly 200 local farmers over the years, Campbell says he his years of experience have instilled in him a deep-rooted respect for producers. He expressed great joy in aiding farmers to achieve higher success.

A native of Weakley County, Campbell first arrived in Dyer County back in the spring of 1993. Since then, he says he and his wife of 50 years, Glynda, have truly been made to feel at home -- integrated members of the community.

Campbell’s passion for agriculture runs deep. Raised on a small dairy farm, Campbell says he has loved agriculture since he was a young boy. After graduating high school, he went on to study General Agriculture at the University of Tennessee-Martin. In 1970, Campbell received his bachelor’s degree and began working toward a master’s at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he majored in Agronomy.

In an ever-changing world, Campbell says he is constantly challenged with staying up-to-speed with advances made in technology. Recalling the late 1990s, when Roundup Ready Seeds were just hitting the market, causing drastic changes to crop varieties, Campbell spoke briefly about the creation of standardized testing procedures, which were performed by numerous agents, including himself.

“Everything was changing faster than anyone could keep track of,” said Tim. “Standardized testing was the future.”

Upon retirement, Campbell intends to spend time traveling the nation alongside his wife and spend much needed time with his grandchildren.

Campbell is an active member of the Master Gardeners Club, Civitan Club, Dyer County Chamber of Commerce Ag committee and Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers program. In addition, Campbell has attended numerous NACAA [National Association County Agriculture Agents] conventions at venues across the nation.

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