Dr. Ammons Honored
by Land Judging Group

The State Land Judging Committee recently honored Dr. Tom Ammons at the Awards Banquet for State Land Judging. The event was held at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center in Crossville, TN on Monday, October 31, 2011. Following is information taken from the award citation:

Dr. John T. (Tom) Ammons has worked in the area of soil genesis and classification and as a liaison to the USDA-NRCS at The University of Tennessee for many years. Dr. Ammons is a native of West Virginia and came to Tennessee in 1979 as an Assistant Professor of soil science at Tennessee Technological University. After eight years, he accepted an Associate Professor position in soil genesis and classification at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He continues that work in a post-retirement status. His field and laboratory research as well as that of his many graduate students over the years has dealt with soil genesis, water quality, mineral classification, and disturbed land reclamation and rehabilitation. Tom is known as "Doc" by his many students, and he has taught classes in Soil Morphology, Soil Genesis and Classification, and Pedology. Tom coached The University of Tennessee and Tennessee Tech soil judging teams and has hosted 4-H and FFA state land judging events when the contests were held in the East Tennessee area.

Tomís collaborative work with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has greatly contributed to a compilation of descriptions for the many soils found in Tennessee. He helped make those descriptions available to the public - eventually publishing them online. Dr. Ammons provided training for numerous private and NRCS soil scientists currently active in Tennessee.

[Pictured to the left of Dr. Ammons is retired NRCS State Soil Scientist, Darwin Newton. Darwin is a renown speaker, consultant and an Adjunct Faculty in Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science.]

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