KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Neil Rhodes, weed science professor and head of the University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences, has been recognized by the Weed Science Society of America with its 2004 Outstanding Extension Worker Award.

Rhodes received the award at the WSSA’s annual meeting in Kansas City in January. The association is the largest organization for weed science professionals.

Rhodes was recognized for his career excellence in working to educate the public on weed management, specifically for his ability to match clientele needs with educational programs, his use of technology to deliver information to clients, his on-farm research and his statewide program to provide education about weed management in row crops, forages and aquatics.

Rhodes has been a member of the UT faculty since 1985, and he has served each of the landgrant missions of teaching, research and outreach. Rhodes was working as a UT Extension weed specialist in 2002, when he became department head. As department head he provides leadership for research, teaching and extension programs in agronomy, horticulture and landscape design.

Rhodes received his Ph.D. in Weed Science from North Carolina State University and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in plant and soil science from UT.

He is an active member of the Tennessee Agricultural Production Association, the Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council and many other professional and academic organizations. He has received several awards for his professional endeavors and has authored or co-authored numerous professional publications and articles.

Rhodes' father, Gilbert N. Rhodes, was a tobacco specialist and Extension section leader in the plant sciences department before his retirement in 1987.

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