Mike Sharp, Sevierville, Tennessee, was honored as the 2022 Friend of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association award. The award was presented at the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Youth Awards Banquet sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, on Saturday, January 21, 2023, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Sharp was the second-ever recipient of the Friend of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association award. The award was first presented in January 2022. The award is designed to recognize a person or group of people that have gone above and beyond to show their support of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association’s youth members.
Sharp was raised on a diversified farming operation in Powell Valley, raising tobacco, corn, and cattle. It is this upbringing and background that then led him to become a University of Tennessee 4-H Agent and then onto become an Area Extension Specialist, serving dairy and beef cattle farmers in his area.
Sharp is a true servant. This is demonstrated by his service on the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors from 2004-2016, his time spent volunteering at the Sevierville Medical Center, and by his service on the Tennessee Beef Industry Council. He can be found volunteering his time promoting the beef industry at several events throughout the year. Sharp has supported numerous youth as they have exhibited their livestock projects. He also uses his Facebook as a platform to share about cattle industry events he has attended and promote scholarship and leadership opportunities for cattle industry youth.
“Mr. Sharp is a lifelong agriculture advocate,” said Melinda Perkins, TCA Director of Youth Programs and Outreach. “He is passionate about supporting and growing the future of the cattle and agriculture industries.”
TCA was founded in 1985 and has more than 7,000 members from across the state and the southeast. The organization works to provide the cattlemen of Tennessee with an organization through which they may function collectively to protect their interests and work toward the solution of cattle industry problems and to build the necessary goodwill that will bring both governmental esteem and recognition to the industry.
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