Burton English ('81 Ph.D. ag economics), professor at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), has earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA).
The award is given in recognition of his significant and enduring contributions to the agricultural economics profession. English accepted the award in February at the 2021 SAEA annual meeting, which was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
English is a pioneer in the field of bioenergy research and is recognized internationally as an expert, garnering him numerous awards including a Certificate of Merit from the U.S. Department of Energy. With four decades of bioenergy research under his belt, he is currently focused on a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to research sustainable aviation fuel development in the Southeast, a potential game changer for rural farming communities. English and a team of researchers are currently analyzing three different supply chains including a supply chain with the objective of supplying 40 percent of renewable aviation fuel for the Nashville International Airport. This research has the potential not only to boost the state and region's economy, but it also has national and worldwide implications with regard to developing a sustainable agricultural solution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He recently delivered a report to the U.S. Department of Agriculture outlining methods to incentivize the development of the bioenergy industry.