​Extension programs in Cocke County are designed to educate farmers, homeowners, and other agricultural and horticultural producers on the latest management practices needed to solve problems and improve production and marketing. Extension programs also help Tennesseans protect the environment and improve the management, marketing, and use of natural resources in our area.



Production Agriculture

Cocke County has abundant agriculture ranging from commercial vegetable production, fruit production, and forestry to forage production, livestock production and management, and wildlife and fisheries.  Livestock areas include beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, equine, and swine.  Many agribusinesses also thrive in this county.

Residential Horticulture

Homeowners utilize extension as much as farmers.  Extension is equipped to answer questions about lawns, landscape plants, flowers, and trees, and home gardens.  We offer a multitude of advice on these topics and more!


Extension Services

  • Plant & tree identification
  • Insect identification
  • Plant disease identification
  • Distance Diagnostics
    • Hard to identify plants, weeds, or insects can be digitized and submitted to the University of Tennessee Diagnostics Lab.  Results are usually back within 1-2 days.
  • Soil testing
    • Soil samples can be brought in to the office and prepped for shipment to the University of Tennessee Soil, Plant, and Pest Center to determine pH and fertilizer needs for yards, gardens, pasture fields, and hay fields. Collect samples from at least 10 locations in the area to be tested and place them in a clean container to transport them to our office. It takes 1/2 pint of soil to fill the box and costs $15.00 per sample for a basic test. Your results are returned anywhere from 10-14 days. For assistance with deciphering fertilizer recommendations, feel free to call or stop by the office.
  • Hay temperature testing
  • Fertilizer recommendations
  • Weed control recommendations
  • Turf grass and lawn recommendations
  • And MANY more!
2020 is a Private Applicator Pesticide Recertification year.

All classes through April 30th, 2020 have been suspended due to COVID-19.  If you need to be recertified before April 30th to continue your operations, email sorr6@utk.edu for alternate options.

Educational Classes

  • Beef Cattle Lunch & Learns

  • Spring Forage Meeting

  • Chick Chat Class (co-hosted with Smoky Mountain Farmer's Cooperative)

  • Small Fruits Workshop



  • Apple Tree Grafting Workshop

  • Home Gardening Series

  • Turf Grass Night

  • Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)


  • Private Applicator Pesticide Certification 





For the safety of our clients and staff, the Cocke County Extension Office will be closed to public access effective March 23, 2020 until further notice. Extension staff are still working and can be reached by phone or e-mail. Please dial (423) 552-8282 for immediate assistance. E-mail addresses for each Cocke County Extension staff member can be found by navigating to the About Us tab and then by clicking on Staff tab.  

Due to COVID-19, all UT Extension classes that would have been held face-to-face have been suspended until April 30th, 2020.  For questions or concerns, call 423-552-8282 or email sorr6@utk.edu.

​Upcoming Classes & Events!
See "Important Documents" below to download the registration!

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Breakfast course covering all topics related to forage production for livestock producersFebruary 13th, 2020*
*RSVP Due February 11th, 2020*

2020 fruit.PNGSmall Fruits Workshop
Day course covering all topics related to small fruit production for backyard growers
*February 26th, 2020*
*Registration Due February 18th, 2020*

Tree Grafting Workshop
Learn how to graft fruit tree varieties onto different rootstocks.
*March 5th, 2020*
*Registration Due February 28th, 2020*
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Home Vegetable Garden Series

One day course focusing on preparing and manging a home vegetable garden
*April 6th, 2020*
*Registration due March 31st*

 Turf Grass Night
A single evening to learn the ins and outs of lawn management in Tennessee.
*April 16th, 2020*
*Registration Due April 9th*

Tennessee Master Beef Producer:
Comprehensive class covering a variety of beef topics such as Nutrition, Reproduction, and others.
*September 10th - September 27th*
*Registration Due by August 30th*

Classes offered in February, April, June, August, October, & December

Classes offered in January, March, May, July, September, November, & By Appointment (Re-certification only)

 *Check the calendar for dates & times*