Tenn. — March is Extension Month in Tennessee. Extension is a national
educational program supported by USDA through the nation’s land-grant
universities and administered with funding from state and local
governments in Tennessee through offices in each of the state’s 95
County Extension offices across the
state are planning various celebrations and commemorations for the
state’s 107-year-old Extension program.
integral part of the land-grant mission, Extension programs are
delivered in all 95 counties of the state by subject-matter specialists,
county agents and volunteers associated with the University of
Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) and the Tennessee State
University (TSU) College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences.
“UT Extension ‘extends’ the
university’s teaching and research missions to deliver research-based
information and education to all the state’s citizens through youth and
adult programs in every county,” said Dr. Delton Gerloff, interim dean
of UT Extension. Dr. Latif Lighari oversees TSU Extension faculty as
associate dean for Extension at TSU.
In addition to the traditional
agricultural production recommendations available through county
Extension offices, services for all citizens include the state’s
award-winning 4-H Youth Development Program including its summer youth
camps; family and consumer educational programs; and healthy living
courses. The increasingly popular courses for Master Gardeners, and
gardeners in general, are also conducted through county Extension
UT Extension also performs services
for the state’s citizens, including managing the statewide Soil, Plant
and Pest Center through which clients can have the quality of their soil
and forage analyzed and any insect pest or plant diseases identified.
Extension also trains clients in the proper use of pesticides and even
operates commercially-certified kitchens where small scale vendors can
prepare food items for sale while meeting state guidelines for food
Tennessee Extension programs can be
seen as an excellent investment of public resources. The statewide
educational programs in 4-H youth development, agriculture and natural
resources, family and consumer sciences, and community economic
development are estimated to impact the state’s economy by more than
$512 million from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. This amounts to a
return of investment of $8.03 for every $1 in public funds invested in
Contact your local county Extension
Office for more information about programs available in your county.
You can find contact information online at the UT Extension website: extension.tennessee.edu
Just click on the link to local offices and choose your county’s name.
Information is also available at the TSU Cooperative Extension website: www.tnstate.edu/extension
Many of UT Extension’s educational
resources are also available online. From the UT Extension website
choose the link to “publications” and enter the topic for which you need
information to search the database of available resources. Most are
available free of charge. A publications page is also available on the
TSU website, which includes a list of available publications by program
Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.