A Valuable Resource for Farmers in Middle and West Tennessee​

Cui is the newest area farm management specialist for UT Extension. She will help farm families in 10 West and Middle Tennessee counties. Photo supplied. Download image​.     ​​
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. ​— University of Tennessee Extension recently welcomed Iris Cui as the newest area farm management specialist for the following counties: Benton, Cheatham, Dickson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Steward and Sumner.

Using the latest farm financial planning software, Cui will assist farm families with confidential, intensive analyses of their farming operations. Analyses can include:

evaluation of current financial situation and alternatives for the future
capitalizing on strengths and reducing weaknesses
goal setting
farm record keeping
overall financial management
marketing
debt management
risk management
machinery investment decisions
analyzing economics of crop and livestock production decisions

Working alongside county UT Extension agents, Cui will develop comprehensive farm and financial management educational programs for Tennessee’s MANAGE Program using workshops, seminars and individual farm visits in the aforementioned counties.

Originally from China, Cui graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine. A one-year internship at a horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky, cultivated her love for horse racing and enhanced her understanding of the equine industry.

Following the internship, she earned her master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Kentucky.

She has since worked as an agricultural economist for a commodity exchange that traded agricultural derivatives including industrial hemp and organic grains. Her interests also include risk management and alternative agricultural production.

“I am excited to be part of UT Extension and look forward to working with producers in Tennessee,” said Cui. “I feel so blessed that I have the opportunity to work with the most welcoming group of people.”

Agricultural producers from the counties listed above can reach Cui by contacting their local UT Extension office.

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​​.

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Contact:  

Iris Cui, Extension Area Specialist—Farm Management, UT Extension, 931-648-5725, xcui10@utk.edu​