Troy Dugger Joins the CPA Team 

Troy Dugger has joined the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture as a program coordinator. Dugger will help coordinate various professional development opportunities and other Extension efforts with the USDA SARE program. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image​.

After serving as a county Extension agent for University of Tennessee Extension in Hickman County for more than 33 years, Troy Dugger has joined the UT Center for Profitable Agriculture as a program coordinator.

“Troy brings excellent experience in developing and implementing county-based Extension programs,” says Center Director Rob Holland.  “We are very excited to work closely with Troy in his new role as he provides leadership to various programs across the state.”

Dugger will be involved in developing and implementing educational programs related to farm-based value-added agriculture enterprises, sustainable agriculture, alternative and specialty crops marketing and beginning farmer programs. Working closely with Holland and Roy Bullock from Tennessee State University Extension, Dugger will help coordinate various professional development opportunities and other Extension efforts with the USDA SARE program. SARE stands for sustainable agriculture research and education.  

“Troy is familiar with Tennessee agriculture and brings tremendous practical experience implementing county Extension programs,” said Bullock.  

While the efforts related to SARE will largely be devoted to overseeing and coordinating training programs in sustainable agriculture for Extension agents and other agricultural leaders in the state, program efforts will also include promotion, networking and coordination of SARE-related activities and SARE programs and projects.  The three broad goals of sustainability include profit over the long term; stewardship of land, air and water; and quality of life for farmers, ranchers and communities.  

In addition to his work with sustainable agriculture, Dugger will work with other members of the Center for Profitable Agriculture on various projects and educational programs related to value-added farm enterprises, workshops for beginning farmers and marketing specialty crops.  The Center for Profitable Agriculture is the state’s flagship educational program for value-added agriculture and a partnership between UT Extension and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation.
“The Center traditionally conducts more than 40 educational workshops across the state each year and publishes useful materials that assist farmers in evaluating and development of new farm enterprises,” said interim assistant Dean for UT Extension agriculture programs, Mike Buschermohle.  “Troy’s experience and dedication will mesh very well with the Center’s focus on collaborative efforts with internal and external industry partners and their commitment to high-impact programs,” Buschermohle added.

In his previous work as Extension agent in Hickman County, Dugger served as a 4-H agent for six years, adult agriculture agent for three years and as county director and agriculture agent for 24 years. Much of his Extension work in Hickman County involved programs for farmers and landowners in the areas of livestock, forages and forestry. He has been instrumental in collaborating with local farmers conducting row crop test plots and in the development of the Hickman County Farmers Market. He holds degrees from Columbia State Community College and UT Knoxville.  He has received various awards and recognition including the 2017 recipient of the TAAA&S-Hicks Award of Excellence, the 2002 NACAA Distinguished Service Award and numerous recognitions for his outstanding work in 4-H youth development programs. Troy is originally from the Culleoka community in Maury County.  

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