Educational Programs Remain Central

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The new University of Tennessee logo will be phased into county offices statewide in 2015. Download image.

Thousands of Tennesseans are beginning to see something new in their local county. University of Tennessee Extension has unveiled a new logo in keeping with the UT Institute of Agriculture’s new branding campaign.

“We have a new look in 2015,” says UTIA Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications Lisa Stearns, “but our mission and brand promise remain the same. The UT Institute of Agriculture provides real life solutions to the citizens of Tennessee and beyond.”

Follow any road in Tennessee and you'll find people whose lives have been influenced by Extension's educational programs. 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, that means subject matter experts from UT Extension live and work in every county in the state. Whether you live rurally or in an urban area, UT Extension programs are available to you, and many programs are free of charge. In many counties, the programs are also supported by faculty and staff from Tennessee State University, the state’s other land-grant institution.

Example programs available through county offices 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. In keeping with the traditional view of Extension, information to assist the state’s agricultural producers and foresters is also available, and the increasingly popular courses for Master Gardeners, and gardeners in general, are also conducted through county Extension offices.

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 safety.

So how do you access all these educational services and materials? 

Contact your local county UT Extension Office. You can telephone; the number is usually listed among county government phone numbers. You can also visit Extension online. 

Many of UT Extension’s educational resources are just a click away. Visit the UT Extension website:  and click on the link to local offices. Choose your county’s name. You can also review some materials from the comfort of your own home. 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 publications are available free of charge. A publications page is also available from TSU. Visit the TSU Cooperative Extension website:

Don't see what you’re looking for?  Try the national Extension “Ask an Expert” link:

Extension programs can be seen in as an excellent investment of public resources in Tennessee. 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 $493 million from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. This amounts to a return of investment of $8.13 for every $1 in public funds invested in Tennessee Extension. 

March is Extension Month in Tennessee. County Extension offices across the state are planning various celebrations and commemorations for the state’s 105-year-old Extension program. 

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Patricia McDaniels, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 615-835-4570,