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UT Extension Introduces Three New Area Farm Management Specialists

The University of Tennessee Extension welcomes three new Area Farm Management Specialists: Adam Hopkins, Lester Humpal and Daniel Morris.

The specialists’ designated areas include the following counties:

  • Adam Hopkins: Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Scott, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington.
  • Lester Humpal: Decatur, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, Perry, and Wayne.
  • Daniel Morris: Carroll, Chester, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Henderson, Madison, McNairy, and Weakley.

Using the latest farm financial planning software, the area farm management specialists will assist farm families with confidential, intensive analyses of their farming operations.

Area farm management specialists can help farm families with:

  • 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

All area farm management specialists work with local county Extension agents and develop comprehensive farm and financial management educational programs for Tennessee’s Manage Program using workshops, seminars and individual visits with farm families in the counties listed above.

“We are excited to have three new area specialists on board. The Manage program is one of UT Extension’s most visible educational programs and has been around for almost 30 years,” says Delton Gerloff, department head for the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. “We look forward to the future in assisting farm families to make better-informed financial planning decisions.”

Agricultural producers from the counties listed above can reach their designated area farm management specialists by contacting their local UT Extension office.

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.