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Lester Humpal

​Lester Humpal is a Area Farm Management Speciallist for UT Extension. Photo by T. Johnson, courtesy UTIA. Download image.


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — University of Tennessee Extension welcomes Lester Humpal as the new Area Farm Management Specialist for the following Tennessee counties: Decatur, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, Perry, and Wayne.
Using the latest farm financial planning software, Humpal will assist farm families with confidential, intensive analyses of their farming operations.
al 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
mpal will work with 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.
“I look forward to working with Tennessee’s rural and farm families, helping them to add value to their individual farm and agricultural businesses,” says Humpal. “By combining my farming background and my experience in agricultural retail business, I am fully ready to begin my new career working as an area specialist with University of Tennessee Extension,” Humpal said.
Humpal was raised on a small, diversified family farm in Northeast Iowa that included row crops, swine and beef. He also worked on dairy farms in the same area.
He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business at Iowa State University and an MBA from Concordia University.
“My wife Penny and I recently relocated from Lakeville, Minnesota, and will make our home in Columbia. Penny is working with the Maury Magic Riders, an equine-assisted activities and therapy riding program. We look forward to becoming involved with the community and the Great State of Tennessee,” Humpal added.
Agricultural producers from the counties listed above can reach Humpal 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.



Lester Humpal, Extension Area Specialist – Farm Management, UT Extension, 931-375-5301,