Service Areas to Span the State

UT Extension Farm Management Specialists

​University of Tennessee Extension welcomes three new area farm specialists to posts across the state. Pictured from left to right are Adam Hopkins, Daniel Morris and Lester Humpal. Photo by T. Johnson, courtesy UTIA. Download image.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Three new financial experts will be assisting farmers throughout the state. Called area farm management specialists, the new University of Tennessee Extension employees will use the latest farm financial planning software to assist farm families with confidential, intensive analyses of their farming operations.
The specialists are Adam Hopkins, Lester Humpal and Daniel Morris. Their 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

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, head of 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.



Tina M. Johnson, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 865-974-7418,

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