Scott Cagle Now Leading 4-H Youth Development Facility


Scott Cagle

​​Scott Cagle stands in front of the iconic stables at Lone Oaks Farm. Cagle is the new director of the 4-H Youth Development facility located in Hardeman County. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download image​.


MIDDLETON, Tenn. – University of Tennessee Extension has named a new director for Lone Oaks Farm, the 4-H Youth Development and Conference Center in Middleton, Tennessee. Scott Cagle took the helm on March 1, 2019. Cagle will oversee this working farm, which also serves as a site for hands-on agriculture and STEM education, as well as hospitality and recreation opportunities.

 

“Scott has a record of innovative programming and relationship building,” says Robert Burns, dean of UT Extension. “I am confident his broad experience in engineering construction, farm management and Extension programming will enable him to provide the leadership needed to develop Lone Oaks Farm into the 4-H Youth Development facility we dream it will become.”

 

Lone Oaks Farm encompasses 1,200 acres of pastures, woodlands and lakes. While 4-H camps, field trips and STEM education programs are already taking place here, Cagle will be responsible for supervising the construction of the 4-H STEM and Farm Center and 4-H camp facility and expanding the educational opportunities. Additionally, there are plans to complete a shotgun clay target shooting complex, a hospitality complex and an adult leadership center.

 

“My staff and I are extremely excited to see the dream of Lone Oaks Farm come true before our eyes,” says Cagle. “This dream has been many years in the making, and in the next few years, we will see a grand transformation into a 4-H Shooting Sports and 4-H Camping facility. I believe those who had the vision to create this beautiful landscape and lay the foundation for Lone Oaks Farm will be pleased.”

 

Before joining Lone Oaks Farm, Cagle spent 19 years as a County Extension Agent and Coordinator with Mississippi State University, where he was a two-time recipient of the MSU Extension Spirit of Excellence Award. Other prior experiences include working as a farm manager for a swine farrowing operation and serving as an engineering technician for two civil engineering firms. 

 

Cagle earned a B.S. in animal science, as well as an M.S. and a Ph.D. in agriculture and Extension education, all from MSU. He and his wife, Catherine, live on the farm and are delighted to be part of the Hardeman County community. They have four children, who are all completing their college degrees in Mississippi.

 

“My wife and I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity to be a part of the Lone Oaks Farm family,” says Cagle. “I have the honor of working with a strong farm crew, a great community, and treasured supporters, volunteers and Extension colleagues. Lone Oaks Farm is already a magical place. Together, we will take it to its full potential.”

 

Cagle’s office will be located at the Lone Oaks Farm Shop. He can be reached by phone at 731-376-0882, or by email at mcagle8@utk.edu​.

 

4-H is the largest youth development program in the nation. In Tennessee, hundreds of thousands of children, families and communities are engaged in 4-H through school and community clubs, service projects, volunteer activities, year-round educational programs and summer camps.

 

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.ag.tennessee.edu

 

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Contacts:

 

Scott Cagle, director, Lone Oaks Farm, 731-361-9011, mcagle8@utk.edu

 

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu

 

 

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