Agriculture and Natural Resources Programs

Programs educate farmers and homeowners and other agricultural and horticultural producers on the latest management practices needed to solve problems and improve production and marketing.
Beef cattle in a field
Livestock, Forages and Master Beef
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Bee pollinating a flower
Beekeeping and Pollinators
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Farmer standing in his crops
Farm Management
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Two deer standing on a hill
Forestry & Wildlife
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Close up of lawn
Lawn and Garden
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Master Gardener participants trimming bushes and trees
Master Gardener
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Contact Information

Sheldon Barker Profile Page

Sheldon Barker
Ext Agent III & Co Dir
Phone: 423-949-2611


Soil testing – the University of Tennessee Extension Soil, Plant and Pest Center in Nashville can analyze soil samples and make fertilize and lime recommendations for row crops, forages, lawns and gardens.

Pest identification – the University of Tennessee Extension can help with insect, weed, and disease identification for crops, forages, and gardens.

Forage Testing – forage and grain samples can be submitted to the University of Tennessee for nutrient analysis, feeding recommendations are then provided.

Pesticide Safety & Education (PSEP)

A statewide educational program with an overall goal to protect the environment and the public health from improper use of pesticides by providing applicator and public education. Those completing the class will be certified as a private applicator. Those interested can contact UT Extension office.