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Agriculture Programs

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Backyard Fruits Training – March 18th online via ZOOM from 9am – 11am central time. This free training will cover information regarding blueberries, caneberries (blackberries and raspberries), grapes, and strawberries.

Spring Lawncare Field Day – March 30th online via ZOOM at 6pm central time. In this Free session we’ll cover spring fertilization, the use of preemergent herbicides, emerged weed control, aerating, and topdressing.

Programs and Information

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. Programs also help Tennesseans protect the environment and improve the management, marketing and use of natural resources.  

Talkin’ Agriculture “Calibrating a Sprayer”
Talkin’ Agriculture “Grass/Turf Demonstration Area”

Master Gardeners of Rutherford County 

Master Gardeners of Rutherford County Web Page

Master Gardener Class Information ​


Useful Links

Farm Answer – Farmers and ranchers may face challenges, like other owners of start-up companies, to get their business started. Issues such as gaining reliable information and technical assistance. This website is the USDA-NIFA beginning farmer and rancher (BFRDP) clearinghouse, providing resources to help you get started farming, as well as tools to help more seasoned producers succeed.

FREE pesticide pickup for farmers!

Ideally pesticides are stored safely on the farm until they are completely used.  However, many remain unused because cropping practices change, new products are introduced, some are banned and others deteriorate or lose their label.  Such chemicals can pose a threat to human health, livestock, and the environment if not disposed of properly.  The TDA offers a FREE on-the-farm pick up service for these pesticides.  Mr. Strickland with the TDA commented, “ This is a free, non-regulatory, no questions asked service for our producers”.  Please contact Mr. Strickland at 615-837-5523 or email him at richard.strickland@tn.gov for assistance

Hops and Hemp Presentation

For more information on the Hemp Industry visit the TN Department of Agriculture Hemp Industry website:

Contact Information

Agent: Mitchell Mote
Email: mmote1@utk.edu
Phone: (615) 898-7710

Agent: Kim Hall
Email: khall58@utk.edu
Phone: (615) 898-7710

Agent: Rachel Painter
Email: reather1@tennessee.edu
Phone: (615) 898-7710