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

For more detailed information about these programs click on the pictures below or contact the County Extension Office.

2024 Middle Tennessee Grain Conference will be held on January 30, 2024 at the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma. See the flyer for more information and registration (due by noon on January 24th).

2024 Master Small Ruminant Producer will be held on February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4 on-line from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. CST. See the flyer for information. Contact John Teague at or call the Extension Office at 931-684-5971 for more details and registration information.

2024 Basic Master Beef Producer Program – Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 27 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Extension Office. Qualifies for TAEP. See the flyer for more information. Call John Teague at 931-684-5971 for details and registration.

2024 Master Horse Program – January 11 – March 7. On-line. Register by January 14. See the flyer for more information and registration.

2024 TN Farm Family Health and Wellness Program – This is a series of 5 live webinars through zoom or on-demand viewing starting January 25 through Mar 21 (every other Thursday). Topics include Farm Safety, Farm Finances, Family Relationships, Stress Management and more. It is eligible for 50% cost share with many of the TAEP Programs. For more information go to


Online registration is open now. Once registered you will receive a link to all the resources including videos and associated quizzes.


For more information about the program, please contact your local UT Extension office or email Program Coordinator Dr. Charley Martinez (

More Information & to Register Online:

Livestock and Forages


Fruits, Vegetables, Lawns, Landscaping, Insects and Plant Diseases

Farm Financial Management


Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries

Farmers Market

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Contact Information

John Teague
Extension Agent and County Director, Agriculture
2105 Midland Road, Shelbyville, TN 37160
Phone: 931-684-5971

Kevin Ferguson
Extension Area Specialist
312 John R. Rice Blvd., Suite 110 Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Phone: 615-898-7710

Burn Permit Information

Burning permits focus attention on the safe use of fire. From October 15 through May 15, anyone starting an open-air fire within 500 feet of a forest, grassland, or woodland must by law secure a burning permit from the Division of Forestry. Permits are not required for burning in containers such as a metal barrel with a ½” mesh screen cover. Anyone needing to burn within an incorporated city should contact city authorities about any local burning ordinances. Many towns and cities have their own burning regulations that supersede the Division of Forestry’s burning permit program.

The following tips should be followed when it is safe to conduct a debris burn:

Check with local authorities to make sure there are no local restrictions on burning currently in place, especially in cities and towns that have their own burning permit system.

Notify your local fire department and neighbors to let them know your plans to burn

Do not burn on windy days and stay abreast of changing weather conditions

Establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around burn piles

Keep fire containment equipment on hand during the fire (e.g. rake, shovel, water)

Stay with the fire until it is completely out.

Permits from the Division of Forestry are free of charge and may be obtained by calling the Division of Forestry phone number at 1-877-350-2876 or online at

Permits will not be issued on days and in locations if it is considered unsafe to conduct a debris burn.

For information on what materials may NOT be burned in Tennessee, please visit Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Open Burning Guidelines by clicking here. To report illegal burning, please call toll-free 1-888-891-TDEC.