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March is Extension month
UT-TSU Extension agents promote educational programs
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University of Tennessee Extension and Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Warren County is pleased to announce March is Extension month. Their goal is to inform people about Extension program efforts. Many are familiar with some of the programs and even participate in them. Some highlights of the educational programs and activities follow:
Agriculture – This program is customer driven to assist individuals in achieving goals of profit in agriculture, abundant and safe food, a clean environment and effective stewardship of natural resources through research-based programs. Current programs include:  Master Beef Producers; Master Gardeners; Master Dairy; and livestock/forages programs. 
Heath Nokes is the Extension Agriculture Agent who oversees the above mentioned programs. In addition he assists with soil testing, insect identification, lawn and garden questions, and other farm related concerns.
Family and Consumer Sciences – This program utilizes research-based education to help individuals and families gain knowledge to develop confidence in making good decisions concerning their well-being. Programming is conducted in the areas of family life, health and nutrition.
Hilda Lytle is the Family and Consumer Sciences’ Extension Agent in Warren County. Some of her programs include:  Parenting Apart: Effective Co-parenting, Pathweighs to Health, Arthritis Exercise Program, Tai Chi for Arthritis, food safety and meal planning. 
In addition, there are six Family and Community Education (FCE) Clubs throughout the county that are affiliated with Extension. Club members conduct monthly meetings, perform service projects, have educational programs, and compete in county, regional and state activities. Anyone interested in becoming a member of FCE is encouraged to call the Extension office for more information.
The Tennessee Nutrition and Consumer Education Program (TNCEP) is a SNAP-Ed grant-based nutrition program operating through Extension Family and Consumer Sciences. It is funded by the USDA and the State of Tennessee. Margie Foster is the program assistant who conducts this food and nutrition effort. Programs include:  Eat Smart During Pregnancy, Making Tracks with Rudy Raccoon, Color Me Healthy, Eat Smart-Getting Your Family to the Table, and My Plate for My Family. These efforts focus on consumption of fruits, vegetable, and whole grains.
4-H Youth Development – This program encourages diverse youth to develop unique skills to their fullest potential.  There are 97 in-school clubs and three after-school clubs with a total enrollment of 2,151 members.
Shay Davis and Emily Mote are the Warren County 4-H agents. Leah Prater is the program assistant. Some of the current opportunities are senior high State 4-H Congress; judging teams such as meats identification; livestock; Chick Chain; camps and conferences; and Adventures in the Kitchen. In addition there are public speaking, demonstration and poster contests. 
No office would be complete without an administrative assistant. Tina Smock fills this role in Warren County. She serves as the receptionist, office coordinator and technology person.
If you have questions or concerns about agriculture, family and consumer sciences or 4-H, call the UT-TSU Extension office at 473-8484. 
Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu
Contact Hilda W. Lytle, County Director and Family and Consumer Science Agent, Warren County, 931-473-7474, hlytle@utk.edu. Find the UT TSU Extension – Warren County on Facebook