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Tennessee Master Farm Manager

Create a strong business foundation to make better decisions for your farm’s future!

The Tennessee Master Farm Manager focuses on solid business principals to help you better manage your operation. We will focus on helping you utilize resources on your farm efficiently.

Winter 2022 Sessions

Topics and Speakers

Live Zoom Webinars

January 25, 2022
Current Agriculture Trade Issues
Andrew Muhammad, Professor

January 27, 2022
Understanding and Creating Financial Statements
Chris Boyer, Associate Professor

February 1, 2022
The Cost of Borrowing
Aaron Smith, Associate Professor and Extension Crops Marketing Specialist

February 3, 2022
Tax Planning and Recordkeeping: What the Producer Needs to Know
Alan Galloway, Area Specialist in Farm Management

February 8, 2022
Farm and Management Transition Planning
Charley Martinez, Assistant Professor and Extension Farm and Financial Management Specialist
and Kevin Ferguson, Area Specialist in Farm Management and MANAGE Coordinator

Pre-recorded Sessions

Equipment Purchase Decision Process
Jon Walton, Senior Lecturer

Veiling the Farm: A look at entity formations in Tennessee, and are any of them right for me?
Craig Raysor, Raysor Legal

Does Your Lease Agreement Protect You?
Chris Clark, Professor and Department Head

NEW class starting January 25, 2022

The Winter Master Farm Manager Course will utilize a hybrid method, with both prerecorded videos and live webinars. Zoom based webinar sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights starting January 25, 2022 through February 8 at 7PM EST/6PM CST.  Registered participants will be emailed a Zoom link and instructions the day before each session. To receive credit, an attendance survey must be completed following the live webinars, links will be sent following the sessions.

Shortly after registering for the webinars you will receive an email with links to the recordings. Watch the recordings as your schedule allows. Within the email there will also be links to an attendance survey that must be completed after watching the recordings to receive credit.

To complete the course, seven of the eight sessions must be completed.

Online registration open November 15, 2021 through January 25, 2022


Register by mail
Deadline January 15, 2022

Flyer including registration form

For more information contact:
David Bilderback at
db@utk.edu or 865-200-4545

In-person Class Opportunities

Sevier County Master Farm Manager Class

Location: Sevier County Extension Office
Dates and Time: 6:00 PM October 28th, November 2, 4, 9
Contact information for the class:
Ty Wolaver – 931-993-2466, tyw@utk.edu
Adam Hopkins – 865-453-3695, ahopkin1@utk.edu

Crockett/Haywood/Madison County Master Farm Manager Class

Location: West Tennessee Research and Education 605 Airways Blvd, Jackson, TN
Dates and Time: December 9th and 10th from 9am to 5pm
Contact information for the class:
Lindsay Stephenson – 731-772-2861, lss@utk.edu
Informational Flier

Hancock County Master Farm Manager Class

Dates and Time: 6:00 PM December 2, 7, 9, 14th
Contact information for the class:
Ty Wolaver – 931-993-2466, tyw@utk.edu
Jacob Boone – 423-733-2526, kboon3@utk.edu

Smith/Trousdale County Master Farm Manager Class

Location: Smith County Ag Center
Dates and Time: February 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, March 1, 3, 8 at 6 PM CST
Contact information for the class:
Chris Hicks, 615-735-2900, cbhicks@utk.edu

Charley Martinez talking to couple
Aaron Smith presenting to crowd
I plan to spend the last 10 years of my career developing and implementing a transition plan to take our family farm from my father’s generation to my son’s generation. The topics covered in this webinar could not have come at a better time for our family.
Absolutely great class!! While I have a background in accounting and understand financial statements, I learned how to apply that knowledge to farming to be able to make decisions for equipment, seed and livestock purchases and management. I’ll be referring to the handouts frequently as I write my business plan for my farm.
As a first-time emerging farmer…the information is invaluable to me. I plan on attending each offering in the future to help build on my knowledge.