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Tennessee State University may cover 65% of cost of new Agricultural Extension agent in Hawkins

October 21st, 2013 10:37 pm by Jeff Bobo

Tennessee State University may cover 65% of cost of new Agricultural Extension agent in Hawkins

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County leaders will take the next couple of weeks to study a proposal from Tennessee State University that would cover 65 percent of the cost of bringing an additional Agricultural Extension agent to the county.

Following the death of Hawkins County Agricultural Extension agent Bob Moncier last month, the University of Tennessee Extension Services announced his position wouldn’t be filled sooner than July of 2014 due to funding cuts.

Prior to his death the Hawkins County Agricultural Extension Office was already shorthanded.

In 2005, the UT Extension Services cut one of Hawkins County’s 4-H agents, and a few years prior to that had cut out an Ag agent. Following Moncier’s death, the Hawkins County office is down to three agents.

Moncier and 4-H agent Blake Ramsey were already planning to present the Hawkins County Commission’s Budget Committee with a proposal to bring an additional permanent agent to Hawkins County through the TSU program. That presentation was put on hold when Moncier became ill in August.

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