About Us

We are an outreach branch of the University of Tennessee, providing services and opportunities to the residents of Lauderdale County.

We are funded through a cooperative agreement between federal, state and county governments. All of our programs
are offered to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, age, national origin, sex or disability and we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In November 1835 the Tennessee General Assembly established Lauderdale County from portions of Tipton, Dyer, and Haywood Counties. The county was named for Lieutenant Colonel James Lauderdale, who was killed in the battle of New Orleans. The county covers 477 square miles and is bounded by the Forked Deer River, the Mississippi River (although some areas, such as Forked Deer Island are now on the west side of the river), and the Hatchie River. The eastern part of the county lies on the Gulf Coastal Plain while the western portion is in the Mississippi Bottom. Lauderdale County is a county located on the western edge of the U.S. state of Tennessee, with its border the Mississippi River. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,815. Its county seat is Ripley. Since the antebellum years, it has been developed for cotton as a major commodity crop. 

University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd made it one of his goals to visit every UT Extension office in the state. Now, he and his wife, Jenny, are extending that support by committing $200,000 from their personal foundation, The Boyd Foundation, to support program enhancements and facility or equipment needs within UT Extension.

Read more about President Boyd’s generous support here: https://utianews.tennessee.edu/president-boyd-donates…/

University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd and Lauderdale County Mayor Maurice Gaines visits Lauderdale County Extension Office

We are in the alternative reopening phase with limited staffing.

The Lauderdale County extension staff is available to assist clients at the office with face to face meetings following the policy guidelines https://www.utk.edu/coronavirus/guides/return-to-work. Everyone must stay at least six feet apart and wear a mask. For assistance, call (731) 635-9551 or (731) 221-1991 to make an appointment or call us upon arrival, and staff will greet you at the door. Office hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

J.C. Dupree – Agriculture and Natural Resourcesjdupree1@utk.eduRachel Howell – Agriculture and Natural Resourcesrparker1@utk.edu
Rachel Erwin – Family Consumer Sciencesaerwin4@utk.eduStacy Manley – SNAP EDsmanley3@tnstate.edu
Mary Stiles – 4Hmarewort@utk.eduLillie Taylor – Administrative Support Aide IIltaylo12@utk.edu
Lisa Moore – Administrative Support Assistant IIlmoore61@utk.edu
Lauderdale County Extension Contacts

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