The Crockett County UT Extension office has hired a new Ag and Natural Resource Agent who will be working with farmers and homeowners throughout the county.
Daniel Wiggins, a Crockett County High School class of 2010 alumni from Friendship, was active in 4-H showing cattle before high school and a Future Farmers of America officer all four years of high school.
Wiggins graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with an Ag Science degree in 2015. While attending UT Martin, he was active in the Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS), American Society of Agronomy and was a contributor to revamping the agronomy program at UT Martin. “The club had gone dormant for around five years, so we essentially restarted it,” said Wiggins.
Wiggins is from Crockett and wanted to stay in the county and promote agriculture and assist with producers to the best of his ability.
“My goals are to promote agriculture, help producers and homeowners with anything I can and be successful in agriculture. If producers have any problems, they can call me. I’ll try to help them out and if I can’t help them, I will help them find the resources they need to help. We do trainings and certifications for pesticides. Homeowners can bring in weeds or bugs they need identified and we assist with soil tests if anyone is need,” said Wiggins.
He will certify Century Farms, conduct Ag Enhancement Programs and help with issues in landscaping, identifying trees and home gardens, livestock questions and pond management.
“I think Daniel brings a lot of knowledge and experience to our office and he’s going to be a good asset,” said Sarah Poole.
Wiggins is grateful for the opportunity to work in his home community and said, “thank you for all the friends and family support in the county.”
The UT Extension office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be contacted at 731-696-2412 or through their Facebook page.