Who's Who in Local Government

Hardeman County

Agricultural Extension Service

The Agricultural Extension Service began in Hardeman County in September 1914. This organization teaches farmers, agribusiness representatives, and the general community the latest land and agricultural management practices, which includes better environmental stewardship. Today Hardeman County is first in the state in hardwood saw log production. Hardeman County's vibrant hardwood industry and rich agricultural background has helped the county grow and prosper.

Gary Rodgers, Director and 4-H Agent

200 East Market Street
PO Box 186
Bolivar, TN 38008

Phone: (731) 658-2421
Fax: (731) 658-6559
Email: grodgers@utk.edu

Office Hours

  • Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm


  • Katie Dees - Adult Family & Consumer Science Ext. Agent
  • Lindsay Griffin - TSU Agriculture Agent
  • Lee Sammons - Horticulture & Small Farm Agent
  • Terri Ann Russell - TSU Administrative Assistant
  • Perellia Walker - TSU Cooperative Extension Secretary


  • Agriculture Education — Teaching farmers and agribusiness representatives the lastest management practices and landowners how to improve our forests.
  • Horticulture, pest management, gardening, fire ant concerns and no-till farming.
  • Family/Consumer Science — To strengthen families, individuals and communities through education. The county program is a vital link in delivering current, research-based education to you.
  • 4-H Program
  • Master Gardener classes
  • Co-parenting classes
  • 4-H Program - 4-H clubs meet in the schools monthly from October to April offering several 4-H projects and judging teams