Media release - Agricenter adds two educators 12-4-18


December 4, 2018

Agricenter International Adds Two Educators

MEMPHIS, TN – Agricenter International and University of Tennessee Extension have announced two additions to their joint education partnership.  Laura Robertson and Michael Owen have joined the staff as Shelby County Extension Agents focusing on 4-H and Youth Education.  Since 2003, Agricenter has provided educational opportunities for schools from pre-K to college that are offered at no cost to schools. 

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Laura Robertson holds a B.S. in Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences and a Masters from Louisiana State University.  She focuses on youth development in healthy living, leadership, service-learning, and curriculum development.  Michael Owen holds a B.S. in Agriculture from Auburn University.  He has worked as a county agent and public-school teacher for many years.  Both Laura and Michael will be serving as an Extension agent for Shelby County in 4-H and other youth development areas. 

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John Butler, President of Agricenter, said, “I look forward to working with Laura and Michael and am extremely excited about how their addition can impact youth education programs for the Memphis-Shelby County community.  They are excellent educators and are dedicated to our mission.”

Tim Roberts, Agricenter Director of Education and Shelby County Extension Agent, stated, “This is a great opportunity to expand the agriculture, forestry, and other natural resources program at Agricenter as well as increasing the many opportunities of 4-H in Shelby County.”

Jim Todd, Shelby County Extension Director, said, “The unique partnership with Agricenter and UT-TSU Extension allows us to grow the 4-H program with excellent educators and reach more students.”

Agricenter International, a 1,000 acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of agriculture.  It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students a year. For more information visit or call 901-757-7777.


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