County OKs new 4-H agent

Friday, August 19, 2011
Robert K. Augustin smiles just before he's introduced to the Marshall County Agriculture Committee by Allisen Penn.

Marshall County's Agriculture Committee has authorized the employment of a Lawrenceburg man as the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Agent for youth development and oversight of the 4-H program headquartered at the county's Hardison Office Annex.

With a unanimous vote on Monday, UT Knoxville graduate Robert K. Augustin was hired with the expectation that he will start on Sept. 1. Augustin graduated in May last year with a bachelor's degree in animal science. He was introduced to the committee by Allisen Penn, UT's regional leader for its Family Consumer Science program.

"I'm proud to be given the opportunity," Augustin said after the vote on committeeman Henry Dowlen's motion to accept Augustin's nomination from a committee that culled applicants.

UT Extension Agent Rick Skillington had, according to light-hearted discussion during the meeting, threatened to discontinue the chicken show and sale this fall if there was no agent hired for the youth development job. As a result, Augustin's first assignment is the show and auction at the county agriculture center on Robin Hood Road.

Compensation for Augustin will cost UT and the county about $28,000. Nearly a quarter of that is for benefits, Penn said. The county is providing $7,711, she said.

Augustin has an associate of science degree from Columbia State Community College. He graduated in May 2007. He's worked as a veterinary assistant at the Lawrenceburg Animal Hospital and in maintenance at David Crockett State Park.