Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Agricultural Extension

Major Professor

Robert S. Dotson

Committee Members

Oliver Cook, Cecil E. Carter Jr.


This study was done to identify, study and update selected factors which may have contributed to the success of Young Fanners and Homemakers programs in Tennessee. Forty-five counties were selected in which at least some YF&H members were reported for either 1979 and/or 1984. Major findings are listed below: 1. Total members in YF&H increased by 71 members from 1979 to 1984 according to October 1 enrollment reports; while December Surveys showed a decrease of 56 members from 1979 to 1984. 2. In order to reach the state goal of 1,228 in 1989, an additional 495 new members must be added over the 1984 December Survey. 3. Total days planned for YF&H audiences were 156 in 1979 and 206 in 1983. 4. Total days expended for YF&H audiences were 144.55 in 1979 and 117.25 in 1983. 5. Total contacts made by agents with YF&H audiences were 8,191 in 1979 and 4,257 in 1983. 6. Five counties with long-standing YF&H programs studied were Madison County, Rutherford County, Coffee County and Washington County. 7. The five counties studied that had high enrollments in YF&H were Gibson County (did not report in 1984), Giles County, Coffee County, Cannon County and Knox County. Implications, recommendations for use of the findings and recommendations for further study were also made.

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