The Youth Livestock Programs/Projects Advisory Committee was established in 2009.  This committee provides assistance to Steve Austin (Extension Associate for Youth Livestock Programs) by:

  1. helping in planning and determination of future directions for livestock programs and projects
  2. helping in determining policies and guidelines for livestock programs and projects,
  3. serving as an advisory group for addressing rules violations, and
  4. serving as a conduit for receiving feedback from the county and district level.

The Advisory Committee consists of County Extension Agents and Vocational Agriculture Teachers that are appointed for two-year terms, as well as various program or organization leaders that serve continuous terms.  Below is a listing of the committee members that are presently serving.  Any of the committee members are available for you to contact with ideas, suggestions, or issues of concern related to youth livestock programs and projects.

Continuous Term of Service Advisory Committee Members

Zach Bartenslager, Extension Associate for Youth Livestock Programs

Ashley Osborne, 4-H Youth Development Extension Specialist

Matt Chaliff, Kentucky FFA Executive Director

Dr. George Heersche, UK Dairy Specialist

Larissa Tucker, Extension Associate for Youth Dairy Programs

Dr. Gregg Rentfrow, UK Meats Specialist

Advisory Team for Extension Associate for Youth Livestock Programs

2019 1 year term

Aaron Boyd District 1

Carrie Derossett District 6

TJ Adkins District 5

Patrick Allen District 4 

Mike Meyer District 4


2019-2020 2 year term

Tad Campbell District 1

Janet Gibson District 2

Matthew Futrell District 7

Regina Browning District 3

Gary Druin District 6


Livestock Advisory Team will be called upon, as needed, to provide positive suggestions on how to make changes or deal with concerns from the seven districts.  Extension Associate for Youth Livestock Programs will have the final decision in all matters discussed, with the intent to keep the 4-H members best interest as the focus. 

Members will serve either a one or two year term.  Those serving a one year term may be considered when we select the 2019-20 group.  Each district will try to be represented each year.