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The Economics of Agriculture in All 95

Agriculture accounts for 9 percent of Tennessee's economy and $57.6 billion in output. You can drill down that impact to each of Tennessee's ninety-five counties through an interactive state map. The reports were developed by members of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.


Poultry Science Association Names Mike Smith Fellow • Lifetime Excellence in Research Award for UTCVM's Barry RousePlateau Center Turns Seventy-Five

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New Horizons for Herbert College of Agriculture Students

Australia and Japan are the newest opportunities for Herbert students' international study experiences. Goals of these course destinations range from learning flexibility and patience to appreciating how agricultural solutions vary through differing conditions and culture.

Message from the Chancellor

Partnerships are critical to our Institute's success, and developing and enhancing these important relationships is a key element of our Strategic Plan, which is available online as a PDF or text-only web page. Over the past few weeks, we have been fortunate to establish or grow several new partnerships, including:

  • SunTrust Foundation, which is supporting the UT Extension On My Own program;

  • National Livestock Producers Association, which held its annual board meeting in Knoxville and included highlights from our faculty in the meeting's program;

  • The Department of Defense, through which the new Agricultural Synthetic Biology Center is pursuing a significant award;

  • Shengbiao Huang, deputy director of the Center for Rural Development from China, with whom we hosted a meeting in July. Huang is a key leader with responsibilities of managing the memorandum of understanding of agriculture between China and the United States and overseeing the Bill Gates Foundation programs in China; and

  • Petco Foundation and the Blue Buffalo Foundation. The UT College of Veterinary Medicine was one of six veterinary colleges in the country chosen to participate in a cancer treatment support fund that provides subsidized support for cancer treatments for pets whose owners would not otherwise be able to afford the cost of treatment. The College recently received the third and final installment totaling $350,000.

Through partnerships with others, we leverage our resources and assure that our research, education, and Extension programs remain relevant and address priorities that help to solve society's grand challenges in health, the economy, and the environment.


P.S. Be sure to follow me and the latest Institute developments on Twitter at @UTIAChancellor.

Crime Scene Tape, a Victim & Investigative Learning

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For law enforcement, science is a valuable tool in solving crime. That's the realistic lesson taught to Tennessee 4-H youth in a crime scene camp held this summer in Cheatham County. In this video story, Charles Denney shows us how 4-H'ers get hands-on training and how that may encourage them to pursue a career in police work.

A Moment in UTIA's Fifty Years

Born in 2000, Millie, named for the new millennium, was AgResearch's much-heralded cloned calf. The brown-and-white Jersey was the first bovine clone in the US originating from adult somatic cells that were cultured using standard techniques—proof that cloning procedures were more straightforward than thought.

Millie and subsequent clones were produced through the research program of Department of Animal Science professors Lannett Edwards and her husband and colleague, Neal Schrick, who today serves as department head. Their achievement marked a large step toward gaining a better understanding of the procedures required to produce clones of adult animals, showing it was possible for producers to one day replicate high-value traits within their cattle herds. Edwards's and Schrick's research continues today and has resulted in patented techniques to improve animal fertility.

A photo of students at the Herbert College of Agriculture


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