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Third Thursday

From Chancellor Larry Arrington


Join me in giving our students a warm welcome back to campus. As we begin fall semester, we have eighty-five incoming CVM students and 228 incoming freshman in CASNR. The quality and diversity of our students are increasing, including a freshman class made up of 60 percent females. In CASNR, we will have approximately 1,250 undergrads and 275 grad students. We look forward to having these students as part of our family!

Congratulations to all of the UTIA employees who were recognized at the recent UTIA Awards and Promotions Luncheon. We have a great team at UTIA, and the awards reflect many accomplishments throughout the organization. I want to send a special "shout-out" of congratulations to Dr. Mike Davidson for receiving the first-ever Institute Professor Award.

Thank you for all you do for UTIA! We look forward to telling you in person at the UTIA Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch on October 3 in Brehm Animal Science Arena. We will have Ag Day displays available for you to preview during the picnic. Read more about this special event and other Institute news below.

Go Vols,

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

Institute Celebrates Outstanding Faculty and Staff

The Institute celebrated the accomplishments of thirty-five outstanding faculty and staff at its annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon on August 1. Join me in congratulating all the honorees! More ...

Mike Davidson Named Inaugural Institute Professor

At the recent Awards and Promotions Luncheon, Michael Davidson, professor of food microbiology and former head of the Department of Food Science and Technology, was given the first-ever Chancellor’s Institute Professor Award. Davidson has served as a professor with distinction in a number of leadership roles across the Institute since 1991, and among his many accolades are numerous leadership positions with national and international professional societies.

I established this award to honor our most outstanding faculty who have truly made a difference in the lives of students and made an impact on the Institute. This award will only be given if a faculty member meets this criteria. Congratulations, Mike! More ...

Knox Area Employees Invited to Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch

UTIA Knoxville-area faculty and staff are invited to the Institute Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 3, in the Brehm Animal Science Arena. And our more distant employees who are in the area that day are also most welcome. Join me and our Institute leaders for lunch and enjoy a preview of the exhibits and displays set up for Ag Day, held the following day. Employees will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite display. The winning department will be awarded a prize and bragging rights for Ag Day!

Southern Nursery IPM Group Awarded for Innovative Work and Impacts

An app and an e-book that have saved nursery growers more than $2 million since their release earned a regional working group that includes four Institute members a Friends of Southern IPM Bright Idea award. The honor recognizes professionals for outstanding work in integrated pest management.

The Southern Nursery IPM Working Group began in 2009 after group leader Amy Fulcher (then at the University of Kentucky and now assistant professor with the Department of Plant Sciences) wanted to collaborate with other university nursery specialists on a regional project. First, there was a comprehensive 300-page e-book on deciduous tree production. Next, a highly popular mobile device app called IPMPro was created, followed by a new e-book on shrub production.

Read more about their work and congratulate our three other members of the team: professor Bill Klingeman of the Department of Plant Sciences and professors Frank Hale and Alan Windham of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology.

UTIA-Developed Disease Detection Technology En Route to Marketplace

I’m proud to announce that an innovative disease detection technology developed by UTIA and UT researchers is on its way to the marketplace. The device, described as a biofluid assay on a chip by coinventor Shigetoshi Eda, can be used in the field to detect infectious diseases, pathogens, and physiological conditions in people and animals. Eda is an associate professor in the Institute’s Center for Wildlife Health within the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. The device has the potential to save a lot of lives by reducing time in detection, says Eda’s collaborator, Jayne Wu. More ...

It’s Prime Time for Institute Field Days and Special Events

Our field days and special events are important opportunities to share our expertise on a wide range of subjects with the people we serve, and we have a number of them coming up very quickly. Next Tuesday, the Institute joins with the Cumberland County Master Gardeners to host a Fall Gardeners’ Festival at the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center in Crossville. Next up is the Cotton Tour Field Day on September 3 at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, followed by the Fall Forage Field Day on September 9 at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill. Next, there’s the Turf and Ornamental Field Day on September 11 at the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Knoxville. Learn more about these and other upcoming events. More ...

Second Quarter External Funding Totals $12.9M

Sponsored projects and Extension county billings for the second quarter of 2014 total $12.9 million. Congratulations to the principal and coprincipal investigators, and Extension county directors and agents! See the report.

External funding is vital to our overall program, and we appreciate the support and efforts of everyone engaged in enhancing our external funding.

UTIA Implements Forage Analysis Changes to Better Serve Tennessee Livestock Producers

Through a partnership of the UT Soil, Plant and Pest Center and the UT Beef and Forage Center, near-infrared reflectance (NIR) technology is now being used to analyze forage samples from Tennessee beef, horse, small ruminant, and dairy owners.

The process, which measures light reflectance to estimate protein, energy, as well as many other nutrients, is providing results more quickly to producers—often within a week. It’s also enabling greater precision in recommendations. More ...

Institute Provides Food for Our Hungry Neighbors

I’m proud to say that the Institute family and friends have been making strides in providing food for hungry neighbors in both West and East Tennessee.

At the Milan No-Till Field Day in July, farmers and visitors packaged more than 28,000 meals to be distributed to food banks in the region.

In Knoxville, through the Institute’s service project, Grow More, Give More, more than 3,531 pounds of produce have been donated since May. And this, in turn, has provided 10,593 servings of healthful fruits and vegetables to neighbors served by local agencies. The produce is given each Wednesday by our employees and shoppers and vendors at the UT Farmers Market, held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the UT Gardens. The drive and market continue through October 22. We thank our partner in the effort, the Society of St. Andrew, for their help in making Grow More, Give More possible.

UT Center for Profitable Agriculture, Extension Form Collaboration with UT College of Law

A special spring break project in March for four UT College of Law students has paved the way for a collaboration involving the Center for Profitable Agriculture and UT Extension.

Through the project, the students gained practical experience on legal issues relevant to agriculture in Tennessee. The new partnership unites the three units to enable students to take their agricultural backgrounds and passion and apply them to their legal education. More ...

Homegrown at the Tennessee Governor’s Residence

Join Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam as she discusses a vegetable and flower garden planted at the Governor’s residence in Nashville. UT Extension Davidson County and local Master Gardeners helped with the planning and development of the garden, which is providing a farm-to-table experience for the Haslams and their guests. Watch a Live Green Tennessee television episode about the garden.

UT Extension to Present Workshops on Starting Food Processing Businesses

Farmers and gardeners who end up with excess produce or who want to find a use for less-than-best quality produce—items that would normally go to waste—often look for ways to add value by making the produce into another product, such as jams and jellies, salsas, juices, or baked goods.

To help fruit and vegetable producers interested in starting their own food processing enterprises, UT Extension is bringing Pennsylvania State Extension’s popular food processing education program to Tennessee. In September, the “Food for Profit” workshop will be repeated three times across the state, each time taking participants step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food product business. More ...

Calling All University Women!

UT has a multifaceted University Women's Club, and it's open to professional and nonexempt employees, as well as wives of employees and retirees. The organization has monthly luncheons featuring guest speakers and has special interest groups and other opportunities for fellowship and networking. The club also funds a scholarship to assist adults returning to school to earn undergraduate degrees.

The organization is hosting an afternoon tea from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, September 12, at the UT Visitors Center on Neyland Drive. All women are invited to this free reception.

Campus Cock-a-doodle-doer Moves On

The rooster that sojourned on the agricultural campus in Knoxville since November appears to have moved on.

While popular with staff and students, and even the subject of media attention, the rooster eluded numerous efforts to catch and relocate him. His presence was a reminder that animals released on campus constitute a problem for all concerned.

Tennessee-grown Forage

David McIntosh, coordinator for the UT Beef and Forage Center, captured this image of cool-season annual ryegrass growing at the AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville. The northeast Tennessee region the Center serves is one of the largest in the state for production of forage and beef and dairy cattle.

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