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From Chancellor Larry Arrington


Summer is a busy time for UTIA, particularly with our many field days hosted by the AgResearch and Education Centers. Attendance at the field days held so far has been strong this year, which points to the continuing relevance and quality of our programs. Thanks to the faculty and staff who work so hard on these events.

We’ve also recently completed program reviews in the Comparative and Experimental Medicine Graduate Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Department of Animal Science, Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, and AgResearch.

I'm proud to say we've also taken home some impressive awards. Read about these achievements and more in my letter to the Institute.

Go Vols,

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

Thoughts from Laura Stephenson on UT Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

Whether Tennesseans live in far western Shelby County or far eastern Johnson County, their health and wellness is fundamental to the economic well-being of communities. Family and Consumer Sciences professionals are integral partners in local and state networks that promote healthy lifestyle choices. Tennessee Extension efforts are designed to impact individual, family and community health behaviors. Learn more about FCS.

This year Ag Day will take place on Oct. 4 in the Brehm Animal Science Arena. Enjoy all your favorite Ag Day activities such as visiting with current and former faculty, staff and students; live music; the insect petting zoo and cricket spitting; and so much more! Festivities start four hours before the Vols take on the Florida Gators in Neyland Stadium. Kickoff time TBA.

In a significant leadership role, Chancellor Arrington is incoming chair of the Southern region administrative heads section of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). APLU is a research, policy and advocacy organization representing 234 public universities, state university systems and affiliated organizations.

The Macon County Fair Board bestowed a considerable honor on UT Extension county director Steve Walker when it named the county’s livestock arena the Steve Walker Livestock Arena. Walker is former fair manager and a longtime board member. Read more.

Keith Barber, vice chancellor of Institutional Advancement at the Institute, has been elected president by the membership of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA). NAADA advances agricultural and natural resources industries and facilitates professional development. Institute members won three top awards at its 2014 conference.

Milan No-Till a Week Away

The 2014 Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day, an Institute event that draws several thousand participants, takes place next Thursday at the UT AgResearch and Education Center at Milan. Registration begins at 6 a.m., with the first tours leaving at 7 a.m. A total of 16 tours are on the agenda. In addition to information on the no-till production of corn, cotton and soybeans, presenters from throughout the Institute will cover topics as diverse as row crop sustainability, beef cattle, natural resources, unmanned aerial systems and even the compatibility of honeybees and agriculture.

Click here for more information, including a complete program.

State Youth Take Part in 4-H Roundup

For the 91st year, 4-H members from across Tennessee are gathering at UT, Martin, for the State 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference. Next week’s event recognizes outstanding project work and leadership accomplishments of senior high 4-H members.

Approximately 300 high school 4-H’ers will take part. The theme for the meeting and for all 4-H programs in 2014 is "Tennessee 4-H: Geared for Greatness."

“Teens from all over Tennessee will come together, compete in their project areas, learn life skills such as leadership and citizenship, make lifelong friends and have a great time,” said Lori Gallimore, UT Extension specialist in 4-H Youth Development. “Roundup is one of the highlights for our 4-H program. Delegates who attend have spent years of work in their respective project areas.” More...

Sam Rogers, associate professor emeritus of Plant Sciences, has been elevated to the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows. His nomination was accepted during its first submission, something that happens rarely, according to Brad Collett of the UT Landscape Architecture Program, and is testament to Rogers' outstanding achievements in his field.

Studying under scientists in the Center for Renewable Carbon (CRC), Ph.D. student Yujie Meng has developed a new material that has the potential to combat large-scale oil spills. Meng received first place in the student poster competition at the 2014 TAPPI International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials. Read more...

H.A.B.I.T., one of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s animal-assisted therapy programs, is having a volunteer informational meeting on August 5 in Loudon. H.A.B.I.T. volunteers present animal-assisted therapy programs in nursing and retirement homes, hospitals, schools and other facilities where animals brighten people’s lives.

Institute Center Receives ANSI Accreditation for Food Courses

The UTIA Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP) has earned accreditation of its Special Processes at Retail Certificate Program by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

This certificate program is designed for local, state, tribal and territorial retail food inspectors. ANSI’s accreditation of this certificate program provides retail food inspectors with an accredited program focusing on food safety issues associated with a wide variety of special processes.

Marketing and Communications Staffers Net Two Gold Awards

Marketing and Communications videographer/producer Chuck Denney was honored with a Gold Award for script writing for visual media at the June conference of the international Association for Communications Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE). The award celebrated a video that Denney produced on the leadership of researchers Larry Wilson and Joyce Coombs of the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries in restoring life to the Pigeon River. The video was released as an Institute news story and aired on the Marketing and Communications statewide news program, "UT Connections."

Denney and Marketing and Communications assistant director Doug Edlund received a Gold Award in the category of information or non-credit educational video production for a promotional video on 4-H camps. UT Extension agents across the state use the video, narrated in part by Rhea County 4-H’er Katie Harris, to inform the public about 4-H camp experiences and value.

UTIA Provides Expertise on Bird Dog Risks for Tick Diseases

Purina is highlighting the expertise of Institute researcher Becky Trout Fryxell in informational articles about tick-borne diseases published in a number of sporting dog magazines.

Trout Fryxell is a veterinary and medical entomologist with the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. The articles summarize risks to dogs posed by ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Heartland virus, along with steps for prevention and monitoring.

The UT Gardens in Knoxville is hosting a symposium on August 2 about engaging children in gardening. The symposium guides teachers, home-school families and volunteers in techniques to enhance their curriculum using garden-based learning and ways to fund school gardens.

In Memoriam – Houston Luttrell, 87. Houston served at the Institute for 38 years as professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Engineering. He helped found Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternity. Houston was the brother of Woodrow Luttrell, who died earlier this year. Woodrow worked for many years with UT Extension in Davidson, Wayne, Perry and Giles counties.

Today’s consumer asks more questions about how food and fiber are produced, and they can easily be answered by more than 20 4-H’ers from the Rutherford and Cannon county 4-H livestock clubs. The youth took their beef, sheep and goats to Murfreesboro recently to put their skills to the test in showmanship, Skillathon and class shows.

Aiding an Eaglet

Rangers with Tennessee State Parks brought an eaglet from Chattanooga’s Friends of Harrison Bay State Park to the UT Veterinary Medical Center for treatment. The eaglet had suffered multiple minor lacerations and associated swelling on one of its wings. Here, Dr. Cheryl Greenacre shows radiographs of the bird’s wing with the rangers sharing the good news that no fractures were found. After examining the bird, Greenacre cleaned the wounds and treated the eaglet with antibiotics, fluids, pain medication and anti-inflammatories. Many people have followed the eaglet's nest on the Harrison Bay Eagle Cam. Watch a video of the eaglet being returned to the wild.

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