Visitors to the AgResearch and Education Center at Milan
UT Institute of Agriculture field days and special events often feature tours of ongoing research trials, including this tour of soybean research at the AgResearch and Education Center at Milan. Download photo.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – University of Tennessee AgResearch is continuing outreach efforts with 12 field days and five special events planned for 2013.  With a schedule as diverse as the producers of this state, the events will offer growers and consumers alike a chance to learn about the latest information in agriculture and gardening.
 
The field days and special events will be hosted at the university’s AgResearch and Education centers, which are located throughout Tennessee. It is at these facilities that UT’s agricultural scientists conduct much of their research.  At the field days, visitors can examine the research trial results, see new demonstrations and speak one-on-one with UT experts. Plus, most field days feature a trade show where vendors display new equipment, products or crafts.
 
A few changes to the field day program include the location of the Ensuring a Healthy Forest field day, which will be held at the AgResearch and Education Center at Ames Plantation in Grand Junction. Additionally there are two name changes.  The Forest Resources field day will now be known as Woods and Wildlife and the Green Industry special event will now be titled Summer Color.
 
The complete schedule is as follows:
 
Field Days
Ensuring a Healthy Forest – April 12, 8 a.m., Grand Junction
Organic Crops Field Tour – April 24, 9 a.m., Organic Crops Unit, Knoxville
Beef and Forage – June 13, 7:30 a.m., Blount Unit, Louisville
Fruits of the Backyard – June 18, 8:30 a.m., Spring Hill
Tobacco, Beef and More – June 27, 7 a.m., Springfield
Summer Celebration – July 11, 10 a.m., Jackson
Steak and Potatoes – Aug. 6, 8 a.m., Crossville
Cotton Tour – Sept. 4, 8 a.m., Jackson
Turfgrass and Ornamental – Sept. 12, 8 a.m., Plant Sciences Unit, Knoxville
Pumpkin Field Day – Sept. 26, 11 a.m., Jackson
Woods and Wildlife – Oct. 3, 8 a.m., Cumberland Forest, Oliver Springs
Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo – Oct. 10, 7:30 a.m., Greeneville
 
Special Events
Blooms Days – May 11-12, 9 a.m., UT Gardens, Knoxville
Summer Color – June 25, 8 a.m., UT Gardens, Knoxville
Fall Gardeners’ Festival – Aug. 27, 9 a.m., Crossville
Heritage Festival – Oct. 12, 9 a.m., Grand Junction
Fall Folklore Jamboree – Oct. 19, 9 a.m., Milan
 
All field days and special events are open to the public and most events offer free admission.
 
More detailed information about each field day or special event will be posted online at
http://agriculture.tennessee.edu closer to the scheduled time.  You may also visit the individual AgResearch and Education Center homepages or call their main offices for details. Those numbers can be found online at this site, http://taes.tennessee.edu/centers/.
 
UT AgResearch operates 10 outdoor laboratories at strategic climate and topographic locations throughout the state.  In addition to its agricultural research programs, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
 
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Contacts:
 
Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications Services, 731-425-4768,
gtrice@tennessee.edu
 
Patricia McDaniels, UTIA Marketing and Communications Services, 615-835-4570,
pmcdaniels@tennessee.edu