Local residents invited to learn more about this valuable asset to the community

Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center
​The University of Tennessee Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center is hosting a free evening of tours of the research farm on Thursday, July 11, 2013.  The event is called Neighbor Night, and it will provide local residents the chance to learn more about this valuable asset to the community.


SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center is hosting a free evening of tours of the research farm on Thursday, July 11, 2013.  The event is called Neighbor Night, and it will provide local residents the chance to learn more about this valuable asset to the community.

Running from 6 – 8 p.m., Neighbor Night will include wagon rides, farm demonstrations and more. Visitors can enjoy activities, ask questions, get to know the people who work on the research farm, and see what they do.

“The Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center has been in Springfield for 70 years and has made significant contributions to agriculture during that time,” says Dr. Barry Sims, center director.  “But as our town becomes less rural, many residents may not be familiar with us, and we want to acquaint them with the good work we do at this research center.”

The Highland Rim Center is comprised of more than 600 acres of cropland and pasture where UT scientists conduct studies that support the state’s tobacco, beef and row crop industries.  This research has improved the profitability of farmers across the state and beyond.  Additionally, the center contributes more than $2 million to the local economy annually.

For more information on Neighbor Night, call the center’s office at 615-478-0633.  For directions to Neighbor Night, visit http://highlandrim.tennessee.edu, click on the “Location” icon and scroll down to “Field Day Site.”  You can also visit the Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center on Facebook.

The Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 research facilities operated by the UT Institute of Agriculture.  In addition to its agricultural research programs, UTIA 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:
 
Dr. Barry Sims, Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center,
615-478-0633, bsims@utk.edu
 
Ginger Trice Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu