MILAN, Tenn. – At the Milan No-Till Field Day,
farmers learn management practices that will help them combat damaging weeds,
insects and diseases.
They’ll also take on another problem in many Tennessee families
For the second time, a tour stop titled “Farmers vs. Hunger” will
be part of the field day program. It’s an opportunity for volunteers to
form an assembly line and package thousands of meals to be distributed to local
“Around 17 percent of the state’s population is food insecure;
this includes about 25 percent of the children of Tennessee,” says Blake Brown,
director, University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Milan.
“We may not think about it often, but hunger is a real issue in our
The food to be packaged is a macaroni and cheese meal that is
fortified with soy protein and vitamins. Thanks to the soybean’s unique
protein content, this meal will be nutritious and substantial for children and
adults. Soybeans are grown on more than 1 million acres in Tennessee, and
are the largest row crop in the state.
At the last Milan No-Till Field Day in 2012, volunteers packaged
more than 17,000 macaroni and cheese meals. This year organizers have
significantly increased the goal to 30,000 meals.
“This is one way we can utilize soybeans grown in our state to
help those in need in our community,” says Brown, who is encouraging civic
organizations and church groups to stop by the field day to lend a hand.
“Farmers vs. Hunger” will begin at 9 a.m. inside the West
Tennessee Agricultural Museum and continue throughout the day. Field day
visitors are welcome to come and go between other tour presentations.
Field day registration begins at 6 a.m. There are 15 other
tours on the program, which can be found online here. You can also call the office at 731-686-7362 for more
The AgResearch and Education Center at Milan 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.
Blake Brown, director, UT AgResearch and Education Center at
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