Event will appeal to cattle producers, landowners, commercial and backyard fruit and vegetable growers


Steak and Potatoes 2012

The 2014 Steak and Potatoes Field Day at UT's Plateau AgResearch and Education Center will be August 5 in Crossville, Tenn., and will once again feature tours and talks of interest to cattle producers and vegetable growers.  Photo shows visitors departing on the morning's first tours during a previous field day.
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CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — The annual Steak and Potatoes Field Day, sponsored by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, will once again showcase the research and outreach activities at UT’s Plateau AgResearch and Education Center.

The free event, which includes a sponsored lunch, begins with registration and a trade show at 8 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the center’s main unit. Tours and seminars begin at 8:30 and conclude at 1
1:30. Lunch will be provided following the program.

UT researchers and Extension experts as well as representatives from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will present three sets of talks and demonstrations that will appeal to three groups of visitors:  those interested in improved beef production, those interested in fruit and vegetable production and those interested in land management issues.

The beef production presentations will highlight UT’s forage research program, dealing with animal diseases, fetal programming, arginine supplementation on cows consuming endophyte-infected fescue, as well as issues related to bull selection and gene markers. A talk on livestock risk protection insurance is also on the agenda.

The field day’s fruit and vegetable production discussions will feature presentations about site-specific soil sampling and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), food safety,
the changing face of tree fruit production on the Cumberland Plateau and dealing with the brown marmorated stink bug.

Landowner discussions will feature a timber sale workshop for hardwood species as well as presentations on wildlife food plots, controlled burns, wild hog control techniques and controlling invasive aquatic weeds in ponds.

Pesticide recertification points will be awarded to participants in need of continuing education to maintain their certification. Contact the center for more details by calling
at 931-484-0034. Also call the center for more information about the event or to request an accommodation for accessibility.

The Plateau AgResearch Center is located off on Highway 70N at 320 Experiment Station Road in Crossville. A map to the facility and complete directions are available online at http://plateau.tennessee.edu/

The Plateau AgResearch and Education Center in Crossville is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. UT AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. 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:

J. Walt Hitch, Director, UT Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, 931-484-0034,
jhitch@utk.edu

Patricia McDaniels, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 615-835-4570,
pmcdaniels@tennessee.edu