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Organic Crops Field Tour, UT East Tennessee AgResearch Center

Visitors to UT’s East Tennessee AgResearch Education Center Organic Crops Unit field tour will enjoy walking tours, educational talks and a trade show along with lunch on April 28. For more information or to preregister at a cost of $10 per person, visit the website organics.tennessee.edu/FieldTour​ and click on the link to the field tour.  Photo by P. McDaniels, courtesy UTIA. Download image​.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Everyone is invited to attend the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s 2016 Organic Crops Field Tour, on Thursday, April 28. Visitors will learn first-hand about the latest research efforts and organic-growing recommendations while enjoying a walking tour of UT’s East Tennessee AgResearch Education Center Organic Crops Unit.

Among the featured topics on the agenda are fruit production, vegetable production and marketing, forages for livestock production and alternatives for wash water solutions. Also to be discussed are the new generation of biodegradable mulches. Visitors can also visit a farm equipment display and a trade show with industry and educational exhibits.
Dr. Randy Wykoff, Dean of Public Health for East Tennessee State University, will present the keynote address.

The Organic Crops Unit is a 90-acre outdoor research laboratory located at 7315 Government Farm Road (off TN Hwy 168, Gov. John Sevier Highway). Approximately 21 acres of the site are in production, 14 of which are certified organic. Seven acres remain under conventional production for research comparison purposes. The facility includes several high tunnels and a greenhouse.

Pre-registration for the event is $10 per person and is open through April 22. After that date guests are invited to register on-site the day of the event for a cost of $15 per person. Registration includes lunch. A vegetarian lunch option is available upon request for those who pre-register.  

On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. EDT, with educational seminars and tours scheduled to commence at 9:30. The day will conclude at 2:30 p.m. Visit the website organics.tennessee.edu/FieldTour​ and click on the link to pre-register.

For more information you may call the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at 865-974-7201.
 

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C
ontacts:

Markus Campbell, East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 865-974-7201,
mcampbel@tennessee.edu

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

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PDF of Field Tour Topics​