Pre-registration Required by April 22

Black Angus on pasture at East TN AgResearch and Education Center

Farmers can learn the latest information about beef production at the Southeast Tennessee Beef Summit sponsored by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture on April 29 in Athens.  Photo features Black Angus from UT's East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, courtesy UTIA.​  Download image​.

ATHENS, Tenn. – Beef cattle farming remains Tennessee’s top agricultural commodity, and when you combine beef with dairy, our state has more than two million cattle and 45,000 cattle operations.

Farmers can learn the latest information about beef production, herd management and marketing, and hear about the most recent cattle research from the UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) and UT Extension at the Southeast Tennessee Beef Summit, scheduled for April 29, 2016, at the McMinn County Expo Center in Athens (inside the Athens Regional Park). 

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and 35-minute educational sessions are scheduled from 8:40 to 11:55 a.m. Speakers from UTIA, DV Auction, and True Test will be conducting the morning sessions. The morning sessions will be followed by a catered lunch. Corbitt Wall of DV Auction will give the keynote address after lunch.

Topics for the program will include the 2016 cattle market outlook, electric fencing considerations, feeder calf management/marketing and a freeze branding demonstration. Presenters will include Dr. Bobby Simpson, Director of UT’s East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Knoxville. For more information and a flyer go online to​Then look for information under the 'agriculture' drop down menu.

“This summit will give cattle and forage producers updated information about production techniques, management and marketing – along with UT research updates,” says Tim Woods, UT Extension Director for McMinn County, and one of the organizers of the event. “It will also include a large trade show so producers can see the latest products, new technologies and equipment related to the agricultural industry.”

The event is free, but pre-registration is required by April 22. For a flyer or registration information, you can contact your local UT Extension office or UT Extension – McMinn County at 423-745-2852 or UT Extension – Meigs County at 423-334-5781.

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Tim Woods, UT Extension - McMinn County, 423-745-2852,

Larry Mitchell, UT Extension – Meigs County, 423-334-5781,


Southeast Tennessee Beef Summit flyer