​Seventeen Events to Showcase Agricultural Research Across Tennessee

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Visitors to the 2019 Fruits of the Backyard Field Day learn about vegetable gardening. Fruits of the Backyard is one of 17 field days UT AgResearch will host at locations across Tennessee in 2020. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download image​.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – University of Tennessee AgResearch is planning a full calendar of field days for 2020. A total of 17 field days will take place at UT AgResearch and Education centers across the state, providing visitors a chance to see agricultural research in action, speak with university experts, and network with industry professionals.

The landscape of Tennessee agriculture is varied and extremely diverse, and this is reflected in the topics covered by the AgResearch field days. There are field days for cattle farmers and row crop producers, as well as field days devoted to the production and maintenance of turf grasses, ornamental plants, vegetable crops and forestry. ​

2020 marks the return of the biennial Milan No-Till Field Day, which is always held on the fourth Thursday of July in even-numbered years at the UT AgResearch and Education Center at Milan. 

The complete AgResearch field day schedule is as follows:
 

  • Fruits of the Backyard – June 9, 8:30 a.m. CDT, Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, at Spring Hill
  • Green Industry Day – June 16, 8 a.m. EDT, UT Gardens, Knoxville
  • Tobacco, Beef and More – June 25, 8 a.m. CDT, Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center, Springfield
  • Summer Celebration – July 9, 8 a.m. CDT, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson
  • Milan No-Till – July 23, 6:30 a.m. CDT, AgResearch and Education Center at Milan
  • UT Arboretum Butterfly Festival – August 1, 10 a.m. EDT, Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center – UT Arboretum Auditorium at Oak Ridge
  • Steak and Potatoes – August 4, 8 a.m. CDT, Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, Crossville
  • Fall Gardeners’ Festival – August 25, 8 a.m. CDT, Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, Crossville
  • Turf and Ornamental – August 27, 7 a.m. EDT, East Tennessee Center – Plant Sciences Unit, Knoxville
  • Cotton Tour – September 2, 8 a.m. CDT, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson
  • Horse Management – September 10, 4 p.m. EDT, Brehm Animal Science Arena, UT Institute of Agriculture campus, Knoxville
  • Horse Management – September 15, 5 p.m. CDT, Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Spring Hill
  • Horse Management – September 17, 5 p.m. CDT, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson
  • Organic Crops Field Tour – October 1, 9 a.m. EDT, East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center – Organic Crops Unit, Knoxville
  • Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo – October 8, 7:30 a.m. EDT, AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville
  • Woods and Wildlife – October 15, 7 a.m. EDT, Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center – Cumberland Forest at Oak Ridge
  • Beef Heifer Development School – October 22, 8:30 a.m. CDT, Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Lewisburg​


All field days are open to the public, and most are free to attend.

More detailed information about each event will be available closer to the scheduled time. Check in at
agriculture.tennessee.edu to learn more. You can also visit each AgResearch and Education Center's homepage or call their main office for details. That information can be found at this site: taes.tennessee.edu/centers.

Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.
ag.tennessee.edu.


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Contacts:

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768,
gtrice@tennessee.edu

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