University of Tennessee AgResearch is continuing outreach efforts with 12 field days and five special events planned for 2013.
With a schedule as diverse as the producers of this state, the events will offer growers and consumers alike a chance to learn about the latest information in agriculture and gardening.
The field days and special events will be hosted at the university’s AgResearch and Education centers, which are located throughout Tennessee. It is at these facilities that UT’s agricultural scientists conduct much of their research.
At the field days, visitors can examine the research trial results, see new demonstrations and speak one-on-one with UT experts. Most field days feature a trade show where vendors display new equipment, products or crafts.
A few changes to the field day program include the location of the Ensuring a Healthy Forest field day, which will be held at the AgResearch and Education Center at Ames Plantation in Grand Junction.
Additionally, there are two name changes. The Forest Resources field day will now be known as Woods and Wildlife and the Green Industry special event will now be titled Summer Color. The complete schedule is:
Ensuring a Healthy Forest – April 12, 8 a.m., Grand Junction Organic Crops Field Tour – April 24, 9 a.m., Organic Crops Unit, Knoxville Beef and Forage – June 13, 7:30 a.m., Blount Unit, Louisville Fruits of the Backyard – June 18, 8:30 a.m., Spring Hill Tobacco, Beef and More – June 27, 7 a.m., Springfield Summer Celebration – July 11, 10 a.m., Jackson Steak and Potatoes – Aug. 6, 8 a.m., Crossville Cotton Tour – Sept. 4, 8 a.m., Jackson Turfgrass and Ornamental – Sept. 12, 8 a.m., Plant Sciences Unit, Knoxville Pumpkin Field Day – Sept. 26, 11 a.m., Jackson Woods and Wildlife – Oct. 3, 8 a.m., Cumberland Forest, Oliver Springs Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo – Oct. 10, 7:30 a.m., Greeneville
Blooms Days – May 11-12, 9 a.m., UT Gardens, Knoxville Summer Color – June 25, 8 a.m., UT Gardens, Knoxville
Fall Gardeners’ Festival – Aug. 27, 9 a.m., Crossville
Heritage Festival – Oct. 12, 9 a.m., Grand Junction
Fall Folklore Jamboree – Oct. 19, 9 a.m., Milan
All field days and special events are open to the public and most events offer free admission.
More detailed information about each field day or special event will be posted online at http://agriculture.tennessee.edu closer to the scheduled date. Visit the individual AgResearch and Education Center homepages or call their main offices for details. Those numbers can be found online at this site, http://taes.tennessee. edu/centers/.
UT AgResearch operates 10 outdoor laboratories at strategic climate and topographic locations throughout the state.
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.