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. Plus, 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 as follows:
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 time. You may also 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.