Tennessee expands field day schedule

Outreach programs continue to be a major emphasis of the University of Tennessee AgResearch efforts, with 13 field days and three special events planned for 2010.

The schedule is as diverse as the producers of the state, with events that offer growers and consumers alike a chance to learn about the latest information in agriculture and gardening.

The Field Day schedule begins in April and runs through October, and it is at these events that AgResearch specialists will present new information on how to increase agricultural production, improve the sustainability of Tennessee farms, and raise awareness of the importance of agriculture to the state’s consumers.

Held at UT Research and Education Centers across the state, field day visitors can see new demonstrations, examine research trial results, 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 new addition to the 2010 Field Day Schedule is the Cotton Tour, which takes place at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center on Sept. 8. This year also marks the return of the bi-annual Milan No-Till Field Day at the Research and Education Center at Milan on July 22.

The complete schedule is as follows:

• Organic Crops Field Tour, East Tennessee REC, Knoxville, April 29.

• Tobacco & Forage Production, REC at Greenville, May 13.

• Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods, Forest Resources REC, Tullahoma, June 5.

• Beef & Forage, East Tennessee REC, Blount Unit, June 10.

• Fruits of the Backyard, Middle Tennessee REC, Spring Hill, June 15.

• Tobacco, Beef & More, Highland Rim REC, Springfield, June 24.

• Summer Celebration, West Tennessee REC, Jackson, July 8.

• Milan No-Till, REC at Milan, July 22.

• Steak & Potatoes, Plateau REC, Crossville, Aug. 3.

• Cotton Tour, West Tennessee REC, Jackson, Sept. 8.

• Turfgrass, East Tennessee REC, Knoxville, Sept. 16.

• Pumpkin Day, West Tennessee REC, Jackson, Sept. 30.

• Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo, REC at Greenville, Oct. 7.

In addition to the field days, AgResearch will also host three special events. The new Fall Gardeners’ Festival is a chance for garden lovers to see unique horticultural exhibits and purchase great performing plants. It will take place at the Plateau Research and Education Center in Crossville on Aug. 31. Meanwhile the Heritage Festival at Ames Plantation and the Fall Folklore Jamboree at the Research and Education Center at Milan will continue to celebrate the cultural legacy of early West Tennessee settlers. Those events take place on Oct. 9 and Oct. 16, respectively.

All field days and special events are open to the public and most are free of charge. A complete listing of times and locations is available at the UT Institute of Agriculture Web site http://agriculture.tennessee.edu/news/FieldDays/.

Additional information for each event will be posted online as it becomes available.

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