Event Comes as Highland Rim AgResearch Center Celebrates 75 Years

Dark-fired tobacco research plot at the Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center. Visitors to the Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day can learn about a new dark-fired variety, as well as other timely topics in tobacco and beef cattle management. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA.

Beef cattle and tobacco producers should make plans to attend the Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. The field day takes place on Thursday, June 21, at the Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the field day assembly area off Oakland Road. Early arrivers can meet with representatives from agricultural industries and UTIA in the trade show area before the first field tours begin at 8:45 a.m.

Visitors to the field day can also help the Highland Rim AgResearch Center mark a major milestone – 75 years of exceptional research and advancement of agriculture. Since 1943, the center has been at the forefront of developing popular tobacco varieties and promoting more efficient cattle management. Learn more about the center’s history and current role in Tennessee agriculture on a special Center Overview Tour.

Other field day tours will focus specifically on tobacco and beef production. Tobacco Tours will highlight a new dark-fired variety, as well as tobacco fertility and insecticide programs.

Beef tours will focus on calving. There will be a presentation on the effect calving difficulty has on future breeding; a presentation on dystocia management (pulling calves) and tips on managing nutrition to ensure both calf vigor and cow fertility.

The presentations will conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m.  A complimentary lunch will be served following the last tour.

The complete program schedule can be found at highlandrim.tennessee.edu

Applicators can pick up one pesticide recertification point in Categories 1, 10 and 12 by attending Tour A (tobacco).

For more information, contact your local UT Extension office, or you can call the Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center at 615-382-3130. If you need to request an accommodation for accessibility, please contact the Highland Rim office.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrates 50 years of excellence in providing Real. Life. Solutions. through teaching, discovery and service. ag.tennessee.edu.

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Contacts:

Rob Ellis, Center Director, UT AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville and Highland Rim, 615-382-3130, rellis1@utk.edu

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



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