CROSSVILLE — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Steak and Potatoes Field Day will once again showcase the research and outreach activities at the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center. The free event, which includes a trade show and a sponsored lunch, begins with registration at 8 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the main unit of UT's Plateau AgResearch and Education Center on U.S. Hwy. 70N west of Crossville. This year the program will appeal to three groups of visitors: those interested in land management issues; those interested in improved beef production; and those interested in fruit and vegetable production. Landowner discussions will hit on such topics as pond aeration, timber management in a declining market, and updates on forest damages caused by invasive species. The beef production presentations will highlight fencing, balanced rations, and re-establishing fescue stands among other topics. The field day’s fruit and vegetable production presentations will center on corn, melon, apple and peach production; weed, disease and insect control; and using high tunnels. There will also be a sprayer calibration demonstration. A total of two pesticide recertification points will be awarded in categories 1, 10, and 12 to participants in need of continuing education to maintain their certification. A map to the facility and complete directions are available online at http://plateau.tennessee.edu/. For more information, or to request an accommodation for accessibility, call the center at 931-484-0034. The Plateau AgResearch and Education Center in Crossville is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. UT AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. 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.
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