Organic Research

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David M. Butler
Associate Professor
Organic agriculture and agroecology

Michael E. Essington
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

Shasta L. Hubbs
Extension Assistant I
Coordinator of Farm-to-Market program

Sindhu Jagadamma
Assistant Professor
Soil Management

Groups and Facilities

(2 mentions)

Protected Agriculture 
From hydroponics to organic raised beds, from computer-controlled greenhouses to simple rain shelters.

(1 mention)

UTIA Greenhouses 
High tech facilities help support agricultural research


Organic Crops Field Tour, 10/26/2017



Highlights from the Field - October 2019, 11/24/2019

Partnership between UT Institute of Agriculture and National University of Ireland Galway addresses Common Concerns Plaguing both Countries, 8/23/2019

Commendations Corner - July 2019, 7/9/2019

UTIA/MTSU Partnership Establishes Organic Forage Cropping Systems, 3/8/2018

AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2017 UTIA Luncheon, 11/8/2017

Five Things You Didn't Know about the AgResearch and Education Center at Milan, 10/14/2016

Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016

Five Things You Didn’t Know about the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 2/25/2016

Spring 2016 Upcoming Events, 2/15/2016

Researchers Win $1.8M USDA Grant to Study Organic Dairy Production, 11/6/2015


(4 mentions)

Organic Vegetables 
The earth provides the foods we eat -- including healthy vegetables. UT researchers are studying how best to grow these crops, and part of that work involves organic farming.


Recent Publications

Consumer Preferences for Eco-Friendly Attributes in Disposable Dinnerware Gill, MacKenzie, K. L. Jensen, D. M. Lambert, S. Upendram, B. C. English, N. Labbé, S. jackson, and R. J. Menard.  2020.  Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Volume 161, October 2020, 104965. [Abstract]

Factors Influencing Organic and Fair Trade Coffee Growers Level of Engagement with Cooperatives: The Case of Coffee Farmers in Mexico Arana-Coronado, J.J., C. Trejo-Pech, M. Velandia, and J. Peralta-Jimenez.  2019.  Journal of International Food & Agribusiness Marketing, 31(1): 22-51. [Abstract]

Analysis of the effects of four forage mixtures designed for Tennessee and Kentucky organic dairy systems.  Bailey, H.R.  2019.  M.S. Thesis.

Long-term influence of phosphorus fertilization and soil aggregation on soil organic carbon and nitrogen under no-tillage production systems.  Bansal, S., X. Yin, H. J. Savoy, S. Jagadamma, J. Lee, and V. R. Sykes.  2019.  ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting, Agronomy Abstract. Nov 10-13, San Antonio, TX.

Long-term effects of phosphorus fertilization on soil organic carbon, nitrogen and carbon:nitrogen ratio.  Bansal, S., X. Yin, H. J. Savoy, S. Jagadamma, J. Lee, and V. R. Sykes.  2019.  2018-2019 International Soils Meeting, Soil Abstract. Jan 6-9, San Diego, CA.

Long-term influence of crop sequences, bio-covers and aggregate sizes on organic carbon and nitrogen in soil profile under no-tillage.  Bansal, S., X. Yin, V. R. Sykes, S. Jagadamma, and J. Lee.  2019.  ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting, Agronomy Abstract. Nov 10-13, San Antonio, TX.

Impact of forage sward species composition on labile soil organic matter and soil microbial activity.  Beal, S. K., G. E. Bates, G. M. Pighetti, S. R. Smith, and D. M. Butler.  2019.  SSSA International Soils Meeting.

Effect of organic material types on temporal changes in characteristics of humic acids extracted from a chernozem.  Chen, S. J., X. Yin, S. Wang, and J. G . Wu.  2019.  Sustainability, 11 (20):5683.

Subclinical mastitis in organic dairy herds.  Couture, V., L. Schneider, P. D. Krawczel, A. Rius, and G. M. Pighetti.  2019.  National Mastitis Council Proceedings, pp 202-203.

The role of biodegradable plastic mulches in soil organic carbon cycling.  English, M.  2019.  M.S. Thesis.

Characterization of composition and antifungal properties of leaf secondary metabolites from thirteen cultivars of Chrysanthemum morifolium Ramat H. Xue, Y. Jiang, H. Zhao, T. G. Köllner, S. Chen, F. Chen, and F. Chen.  2019.  Molecules, 24: 4202. [Abstract]

Comparison of conventional and organic fungicides, application intervals, and cultivars to manage tomato early blight, 2018.  Hansen, Z. R.  2019.  Plant Disease Management Reports, 13:V003.