Microgreens
Microgreens are tiny plants that add zest to salads and main dishes, and are popular with chefs and customers at high-end restaurants.  
 
Water Quality
Floods, droughts and very hot or cold temperatures - all weather patterns that we experience often in Tennessee. What impact do these weather situations have?  
 
Renewable Carbon Tree Harvest
Trees that we harvest can become our fuel, energy, and industrial products. Finding the best materials for this purpose is part of the mission for UT's Center for Renewable Carbon.  
 
Ag Economy
Tennessee farmers are making plans for their 2016 crops after a disappointing 2015. When farmers have a down year, an entire community can be impacted.  
 
Sesame
There's a new crop Tennessee farmers might consider. Researchers are experimenting with sesame, produced for its oil, and commonly used in bread products.  
 
UT CASNR Hands-on Learning
You don't need to be inside four walls to learn. That's the training students at UT's Institute of Agriculture often receive - in barns, fields and outdoor laboratories.  
 
West Tennessee Ag Museum
It's a place where agriculture's history is told. The West Tennessee Agricultural Museum in Milan offers an opportunity to learn and travel through time.  
 
All-Vol Cheese
UT fans can buy or give the gift of school spirit in the form of a tasty food. The university's Institute of Agriculture and a corporate partner are making and selling All-Vol Cheese.  
 
Nozzle Selection
Nozzle selection has been simplified over the years, but different types of nozzles are needed for different situations.  
 
Heifer Development
Tennessee's beef producers are looking to turn dropping cattle numbers around with a new focus on cattle reproduction.  
 
Tennessee Magic Moments
Teaming with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Farm Bureau Federation, and producer groups across the state to raise awareness of the importance of agriculture to our state and in our lives.  
 
Home Tomato Production
UT Extension shares tips that can enhance the quality of the tomatoes you grow in your garden.  
 
Forest Research
UT's Institute of Agriculture has research projects statewide to help landowners better manage their timber.  
 
Governor's Garden
Some Tennessee teachers have a new lesson plan this fall, and their curriculum came straight from the grounds of the Governor's home.  
 
Hay Auction
As fall approaches, Tennessee farmers must stock up on hay to feed their cattle through the winter. But sometimes a year of iffy rainfall may force animal owners to look beyond their farms for forage.  
 
Bee Research
Researchers at the UT Institute of Agriculture are exploring reasons behind the decline of the honeybee population, including how agricutural pesticides might affect these beneficial insects.  
 
Kinder Garden
An outdoor classroom with some very young students - getting their hands dirty, but also learning at the UT Gardens in Crossville, TN.  
 
Hosta Garden
The UT Gardens in Knoxville now features a new section devoted to Hostas where you can see hundreds of varieties. Take a tour of the hosta garden and meet the lady who made it possible.  
 
Record Corn Yields
In the future, getting the most out of our land will be critical for Tennessee agriculture and the world's food supply. That will involve increasing row crop yields through science and smart farming.  
 
Native Grasslands
Native grasses make up an important contribution to overall forage production and UTIA is working to help this critical part of our state's cattle industry and Ag economy.  
 
Our Stories: Dr. Arnold Saxon
UTIA statistician Dr. Arnold Saxton  
 
Weed Control Strategy
'The Minute' host Jake Turner interviews Larry Steckel on weed control.  
 
Intro to Biosystems Engineering
Can we get more food, water, energy? Can we solve the problem of environmental degradation, drought, famine? Is it even possible? YES! Through Agricultural and Biological Engineers.  
 
Bottle Art at UT Gardens Jackson
More than 6,000 bottles were used to create this stunning garden display!  
 
Tennessee Athletic Field Tester (TAFT)
Adam Thoms, Research Leader of the Center for Athletic Field Safety at the University of Tennessee, explains the Tennessee Athletic Field Tester (TAFT).  
 
Weed Progress
Weeds are a nuisance to gardeners, but downright devastating to those who farm for a living. But now experts and farmers say the worst may be behind us.  
 
High Tunnels
Some Tennessee nursery farmers use what are called “high tunnel” greenhouses – an inexpensive way to protect crops from temperatures that are either too hot or cold.  
 
Stocker Cattle
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s top agricultural commodity. Some producers provide a valuable service by running “stocker” or “backgrounding” operations.  
 
Vet Equine Center
Tennessee has more than 40,000 horse farms. Keeping these beautiful animals healthy is a goal for veterinarians and horse owners. UT’s college of Veterinary Medicine has a new facility to help.  
 
Chestnuts
Partially restoring the chestnut tree may happen in our lifetime.  
 
Urban Forestry
Urban forestry is a concept embraced by many Tennessee cities, and now UT students are working to bring shade and beauty to some areas.  
 
4-H Youth Create 'Eco Bots'
Members of Knoxville's 4-H Youth Development club met to build a small robot called an 'Eco-bot' to clean up a simulated oil spill.  
 
Our Stories: Dr. Neal Eash
This episode features Dr. Neal Eash, associate professor in Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science.  
 
Cotton Sub-Irrigation
Watering plants to make them grow works in a small garden or lawn, but is not so easy when you're talking about large acres. However, UT AgResearchers have made gains in recent years.  
 
Drought
It's been a challenging year for Tennessee agriculture, with hot, dry weather coming at a time when crops needed better growing conditions.  
 
Stinkbugs
Insects are among the greatest threats to agriculture. Tennessee farmers have seen some pests disappear, but in the process, new ones emerged, and they are attacking fields.  
 
Gourmet Food Safety
We all want good-tasting foods, but what we eat also has to be safe. UT’s Institute of Agriculture works with producers statewide in food safety programs.  
 
No-Till Hills
There was a time when sloped land was just about useless because of frequent soil erosion. But now, hilly terrain can be productive. 'No-till” farming makes it possible.  
 
Dogwood Patent
Dr. Mark Windham of University of Tennessee AgResearch discusses research into protecting dogwood trees.  
 
River Cleanup
Agriculture students worked to clean up the Tennessee River and some of its tributaries of plant growth and trash.  
 
Mastitis Research
Dairy farmers face many challenges – including a disease that threatens their cattle and the quality of their milk. AgResearch and Extension team up with producers to fight this problem.  
 
Soil Testing
If you’re looking for a healthy garden or green grass, it’s good to know the content of your soil. UT Extension offers inexpensive soil tests, and it’s all done in a special lab in Nashville.  
 
Ag Year Preview
Spring is almost here, and it’s just about time for Tennessee farmers to plant their 2012 crops. All indications are - things are looking good for producers, following what was a good year in 2011.  
 
LED Plant Lights
It’s been known for years we can use indoor lighting to grow plants. Now UT Ag Researchers are looking at LED lights as an efficient way to bring plants to life.  
 
Parasites
It’s a common site on Tennessee farmland – a grazing herd of goats or sheep. But for small animal farmers, their herds can sometimes face health risks.  
 
TEDxKnoxville: Local Food Systems
Chad Hellwinckel's work focuses on agricultural land use policies, climate change mitigation, biofuels analysis and defining appropriate long-term agricultural policy in a post peak-oil world.  
 
Obed Watershed
For every flowing river in Tennessee, there are many streams that feed it. A group of volunteers on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau work to preserve water quality in these tributaries.  
 
Billy Minser Talks Fire Ecology Class
Billy Minser talks about his fire ecology and management class while supervising his students at a controlled burn of an oak savannah in the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area  
 
Little River Facility
It’s long been an issue in farming – how can we be productive in agriculture and still protect the environment? UT Ag-Research has a new facility dedicated to that cause.  
 
Tennessee AgrAbility
Living with a disability can be challenging, but imagine the difficulty if you’re a farmer. Now there’s a program to help disabled producers with their equipment, farm management, and overall outlook.  
 
Cotton Outlook 2011
Like much of Dixie, Tennessee is -- once again -- the land of cotton. Our state will produce nearly twice as many acres of the crop as it did just a couple of years ago.  
 
Forestry Audit
Tennessee's forests grow some of the best timber in the country. UT Extension researchers say when landowners properly manage their forests, there's a real environmental and economic benefit.  
 
Livestock Research
It's a problem for Tennessee farmers who produce our top commodity -- beef cattle. Insects such as flies cause serious health problems for their animals, and reduce product quality for consumers.  
 
Southern Part. for Integr. Biomass Supply Systems
The Southern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems  
 
Weed Olympics
We've had an Olympic competition here in Tennessee involving ... plants. More specifically, plants we don't like or want. It's called the 'Weed Olympics' on the UT agriculture campus.  
 
Food vs. Fuel
UT Ag Researchers are studying what could be a compromise between food and fuel.  
 
Pond Management
UT Extension helps landowners build and maintain ponds as a source of water, and as habitat for fish, water fowl, and other animals.  
 
Forage Research
UT researchers are looking for the best forage for cattle to produce high quality beef. The goal is to grow hay for cattle in the hot, dry months of summer – when fields are usually barren.  
 
Nursery Industry
Tennessee is a top producer of ornamental plants. The nursery industry here is concentrated in a very specific part of our state, known for a mild climate and growing beautiful trees and shrubs.  
 
The Story of Cotton
A look at the history, production and uses of cotton.  
 
Crab Lab
Though crabs are disappearing along America’s coasts, research in land-locked Tennessee could help. Students in Biosystems Engineering have designed a project to replenish crab populations.  
 
Weed Research
A climate that's good for a variety of crops means many types of weeds also thrive. UT AgResearch works to help farmers battle this yearly problem that can greatly affect their yields.  
 
Center for Renewable Carbon
AgResearchers at UT are developing ways of converting renewable carbon sources from plants into fuels and other products  
 
Bed Bugs
Good night. Sleep tight. And don't let the bed bugs bite. Once a harmless nursery rhyme, now it's anything but a laughing matter. Like much of the US, Tennessee has bed bugs.  
 
Cotton Gin
We know it as the fabric of our lives. Cotton is everywhere - found in clothing, upholstery and even food and money. But we need a way to get cotton from the field to the manufacturing plant.  
 
Astro Turf
UT researchers team with AstroTurf for safer athletic fields.  
 
Turtle Research
University of Tennessee Turtle research in West Tennessee  
 
Farmer Research
There's agricultural research going on all over Tennessee, but much of it can't happen without the input of farmers. UT AgResearch works with producers to test crops and growing conditions.  
 
Blueberries
It's rare to find a food that's both good-tasting and good for you. But with blueberries, you get both.  
 
No-Till Farming's Effect on May Flood
May flooding caused extensive damage to agricultural production in Tennessee, but experts say it could have been much worse if not for the widespread use of no-till crop production.  
 
Preventing Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle
UT experts talk about the danger of nitrate toxicity and how you can prevent it on your farm.  
 
Ranavirus Amphibians
A killer virus is attacking amphibians native to the Smoky Mountains. Our researcher's are studying the impact of the virus, and looking to help the species most vulnerable.  
 
Student Solar Project
Could bright sunlight provide much-needed power and energy? Some UT students are working to harness solar radiation as a way to heat and cool our homes and fuel our lifestyles.  
 
Cotton's Comeback?
Cotton remains a staple in southern agriculture, but in recent years the number of acres in Tennessee has dropped by a significant amount. But is 2010 the year of cotton's comeback?  
 
Weather Station
There's a saying in Tennessee - if you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes, it's about to change! Experts with UT AgResearch centers collect weather data and study climate patterns.  
 
Christmas Greenery
Before you rush out to purchase Christmas decorations, UTIA experts say you may want to first check out your own backyard.  
 
Ames Dig
Students and archeologists are digging away at Ames Plantation this summer, searching for artifacts that document its past.  
 
Sweet corn
UT AgResearchers applied herbicides to experimental sweet corn to keep weeds away. But something unexpected happened -- they boosted the nutritional value of the corn.  
 
Barley
Its one of our most lasting symbols of America - wind gently sweeping through a grain field. And soon it could be a common sight in Tennessee.  
 
Shackelford Orchard
Majestic oaks stand proudly next to towering pines. Stunning beauty in a peaceful setting - but what’s going on in this still forest is a decades-long research project.  
 
Saving the Hemlock
Scientists and staff at Great Smoky Mountains National Park race to save the hemlock tree from extinction in their park.  
 
Bees
Honeybees are dying nationwide due to a disease that is wiping out colonies. UTIA researchers are working to save the bee population in our state.  
 
UT engineers create technology to map rivers
A UT AgResearch professor has developed an underwater video system that, in combination with surface videos, gives a complete picture of the stream.  
 
Cattle Facility
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee's top agricultural commodity - generating nearly 600 million dollars each year.  
 
Greenhouse Protected Agriculture
More and more of the fruits and vegetables we eat are grown indoors.  
 
Hatcher Family Dairy
Tennessee has lost roughly half its dairy farms in the past decade. But one family wants to keep its centuries-old operation going, and is adapting new production plans to sell their dairy products.  
 
Wall Gardening
You obviously need dirt to grow something, but you can also use .... a wall.  
 
Preparing to plant 1,200 chestnut trees
1,200 chestnut trees were prepared at the University of Tennessee forest genetics greenhouse to be planted in national forests in the South.  
 
Biofuel Refinery Groundbreaking
Many believe America must find new ways to create energy and fuel. UT recently started construction on a biorefinery to research the manufacture of biofuels from agricultural products.  
 
Cotton Module Picker
More and more producers are using cotton module pickers to get their crops from the field to the gin.  
 
Ground Penetrating Radar
Engineers at UTs Institute of Agriculture use ground penetrating radar to locate unmarked graves.  
 
Switchgrass Forage
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.  
 
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.  
 
Solar Winery
A brand new Tennessee winery plans to use solar power as part of its operation.  
 
High Input Costs
Food prices have been going up, but so are the production costs for farmers who grow what we eat. Farm expenses are at record highs for Tennessee row-crop producers.  
 
Mine Reclamation
We get half our electricity from coal, but getting to coal underground sometimes means we have to cut down trees. UTIA researchers are working to bring new vegetation to former mining sites.  
 
Beetle Tents
Hemlock trees in the Smoky Mountains are threatened by a tiny, deadly pest. Researchers with UT AgResearch are using a predatory beetle to feast on these harmful insects.  
 
Changing Animal Population
In Tennessee, we're seeing changes in our animal population. Some species are moving in, but others are disappearing from our lands.  
 
Wood for Biomass
Tennessee's vast forests might someday be used for biomass.  
 
Biofuel Students
Someday you could go to college and earn a degree in biofuel production. It's an academic major being developed at the UT Institute of Agriculture.  
 
Cattle Sell-Off
Some livestock barns are selling three and four times the usual number of cattle, but that’s not necessarily positive. Many producers have been forced to sell because of drought.  
 
Shorebirds
Many bird species migrate to Tennessee from Canada, and take up residence on our wetlands. We are researching the importance of mudflats and how that habitat impacts shorebirds.  
 
Cotton Irrigation
Cotton is hurting because of this summer’s drought. UTIA researchers are studying how cotton reacts to a lack of moisture – and just how much water is enough for a plant to grow.  
 
Gnats (Black Flies)
In Tennessee’s warm months, gnats are a nuisance to people and animals. UT researchers are working to reduce the population by eliminating them before they’ve hatched from rivers and streams.  
 
Teachers and Forestry
For many teachers, summer was hardly a vacation from their own brand of learning.  
 
Drought
Tennessee is having one of its driest years ever. The National Drought Mitigation Center reports the entire state is experiencing moderate to severe drought.  
 
Quonset Barn
Most barns are square or rectangular, painted red, and with a loft to store hay. But now some Tennessee farmers are looking at a more-modern day barn built to last a long time.  
 
Beef Cattle
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s number one farm commodity - and herd reproductive health is critical. UT’s Institute of Agriculture is working on research to boost cattle pregnancy rates.  
 
Biofuel
A recent report says the U.S. could produce a billion tons of biofuel materials each year, without impacting food supplies. We are working on ways to produce biomass and alternative fuels.