UTIA is working to keep land its been leasing from the federal government to continue research to help farmers. The AgResearch and Education Center at Milan could lose vital acres if an agreement isn’t reached soon. In this episode of AgCast, Charles Denney has more on the campaign to make the farmland permanent UT property.
This is the audio portion of the weekly Fireside Chat with UTIA Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor, Tim Cross. This week we get a look at some of UTIA success stories during the pandemic.
Cades Cove is one of Tennessee's most visited and beautiful areas. In this episode of AgCast, Charles Denney visits with researchers working to re- establish native vegetation in this area of the Smokies to help improve habitat for wildlife.
This is the audio portion of UTIA's weekly Fireside Chat. This week's special guest host is David White, associate dean and professor with UT AgResearch. Dave also serves on UT"s Emergency Operations Center and shares the latest updates from the team.
UT has entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement with The Nature Conservancy to protect, enhance, and restore thousands of forested acres. In this episode, we learn about what this means for UT, our students, and the future of the forest.
This is the audio portion of the Weekly Fireside Chat with UTIA Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor, Tim Cross. This week's special guests are students with 4-H, the Herbert College of Agriculture and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine who share the changes to student life in during the pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has been a health and financial crisis, and that also greatly impacts our mental well-being. It’s difficult dealing with the stress many of us face daily. In this episode of AgCast, Charles Denney visits with UT Extension experts who share tips to help improve your outlook.
In this episode, we speak with Sharon Couch, student life and diversity coordinator for the Herbert College of Agriculture, about implicit social cognition and how to be more aware of its presence in our lives.
At some point, classes will restart at the University of Tennessee - with plans for in-person lectures and a return to normal campus life. In this episode of AgCast, leaders of UT's Herbert College of Agriculture are making plans to keep students and faculty safe from the spread of COVID while school goes on and what the new version of college will look like.
This is the audio portion of UTIA's Fireside Chat with Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor, Tim Cross.
Please note: Due to incorrect information regarding livestock shows and fairs, a portion of this podcast has been edited out.. Here is the corrected information from Dr. Cross:
Our Extension leadership team is requiring that any employee who attends a fair or a livestock event must self-quarantine and work remotely for 14 days following the event. I apologize for not realizing that this had been discussed and decided, and in today’s Fireside Chat I responded (incorrectly) that attending livestock events did not require an isolation period. The error for this misstatement is entirely my responsibility, and I regret the misunderstanding that my comments may have created.
To summarize, Extension employees who attend a fair or a livestock event are required to self-quarantine and work remotely for 14 days following the last day of the event. Thanks to each of you for your commitment to serving our farmers, families, youth and communities during this challenging time, and please accept my apology for adding confusion to an already stressful situation.
This week, Sarah and Tennille are preparing for a special holiday… from sales tax! They are sharing ways that consumers can save big this weekend, and introducing a new tax holiday just for those who like to dine out.
Weed management is dominating calls to UT Extension specialists this week. Larry Steckel answers those frequently asked questions in this episode. He's joined by Scott Stewart who discusses insect management issues to look out for as we enter July.
National insurance Awareness Day is coming up, so Sarah and Tennille have a chat with Andrea Bond Johnson, CEO of an insurance company, to get the scoop on reviewing coverage and strategies for building wealth!
Dr. Larry Steckel's top call for this week has been assessing chemical injury to young cotton plants. That's thanks to weather and soil conditions when many post-emergence herbicide applications were made. Dr. Steckel will discuss what to do next and how to mitigate chemical burn going forward. He'll also discuss glyphosate-resistant johnsongrass.
In this episode of AgCast, with people out of work, and some businesses still closed, COVID-19 has a far-reaching economic impact. UT’s Institute of Agriculture is working to help during this time. Charles Denney has more on surviving COVID financially on the farm, and around your kitchen table.
In this episode of Step Outside, we’re taking an interdisciplinary dive into exploring public perceptions, trust, and confidence in Tennessee’s elk reintroduction program with PhD student Cristina Watkins.
Scott Stewart lays out plans for summer educational programing, including Cotton Scout School (which will be held virtually on May 29) and Soybean Scout School (virtual with date TBD). He also discusses advantages/disadvantages of online learning and murder hornets.
To register for Cotton Scout School, email LaDonn Kelso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Heather Kelly joins this week's podcast to discuss a 2020 summer internship opportunity at the West TN AgResearch and Education Center. It's open to students from any college or university...not just UT...and you get paid! Find the application at utcrops.com/people/Intern_Application.pdf.
With this life pause. comes the calling to help in this coronavirus situation. Across Tennessee, hundreds of people are sewing masks to donate in this time of equipment shortages. In this episode of AgCast, Charles Denney reports on “Masks of Love,” and how a kind movement to protect others grew rapidly online.
In this episode of AgCast,The University of Tennessee System and UTIA are working to slow the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Long before we'd heard of coronavirus, UT formed the One Health Initiative. Here's more on the effort to combine science, research and veterinary medicine to save human lives.
There’s a huge movement in Tennessee agriculture with many people planning to grow – or already producing – hemp. In this episode of AgCast, Charles Denney show us how UTIA is helping growers learn about production techniques, marketing and even the legalities of this new crop.
In this episode of "Step Outside," we learn about spring staging and fall swarming of two white-nose syndrome-sensitive bat species. Our special guest is graduate student Malloy Tate, who tells us about these critical time periods in the lives of tri-colored and Indiana bats.
Events are postponed, schools shut down, restaurants doing only takeout and church services have gone online It's the world we live in as we deal with COVID-19, but there are things we can do to improve our mental outlook. In this episode of, AgCast, Charles Denney has more on social distancing, while still enjoying nature and outdoor exercise.
This is the audio portion of a recent "Fireside Chat" with UTIA Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor, Tim Cross, on March 27th, 2020. The UTIA Fireside Chats are a series of Q&A sessions regarding UTIA issues and the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 10,000 young Tennesseans graduate from University of Tennessee Extension's 4-H program each year. That adds up to having 4-H alumni statewide also numbering in the thousands, including past 4-H'ers of all ages. In this episode of "AgCast," we visit a reunion older folks reliving their younger days as a 4-Her. We catch up and reminisce at an event in Lebanon, Tennessee.
Schools are unexpectedly dismissed, leaving Sarah and Tennille feeling unprepared to “homeschool.” They are joined by Sherry Ingram, a veteran classroom teacher, for tips and resources to keep the school year going at home.
Dr. Larry Steckel's top call this week has been questions about preemergent herbicides for grass control. In this episode he provides his recommendations. He also provides an overview of weed control trends and technology discussed at the recent Weed Science Society of America conference.
Tennessee leads the nation with the highest percentage of tornadoes that occur at night. In this episode of AgCast, Charles Denney visits with UTIA climatologist, Joanne Logan to discuss this unusual phenomenon.
This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss the challenges of being a new parent and makes suggestions for how family and friends can help! Special guest is Katie Dees, Extension Agent in Tipton County and mom to two young children.
In this inaugural episode of “Step Outside,” we talk with Hannah Shapiro, a graduate student in Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, who will tell us about her research on white-nose syndrome in bats and how national park visitors feel about this epidemic.
In this inaugural episode of “Step Outside,” we talk with Hannah Shapiro, a graduate student in Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, who will tell us about her research on white-nose syndrome in bats and how national park visitors feel about this epidemic.
Dr. Scott Stewart just finished a study involving 60 years of weather data. The results may surprise you. In this podcast, he'll discuss the data and potential impacts on insect pest dynamics in Tennessee.
Larry Steckel provides a rundown of how applicators can get certified with Dicamba and Paraquat in addition to Private Applicator Recertification. He also gives a preview of his West Tennessee Grain Conference talk.
In this episode of AgCast, we visit with Andrew Muhammad and Aaron Smith, with UTIA's Ag Resource and Economics department to discuss the current trade disputes and their effects on agriculture in Tennessee and beyond.
Hearing wedding bells in 2020? This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss current bridal trends- from the hashtag to the honeymoon- and talk budgeting for the big day. Special guest is event planner Stephanie Graham.
Sarah and Tennille are helping you MOVE into the new decade with ideas for increasing physical activity. Special guest is Dr. Lisa Washburn, Community Health Specialist with the University of Tennessee.
This week, Sarah and Tennille tackle the “real vs. artificial” tree debate and discuss ideas for using fresh greenery for holiday décor. Our special guest is Celeste Scott, Horticulture Agent in Madison County.
All of us at UTIA want to wish everyone a happy holiday season! In this episode of AgCast, Charles Denney shares a VOLiday message from Caula Beyl., Dean of the UT Herbert College of Agriculture. We also learn about a program that helps seniors have a better holiday season through the gift of spending time together.
The Great American Smokeout is coming! You’ve probably heard about secondhand smoke, but Sarah and Tennille are also exploring how thirdhand smoke affects our health and offering ways to protect the ones we love.
The HoliDAZE are almost here! Sarah and Tennille share some “holiday horrors” relating to food, travel, shopping, and more! This is a special edition of the podcast, recorded before a live audience. Guests are FCS Agents from the Western Region, who also share their stories.
Farmers don’t need sunshine to produce abundant food. We can duplicate ideal growing conditions indoors – using lights, for instance.UTIA is teaming with several utility and energy agencies for an experimental way to grow nutritious crops inside a new facility.In this episode of AgCast, Charles Denney shows us futuristic farming that’s energy-efficient.
Defying Diabetes: November is National Diabetes Month. Sarah and Tennille sit down with Callie Compton, entrepreneur and former Miss Memphis, to discuss some common assumptions about diabetes and how Callie has used her diabetes as a platform and not an excuse.
Horses are some of nature's most majestic creatures, and it's important for their human owners to take care of them. UT Extension put together a series of equine management field days across Tennessee and AgCast was there.
Be Nice! October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Sarah and Tennille are joined by Emily Oswald, Public Health Educator in Crockett County, for a conversation on anti-bullying practices, coping skills, and warning signs.
It's a podcast about...a podcast! In this episode of "AgCast," we take a look behind the scenes of our sister show, "Bringing it Home." You'll find out from Sarah and Tennille what goes into producing each weekly episode and more!
We're still in the cover crop planting window, and in this podcast, Dr. Virginia Sykes discusses expectations for a short cover crop season, what species perform best under late planted conditions, and new cover crop varieties that are getting good marks in UT tests.
Children learn better when they are moving. Sarah and Tennille are joined by Peggy Jackson, Director of Haywood County Family Resource Centers, to explain how fidgeting can make homework time less stressful.
For UTIA alumnus Carol White, her education in the Department of Food Science was the perfect intro to her career in Pharmacy. As part of our One Health perspective, we sat down with this 2005 graduate to find out how her time at the Herbert College of Agriculture set her up for success and how she draws on her Food Science background in the world of pharmacy.
Prescription Opioid Awareness Week is September 15-21. Sarah and Tennille give statistics and talk about smart ways to manage your medication usage, even if your medicine is not an opioid. (This info is for parents and caregivers of other people also!)
With deer hunting season approaching, UT Extension Wildlife Specialist Dan Grove discusses Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a new and dangerous threat to Tennessee's deer and elk populations. Dr. Grove will explain containment efforts, new hunting regulations and concerns for human health.
Visit the official CWD in Tennessee website for more details, https://www.tn.gov/twra/hunting/cwd.html.
Dr. Scott Stewart is putting out a BOLO (Be On the Look-Out) for bollworms in cotton. In this podcast, he explains proper scouting techniques, treatment thresholds and effective insecticides for bollworm.
“It’s a Different World." This week, Sarah and Tennille explore ways to prepare your family financially and to help your child get ready for the transition to college. Special guest is Kara Reeves, Completion Coach for Jackson State Community College.
This week, Sarah and Tennille celebrate the first six months of their “podcast journey” by answering questions from their subscribers, reflecting on favorite guests, and making two BIG announcements! This is a “listen and win” episode.
This week on "Bringing it Home," Sarah and Tennille talk about the myths surrounding how much water people really need to drink every day, and they look at creative ways to “Hydrate Great” during the Dog Days of Summer.
This week on "Bringing it Home," Sarah and Tennille discuss being “UT Kitchen Divas” and talk about the Summer Celebration Lawn & Garden Show! Special guests are the other two Divas- Rebecca Seratt and Joy Powell.
In light of recent publicity concerning the herbicide glyphosate, University of Tennessee Extension has released a Glyphosate Fact Sheet to address questions and concerns pertaining to the herbicide. Drs. Jim Brosnan and Larry Steckel discuss.
This summer, more than 5,000 kids will attend a Tennessee 4-H camp. University of Tennessee Extension operates three camps, each offering dozens of cool experiences--made fun by the most important activity of all, meeting new people.
This Week: Sarah and Tennille discuss the Five S’s of Sun Safety. Before you soak up the sun on your summer vacation- or work and play in your yard this weekend- check out ways to protect your family members from the sun’s rays.
Nationally, the nursery industry contributes 4 billion dollars to our economy, and tennessee is well-known for producing trees and plants. UT Extension has been involved in developing technology that improves how nurseries apply pesticides. In this episode of AgCast, Charles Denney has more on reducing chemicals and perhaps increasing profits.
The song STAYING ALIVE has the correct beat for chest compressions! In this episode, Sarah and Tennille observe National CPR and AED Awareness Week by discussing emergency response, certification options, and use of the AED machine during cardiac arrest.
As deadlines for late planting of corn and cotton loom, Dr. Chris Boyer discusses producer options and new research to help producers select an optimal strategy.
More information available at https://extension.tennessee.edu/publications/Documents/W820.pdf.
Chad Hayes with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Dr. Larry Steckel, UTIA, discuss upcoming educational visits related to dicamba spray applications and what producers can expect if they are selected.
This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss creative ways to help children avoid summer “learning loss” while school is out. Our special guest is Peggy Jackson, Director of the Haywood County Family Resource Centers.
In this episode of "AgCast," we highlight a federal program that's had a half-century of impact in Tennessee and the nation. EFNEP teaches families about healthy eating habits and money management. Charles Denney tells us how families benefit from information and smart planning.
Dr. Larry Steckel answers questions about the newly approved over-the-top dicamba product, Tavium, the looming May 15 cutoff for older dicamba formulations, dicamba volatility research and buffer zones.
It’s Healthier Tennessee Week! This week, Sarah and Tennille talk to Syrena Flowers from the Governor’s Foundation on Health & Wellness to explore ways that communities can get started in the program and its benefits.
Caregivers Need Care, Too! Special guest Miss Tennessee Christine Williamson chats with Sarah and Tennille about her road to the title, her Alzheimer’s disease platform, and her role as a family caregiver.
This is National Poison Prevention Week. Is your family safe from accidental poisonings in the home? On this episode of “Bringing it Home,” Sarah and Tennille look at ways to be sure and what to do if it happens.
Tennessee is fortunate to have a diverse blend of plants, from tall trees to beautiful flowers to robust agricultural crops. UTIA recently asked people to nominate plants they belive have shaped the state in positive and negative ways.
In this episode of AgCast, young people in Bradley County learn the harsh realities of making poor choices - navigating their way through a "Life Maze." UT Extension was one of the community partners involved in this eye-opening project.
This is the first in a series of podcasts featuring UT Extension Agents, Sarah Poole and Tennille Short. "Bringing it Home" will focus on issues around the home to help you tackle the challenges faced by today's families. Today's podcast focuses on smart goals for the new year and how you can achieve them in the new year.
There's new language in the 2019 dicamba label covering the impact of low pH on dicamba volatility. Dr. Larry Steckel explains what the label says, what brand new University of Tennessee research has found, and what applicators can do to stay on label and on target in 2019.
It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas, and Dr. Heather Kelly is sharing the gift of free screenings for soilborne pathogens. It's a great value and not too late to participate. Listen for details.
It’s the holidays – putting many of us in a giving spirit.
But it’s also a time when thieves look to take advantage of your generosity. Consumer experts with UT Extension offer warnings about holiday scams.
The corn checkoff vote is November 28-29. In this podcast, questions about voting procedure are answered by Larry Maxwell, Assistant Commissioner of Administration and Grants with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
When a military family loses a loved one in the line of duty -- many people in the civilian world want to help.
As Veteran’s Day nears, Tennessee master gardeners are doing a project across the state line at Fort Campbell, Kentucky to aid our service families.
Charles Denney has more on beautiful gifts of time.
Get the dirt on soil testing from Dr. Angela McClure. She explains the benefits of testing in the fall and the biggest mistake she sees producers making when they soil sample. Listen to the end for info on soil testing discounts at the UT lab.
Grass weeds have been a real issue for farmers as they try to move combines through the field to harvest. Dr. Larry Steckel explains why we're seeing an uptick in grass weed populations and offers weed control recommendations to keep in mind for next spring.
It's that time of year when soybean fields can start to show symptoms of disease, and Dr. Heather Kelly's phone has been hot this week. She discusses the issues she's seeing most in fields this year and also explains how producers can take advantage of a new free soil screening.
Call of the Week features UT Crops specialists discussing their most frequent calls and questions of the past week. In our inaugural episode, Dr. Tyson Raper recommends cotton defoliation products for the 2018 harvest season.
One of UTIA's colleges has a new name and a re-energized focus. When classes get underway on the UT Ag Campus, students and faculty will be part of the renamed Herbert College of Agriculture. The change comes from a generous donation from Jim and Judi Herbert, UT alumni now living in Michigan. Mr. Herbert founded Neogen, an international food safety company. With their gift, the Herberts are thinking decades into the future, when science and agriculture will be critical to feeding the world.
A common emotion for many of us is anger, which can cause problems in our personal lives and our careers if it's out of control. UT and TSU Extension will soon be teaching a program on learning to relax and manage anger.
Like people, our pets can sometimes be diagnosed with cancer. Animal treatments can be expensive, but a program at UT's College of Veterinary Medicine makes it possible for pets and their owners to seek a cure without accumulating a large bill.
It's perhaps Tennessee's most urgent crisis, people dying from opioid overdoses, more than 1,600 in a recent year. UT Extension and Tennessee 4-H are working to educate people, especially kids and teens, about the dangers of these drugs.
Raising the curtain on agriculture. It's not a combination you hear often, farming and theatre. But some Tennessee producers are climbing on stage as actors to tell others about their profession, both the good and the bad.
A number of students at UTIA's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources are military veterans. Charles Denney introduces us to Brent Bennae, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who is now pursuing a degree in Animal Science.
A researcher with the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries is leading a collaborative regional study on black bear populations. Find out about the specialized methodology of this program, the data that’s being gathered, and why this work is important for many different species.
Home gardeners are a great way to produce healthy foods. But how do you know what to plant on your land? UT Extension is teaming with home gardeners statewide to test different vegetables-- squash, peppers, tomatoes, pumpkins-- bounty from a home garden trial.
Farmers in Tennessee and across the southeastern U.S. are hearing about crop damage caused by the herbicide dicamba. UT's Institute of Agriculture is working with producers to educate them about dicamba and perhaps limit any harmful impact.
Isaac Bennett is a 1984 graduate of UTIA's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. In his current role, he serves as Vice President of Capital Markets with Farm Credit Bank of Texas. Recently, Bennett was the commencement speaker at CASNR's recent graduation ceremony in May. During his visit to Knoxville, we had a chance to catch up with Isaac Bennett and get his thoughts on agriculture and his college experience.
March is known as Women's History Month...in Tennessee it is also known as UT Extension Month. We sit down with Tracey Sullivan, new Extension Program Leader in West Tennessee, and a champion of both causes.
Like people, pets can be diagnosed with cancer and the treatments can be expensive. UT's College of Veterinary Medicine is making it possible for pets and their owners to seek a cure without accumulating a large bill.
A great lesson for kids is to learn the value of money; how to spend it, save it and share it. UT Extension has a program called "Money is Elementary" in many schools where kids learn to handle real money.
The devastating fires that burned Gatlinburg and Sevier County late last year destroyed homes, businesses, thousands of acres of forests – and claimed 14 lives. Now efforts are underway to rebuild and help people get their lives back.
Charles Denney has more on how UT Extension is helping with simple gestures of giving, collecting and kindness.
While many people think of forestry as a rural occupation, there's an increasing need for those to manage urban forests and ecosystems. AgCast recently visited with UTIA's Dr. Sharon Jean-Philippe to discuss urban forestry and its outlook
The devastation caused by the recent wildfires in the Smoky Mountains will be remembered for many years to come. The amount of damage to life and property may be hard for some to process, especially children. UTIA's Dr. Heather Wallace visited AgCast to share tips to help parents and kids deal with life's catastrophic events.
The UTIA Turfgrass Program studies grasses, soils, water and pests. In this edition of AgCast, Charles Denney visits with Dr. John Sorochan and Dr. Jim Brosnan about the program and it's contributions to turf science and the turf industry.
Forestry experts say a type of tree harvesting known as "thinning" leads to better forests in the future. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture's Ginger Rowsey caught up with Extension Forester David Mercker to find out more about this management technique as well as the overall health of forests in the Southeast.