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.  
 
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.  
 
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.  
 
Ag Year Preview
Spring is almost here, and itís 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.  
 
Little River Facility
Itís long been an issue in farming Ė how can we be productive in agriculture and still protect the environment? UT Ag-Research has a new facility dedicated to that cause.  
 
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.  
 
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 Ė when fields are usually barren.  
 
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.  
 
Astro Turf
UT researchers team with AstroTurf for safer athletic fields.  
 
Greenhouse Protected Agriculture
More and more of the fruits and vegetables we eat are grown indoors.  
 
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.  
 
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.  
 
Wood for Biomass
Tennessee's vast forests might someday be used for biomass.  
 
Cattle Sell-Off
Some livestock barns are selling three and four times the usual number of cattle, but thatís not necessarily positive. Many producers have been forced to sell because of drought.  
 
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.  
 
Beef Cattle
Beef cattle farming is Tennesseeís number one farm commodity - and herd reproductive health is critical. UTís 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.