About the Unit

The ETREC-Holston Unit, aquired in 1975, is located at the headwaters of the Tennessee River, approximately eight miles from the Agriculture Campus. This 425 acre tract is utilized to provide land, equipment, cattle and support for faculty, staff and graduate students to conduct agricultural-related research, with a primary emphasis on beef cattle, wheat breeding, weed management, as well as switchgrass and other crop production.

Facilities available at the ETREC-Holston Unit include a grain dryer capable of drying small grains, and a covered cattle working facility consisting of shaded holding pens, a sweep tub, electronic scales, and squeeze chute.

The ETREC-Holston Unit has cattle for teaching and research, averaging 50 cow/calf pairs a year. Currently, this unit has twenty two acres devoted to switchgrass research, forty acres of plot research focusing on weed control strategies that are effective, economical and environmentally-sound; as well as twenty acres of wheat breeding and variety trials. The unit grows its own hay and corn silage for cattle feed.


Beef cattle at the unit.

Soybean research.

Student workers.

Welcome to the unit!

The unit grows its own cattle feed.

Forage research.

Soybean research.
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Turfgrass Research Field Day


Contact the Holston Unit

ETREC Holston Unit
3723 Riverside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37914

Derick Hopkins
Phone: (865) 742-1871
Email: dhopkins@utk.edu

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