Ag in the Foothills Field Day is Thursday, October 3

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Full Day of Science-Driven Information for Producers

WALLAND, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture invites producers, farmer veterans and others interested in agriculture to attend the Ag in the Foothills Field Day Thursday, October 3, at the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center’s Little River Unit in Walland, Tenn.

At 9 a.m. EDT, Dr. Charlie Hatcher, Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, will update producers on the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program and other opportunities available to them through TDA. Morning programs will include hops, hemp, bees and beef and forage production practices and technologies. In the afternoon, attendees can view a drone demonstration or attend a session on Beef Quality Assurance certification for their operations. The final session will conclude at 3 p.m.

In the afternoon, a Farmer Veteran Coalition meeting will also take place at the field day. Farmer Veteran Coalition is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization assisting veterans and currently serving members of the Armed Forces to embark on careers in agriculture.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration will open at 8 a.m. with complimentary milk, coffee and biscuits for early arrivals, and presentations will start at 9 a.m. Lunch is sponsored by the UT Block & Bridle Club, and pre-registration for a lunch ticket is encouraged. 

To preregister for a lunch ticket or to request an accommodation for accessibility, email Kim Lane at or call 865-974-7201. Attendees may also contact their local county Extension office.

The Little River Animal and Environmental Unit of the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is located at 3229 Ellejoy Road in Walland, Tennessee. The center is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. More details about the Little River Unit are available online at

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.

Media Contact

Mark Campbell

East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center



Charlie Hatcher

Farmer Veteran Coalition