Institute of Agriculture News

UT Releases Groundbreaking Study on State of Economy in Appalachia

Strategies for Economic Improvement in Appalachia's Distressed Rural Counties

A strong community is not unlike a computer. It needs good hardware—transportation, housing and infrastructure—and software—education, health care, and workforce development. A groundbreaking study conducted by UT researchers sheds light on the strengths and weaknesses of communities in Appalachia.

UT to graduate first students of Construction Science program

WATE-TV’s Erica Estep interviewed new UT alumni Justin Kramer and Aaron Ross, the first to graduate in UT’s construction science program. The concentration curriculum has given the students a multidisciplinary background with courses within the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Sciences, and Business Administration.

UT Graduates First Student with Unique Construction Science Concentration

Aaron Ross

This spring, Justin Kramer will be the first UT student to graduate from the university’s new Construction Science Program. The program launched in 2010 in the Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science and seeks to prepare students for the management side of the construction industry.

UT Researchers Invent Device to Rapidly Detect Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases can spread very rapidly, so quickly identifying them can be crucial to stopping an epidemic. However, current testing for such diseases can take hours and days. But not for much longer. Associate professors Jayne Wu and Shigetoshi Eda have developed a portable device that can be used onsite to detect infectious diseases in people and animals.

UT Solar-Powered House Begins Tour Across State as Educational Exhibition

Living Light, UT Knoxville’s state-of-the-art, zero-energy house, will open its doors to the public on campus this weekend, marking the beginning of the Tennessee Tour, an educational exhibition that will travel across the state. The free tour will kick off Saturday, November 19, and will coincide with the UT-Vanderbilt football game.

UT Farmers Market Opens Wednesday

The UT Farmers Market kicks off Wednesday, May 18, at the UT Gardens on Neyland Drive. The market is hosted by the Institute of Agriculture’s Organic and Sustainable Crops Unit. Neal Denton, Knox County director for UT Extension, will ring the opening bell to kick off the market, which will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday through October.

UT Students Embark on New Concentration; Leads to New Construction Careers

Students at UT who are interested in construction have a new opportunity to learn about a different side of the industry: the management side. Starting this fall, students can pursue a concentration in construction technology in the Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science.

UT Harvest Market Sells Home Grown Vegetables to UT Community

Want fresh produce grown, harvested and sold by UT Knoxville students? Try the UT Harvest Market which offers a variety sure to tantalize anyone’s taste buds. A project of the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Organic and Sustainable Crops Unit, the Harvest Market is a farmers’ market operated by five student interns who are interested in farming and farmland preservation.