Institute of Agriculture News

Tyson Foods CEO and Wife to Give $3.2 Million to Institute of Agriculture

Donnie and Terry Smith

Donnie Smith, CEO of Arkansas-based Tyson Foods, Inc., and his wife, Terry, have pledged a $3.2 million gift that establishes the Donald and Terry Smith Endowed Chair for International Sustainable Agriculture through the UT Foundation. Donnie Smith earned his undergraduate degree in animal science from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and his wife, Terry, is a graduate of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

UT Teams Win EPA Awards, Tackle Environmental Challenges

Two environmental advances—a new source of lumber for construction and efficient breakdown of plastic mulch—are closer to becoming reality, thanks to the work of two student-professor teams from UT. The projects are being funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Phase I grants.

Experts Offer Tips to Prevent Children’s Learning Loss During Summer

With school out and a long summer break ahead, many children are in danger of forgetting what they’ve learned during the academic year. UT experts are offering tips on how children can stay sharp and exercise their brain muscles during the hot summer months. “Learning over the summer does not have to be stressful or laborious,” said Matt Devereaux, an associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The Today Show: Wildlife experts fight to save bats from deadly fungus

UT Institute of Agriculture researcher Marcy Jan Souza was featured in a story which aired on NBC’s the TODAY show to discuss efforts to save bats from the white nose syndrome. The syndrome is a fungus running unchecked through America’s caves, threatening the existence of bats from Canada to the Deep South.

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.