Institute of Agriculture News

UT Gardens Winter Film Series Begins Sunday

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If you’re looking for something to do on Sunday afternoons this winter, UT Gardens is presenting the monthly Sunday Horticulture Film Series beginning at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 17, with the documentary Symphony of the Soil by Deborah Koons Garcia.

University Receives $1 Million to Fight Childhood Obesity

A partnership between UT Extension, the Institute of Agriculture, and UT’s Nutrition Department is tackling our state and nation’s obesity problem. The USDA recently announced UTIA and UT Knoxville will receive a $1 million grant for this effort. It will be used to create a regional center to strengthen educational programming for low-income children and families.

Two with UT Ties Named AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has appointed as fellows two researchers with UT ties. The association is honoring C. Neal Stewart Jr. and Parans Paranthaman for their distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications. Stewart is a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences in the UT Institute of Agriculture. He

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Researchers Receive $1.8 Million USDA Grant to Study Organic Dairy Production


Over the years, organic dairy producers have expressed frustration over a lack of available information on forage production, which in turn, may have led to decreased profitability for their operations. Researchers with the Institute of Agriculture have received a $1.8 million grant from the USDA to conduct research on this issue.

UT Gardens to Host Howl-O-Ween for Pets


The Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo, sponsored by UT Gardens and the College of Veterinary Medicine, caters to dogs and dog lovers and will be held 1:00–5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 25, in the gardens on the Institute of Agriculture campus.

UT Team Receives Grant to Address Deadly Bat Disease

A UT team has received a federal grant to help combat a deadly disease affecting bats. The grant will be used to explore how the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome affects Southeastern bats during hibernation.

Institute of Agriculture Announces All Vol Cheese for Sale

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is introducing a product line called All Vol Cheese that will soon be available for purchase. Four flavors are offered—Checkerboard Mild Cheddar, Game Day Sharp Cheddar, Smokey’s Smoked Gouda and Torchbearer Jalapeño. All Vol Cheese will debut at Ag Day on the Institute of Agriculture campus at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 3.

Bob Trigiano Named UTIA Institute Professor

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The Institute of Agriculture has named Bob Trigiano the Institute Professor of 2015. The title is given annually to faculty members who demonstrate high achievement in teaching, research, and service. Trigiano is a professor in the university’s entomology andplant pathology department.

Institute of Agriculture Presents Top Faculty and Staff Awards for 2015

The Institute of Agriculture recently honored some of its top faculty, staff, researchers, and outreach experts with a number of prestigious awards. More than thirty people were recognized with a variety of honors—many gifts sponsored by past faculty, alumni, and friends of the Institute.