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WORKSHOPS: Reaching Local Farms – Dec 2021

UT Southern and UT Extension are teaming up to offer four educational workshops for farmers and farm families in the southern middle Tennessee region during December. The series of workshops are offered under the Reaching Local Farms initiative that was recently developed between UT Southern’s Turner Center and UT Extension’s Center for Profitable Agriculture.

The upcoming workshops will feature various UT Extension specialists addressing topics including specialty crops, meat marketing, modern technology on the farm, and an overview of carbon markets.

Registration
There is no cost to attend but preregistration is required. The deadline to preregister is 3:00 PM Central on December 1. Seating is limited and a meal will be provided as part of the educational program.

Preregister by telephone at 931.424.7347 or online: Reaching Local Farms Workshops

Those who preregister will be sent detailed instructions regarding the building, meeting room, and parking instructions for the UT Southern campus.

Questions
If you have questions about these workshops, please call Allen Stanton at UT Southern 931.424.7347 or Rob Holland at UT Extension 931.698.3211.

Workshops
Each educational workshop will be held on the UT Southern campus in Pulaski and will begin at 6:00 PM Central.

December 8- A General Overview of Carbon Markets and Carbon Credits
Aaron Smith, an assistant professor of agricultural and resource economics with the UT Institute of Agriculture, will discuss proposed policies, current challenges, and potential opportunities for farmers to obtain payments for sequestered carbon or payments for production practices that are carbon friendly.

December 9- Considerations for Growing Various Specialty Crops
David Lockwood, a professor of plant science and UT Extension fruit and nut specialist, will discuss essential production practices, varieties and yields for various specialty crops including tree fruits such as apples and peaches; small fruits including grapes; and tree nuts.

December 15- How Technology Has Changed Farming
Mike Buschermohle, a professor in the UTIA Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, will chronical a journey from the past to the future of agriculture with discussions on how technology has influenced farm production practices, equipment, efficiency, management and yields.

December 16- Considerations for Direct Marketing Meat and Live Animals for Custom Harvest
Megan Leffew, a marketing specialist with the UT Center for Profitable Agriculture, will share with important information about marketing meat directly to consumers from the farm and will discuss valuable details regarding the sale of live animals directly to consumers for custom harvest.

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