The 2021 Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day and trade show will be an in-person event and will take place on June 24 at the research and education center in Springfield. Beef cattle producers and tobacco producers are encouraged to attend. 

The tobacco tour will include presentations by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture experts and others on angular leaf spot process, Connecticut broadleaf production and an overview of the UT tobacco research program.

The beef tour will appeal to producers interested in learning more about the long-term impact of different reproductive strategies, re-synchronization for two timed artificial inseminations as well as genetic components of fertility in beef cows and heifers. Speakers include researchers and Extension professionals from UT and the University of Kentucky. 

The “more” portion of the program this year will be devoted to home gardening. Interest in growing fruits and vegetables at home has soared in recent months because of individuals and families being isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The gardening tour will also highlight a new partnership between the Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center and the Robertson County Master Gardeners. 

The tour will include information about getting involved as a gardener and anyone wishing to learn more about backyard gardening is invited to attend.  

Field day guests will have time to complete two of the three tours offered. Attendees should note that physical distancing and other arrangements will be in place to help ensure a safe environment for all participants. 

Guests will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of exhibitors in an ag industry-related trade show.  

This event is free and open to the public. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the assembly area off Oakland Road, with the first tours departing at 8:45 a.m. The day will conclude with a complimentary lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Visit the UTIA Field Days website for more details. You can also contact the Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center at 615-382-3130. To request an accommodation for accessibility, contact the Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center office.


RANSON GOODMAN is an agricultural agent for the Henry County Extension Service. Contact him at the Extension office at 642-2941 or by email at

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