|Farmers tackle hunger at No-Till Field Day |
|Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:20 pm |
Milan – At the Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day July 26, farmers will come together to provide 14,000 meals for local food banks.
The effort is a new tradition for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s largest agronomic field day. The tour titled “Farmers vs. Hunger” is sponsored by the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council, and it will feature a hands-on activity where farmers and local citizens form an assembly line to package thousands of soy protein and vitamin-enriched macaroni and cheese meals. Thanks to the soybean’s unique protein content, this macaroni and cheese meal will be nutritious and substantial for children and adults. Soybeans are grown on more than 1 million acres in Tennessee, and are the largest row crop in the state.
“Farmers vs. Hunger” will begin at 9 a.m. inside the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, which is located at the field day site, and continue throughout the day. Field day registration begins at 6 a.m. CDT. There are 17 other tours on the program of interest to farmers and landowners.
In Tennessee, nearly 18 percent of the population is food insecure and can’t afford enough food to meet their basic needs.
The meals packaged at “Farmers vs. Hunger” will be distributed to food banks and food pantries throughout the local area.
For more information on the Milan No-Till Field Day, call (731) 686-7362 or visit the website, http://milan.tennessee.edu.
The UT AgResearch and Education Center at Milan is one of 10 research facilities operated by the UT Institute of Agriculture.