August 7th Celebration Planned at Steak and Potatoes Field Day


While the country was in the throes of World War II, Tennessee legislators along with Cumberland County officials were paving the way for research and discovery on the Cumberland Plateau. The University of Tennessee Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, then known as the Agricultural Experiment Station, was established in 1943 by an act of the Tennessee state legislature.


Over the past 75 years, the center has conducted trials and demonstrations to improve the productivity and profitability of farms and gardens. The forethought and cooperation of the state, county, and the University has proven successful as the center continues to be make discoveries and progress in the study of plant growth at higher altitudes.


The Plateau AgResearch and Education Center will host the annual Steak and Potatoes Field Day on Tuesday, August 7, and are extending an invitation to attend and celebrate all the center has accomplished. The event is free and open to the public. Programs will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by a sponsored lunch. The luncheon will also include comments from invited guests, and cake and ice cream as part of the celebration of the past 75 years.


Walt Hitch, center director, says, “It is our desire to continue to research relevant and useful topics for the next 75 years, and we are incredibly proud of the legacy of our center. It is a wonderful example of the progress that can be made when you combine government cooperation with scientific trial-and-error.”


More information about the Steak and Potatoes Field Day can be found at


The Plateau AgResearch and Education Center is located off of Highway 70N at 320 Experiment Station Road in Crossville. A map to the facility and complete directions are available online at The center is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system.


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