Green Industry Day Goes Virtual

The 2020 Green Industry Field Day will be entirely online this year as a result of social distancing measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Four sessions will be offered live, and a variety of topics will be covered. Image courtesy UTIA.

Four Sessions Will Be Offered Online June 16

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Pivoting to online delivery continues for University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture summer field days, with the Green Industry Field Day scheduled for June 16 going virtual.

“We have a dynamic set of completely live presentations that span diverse topics,” says Amy Fulcher, UT Extension sustainable ornamental plant production and landscape management specialist. “Because of our virtual format, Andy Pulte will guide us on an unprecedented opportunity to view native plants in public gardens as well as private gardens which are not normally accessible to the public.” Like Fulcher, Pulte is on the faculty of the UT Department of Plant Sciences.

Four online sessions will be offered for industry professionals ranging from landscape contractors, arborists, garden center operators and nursery producers. Michael Ross, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, will speak on ecological landscape design. Frank Hale and Alan Windham, professors in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, will update attendees on crapemyrtle bark scale, laurel wilt and other insects and diseases affecting landscape plants. Pulte will also lead a session on native plants that are resilient and pest resistant, and Fulcher will round out the day with practical tips for operating businesses more safely during COVID-19.

The field day is free to attend but pre-registration is required. Registration is available online at

Pesticide recertification points will be available to pesticide license holders in categories C3, C10 and C12. License holders should have their license numbers ready when they register.

The field day is presented in partnership with the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association.

For more information about other UT Institute of Agriculture field days, visit or contact your local county Extension office.

Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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