UT Extension to Conduct Southeast TN Beef Summit

Producers to Gather at McMinn County Expo Center April 26

The Southeast TN Beef Summit is scheduled for April 26 at the McMinn County Expo Center in Athens. The event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required by April 19, 2019.​ Contact your local county UT Extension Office. Image shows cattle on pasture at the University of Tennessee Plateau AgResearch and Education Center in Crossville, courtesy UTIA.

ATHENS, Tenn. — Beef production and marketing, hay production, sprayer calibration and updates on new technology and equipment for the beef industry are topics to be discussed during the Southeast TN Beef Summit, scheduled for April 26 at the McMinn County Expo Center in Athens. The event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required by April 19, 2019.

Doors open at 8 a.m. for registered participants to check in, with 35-minute educational sessions scheduled from 8:40 to 11:30 a.m. Speakers from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will be conducting the morning sessions. 

In addition to the educational sessions, the summit will host the largest beef trade show in southeast Tennessee. After the morning sessions keynote speaker Chris “Booger” Brown from the INSP channel show “The Cowboy Way” will discuss the show and the importance of promoting agriculture. Brown’s talk will be followed by a catered lunch of Texas-style brisket with all the “fixin’s.”

Topics for the program will include: cow and heifer conformation, “it beats a snowball,” sprayer calibration and weed control, among other beef production topics. For more information and flyer go online to extension.tennessee.edu/mcminn and click on the Beef Programs tab under the agriculture pull-down menu. You may also contact your local UT Extension office, UT Extension – McMinn County at 423-745-2852 or UT Extension – Meigs County at 423-334-5781.

The program will be held at the McMinn County Expo Center (inside the Athens Regional Park), in Athens, Tenn., on April 26, 2019. The expo will begin at 8 a.m. EDT and conclude at 1:45 p.m. 

This program, like all UT Extension programs, is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or veteran status.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.

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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