The Center is one of 10 research and education centers in the UT Agricultural Experiment
Station system focused on improving Tennessee agriculture. Our location in Greene County, the state's largest tobacco
producing county, is ideal for conducting tobacco research. The varieties developed by Bob Miller have improved burley
production worldwide. Studies in production economics of harvest, housing and market preparation directed by Darrell
Mundy provide Tennessee growers with ways to optimize income from burley tobacco. Evaluation of herbicides by
Neil Rhodes and insecticides by Bill Shamiyeh help producers choose the best weed and insect control programs.
Research is also being conducted on forestry and woody ornamentals. The Center participates in UT's Vegetable Initiative, which is directed toward helping growers diversify their operations.
Beef cattle research is also part of the Center's research program. A team of scientists from several disciplines are examining the economic aspects of different management systems for cow/calf production.
Through these research programs and field days and other events and activities throughout the year, the Center works to serve the needs of Upper East Tennessee agriculture.
History of the Tobacco Experiment Station (1990)