Natural Resources & Environmental Quality
Tennessee's abundant natural resources are one of our greatest
assets. Educating resource owners, consumers and the public in the
science, management, and appreciation of these resources is the key to
preserving these assets. Disposal of solid waste, the quality of water
and indoor air quality are major environmental concerns. UT Extension
faculty teach consumers how to reduce solid waste through recycling,
reuse and composting and how to protect and improve water and indoor air
quality. Extension faculty also educate produces about the application,
handling and disposal of pesticides and fertilizers.
Please contact your county UT Extension office to learn more about what environmental stewardship and natural resources programs are available in your area.
Animal Waste Management Systems — Programs related to managing animal waste in the environment.
— Provides a natural laboratory for research in plant uses, genetics,
and adaptability, insect and disease control, and the management of
associated natural resources.
Bees and Beekeeping — Programs provide vital information on beekeeping as a pleasing and profitable occupation.
Beaver Creek Hydrologic Unit Area Program
— Program included education, technical assistance and cost-share
financing to help farmers adopt best management practices to improve
water quality and the environment.
— Program focuses on identification of many of the fungal, insect,
nematode and viral pathogens which occur across the state. County
Extension faculty submit plant disease or pest images and information
for rapid diagnosis by resource professionals at the Plant and Pest
Diagnostic Center in Nashville, TN.
Clean Water in Tennessee —
Southern Regional Water Program provides research and education on water
quality programs through the land grant university system.
Farm-A-Syst — This program helps farm families and rural residents assess and reduce the risks affecting the quality of their water.
Forest-A-Syst — This cooperative effort is designed to help private landowners establish a forest management plan.
Forest Products Center — Provides information and technology to advance the efficient and effective use of the forest resource.
Integrated Pest Management Programs in Tennessee — Programs include corn, cotton, grain, sorghum, tobacco, soybean, stored grain and urban integrated pest management programs.
Pesticide Certification and Licensing Program
— This program provides information on becoming and remaining a
certified commercial applicator or licensed pest control operator in the
state of Tennessee.
Smart Growth — A community-based approach on how the community grows: looking at economics, geography, society and the environment.
Soil Plant and Pest Center
— The Center provides farmers, nursery growers, researchers and
homeowners with information to assist in all areas of production.
Tennessee Tree Improvement Program
— The program is directed to improving the production and quality in
various forest tree species planted by Tennessee landowners, while
protecting the genetic resources of the species at risk from exotic
Tennessee Pest Management Information Network (TNPMIN)
— This nationwide pest network provides information that will
contribute to environmentally and economically sound pest management
Environmental health comprises the aspects of human health, including
quality of life, that are determined by interaction with physical,
chemical biological and social factors in the environment.
Childrens' Environmental Health Partnership
— Provides a network of local professionals working in collaboration to
reduce children's exposures to environmental health hazards.
Healthy Homes Partnership — Provides information to help families learn about the risks they face at home and how to reduce them
Healthy Indoor Air for Tennessee's Homes — Programs designed to teach families how to manage their household and behavior to improve air quality in the home.
Radon in Tennessee — Provides information on the actions to take to protect families from radon exposure.
UT Youth Environment and Health —
A partnership team concerned with improving the well-being of
Tennessee's children by balancing and reducing risks associated with
pests, pesticides, and other chemicals.
For more information related to the topic of crops and nursery, please visit the following departments' and unit's homepages:
Publications are also available in print format from your county Extension office. Departmental publications and newsletters are available from department Web sites.
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