At the Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day on July 26, farmers will come together to provide 14,000 meals for local food banks.

The effort is a new tradition for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s largest agronomic field day. The tour titled “Farmers vs. Hunger”  is sponsored by the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council, and it will feature a hands-on activity where farmers and local citizens form an assembly line to package thousands of soy protein and vitamin-enriched macaroni and cheese meals.

Thanks to the soybean’s unique protein content, this macaroni and cheese meal will be nutritious and substantial for children and adults. Soybeans are grown on more than 1,000,000 acres in Tennessee, and are the largest row crop in the state.

“This is a unique stop that will show just how much can be accomplished when farmers and others in the agricultural community come together to address the needs of those that hunger,” says Blake Brown, director if the UT AgResearch and Education Center at Milan.

“Farmers vs. Hunger” will begin at 9 a.m. inside the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, which is located at the field day site, and continue throughout the day. Field day registration begins at 6 a.m. CDT. There are 17 other tours on the program of interest to farmers and landowners.

“At the other tours, farmers are learning about crop production techniques that will hopefully allow us to produce a more affordable and sustainable food supply,” says Brown.

“Then they can come to “Farmers vs. Hunger” and see how the product of their labor can be packaged into an affordable meal that’s helping resolve the issue of hunger on a local level.”

In Tennessee, nearly 18 percent of the population is food insecure and can’t afford enough food to meet their basic needs. The meals packaged at “Farmers vs. Hunger” will be distributed to food banks and food pantries throughout the local area.

For more information on the Milan No-Till Field Day, call 731-686-7362 or visit the website, http://milan.tennessee.edu.

The UT AgResearch and Education Center at Milan is one of 10 research facilities operated by the UT Institute of Agriculture.  

In addition to its agricultural research programs, UTIA also provides instruction research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.