UTIAgMay 23, 2023
Step Outside Podcast, Episode 22: Sweta Dixit on the Effectiveness of Park Revenue Sharing Policy to Reduce Park-People Conflict
Graduate student Sweta Dixit explains her research and analysis of the park revenue sharing policy in Nepal.
Bringing it Home: Ready for Road Trips
Traveling comes to mind as summer approaches, and a road trip can be an economical way to get the family out of town. This week, Sarah and Tennille are helping you prepare for a fun, comfortable time on the road.
Bringing it Home: Chores That Kids Can Do
The final school bells will ring soon, and kids will have extra time on their hands. This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss household tasks that children can help with, according to their ages and stages of development.
Bringing it Home: Budget-Friendly Home Upgrades
Is Mom's house in need of a little facelift? Does YOUR home need some quick upgrades... that won't cost much? This week, Sarah and Tennille are chatting about ways to use paint, fabric, and a few other simple tools to give a house new life.
Bringing It Home: Tips for a Great Concert Season
May 5th may be National Concert Day, but the summer months will be filled with opportunities to attend live music performances. This week, Sarah and Tennille are giving tips for planning and having great concert experiences.
Bringing it Home: Garage Sale Madness
You can clean out some items and make a few dollars at the same time by having a garage sale. 'Tis the season! This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing strategies for having a successful sale- and giving out a few tips for shoppers.
Bringing it Home: Get "Guest-Ready"!
Are you prepared for overnight houseguests? No worries! This week, Sarah and Tennille are checking off a list of things that can help you be ready for your summer visitors.
Bringing It Home: Summer Jobs for the Kids
Is summer employment in your child's future? This week, Sarah and Tennille are listing job options that are perfect for young people- and discussing ways that families can start preparing now.
Bringing it Home: Surviving the Busy Seasons of Life
Sarah's family is living in a very busy season of life, and it's sometimes a struggle to get everything done. This week, she and Tennille discuss ways to take control of their calendars by focusing on what's most important- and by learning to let go of some things.
Step Outside, Episode 21: Advancing Established White Oak Reproduction through a Midstory Removal
Graduate student Canaan Dugger shares what he's found in his research on White Oak reproduction and its three key factors.
Bringing it Home: Spring Cleaning Your Eating Habits
National Nutrition Month is coming to an end, but your spring cleaning doesn't have to stop. This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss ways to clean up our eating habits in a few easy steps.
Bringing it Home: Dusting Your Credit
The house might not be the only thing that needs spring cleaning. This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing the importance of your consumer credit report- and discussing steps to make it sparkle a bit more.
Bringing it Home: Cleaning the "Hot Spots"
The clock has moved forward, and Sarah and Tennille are moving forward with their spring cleaning plans. This week, they discuss the "hot spots" in the home that often need attention- and share ways to tidy them up quickly.
Bringing it Home: Throwing Out Bad Freezer Habits
Freezing food is a great way to save money and reduce waste. This week, Sarah and Tennille are celebrating Frozen Foods Month by discussing the best uses for your freezer- and reminding you to throw some things away.
Ag Cast - Keith Carver, New UTIA Sr. Vice Chancellor & Sr. Vice President
Keith Carver takes over leadership of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Here he talks about his vision for the future, his long career history within the UT system, and how he plans to be an advocate for farming in Tennessee.
Step Outside, Episode 20: Improving By-Species Timber Product Estimates in the Southeast
Graduate student Tara Skiba talks about her research on Improving By-Species Timber Product Estimates in the Southeast
Bringing it Home: Dollar Tree Dinners
This week, Sarah and Tennille chat with social media star Rebecca Chobat about her "Dollar Tree Dinners" series- where she buys ingredients exclusively from the retailer and does food demonstrations online to help her 718,000 Tik Tok followers cook meals at home for less.
Bringing it Home: A Mentor Matters
Having good mentors can improve outcomes for youth, but having good mentors in adulthood has its benefits, too! This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss ways that having a mentor- and being a mentor- is worth the time investment. Special guest is Nicole Newman from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.
Bringing it Home: Before You Say "I Do"
Love is in the air- and the thought of being together in marriage can be pretty exciting! But this week, Sarah and Tennille are sharing a few questions to ask yourself before you say "I do."
Bringing it Home: The High Cost of Eggs
Do eggs suddenly need their own line item in your budget? This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing the "eggs-stra" strain that eggs are putting on their grocery totals - and plotting out ways to take their egg dollars the distance.
Bringing it Home: No More Excuses!
Many people set the goal to become more active, but old habits are hard to break. This week, Sarah and Tennille are listing common reasons that we give for not being active- and how to work around those road blocks.
Bringing it Home: Battling "Lunchflation"
Lunch is part of life... but the cost of having it every day has drastically increased. This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing ways to enjoy some of their favorite lunches while spending less money.
Bringing it Home: Snow Day Prep
The weather can go from nice to naughty in a hurry! This week, Sarah and Tennille are making sure they have things in order before the next snowflake falls.
Bringing it Home: The January Checklist
Now that the holiday season is over, you might find yourself with more free time. This week, Sarah and Tennille present you with a January Checklist- one that you never knew you needed- filled with items to help your year run smoothly.
Ag Cast - UTIA Center for Profitable Agriculture marks 25 years of Service
CPA has been working with Tennessee's farm families to keep them in business and adapt to changing times in the world of Ag. 2023 marks 25 years for this valuable organization, and listen here for exciting plans for the future.
Bringing it Home: A Joyful 2023
Home is where the heart is... so shouldn't we find joy there, too? This week, Sarah and Tennille kick off the new year by discussing ways to make everyday family life more joyful.
Step Outside Podcast: Ph.D. Candidate Jillian Gorrell on Urban Heat Island Effects in Tennessee
FWF Ph.D. Candidate Jillian Gorrell is working on GIS research of urban heat island effects in Tennessee. Urban heat islands refer to when cities get much warmer than surrounding areas, especially in the summer. She talks about her current research and next steps.
Ag Cast - Extension Agents Value/Motivation
Across Tennessee, Extension agents with UTIA and TSU work everyday to help people in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development. Listen here as agents tell us what motivates them, and the pride they take in their calling.
Ag Cast - Tellico Lake Algae
The University of Tennessee Microbiology Department is teaming with the Institute of Agriculture, The Tennessee Valley Authority and Loudon County residents and environmental groups to proactively work to prevent an algae problem in beautiful Tellico Lake from spreading.
Bringing It Home: 200th Episode!
It's a celebration! Before Sarah and Tennille step away from their microphones and enjoy some holiday time, they are marking their 200th episode with a look back over the past four years- and announcing their biggest podcasting achievement to date.
Bringing it Home: What NOT to Talk About
The holiday table is where we will gather again soon. But do you know the best topics to "not speak" about at gatherings? Sarah and Tennille do, and they are making a list of those topics (and checking it twice) to keep their celebrations festive and cordial.
Bringing it Home: Holiday Kitchen Coaching
Feeding the family during December can feel like a sport. This week, Sarah and Tennille are getting some kitchen coaching from author & "Christmas Coach" Krisann Blair, who is sharing tips on preparing for special holiday meals, food gifts, and easy family dinners for the busy season ahead.
Bringing it Home: Black Friday 2022
After the turkey dinner, many people will start chasing the deals! This week, Sarah and Tennille share strategies that consumers are using in order to maximize their holiday dollars.
Step Outside Podcast: Dr. Adam Taylor on receiving a Fulbright grant and going to Finland
Dr. Taylor received a Fulbright grant in Health and Environmental Sciences. He plans to spend much of 2023 at the University of Eastern Finland to research the carbon connections between forests and forest products and climate change.
Bringing it Home: Talking about Telehealth
Many people are keeping their medical appointments without leaving home. This week, Sarah and Tennille explore the topic of "telehealth" and discover why the practice has become so popular. Special guest is Dr. Chris Sneed, Assistant Professor & Consumer Economics Specialist with the University of Tennessee Extension.
Bringing It Home: Preparing to Give Thanks!
Gratitude should be a part of every day, but Thanksgiving only comes once a year! This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss their choices for the big meal: what time to eat; which dishes to use; and how to honor family traditions in the process.
Bringing it Home: Check Your Stress
As we move into the season of holiday things, it's a good time for people to evaluate their personal stress levels. This week, Sarah and Tennille talk about signs of stress- and reflect on ways that even enjoyable events (like holidays) can require stress management techniques.
Bringing it Home: No Tricks, All Treats!
Halloween doesn't have to be scary for parents. This week, Sarah and Tennille are "treating" you to simple "tricks" for making this Halloween sweeter than ever!
Sit a Spell - Apple Barn
Come 'Sit a Spell' with UT Extension agents Meagen Brown, Crystal Blankenship and Larry Mitchell as they visit the Kilpatrick family and the Apple Barn restaurant and agri-business in Sevierville, TN. Did you know that what started as a roadside fruit stand is now an elite tourist destination with deep ties to University of Tennessee Extension? Kent Kilpatrick says "The Apple Barn wouldn't exist without Extension."
Bringing it Home: Credit-Smart Holidays
Many Americans will pull out plastic forms of payment this holiday season, with the average debt totaling over $1200. This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing ways to be smart about credit use- and maybe even come out a bit ahead this year!
Bringing it Home: Fighting Back Pain
If your back hurts, you are not alone. Back pain is the number one cause of disability in the world! This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss habits that help fight against back pain and contribute to overall spine health.
Bringing it Home: "Crocktober " Celebration!
“Crocktober” is more than just a play on words. It’s a reminder from Sarah and Tennille to dust off your slow cookers and start making some of your favorite soups, stews, and other fall dishes! This week, they are sharing tips for getting delicious meals ready… low and slow!
Bringing It Home: Fall Break Fun!
Many families will have a fall break soon, but some fear that this year's higher prices mean a reduced amount of fun. This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss ways to have all of the fall fun... without draining the family's budget.
Bringing It Home: Thrifting for Good
Grabbing deals at thrift stores is trendy and kind to the environment. However, there are strategies for getting the look you want. This week, Sarah and Tennille chat with Shana Berkeley- a fashion influencer known for her thrifting adventures- to get the inside scoop!
Bringing It Home: But I Don't LIKE Vegetables!
September is all about the fruits and vegetables. This is MORE MATTERS Month! But if you don't get many requests for veggies at your house, you are not alone. This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing strategies for those who prefer to leave vegetables off the plate.
Ag Cast - UTIA Works the Tennessee State Fair
UTIA has a growing presence each year at the Tennessee State Fair in Lebanon, and this year it included an "Ask the Expert" area.
Bringing It Home: All Things Chicken Wings
The price of chicken wings is dropping, just in time for football season! This week, Sarah and Tennille share their love for delicious wings- and give their tips for serving wings that are crispy and flavorful!
Bringing It Home: Summer Summary
Now that school is back in session, shorter days and cooler temps are right around the corner! This week, Sarah and Tennille are summarizing their summer experiences and sharing their plans for the weeks leading up to fall.
Bringing It Home: YOU Can Help Prevent Suicide!
Ahead of Suicide Prevention Month, Sarah and Tennille are joined by Emily Oswald, Northwest Regional Director for the TN Suicide Prevention Network, to discuss suicide warning signs- and to get the word out about a new national hotline for mental health emergencies.
Bringing it Home: Tired of Choices?
Are you making too many decisions lately? "Decision fatigue" is the point when we start to feel overwhelmed with making choices. This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing the symptoms of decision fatigue- and talking through practical tips for avoiding it.
Bringing it Home: Habits for a Healthy School Year
School bells are starting to ring! This week, Sarah and Tennille chat with Nicole Newman, Supervisor of Community Programs for Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, to discuss steps that parents can take to set their children up for a healthy school year.
Bringing It Home: Stock Up!
Tennesseans are kicking off a month of tax-free grocery shopping, and Sarah and Tennille have tips for stocking the freezer and pantry.
Bringing It Home: Preparing for Tennessee's Back to-School Tax Holiday
Sarah and Tennille are reviewing the list of eligible items in anticipation of saving on sales tax this weekend. As they plan their shopping trip, they are also listing the benefits of including local, smaller businesses into their spending plan.
Bringing It Home: Don't Be Rude About It!
July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month- a good time to think about how respectful we are when we talk or text. This week, Sarah and Tennille review some practical tips for courteous phone use.
Bringing it Home: Sweet Summer Feet
Our feet really take the HEAT during summer months with more rays from the sun, fewer supportive shoes, increased outdoor activities, etc. This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing ways to be sweeter to your feet while you make your summer moves.
Ag Cast - Old Jail Becomes Food/Fitness Center
UT Extension in Houston County works to convert an old jail into a community food and fitness center to share healthy living programming.
Bringing it Home: Ice Cream!
We all scream for it, but how much do we really love our ice cream? This week, Sarah and Tennille are kicking off National Ice Cream Month by sharing their favorites, talking about the nutrition of ice cream, and more.
Bringing It Home: Mid-Career Motivation
The median age of today's employee is just under 42 years old, and Sarah and Tennille are finding themselves beyond the mid-career point. This week, they are sharing ideas for making the latter part of a career just as energizing and meaningful as the earlier years.
Bringing It Home: Snapping Selfies
Selfies are likely here to stay. Duck lips and fun filters will probably continue to fill our social media feeds every day. Can selfies actually be beneficial for us? This week, Sarah and Tennille are celebrating National Selfie Day by discussing the issue.
Bringing It Home: Dad Matters!
As we approach Dad's big weekend, Sarah and Tennille chat with Justin Thomas- a UT co-worker; a fellow podcaster; and a proud father- about lasting benefits that come from positive interactions with Dad, or another close father figure.
Bringing it Home: Baby Formula 911
The national formula shortage is leaving parents with lots of questions about feeding their babies. This week, Sarah and Tennille are chatting with Bonita Webster, Nutrition Director for Madison County W.I.C., about available options and resources that all parents can use until the shelves are fully stocked again.
Sit a Spell: Deep Draw Yak Farm
Sit a Spell returns this week to visit a farm unlike any other in the state of Tennessee. Yaks! That’s right, Yaks! Join us at Deep Draw Yak Farm in Crossville, Tn as we learn all about yaks plus miniature ponies, ducks and chickens. We also learn about Deep Draw Yak’s commitment to preserving history and supporting artisans of Cumberland County. You don’t want to miss this adventure!
Bringing it Home: Spring Hobbies
Now that the journey from spring to summer has begun, Sarah and Tennille are discussing seasonal hobbies that will fit any budget.
Bringing It Home: Welcome to Cookout Season!
As Sarah and Tennille prepare for Memorial Day and the unofficial start to summer, they discuss steps to keep the food safe as the grill smoke rises.
Bringing It Home: Ride On!
Bike riding soared in popularity at the beginning of the pandemic, and it remains a trusty mode of transportation and a fun way to be physically active. This week, Sarah and Tennille are reviewing ways for adults and kids to ride safely.
Bringing It Home: Move in May!
May is the month dedicated to fitness and sports, so it's the perfect time to make sure your family is moving! This week, Sarah and Tennille are reviewing the recommendations for activity and listing ways to make movement more fun!
Sit A Spell Season 3 Episode 1
On this episode of Sit a Spell, join Meagen and Crystal as they stay a little closer to home in Crossville, TN.....meet Jennifer from Dirty Girls Nursery and the Mud and Grub Kitchen who has taken a "See Rock City" barn and transformed it into a destination for all things gardening, treats and good old-fashioned fun!
Bringing It Home: Moms Supporting the Self-Esteem of Girls
As Mothers' Day weekend approaches, Sarah and Tennille are discussing ways that attitudes and actions of mothers can directly impact the self-esteem of their daughters- and they give practical tips for raising strong, confident girls.
Ag Cast: UT Southern, Ag Connection
The UT system has its first new campus in half a century. The college formerly known as Martin Methodist is now "UT Southern," and could agriculture -- a huge part of the region's identity - soon be part of the academics there?
Bringing It Home: Taking Your Household Dollars the Distance
Two types of expenses- fixed and variable- hit our pockets each month. This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing ways to save some cash on each type.
Bringing It Home: Taking Your Grocery Dollars the Distance
Feeding the family costs a lot more these days- but there are simple strategies that can help you stretch your food dollars! This week, Sarah and Tennille chat with UT Specialist Natalie Owens about how to keep food on the table for less money.
Bringing It Home: Taking Your Vacation Dollars the Distance
The cost of taking a vacation is at an all-time high. This week, Sarah and Tennille are planning their summer adventures- and plotting to save money on every mile of the journey!
Bringing It Home: Taking Your Fuel Dollars the Distance
The inflated cost of a fill-up has most of us feeling some gas station anxiety. This week, Sarah and Tennille chat with Megan Cooper, AAA Spokesperson, about ways to use less fuel on the road and visit the pump less often.
Ag Cast - 75th Tennessee 4-H Congress
2022 marks the 75th year for Tennessee 4-H Congress - where young people learn about our government. We hear from delegates past and present in this edition.
Bringing it Home: Preventing Falls
Falls are not a natural part of getting older. In fact, there are things that can be done at any age to reduce our chances of falling, and calm our fears of falling. Dr. Lisa Washburn, UT Extension Specialist in Community Health, joins Sarah and Tennille for a chat about staying on our feet.
Bringing it Home: Summer Expenses
Spring has arrived! As temperatures are rising, so are the prices of EVERYTHING. This week, Sarah and Tennille are making a list of expenses they need to prepare for as the days continue to heat up.
Bringing It Home: Lighten Up!
Now that it's going to be lighter outside for longer, Sarah and Tennille are thinking it should be lighter in the kitchen too! They are discussing easy tips for making your recipes a bit healthier- without sacrificing the taste.
Bringing it Home: What Mindfulness is NOT
Mindfulness is a concept that is becoming more popular, but what are the truths and myths about it? This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss the things that mindfulness is NOT, and what the limitations are.
Ag Cast - "Owning Life"
UT Extension helps young adults learn the skills they'll soon need to navigate this world - career advice, and money management. It's a program called "Owning Life" where young people meet with business leaders and experts to learn about finances.
Bringing It Home: In Love With ME!
We spend a lot of time loving others, but we need to set aside time to love ourselves, too! This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing the benefits of deciding to "love myself", and focusing on how this process looks different for each of us.
Bringing It Home: Children's Dental Health
Give your kids a reason to smile! This week, Sarah and Tennille chat with Kristin Bodiford, RDH, about things parents can do to promote good dental habits for life... and most of these things start in early childhood.
Bringing It Home: Talk to Me! Couples & Communication
Effective communication helps to solve problems. This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing some strategies to keep couples talking and listening to each other- even when they don't see eye-to-eye.
Bringing It Home: Women's Heart Health
We wear red to spotlight the issue, but what should women really be doing every day to protect their heart health? Sarah and Tennille are getting to the "heart" of the issue with special guest Stacey Mott, FNP.
Ag Cast - Malted AG
Many Tennessee farms are getting into the alcohol, craft beer and malted liquor industries -- growing grain, corn and barley to produce these products for distillers.
Bringing it Home: Tax Talk
Tax time is upon us, and this year's filing season comes with some unique challenges. This week, Sarah and Tennille chat with Joey Geter, CPA, about all things taxes.
Bringing It Home: Save Your Energy!
The price of home energy has increased, and many people are feeling "sticker shock" as they open their bills. This week, Sarah and Tennille are listing ways to bring down the cost of keeping the lights on.
Bringing It Home: Prepare to Be Sick!
Illness hits all of us at some point. Not having the things we need makes us feel even worse! This week, Sarah and Tennille are preparing to be sick... while they feel well.
Bringing It Home: I Can Change!
Sarah and Tennille admit that change is hard, but they share a change model that can result in permanent, positive new habits.
AgCast: UT AgResearch Beef Products in Campus Cafeterias
UT AgResearch is now providing beef products to Knoxville campus cafeterias from cattle grown at its Northeast Research and Education Center in Greenville. Experts talk here about how this is a great deal for all involved within the UT system.
AgCast: UT Extension Tips for dealing with high inflation
We're all dealing with high prices for food and gas -- inflation at double digit rates these days. UT Extension experts offer tips for getting more for your dollar.
Bringing It Home: And Just Like That... 2022 is Here!
Sarah and Tennille are back for Year 4 of their weekly podcast, determined to drop the habit of procrastination. Don't put off listening to this episode for another minute! Your 2022 goals await you.
Bringing It Home: 2021 Year in Review
Sarah and Tennille wrap up Year 3 of their weekly podcast by making a big announcement, and they discuss holiday plans and traditions.
Bringing it Home: Managing Holiday Grief
It's a festive time of year, but grief can limit our holiday cheer. This week, Sarah and Tennille are joined by UT Extension's Dr. Heather Sedges to discuss ways to manage different types of seasonal grief.
Tennessee Farm to Family: A Tennessee Tradition-Country Hams
In this episode, we visit with Michael Murphy of Clifty Farms to learn more about country hams and what makes them taste so good!
Bringing it Home: Package Protection Day
Now that they have scored the online deals, Sarah and Tennille are trying to keep their purchases out of the hands of thieves. Wednesday is National Package Protection Day.
Tennessee Farm to Family: Fresh From the Farm Christmas Trees
In this episode, we find out all that goes into growing the Christmas tree that makes your holiday complete.
Bringing it Home: Smart Internet Shopping
Online shopping can help you score some great deals, but it can also put you at risk if you don’t do it safely. This week, Sarah and Tennille reveal their strategies for smart internet shopping… and the “must haves” on their Thanksgiving plates.
Tennessee Farm to Family: Know Your Beef
In this episode, we're putting on our foodie hats to explore the amazing beef options for our plates.
Tennessee Farm to Family: Supply Chain Explained
In this episode we find out how COVID-19 affected the agricultural supply chain.
Bringing it Home: Fast Food Frenzy!
Drive-thru windows are likely here to stay. Before your next pickup- Sarah and Tennille have some ideas for making your fast food meal a bit better for your health.
Ag Cast: Extension History in Pandemics
UT Extension has been active during COVID, teaching many classes virtually. But Extension also delivered programming a century ago, during the Spanish Flu. We visit Chattanooga, where history repeats itself.
Bringing it Home: Chicken Noodle Soup
Few things warm our hearts and bodies like a bowl of chicken noodle soup. This week, Sarah and Tennille observe “Chicken Soup for the Soul Day” by discussing simple activities that can renew the mind and spirit.
Bringing it Home: Aging
Your Halloween might have been scary, but getting older shouldn’t be. This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss ways that aging has changed- and why being in their 40s is causing them no fear.
Step Outside: Identifying Habitat Needs of Female Tri-Colored Bats
In this episode, we speak with PhD student Ash Cable about her research to identify habitat needs of female tri-colored bats and to determine if this species is being affected by environmental contaminants.
AgCast: Stay Strong Waverly
A UT Extension exercise program where seniors gain strength was helpful in a tragic time recently in one Tennessee town. Waverly saw a devastating flood where a number of people were killed. In this episode of AgCast, Charles Denney shares the story of how one woman was able to survive.
Bringing it Home: Is Lead Lurking in Your Home?
Do you know all of the places where LEAD could be lurking in your home- and possibly harming your children? This week, Sarah and Tennille get advice from UT Extension Specialist Bonnie Hinds on where it is and what to do about it.
Tennessee Farm to Family; Cotton Standard Trial Program
In this episode we learn about the cotton standard trial program.
Bringing it Home: Adopting a Dog?
Many people consider a doggy addition for a holiday gift to children. This week, Sarah and Tennille are joined by Whitney Owen, Director of Animal Services for the City of Jackson, TN, to think through the process- and to discuss why adopting a shelter dog might be a good option.
Tennessee Farm to Family: Inside the Candy Wrapper
In this episode, Extension agents Tracey Sullivan and Mitch Pigue take a peek behind the candy wrapper to find out how your favorite sweet treat is connected to the farm.
Bringing it Home: Fall Fire Hazards
“Fall” and “fire” should not go hand in hand, but often they do. This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing several fire hazards that are specific to fall- and listing ways to reduce the risk.
Bringing it Home: National 4-H Week
This is National 4-H Week! Sarah and Tennille are celebrating with Tonya Bain, 4-H Agent in Crockett County. They discuss 4-H benefits, history, and more!
Tennessee Farm to Family: It’s Pumpkin Season!
Bringing it Home: Decluttering
Bringing it Home: Bucket Lists
Bringing it Home: Better Breakfasts
Tennessee Farm to Family: Share the Road
As harvest time approaches, you might see more farm equipment out on the road. In this episode, we'll tell about farm safety and ways that both you and farmers can stay safe on the road.
Bringing it Home: Food Safety
COVID numbers are high again, and many people are getting their food in non-traditional ways. Janie Burney from UT Extension joins Sarah and Tennille to discuss ways to keep food safe during the ongoing pandemic. September is National Food Safety Education Month.
Tennessee Farm to Family: AgResearch
Did you know that science and agriculture go hand in hand? In this episode, Extension Agent Lindsey Stevenson visits with Scott Stewart and Blake Brown, directors of the West Tennessee and Milan AgResearch and Education Centers to learn how science and agriculture benefit everyone.
Step Outside: Investigating Tennessee’s Arboreta
PhD student Jillian Gorrell is planning to distribute surveys to arboreta managers across the state to collect data on best practices.Learn the many ins and outs of arboreta management and the importance of protecting and supporting these natural assets.
Bringing it Home; Christmas Countdown
The countdown is on… to Santa’s arrival, of course! This week, Sarah and Tennille are deciding which tasks can be done now to reduce stress during the holiday season.
Tennessee Farm to Family: Meet the Farmer
In this episode, Tennessee Extension agents introduce us to the Grills, a multi-generational farm family who give us a "behind the scenes" look into the business of the family farm.
Bringing it Home: Reducing Food Waste
The cost of groceries is rising fast! This week, Sarah and Tennille are exploring ways to reduce food waste as a way to keep more dollars in the family budget.
Tennessee Farm to Family: Fall Vegetable Gardening
It's not too early to start thinking about a fall vegetable garden! In this episode, UT Extension Agents, Celeste Scott and Lee Simmons share tips and tricks to make your garden a success
AgCast: Hardeman Healthy Outreach
Some rural communities in Tennessee have only a few grocery stores selling healthy foods and places where people can exercise. In this episode of AgCast, Charles Denney tells us about how UT Extension is working to improve access to healthy foods and exercise opportunities.
Step Outside: They Speak For the Trees
Did you know that the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries manages the Tennessee Champion Tree Program? Tune in to learn about our state’s largest trees from the program’s student leaders.
Bringing it Home: National Sandwich Month
Sarah and Tennille are discussing possible upgrades… to their sandwiches. National Sandwich Month is a great time to figure out how to make this lunch staple healthier and more exciting for the family!
Tennessee Farm to Family: GMO Mythbusting
Why and when did GMO become a dirty word? In this episode, we separate fact from fiction
Bringing it Home: Coronasomnia
Bringing it Home: Coronasomnia
As kids head back to crowded classrooms, their immune systems will need a boost! This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss practical ways to help protect our kids from common illnesses- and protect ourselves, too.
Tennessee Farm to Family
Welcome to the first episode of Tennessee Farm to Family, where we talk about all things agriculture!! Let our team of Tennessee Extension Agents bring the farm to your family.
Penny Pinchin' in the Kitchen: Farmer's Market Week
This episode is all about farmer's markets. Whether you sell at a farmer's market, or just enjoy fresh produce from the farm to your table, this episode is for you!
Some rural counties in Tennessee have only a few grocery stores selling healthy foods and few places to exercise. UT Extension is working to improve access to healthy foods and exercise in a program that includes some ambitious changes for a community. In this episode of "AgCast," Charles Denney tells us about the H2O Program and its goals for future heath.
Bringing it Home: Crowded Classrooms
As kids head back to crowded classrooms, their immune systems will need a boost! This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss practical ways to help protect our kids from common illnesses- and protect ourselves, too.
Bringing it Home: Back to School
As schools begin to open their doors again, Sarah and Tennille chat with Twyla King, a Guidance Counselor with Haywood County Schools, to discuss steps that parents can take to make the transition back to school a smooth one.
Bringing it Home: The Skin We're In
Our largest organ- our skin- is often ignored. This week, Sarah and Tennille chat with Charlene Talley, Cosmetologist and Spa Owner, to get the scoop on having clearer, younger-looking skin for the lifespan.
Bringing it Home: Advance Child Tax Credit
Advance Child Tax Credit payments will begin reaching families this month. Sarah and Tennille have a conversation with Dr. Ann Berry, Consumer Economics Specialist at UT Extension, to help parents get their questions answered about receiving these funds.
Bringing it Home: Vaccine Q&A
Sarah and Tennille recently sat for a COVID-19 vaccine Q & A with Kim Tedford, Regional Director of the Jackson-Madison County Health Department. Discussion topics include variant strains of the disease; vaccinations for children; back-to-school masking considerations; and much more.
AgCast: Home Buyer Education
The Tennessee housing market has been chaotic during the pandemic – with a short supply of properties for sale.
Buyers need critical information before making their purchase, and UT Extension offers home buyer education that helps with the process.
In this episode of AgCast, Charles Denney has more on a special recognition for this program, and its impact on a community.
Sit a Spell: Tsali Notch
In this episode, Meagen and Crystal visit Tsali Notch in Monroe County TN. Its a longer episode but worth your listen as we talk to J.D. Dalton about the largest commercial muscadine vineyard in TN , Tsali Notch and discuss agriculture industry and the work that goes into great Appalachian products.
Bringing it Home: Proper Food Preservation
Sit a Spell: Richy Kreme Donuts
Join Meagen and Crystal as they visit a local favorite, Richy Kreme Donuts, and talk about heritage and traditions and a couple of other "sweet" surprises!
Bringing it Home: Dietary Guidelines
Healthier eating should never be complicated. That’s why Sarah and Tennille called in Dr. Kristen Johnson, Assistant Professor and Nutrition Specialist with UT Extension, to break down the Dietary Guidelines for Americans into simple tips for daily eating.
Bringing it Home: Cooking for Him
For Fathers’ Day, Sarah and Tennille are thinking about providing a special meal for “him”. This week, they are discussing some health concerns specific to men and ways to feed the dads accordingly this weekend.
UT Southern Info Session
This is the audio portion of the informational session on the latest campus addition to the UT System, UT Southern in Pulaski, TN. Our special guest is Linda Martin, UT System vice president for academic affairs and student success.
Bringing it Home: Post Pandemic Fashions
For many, it’s time to put the ultra-comfy clothing away and get appropriately dressed again. This week, Sarah and Tennille are joined by Rachel Erwin, FCS Extension Agent from Lauderdale County, to discuss some important aspects of post-pandemic fashions.
Step Outside: Cooling Down Safety City
Walker Fowler discusses his master's project to help create a tree canopy at Safety City, Knoxville's miniature learning center for pedestrian safety.
Bringing it Home: National Home Buying Month
The housing market has been unpredictable since the pandemic started- and Sarah and Tennille need advice about their buying and selling options. Principal Real Estate Broker Tara Joyner joins the conversation to help them understand where the market stands today.
Bringing it Home: Safe Swimming
Sarah and Tennille are ready to hit the pool! Before they dive in, they are chatting with swimming instructor Alyssa Ifantis about teaching infants to swim and keeping everyone safe in the water.
AgCast: Dr. Bill Dance
He’s been a Tennessee fan for decades, and now the university is recognizing perhaps the best-known outdoorsman in the state’s history with an honorary degree. UT’s Herbert College of Agriculture recognized bass master Bill Dance at its recent graduation. You can now call him, Dr. Dance. In this episode of AgCast, Charles Denney talks with the fishing legend about the catch of a lifetime.
Bringing it Home: Blood Pressure Month
The pressure is on… to get your blood pressure under control! This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing ways to battle or avoid high blood pressure with a few simple lifestyle changes.
Bringing it Home: Revenge Travel
If you’re ready for a post-pandemic getaway, you’re not alone. This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing “revenge travel” and the steps that people can take to stay safe and save dollars this summer.
UTIA Fireside Chat: The Service Awards Episode
In this special episode of UTIA's Fireside Chat, we recognize those who've served the Institute for 25+ years.
Bringing it Home: ACEs
Children are our future! This week, Sarah and Tennille are joined by Nicole Newman from Le Bonheur’s Children Medical Center to discuss “ACEs”- and why parents, teachers, and others need to know about them.
AgCast: Mini Employees
It could be a new, forward-thinking way to be efficient – staffing an office with people with specialized skills for just a few hours a week. In this episode of "AgCast," Charles Denney visits a middle Tennessee UT Extension office using a new way to increase services and community outreach.
Sit a Spell: Ramp Tramp Festival
Meagen and Crystal are on the road at the Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival. Grab a glass of sweet tea and Sit a Spell as we talk about our heritage.
Bringing it Home: Make Every Day Earth Day
Every day can be Earth Day when you choose to “reuse” before you recycle. This week, Sarah and Tennille explore this concept and share ideas for using household items more than once.
UTIA Fireside Chat: April 23rd, 2021
UTIA Fireside Chat with Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor, Tim Cross. This episode's special guest is UT System President, Randy Boyd, who shares his vision for the One UT initiative.
Penny Pinchin' in the Kitchen: Spring "Green" Cleaning
In this episode, the crew tells us how we can do our spring cleaning the "green" way.
Sit a Spell: Meet Mr. Benton
Season 2 kicking off the Great Tennessee Appalachian Road Show starts with a true legend and one of our favorite products to come out of Appalachia, Mr. Alan Benton of Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams.
Bringing it Home: Kids and Money
Kids are often left out of the family’s conversations about saving money. This week, Sarah and Tennille are bringing the kids in- with help from UT Extension Consumer Economics Specialist Dr. Chris Sneed.
Sit a Spell: Get Ready for Season Two!
Find out what the gang has in store for season two of "Sit a Spell."
Bringing it Home: National Child Abuse Prevention Month
This is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This week, Sarah and Tennille have an engaging conversation with Megan Gaylord, Program Supervisor for Youth Villages, about the role that parents can play in protecting their children from certain types of child abuse. Please note: This dialogue contains content meant for adult ears.
UTIA Fireside Chat, April 9th, 2021
Monthly Fireside Chat with UTIA Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor, Tim Cross. This month's special guest is Dr. Mary-Margaret Fill, deputy state epidemiologist with the Tennessee Department of Health. Dr. Fill will provide updates on the statewide vaccination effort to fight COVID-19 and answer questions regarding upcoming phases for vaccine eligibility.
Sit a Spell: Gift Ideas
Check out the gang as they do a parody of their favorite SNL skit. It's a recording for the ages!
Bringing it Home: Clean Sheets
Before you climb into bed tonight, Sarah and Tennille want to talk to you about your sheets. They might need a little more attention. Find out more on this week’s “Bringing it Home” episode.
Sit a Spell: So, You Want to Start a Cannery?
Joined by Bradley County Mayor, Gary Davis, the crew asks about starting a cannery/commercial kitchen facility. Mayor Davis provides insight from his position. Meagen and Crystal share their perspective as their counties are looking at plans for long term opportunities. Come sit a spell!
Bringing it Home: Grocery Etiquette
Sarah and Tennille end March with a few gripes (and a few giggles) as they discuss the need for better etiquette at the grocery store.
Sit a Spell: Apple Butter
The gang is back together and better than ever! Join us as we knock off the rust and jump into apple butter. You'll hear a few jabs thrown in the mix, because why not?
Bringing it Home: Get Garden Ready
The days are getting longer, and Sarah and Tennille want to use this extra daylight to get garden-ready. This week, they are chatting with Celeste Scott, Extension Agent in Madison County, to find out what tasks can be done now to get things growing.
Penny Pinchin' in the Kitchen: Fresh, Frozen, Canned.
Which is best, fresh, frozen or canned? The Penny Pinchin' in the Kitchen team has the inside scoop!
AgCast: Rural Broadband
In the midst of the pandemic, internet use has perhaps never been more critical. But parts of rural Tennessee have problems with limited broadband access – an issue UT’s Institute of Agriculture is working to improve.
Sit a Spell: Facebook Live Fun!
We went live on Facebook with Food Safety Specialist for UT Extension, Dr. Janie Burney! Check out the fun!
Bringing it Home: The Green Episode
It’s Daylight Savings week, and Sarah and Tennille are discussing green foods; sharing little known St. Patrick’s Day facts; and trying to forget about losing an hour of sleep. It’s the GREEN episode!
Step Outside: Describing Structural Complexity of a Forest with LiDAR
In this episode, MS student Bret Elgersma tells us about his research using LiDAR on an experimental oak-pine plantation to capture data on the forest's structural complexity and composition.