UTIAgAug 06, 2021
Bringing it Home: Let's Wrap!
Wrapping gifts can be stressful, or it can be fun! This week, Sarah and Tennille are strategizing to get the presents wrapped and under the tree while keeping their holiday spirit intact.
Bringing it Home: This or That?
As Sarah and Tennille get ready for the holiday, they learn fun facts about each other by playing "This or That"...Thanksgiving edition.
Culture & Agriculture Ep. 8: Internship Program
The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center has one of the most successful ag-based internships in the state. Today, we talk with Charles Munga about his experience in the program while working with row crop physiologist Dr. Avat Shekoofa.
For more information on signing up for the program, contact Heather Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step Outside: MS student Ashley Epstein on Eastern Red Bat Winter Roost Selection in Tennessee
Ashley Epstein started this research in October 2021 after being approached by The Nature Conservancy about Eastern Red Bat conservation.
Bringing it Home: Holiday Eating with Diabetes
The arrival of the holiday season means that plenty of food will be served! This week, Sarah and Tennille share strategies to help people with diabetes stay attentive to their health as they navigate the celebrations.
Culture & Agriculture Ep. 7: Corn and Soybean Updates
Today, Jake McNeal, corn and soybean specialist for UTIA, shares the latest developments in row crop research that has the potential to improve yield for farmers.
Bringing it Home: Affording Your Friends
Socializing can get expensive, but finances shouldn't destroy friendships. This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss ways to stay connected to friends when money is tight.
Step Outside: MS student Dawson Rader on Swainson's warblers in the Appalachian Mountains
Episode 25 of the Step Outside podcast
TN Farm to Family - Is Organic Better?
Organic foods are often praised for being healthier, but are there any added benefits to justify their higher cost? Today, we tackle the myths behind organic foods, helping you make smarter decisions at the grocery store.
The Spooky Episode - Southern Myths & More
Our hosts discuss old wives tales and other lore passed down through the generations. Some agriculture related - some not.
Bringing it Home: Fun with Family Literacy
There are so many genres of book- even spooky ones. This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss ways to build strong literacy skills in your child while having plenty of fun along the way.
Bringing it Home: Boosting Immunity Naturally
Fall & winter days mean more illnesses being passed around indoors. This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss some things we can do to prepare our bodies for the battle against becoming sick.
Bringing it Home: Evaluate Your Life
"Evaluate Your Life Day" is a chance to search for improvements in how you live daily. This week, Sarah and Tennille do some self-reflection in hopes of becoming better versions of themselves.
TN Farm to Family - Myths About Meat
Bringing it Home: Cooking Without Fires
Many home fires are linked to cooking. During this Fire Prevention Week episode, Sarah and Tennille chat with Jeremy Channel, an Assistant Fire Chief, about preventing and responding to kitchen fires.
Bringing it Home: Why We Don't Walk
There is a list of valid reasons why many people don't walk for exercise. This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss these reasons- and ways to address some of the barriers.
Bringing it Home: Choosing the Right Grains
A grain is a grain... or is it? This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss the benefits of choosing to eat whole grains more often.
Bringing it Home: Babies (and Kids) on Board!
When it's time to hit the road, are you certain that your young children are safely secured in the vehicle? This week, Sarah and Tennille are getting answers to common car seat and booster seat questions from Khala Hoyle and Alexus Jimmerson from the Jackson-Madison County Health Department.
Step Outside: PhD student Ash Cable on Belize study abroad program
Episode 24 Cable served as a co-instructor on the July 2023 study abroad program, Tropical Ecology, Conservation and Field Methods in Belize.
Bringing it Home: Don't Be Late!
If you find yourself often being tardy to the party (or to the workplace), you are part of the 20% of Americans that regularly run late. This week, Sarah and Tennille are listing ways to increase your odds of being on time.
Bringing It Home: More Productive Labor
Finding it hard to focus at work? This week, Sarah and Tennille are sharing some practices that can help you make the most of your time spent on the clock.
Bringing it Home: Financial Moves for Fall
As we start to anticipate football weather, we need to prepare to make some financial moves. This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss ways to get ahead of the calendar by making a few smart money choices this fall.
TN Farm to Family - Food Prices
Meet our team of UT-TSU Extension professionals as they discuss factors affecting food prices and learn more about how your food is produced.
Ag Cast - Well-Connected Communities
UT Extension works in three rural Tennessee counties - Grundy, Meigs and Pickett - to offer healthy living opportunities for people there, including walking trails, gardening and healthy foods. If it's well-connected, it's also well-deserved.
Bringing it Home: An Organized Family
Work, school, and extra activities can keep household members moving in many different directions! This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss methods for keeping everyone on the same page.
AgCast - Skunk Junk
It's an active time for skunks in Tennessee. Experts at UTIA offer tips for dealing with skunks, and perhaps avoiding a smelly encounter for you or your pets.
Bringing it Home: Stocking Your Pantry
It's a great time to stock your pantry, while most groceries are tax-free in Tennessee! This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss items that can be added to your shopping cart to get you ready for the weeks ahead.
Culture & Agriculture Ep. 6: Turf Grass Management
Your lawn is one of the first things people see when they arrive at your home. But how do you keep your grass lush and green? Kim Brown, UT turf grass Extension specialist, provides valuable tips for maintaining your lawn this summer.
Step Outside: Adam Taylor on being in Finland for Fulbright Program
Wood Products Extension Specialist and School of Natural Resources Professor Adam Taylor shares his experience researching in Finland through the Fulbright Program.
Bringing it Home: Driving Around The Details
As we drive around town, we might be sharing information that makes our families easy targets for criminals. This week, Sarah and Tennille share tips to keep the back-to-school commute safer.
Bringing It Home: Returning Home After Graduation
More high school and college graduates find themselves living at home with their parents. This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss specific topics that require open communication from both parties in order to keep home life peaceful.
Culture & Agriculture Ep. 5: The History of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center
The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center has been impacting the community for over a hundred years. But how has it changed throughout its history? Join us as we talk with Bob Hayes, former center director and weed specialist, who bore witness to over 40 years of UTIA's impact on West Tennessee.
Culture & Agriculture Ep. 4: Research Could Improve Soybean Yield
Every soybean farmer wants to improve their end-of-season yield. Join us as we talk with Avat Shekoofa, researcher in the UT Department of Plant Sciences, as we discuss how state-of-the-art scientific tools are being used to identify and resolve problems affecting soybean production.
Bringing it Home: Water Works for Kids
Many adults commit to drinking more water during the summer, but the kids are often left to binge on sugary drinks. This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss creative ways to increase the amount of water your children are drinking.
Culture and Agriculture Ep. 3: Soybean Diseases and Available Resources
Soybean diseases are a common occurrence for large scale producers, and early identification is essential to ensure a good end-of-season yield. Dr. Heather Kelly, professor with the UT Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and the UT field crops pathologist, offers solutions for identifying and treating soybean diseases in West Tennessee.
Check out Dr. Kelly's blog entry on soybean diseases here.
For more information on upcoming field days, check out this blog post.
Bringing it Home: Teens in Cars
Getting a license to drive is a rite of passage for young people- but do you know that this week is part of the "deadliest 100 days" for teen drivers? This week, Sarah and Tennille discuss how parents can support safety behind the wheel.
Bringing it Home: Feelin' Like The Fourth
This week, Sarah and Tennille are kicking off the second half of the year by discussing their favorite Independence Day memories and traditions.
Bringing it Home: Think Like a Fit Person
Are you on track with your 2023 health & fitness goals? This week, Sarah and Tennille are doing a mid-year check-in, and discussing how changing our thinking could lead to changes in our daily habits.
Culture & Agriculture Ep. 2: Fire Ant Control
Fire ants are a common sight in Tennessee, showing up in lawns, school yards, parks, athletic fields, and golf courses. But how do you get rid of them? Join us as we talk with Kim Brown, UT Extension specialist, about the most effective way to eliminate these painful pests.
Bringing it Home: Multigenerational Travel
When the extended family comes together for a vacation, great memories can be made! This week, Sarah and Tennille are discussing the details involved in planning a successful trip with members of different generations.
Bringing it Home: Finding Families
As Father's Day approaches, Sarah and Tennille are focusing on children who rely on foster families for care. This week, they chat with Donna Goodman of Youth Villages about ways the public can get involved in supporting the needs of these children.
Culture & Agriculture Ep. 1: Pesticide Resistance in No-Till Agriculture
Today we sit down with Dr. Larry Steckel, row crop weed scientist and professor with the UT Department of Plant Sciences, to discuss an increasing trend of pesticide resistance in common field weeds. Running out of effective options for weed control and burn down, Larry offers solutions for managing unwanted plants in your fields to ensure no-till agriculture can continue in our region.
Bringing It Home: Water Water Everywhere!
Pools, lakes, rivers, and oceans are all filling up with people anxious to welcome summer! This week, Sarah and Tennille are observing "World Ocean Day" by discussing steps to take for an enjoyable time at whichever body of water you choose to visit.
AgCast - Stream Mitigation at Lone Oaks 4-H Youth Development Center
The new 4-H center for West Tennessee - Lone Oaks Farm in Hardeman County - now includes a stream mitigation project where a straight ditch is now a man-made, curving stream. It's better for the environment and 4-Hers can also learn the science of stream mitigation.
AgCast - Robotic Milking
UT AgResearch now has robotic milking technology at its Little River Dairy Unit in Blount County - and the cows there seem to have taken a liking to it.
Bringing it Home: Steakhouse Etiquette
A visit to an upscale restaurant can be a fun treat for a special occasion! This week, Sarah and Tennille are sharing etiquette tips for fancier meals- and admitting to the ones that they have violated.
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.