Organic Research

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David M. Butler
Associate Professor
Organic agriculture and agroecology

Michael E. Essington
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

Shasta L. Hubbs
Extension Assistant I
Coordinator of Farm-to-Market program

Sindhu Jagadamma
Assistant Professor
Soil Management

Groups and Facilities

(2 mentions)

Protected Agriculture 
From hydroponics to organic raised beds, from computer-controlled greenhouses to simple rain shelters.

(1 mention)

UTIA Greenhouses 
High tech facilities help support agricultural research


Organic Crops Field Tour, 10/26/2017

Organic Crops Field Tour, 10/23/2014



UTIA/MTSU Partnership Establishes Organic Forage Cropping Systems, 3/8/2018

AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2017 UTIA Luncheon, 11/8/2017

Five Things You Didn't Know about the AgResearch and Education Center at Milan, 10/14/2016

Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016

Five Things You Didnít Know about the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 2/25/2016

Spring 2016 Upcoming Events, 2/15/2016

Researchers Win $1.8M USDA Grant to Study Organic Dairy Production, 11/6/2015


(4 mentions)

Organic Vegetables 
The earth provides the foods we eat -- including healthy vegetables. UT researchers are studying how best to grow these crops, and part of that work involves organic farming.


Recent Publications

Analysis of the effects of four forage mixtures designed for Tennessee and Kentucky organic dairy systems.  Bailey, H.R.  2019.  M.S. Thesis.

Total and Active Soil Organic Carbon from Long-term Agricultural Management Practices in West Tennessee Jagadamma, S., M. E. Essington, S. Xu, and X. Yin.  2019.  Agricultural & Environmental Letters, 4:180062.

Opposite influences of mineral-associated and dissolved organic matter on the transport of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles through soil and aggregates Xu, S., X. J. Chen, and J. Zhuang.  2019.  Environmental Research, 171, 153-160.

Associations Between Fish and Benthic Macroinvertebrate Biotic Integrity and Non-Point Source Pollution Estimates in the Nolichucky River Watershed.  Alford, J. B., and H. S. Gotwald.  2018.  Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science. [Abstract]

Factors Influencing Organic and Fair Trade Coffee Growers Level of Engagement with Cooperatives: The Case of Coffee Farmers in Mexico Arana-Coronado, J.J., C. Trejo-Pech, M. Velandia, and J. Peralta-Jimenez.  2018.  Journal of International Food & Agribusiness Marketing.

Analysis of the Effects of Four Forage Mixtures Designed for Tennessee and Kentucky Organic Dairy Systems.  Bailey, H. R.  2018.  M.S. Thesis.

Effects of pasture quality on feed efficiency and production or organic dairy cows in the southeastern United States.  Bailey, H.R., D. M. Butler, G. E. Bates, G. M. Pighetti, P. D. Krawczel, S. R. Smith, K. Mercier, D. McIntosh, and A. Rius.  2018.  Journal of Dairy Science, 101:12.

The Influence Herbaceous Vegetation on Ectomycorrhizal Root Colonization and Nutrient Uptake.  Bauman, J., and J. A. Franklin.  2018.  Proceedings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, St. Louis, MO, June 3-7, 2018. [Abstract]

W661 Conventional and Organic Product Overview for Home Vegetable Gardeners in Tennessee Bumgarner, N. R., Z. R. Hansen, and K. M. Vail.  2018.  UT Extension.

Identifying factors associated with lying behavior and mastitis in organic dairy cows.  Couture, V.  2018.  M.S. Thesis.

Effect of Management System on the Lying Behavior of Organic Dairy Cows.  Couture, V. L., P. D. Krawczel, R. Smith, L. Schneider, A. Rius, and G. M. Pighetti.  2018.  Proceedings American Dairy Science Association.

Factors affecting lying behavior of grazing dairy cows in organic systems.  Couture, V.L., P. D. Krawczel, S. R. Smith, L. Schneider, A. Rius, and G. M. Pighetti.  2018.  Proc. 52nd Congress of the International Society of Applied Ethology., Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Canada.