Plateau AgResearch and Education Center

Equal distance from Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center includes 2,100 acres in three locations and is the site of research in beef, fruits, vegetables, field crops, and swine.

Information from our studies is used by small, part-time, family farm operations, and research data from our annual fruit and vegetable variety trials inform growers large and small in Tennessee and across the nation. We are most noted for our studies in beef, squash, muskmelons, watermelons, pumpkins, greens, cabbage, green beans, apples, blueberries, and tomatoes.

The Center operates as one of ten UT AgResearch and Education Centers across the state. We regularly host field days, Research in Progress Days, Extension meetings, school visits, and commodity group meetings. You can also contact us to schedule a tour at another time.

Cattle resting in field
Our Research
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Visitors viewing pumpkins at Pumpkin Field Day Event
Center Field Days
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UT Gardens, Crossville
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Garden Education
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Weekly Walk Through
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Research Highlights
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UT Gardens, Crossville Map Tour cover photo showing a variety of plants in bloom.
Please see the new UT Gardens, Crossville Map Tour – An online interactive map tour of The University of Tennessee, Crossville Gardens!
Attendees attend a presentation at the Program Shelter on the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center.
Our 2023 Steak and Potatoes Field Day was held August 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CDT).
The 2023 Fall Gardeners' Festival was held on August 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CDT).
Cow with Narrowleaf Sunflower

Early studies at the Center helped bring mechanical harvesting of green beans to Tennessee.