UT Beef and Forage Center



The mission of the Center is to facilitate research and communication of science-based information to advance the Tennessee beef and forage industry.


The Center will function as an “information hub” serving all in the Tennessee beef and forage industries. Secondly, the Center will serve as a focal point and catalyst for research, extension, and teaching efforts related to issues facing beef and forage systems in Tennessee.


The goals of the Center are to:

- Continuously assess the informational needs of Tennessee beef producers, county educators and other clientele through active engagement,
- Facilitate the exchange of research-based information pertaining to beef and forage systems in Tennessee and the Southeast,
- Foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research to enhance Tennessee beef and forage systems,
- Promote and facilitate educational activities relevant to Tennessee beef and forage systems.

Core Principles

The Center’s core principles flow from the need to facilitate information exchange with the Tennessee beef industry, including producers, organizations and agencies, and industry-related businesses.  The term “exchange” is an important component of the Center’s principles with information being shared between all relevant parties, including through “in-coming” and “out-going” information about research needs and results.


The Center’s web site, primarily a web-based portal, will include the capability to receive questions, comments, and information from web site users. The Center will assist in coordinating and providing a team approach to research and extension activities rather than directing faculty research priorities.