UTIA’s Milan AgResearch and Education Center continues to lead the region, nation, and world in no-till innovation and cropping systems. But the future of that work could be in jeopardy if the university were to lose critical acreage that has been leased for over 40 years from the U.S. Army at the former Milan Army Ammunition Plant Facility (MAAP).

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What began as a demonstration to a handful of local farmers has grown into a globally recognized center for innovation in no-till cropping systems. Since the late 1970’s, the University of Tennessee at its Milan facility has pioneered some of the greatest technological breakthroughs in agricultural research, resulting in major advances in soil conservation, water quality, and farm efficiency.

Much of the work in Milan has been possible thanks to land leased from the U.S. Army (MAAP) – which comprises over 60 percent of UT’s footprint in Milan.  In recent years, however, UT’s future use of that land has become uncertain as the Army has ceased production on the MAAP facility and is ultimately expected to surplus the property.  UT has asked the Army to consider transferring the leased property to the University, and is seeking the support of our local stakeholders, agriculture industry partners, and elected officials in this effort.

Use the form below to contact members of the Tennessee Congressional Delegation to express your support of this effort.  Advocates are encouraged to personalize their messages for even greater impact.

Additional Resources: View the UT Commission on Agriculture‘s resolution of support here.