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Agricultural technology advancements topic of event

Farmers and landowners from Carter, Unicoi and Washington counties recently had the opportunity to learn about the advancements of agricultural technologies.
Individuals were invited to meet at Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens on March 17 for the 2015 Appalachian Fencing School sponsored by the Unicoi County Soil Conservation District.
“The program is for all landowners who wanted to participate,” said Greg Quillen, Unicoi County NRCS-District Conservationist. “Essentially, with new technology of fencing on agricultural land, a lot of people are not aware of it. So today we’re actually getting to spend the day educating people about grazing, installing new fence and, we’ll actually build fences with this technology.”
The school was a day long event that featured guest speakers from NRCS, Gallagher Animal Management, American Natural, Farm Bureau, Stay-Tuff Fencing and an area specialist in farm management from the University of Tennessee. Each speaker spent time discussing their specific field. Topics included grazing of land, farm construction, legality of a built fence and farm insurance.
The attendants took to the top of a hill on the farm to view and participate in fence construction from Proffitt’s Fencing.
“This is an important event for everyone here,” Quillen also said. “There is a lot of cost saving involved with the new type of fence construction. Thirty years ago, we built fences totally different. The post bracings were a lot closer and with this new technology, price per foot is cheaper and it provides a 30-year fence.”
Multiple businesses helped contribute to the event, including the UT Extension of Unicoi County, Clinch Powell Resource Conservation and the Washington County Farmer’s Co-op.
“We had a lot of support from businesses today,” Quillen said. “Tractor Supply in Erwin, even though they’re sort of newer to the area, were also an incredible help to this event today.”