Nashville, TN – Farmers markets: they’re not just for cities, anymore.
Tennessee’s farmers markets are popping up everywhere—even in the heart of Tennessee farm lands. You’d think that in areas where many in the community still farm and grow gardens, the farmers market concept wouldn’t get much traction, but in fact, it’s in small towns and rural communities that most new farmers markets are showing up. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Nearly two hundred tiny, green, live horses are currently crossing the state of Tennessee. A map of the state of Tennessee, that is.
The Pick Tennessee Products website, www.PickTnProducts.org, is now host to a “live” equine resources map that links visitors directly to 196 different equine hot spots from one end of the state to the other.
Purple Beetle Traps Going Up in Ash Trees
Nashville, TN – Purple three-sided insect traps that resemble a box kite can be seen in ash trees across Tennessee in the next few months as part of a surveillance program by state and federal agencies.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA, APHIS) and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) are partnering to survey for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a non-native, wood-boring beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the eastern United States and Canada.
Nashville, TN – “Eat local” isn’t just a buzzword referring to the growing trend of consumers buying locally-grown foods. Consumers benefit by receiving fresh foods from local growers while sales benefit local farmers, businesses and economies.
Local foods are the focus of this year’s Tennessee Food Safety Task Force Annual Seminar hosted by the Tennessee Departments of Health and Agriculture. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – As the weather slowly warms, many Tennesseans are sprucing up their outdoor property. Because these maintenance efforts often include the burning of limbs, lumber and other debris, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants the public to be aware of outdoor-burning safety precautions.
“Negligent outdoor burning can lead to death, injury, property loss and environmental damage,” says State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Care must be taken to ensure that burnings are conducted safely.” «Read the rest of this article»
Voluntary Program aimed at farmed deer, elk and other cervidae
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is launching a voluntary Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Herd Certification Program aimed at preventing the disease in farmed deer, elk and other cervidae in the state.
“Chronic Wasting Disease is a transmissible disease of cervidae that causes weight loss and eventual death of the infected animal,” said assistant state veterinarian Sara Clariday, DVM. “Although the disease has not been diagnosed in Tennessee, we want to work with captive cervidae owners to prevent the introduction of this disease, which could have a severe economic impact on producers in our state.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Springtime cold snaps make strawberry lovers quake in their boots over the quantity and quality of the crop. Fortunately, Tennessee’s strawberry growers report that, if anything, the weather so far has only benefitted the burgeoning berries.
“All fruits sweeten best in hot, sunny weather,” says Pamela Bartholomew, marketing specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, “but Tennessee’s cool, wet spring has actually prolonged the growing process. The cold has thinned out some strawberries, but that’s actually a good thing, too, since the remaining berries will get a bigger share of their plant’s nourishment. It all adds up to a great crop!”
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These federal funds are granted to enhance production and competitiveness of specialty crops, which include fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts and nursery crops including floriculture.
The grants are authorized through the federal Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 and are administered by TDA. «Read the rest of this article»
Risk of human Salmonella infections from contact with live poultry
Nashville, TN – Cuddly baby chicks and ducks are as much a part of the Easter holiday as colored eggs and the Easter bunny. But even though they are fun to look at and kids love them, you should not give them as gifts because of the health risks involved.
Live poultry, especially baby poultry, commonly carry Salmonella germs. People can get Salmonella from contact with the birds or their environments. These germs can contaminate a bird’s body and anything in the area where they are displayed or housed, such as cages or coops.
Nashville, TN – What’s a sure sign of spring? Obviously it’s when farmers markets start gearing up for the growing season. This year Tennessee’s booming farmers markets have a new way to help each other achieve common goals and meet the challenges of helping local farmers and customers meet face to face in the marketplace: the Tennessee Association of Farmers Markets.
Farmers market managers from across the state convened during the annual Tennessee Farmers Market Conference held in January to create an official body. «Read the rest of this article»
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