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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports Impending Cold Snap, Freeze Risk May Threaten State’s Strawberry Crop, Fruit Trees

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Tennessee’s highly anticipated strawberry crop has survived a roller coaster weather ride until now, but low temperatures, wind chill and moisture has area strawberry growers working overtime to protect the valuable berries. Generally, this year’s crop has been on schedule to be ready for first picking around the first of May.

Other fruit-bearing trees may also be affected by a hard freeze.

National Weater Service has issued a freeze watch from late Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 20's. Cold snap could threaten area Strawberry crop.

National Weater Service has issued a freeze watch from late Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 20′s. Cold snap could threaten area Strawberry crop.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Chicks and Ducks are cute, but not a good Easter Gift

 

Risk of human Salmonella infections from contact with live poultry

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, 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.

Cuddly baby chicks and ducks should not be given as gifts.

Cuddly baby chicks and ducks should not be given as gifts.

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Tennessee State Representative John Tidwell Legislative Update, April 3rd, 2014

 

Effort to eliminate daylight savings time was turned back

Tennessee State Representative - District 74Nashville, TN – Despite suggestions this bill, had widespread support across Tennessee, the State Government Committee defeated this proposal to eliminate Daylight Savings Time in Tennessee.

During discussions on the bill, various legislators raised concerns about the impact on commerce in our state, in addition to creating unnecessary confusion. In order to appease critics, an amendment was offered that would have exempted East Tennessee from the proposal, which would have created a two hour time difference in certain parts of the state.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reminds Tennesseans that Burn Permits required through May 15th, 2014

 

Record low number of fires in 2013

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – With Spring drawing near, Tennesseans begin to take advantage of the mild weather to do some outdoor work around the home or farm. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry wants to remind citizens that if they are considering doing outdoor burning, a burn permit is required.

In 2013, the Division of Forestry recorded the lowest number of wildland fires since 1927. There were a total of 639 wildfires that burned 9,033 acres (lowest burned acreage was 7,110 in 2003). Increased efforts in fire prevention and suppression contributed to this record low, and landowners getting burn permits to conduct safe debris burning played a major role in that effort. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health Restaurant Inspections help keep Tennesseans Healthy

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – There are approximately 26,000 establishments in Tennessee where food and beverages are served. Inspectors from the Tennessee Department of Health visit each location at least twice a year to make sure items are safe for consumption.

“Protecting the health of all Tennesseans is a core part of our mission,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Our regulatory role and partnership with food and beverage providers helps to prevent food-borne illnesses and is one of the invisible services we provide to people across Tennessee every day.”

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UT Extension Service offers Orchard Production 101 Workshop

 

UT Extension OfficeMontgomery County, TN – Extension agents in a nine county area of Middle Tennessee are planning an Orchard Production Workshop for small producers and homeowners. The workshop will be held at Shade Tree Farms in Adams, TN on Friday, February 28th, 2014.

The participant fee for the program is $10.00/person which includes lunch onsite. The workshop will kick off at 9:00am Central time and conclude around 4:00pm. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture ’s “Pick Tennessee” updates Website, Image and Services

 

Pick TennesseeNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has unveiled a new look and improved features for the popular Pick Tennessee Products consumer site. A simplified, phone friendly logo icon and increased Web capabilities are part of a push by the department to maximize its consumer and producer services.

Ensuring full digital access, including “responsive” Web design, with each page conforming to the shape of whatever type of screen displays it, is part of a larger process leading to the launch of a mobile app in early 2014.

Pick Tennessee's new website look.

Pick Tennessee’s new website look.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says if your looking for a Fresh Gift Idea this Holiday, consider a whole year of Local Foods

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Retail aisles, catalogs and cyberspace are stuffed with things to buy. Still, somehow, there often seems to be little of real substance to give. When you want your gift to be a true reflection of how much you care, it can be hard to find a stand-out present, one that really meets a need and will be appreciated all through the year.

For those who like to “live local,” the perfect solution may be a gift certificate for a year of fresh produce and other local foods from a nearby Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. Everyone eats, and everyone benefits from eating fresh produce. With a CSA gift certificate, both the person who receives fresh foods and the CSA farmer are better off.

Fresh Vegetables

Fresh Vegetables

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Plan Now for a Local Christmas Tree this Holiday Season

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – It’s only November, but all across the state, Christmas tree farmers are getting ready for the folks who make choosing natural Christmas trees a treasured part of the holiday season.

Christmas tree farmers know that choosing the tree is a memory-making experience and an anticipated holiday project, so they make the experience as much fun as possible. Many offer hot cider or other refreshments at their farms and sell natural wreaths, roping and garland in addition to trees.

A Christmas Tree Farm

A Christmas Tree Farm

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Tennessee Department of Health says Outbreak from Raw Milk underscores importance of Pasteurization

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Health experts say at least eight cases of illness among children in East Tennessee are likely related to drinking “raw” or unpasteurized milk. The investigation has identified a specific type of Escherichia coli O157 as the cause of at least three of the illnesses.

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