Topic: Tennessee Department of Agriculture
September 13th workshop will train landowners to protect hemlocks from invasive pest
Nashville, TN – A small aphid-like insect has been devastating majestic hemlock trees in eastern Tennessee and the Cumberland Mountains. Treatments exist to protect these long-lived, tall evergreens. Now private landowners will have an opportunity to learn how to treat and protect their shady hemlock trees themselves.
The Tennessee Hemlock Conservation Partnership will teach the region’s private landowners how to obtain and apply the necessary chemical treatments to fight hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), the insect that threatens hemlocks. A free workshop is scheduled for Saturday, September 13th at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Van Buren County. Treatment location at park and directions will be provided to all who register for the workshop. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is stepping up efforts to educate livestock farmers about USDA’s final Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule that requires the identification of livestock being transported across state lines.
The rule, which went into effect last year, provides an effective manner of tracing the movement of livestock for animal disease protection and response says state veterinarian Charles Hatcher, DVM. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports seven additional Counties quarantined for Emerald ash borer
Nashville, TN – A quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, has been expanded to seven additional counties in Middle and East Tennessee. Clay, Fentress, Macon, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, and Rhea counties have been added to the list of areas restricted for the movement of ash trees and ash tree products.
This brings the total number of Tennessee counties under a state and federal EAB quarantine to 34.
Nashville, TN – Four of the most dreaded words in agriculture are Hoof and Mouth Disease, which can be devastating to livestock producers and wreak havoc on the farm economy. In conjunction with June Dairy Month, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed an agreement that partners Tennessee with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an HMD outbreak.
Known as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, the agreement sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors would interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading HMD during an outbreak. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Makers of foods or food related products from across the state met in Nashville last week to debut their products, do business and vie for awards at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Pick Tennessee Products Tradeshow. The event was held in conjunction with the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association’s annual convention.
Among the day’s best were Gold Award winning Chubby Bunny Baby Foods, owned by Madison resident Jem Boyd, who took the top prize for her products made with local produce. The Silver Award went to Bradley’s Chocolate Factory, owned and operated by Knoxville’s Hamlett family. The Bronze Award went to Veronica Hawbaker for her Soberdough Brew Bread, a packaged bread mix. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports Putnam County and Five additional East Tennessee Counties quarantined for Emerald ash borer
Nashville, TN – A quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that destroys ash trees has been expanded to include another Middle Tennessee county and five more northeastern Tennessee counties. Putnam, Sullivan, Washington, Unicoi, Carter and Johnson counties have been added to the list of areas restricted for the movement of ash trees and ash tree products.
This brings the total number of Tennessee counties under a state and federal EAB quarantine to 27.
Nashville, TN – Farmers and farmers’ markets across the state yesterday increased their reach to the more than 1.3 million Tennesseans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps.
Yesterday, the Tennessee Department of Human Services, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service hosted the Farmers’ Market On-Site Application and Approval Event for those interested in receiving free wireless point-of-sale (POS) devices equipped to accept SNAP benefits. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Despite the recent threat of a hard freeze across Tennessee, the state’s strawberry crop remains unscathed – mostly.
The 2014 strawberry season is still on track to begin around the first week of May in West Tennessee, where temperatures are milder, and as late as June 1st for upper East Tennessee where temperatures are cooler and the majority of freeze damage occurred.
Nashville, TN - A “Pick Tennessee” mobile app is now available which can find and then map the way to locally grown farm products, farms and farmers markets. The free app, downloadable from both iTunes for Apple products and from Google Play for Android devices, is the latest advancement of Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Pick Tennessee Products promotion.
“I’m proud to introduce this new face of an old friend,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said. “Pick Tennessee Products has thrived for 28 years not only by providing real and valuable services, but also by having the flexibility to adapt to change—changing cultures, consumer demands, and technology. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – As warmer weather approaches, many Tennesseans are sprucing up their outdoor property. These maintenance efforts often include the burning of limbs, lumber and other debris.
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