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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports Equine Piroplasmosis Detected in 17 Horses

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee veterinarian’s office is investigating an outbreak of Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) in a group of racing Quarter Horses in Tennessee.

EP is a blood parasite that affects equines. Although it can be transmitted through infected ticks, today it is more commonly spread by blood and blood products through the sharing of needles, syringes or improperly cleaned and disinfected dental, tattoo, surgical or blood product equipment between infected and uninfected horses.

Equine Piroplasmosis is an acute tick borne disease of Equids (horses, mules, donkeys, and zebras) with a greater than 50% mortality rate.

Equine Piroplasmosis is an acute tick borne disease of Equids (horses, mules, donkeys, and zebras) with a greater than 50% mortality rate.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Local Farmers Markets Share Expert Advice For Peak Season

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Unless you grow your own vegetables, the local farmers market is the best bet for just picked, fresh-as-possible produce. August is Tennessee’s peak month for produce, so there’s no better time to visit a local farmers market than right now. August 7th-13th is National Farmers Market Week.

Starting August 7th, fresh tips for picking and storing summer produce will be as close as your favorite social media platform. Check out #FarmersMarketWeek for expert advice, or use the hashtag #FarmersMarketWeek to post your own tips for success. The handy tips are also available at the Pick TN Products Facebook page here.

Clarksville Farmers Market at L & N Train Station.

Clarksville Farmers Market at L & N Train Station.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Fatal to Horses and Humans Detected in Tennessee

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – A horse in West Tennessee has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a virus that can be fatal for horses and humans. The Tennessee Departments of Agriculture and Health are advising citizens to take precautions to protect themselves and their livestock.

Mosquitoes transmit EEE. Humans cannot contract these viral infections directly from infected horses. However, mosquito-borne diseases do pose a public health risk.

Mosquitoes transmit the Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus.

Mosquitoes transmit the Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Summer Isn’t Over Yet, National Farmer’s Market Week

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Many Tennesseans are ready to say goodbye to summer and hello to school. Tennessee farmers however, want everyone to know that summer is far from over. In fact, August is the peak month of growing season for most of the U.S. That’s why the first week is always National Farmers Market Week.

This year, the celebration is August 7th-13th. Many local farmers’ markets will host special events to remind customers that there’s still plenty of summer and summer produce left.

The Clarksville Farmers Market at L & N Train Station is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The Clarksville Farmers Market at L & N Train Station is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports White County Quarantined For Emerald Ash Borer

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – White County is the latest in Tennessee to be quarantined for an invasive pest targeting ash trees.

Officials have detected Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the eastern section of White County. An adult EAB beetle was recently captured in a trap near Old Railroad Grade Road. With this discovery, White County joins 48 other counties in quarantine with a prohibition on the movement of ash trees and ash tree products.

Emerald Ash Borer.

Emerald Ash Borer.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture: Made for Each Other

 

Nashville, TN – One wears work-worn boots and talks about inputs, hoop houses, conditions and seasons. The other wears clogs and speaks of table numbers, cooler size, versatility and price points.

Both are particular, passionate and proud of what they do, and both talk incessantly about the same thing—the food they care about.

Produce grown by Tennessee Farmers.

Produce grown by Tennessee Farmers.

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Pick Tennessee Products Names Its Best Local Products For 2016

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Six Tennessee food makers claimed winning titles at the 2016 Pick Tennessee Products tradeshow held in Nashville during the recent Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association’s Food Expo. The products, all produced in Tennessee and part of the Pick Tennessee Products program, were judged on originality, taste and packaging.

Javaneh Hemmat’s “Hummus Chick” won first place, dubbed the “Pick of Tennessee.”  Hummus Chick is a Nashville based company built around freshly made varieties of hummus packaged for retail and wholesale markets.

Javaneh Hemmat’s “Hummus Chick”

Javaneh Hemmat’s “Hummus Chick”

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Tennessee State Parks Asks Public Not to Move Firewood

 

Tennessee State ParksNashville, TN – Tennessee State Parks, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and The Nature Conservancy, is advising the public of a new policy regarding bringing firewood into parks.

Beginning June 1st, Tennessee State Parks will advise visitors to use certified heat-treated wood. The new policy aims to prevent or slow the introduction of exotic insects or diseases into parks that could otherwise threaten the health of our trees and forests.

The emerald ash borer is one of many harmful pests that can reside undetected in firewood.

The emerald ash borer is one of many harmful pests that can reside undetected in firewood.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Hold Your Horseradishes, Wait until Frost Threat Passes to Plant Gardens

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Go ahead and plan your best garden ever. You should even go out to the local farmers market or greenhouse and bring home those gorgeous tomato plants, seedling herbs, peppers and all the rest. Just please don’t plant them, yet.

Mark Twain may have been talking about Tennessee when he said, “If you don’t like the weather here, wait a minute.”

The current weather trend is a perfect example, with balmy mid-70’s days followed by stormy cold fronts with freezing temperatures at night.

Radishes

Radishes

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Caution with Outdoor Burning

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As fire crews contain hundreds of acres of wildfire that are currently burning in Tennessee, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind the public to be aware of outdoor-burning safety precautions.

“Negligent outdoor burning can lead to death, injury, property loss and environmental damage,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Care must be taken to ensure that burnings are conducted safely.”

9 out of 10 Wildfires are created by people.

9 out of 10 Wildfires are created by people.

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