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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Buy Locally Grown Flower and Vegetable Plants With Confidence

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Are you a gardener gearing up for the growing season? Local farmers markets, on-farm greenhouses, and retail garden centers are filling with gorgeous flowers and vegetable plants that promise bountiful harvests.

Experienced plant lovers know that sometimes plants can look beautiful in the store, but will soon wilt once planted. Worse, they can bring bugs and blights into your home.

For confidence in the plants you buy, buy Tennessee grown plants first.

For confidence in the plants you buy, buy Tennessee grown plants first.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal and State Forester Promote Wildfire Awareness This Spring

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The arrival of spring means Tennesseans will head outdoors to spruce up their homes and properties. Homeowners often burn debris and brush during spring time, which can lead to an increase in dangerous uncontrolled burns and wildfires.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry want consumers who plan on outdoor burning this year to remember that wildfires can produce disastrous results when safety precautions are not taken.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal and State Forester urge you to be safe when burning debris.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal and State Forester urge you to be safe when burning debris.

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Plunging Temperatures Have Tennessee Strawberry Farmers Covering Crops

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Tennessee’s eagerly-anticipated strawberry season is a month away, but the frigid weekend forecast has many growers watching the weather and covering their crops.

Some areas of the state will experience temperatures dipping into the 20s. Tennessee strawberry growers are accustomed to cold snaps and say they are prepared to keep this year’s crop on target without significant damage.

Tennessee strawberry growers cover planets to protect them from cold temperatures.

Tennessee strawberry growers cover planets to protect them from cold temperatures.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Chicks and Ducklings are Risky Easter Gifts

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Baby chicks and ducklings are cute and fluffy, but they aren’t appropriate gifts for Easter. Holding, hugging, or kissing these birds can pose a serious health risk for all ages.

Live poultry commonly carry Salmonella bacteria. While not harmful to the birds, when humans handle birds, the bacteria can spread and cause extreme abdominal upset. In severe cases, the illness requires hospitalization and can be fatal.

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 Department of Agriculture proposes New Requirements for Herbicide Use

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is proposing new rules and requirements for use of herbicides containing dicamba in the commercial production of cotton and soybeans.

TDA is seeking approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a Special Local Needs [24(c)] label to further restrict use of new formulation products in Tennessee including BASF’s Engenia, Monsanto’s XtendiMax and Dupont’s FeXapan.

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Find Meaningful Holiday Gifts at Mom ‘n’ Pop Shops

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The idea of filling stockings and gift bags with locally made artisan gifts is appealing.  A present that’s one of a kind, made with wholesome ingredients, with the feel or flavor of home is personal and meaningful.

But who has time to travel the countryside looking for goat milk soaps, alpaca scarves, artisan cheeses and beeswax balms?

Tennessee Gift Basket

Tennessee Gift Basket

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Autumn is the Season to Add Value and Beauty to Your Landscape

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Tennessee is home to the “Nursery Capital of the World,” and autumn is the best time to capitalize on that fact. From east to west, growers all across the state sell high quality plants, trees, and shrubs that add curb appeal and value to property. 

The purchase of locally grown perennial nursery stock that is properly transplanted into a landscape is an investment that pays off.

A Dog Wood in Autumn.

A Dog Wood in Autumn.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Pumpkins are a Feast for the Eyes, Then for Your Pies

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Farms and farmers markets across Tennessee are filled with irresistible autumn décor, much of which is delicious. Choosing edible pumpkins and hard squashes helps make the most of autumn produce purchases.

Most pumpkins are edible, but don’t try to use a pumpkin as a lantern one day and then use it for cooking the next. Pumpkin should be cooked the day it’s cut.

The Edible Pumpkin.

The Edible Pumpkin.

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Tennessee State Veterinarian reports West Nile Virus and Equine Infectious Anemia detected in Tennessee

 

Horse Owners Urged to Take Precautions

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee state veterinarian has announced three new cases of horses sickened by viruses that infect the blood.

A horse in Davidson County and a horse in Knox County recently tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). A horse in Bedford County tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA). Sick horses cannot directly infect people with WNV or EIA.

Three new cases of horses sickened by viruses that infect the blood have been reported in Tennessee. Sick horses cannot directly infect people with West Nile Virus and Equine Infectious Anemia.

Three new cases of horses sickened by viruses that infect the blood have been reported in Tennessee. Sick horses cannot directly infect people with West Nile Virus and Equine Infectious Anemia.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture start Trees for Tennessee Seedling program

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and Huber Engineered Woods LLC (HEW) are teaming up to initiate the Trees for Tennessee Seedling Program.

The program aims to provide an avenue for the establishment of as many as 1 million pine seedlings on at least 400 acres throughout the greater Tennessee Valley and Cumberland Plateau.

Trees for Tennessee Seedling program

Trees for Tennessee Seedling program

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