Topic: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Written by Tom Vilsack
Washington, DC – This year, passage of a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill is critical to providing certainty for U.S. producers. This includes the continued availability of conservation programs that give our farmers, ranchers and private foresters the means to conserve the soil, protect our water and sustain America’s natural resources.
Thanks to programs provided by the Farm Bill, USDA has been able to enroll a record number of private lands in conservation practices. Over the past four years, we have worked with more than 500,000 producers, landowners and private foresters on projects that help the environment, while providing a new source of income. «Read the rest of this article»
Golden Pond, KY – Experience River Days Memorial Day Weekend, May 25th-27th, at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area. Enjoy water-themed activities at Woodlands Nature Station.
River Days has activities and events for all ages. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free with paid Nature Station admission ($5.00 ages 13 & up, $3.00 ages 5-12, free ages 4 & under).
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area invites all bird lovers to Woodlands Nature Station for a Birding Bonanza on Saturday, May 11th.
Enjoy guided walks, learn to identify common birds, get tips on attracting birds to your backyard, go on a scavenger hunt, enjoy face to face encounters with Nature Station’s birds, and more! All programs are free with Nature Station admission.
Denise Alexander, vice president and operation manager for F&M’s mortgage department has been promoted to senior vice president of F&M Bank.
Yvonne Witzler, assistant vice president and manager of F&M’s mortgage office in Clarksville has been promoted to vice president of F&M Bank.
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area’s 2013 spring squirrel hunting season will open in Tennessee from May 11th-June 9th and in Kentucky from May 18th-June 21st.
Hunters must have a valid Kentucky or Tennessee state hunting license for the state in which they are hunting. Hunters age 16 and older must also have an LBL Hunter Use Permit. LBL Hunter Use Permits are available at North and South Welcome Stations, Golden Pond Visitor Center, and wherever Kentucky and Tennessee state hunting licenses are sold. «Read the rest of this article»
Golden Pond, KY – Join us for the 7th Annual Quilt Show, April 27th-28th from 10:00am-4:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am-3:00pm on Sunday at The Homeplace in Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area.
Program is included with the purchase of general admission to The Homeplace; $5.00 ages 13 & up, $3.00 ages 5-12, and free ages 4 & under. Visit www.lbl.org or call 270.924.2020 for additional information. «Read the rest of this article»
Increasing intake of foods rich in dietary nitrate may be an affordable and attainable way to manage blood pressure, researchers said.
Dallas, TX – A cup of beetroot juice a day may help reduce your blood pressure, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.
People with high blood pressure who drank about 8 ounces of beetroot juice experienced a decrease in blood pressure of about 10 mm Hg. But the preliminary findings don’t yet suggest that supplementing your diet with beetroot juice benefits your health, researchers said.
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 – 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»
Golden Pond, KY – Spring has arrived and so has another volunteer clean-up day at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area! Join us Saturday, April 13th, and help clean up Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area trails.
Participants ride free the day of the clean-up, and everyone is welcome to attend. Priorities for the day include boundary tree planting, Turkey Trot trail maintenance, and picking up litter on the trails. “This is a great time to bring the family, your OHVs of choice, a picnic lunch, and help support Ride 4 Keeps,” said Kyle Varel, Turkey Bay Assistant Manager. «Read the rest of this article»
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