Topic: U.S. 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»
Golden Pond, KY – Labor Day weekend 2014, The Homeplace 1850’s working farm will gather traditional trades and crafts people to share their knowledge of vanishing folk art skills to visitors to their annual Homeplace Trades Fair.
The fair will be Saturday and Sunday, August 30th and 31st, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, on the farm located in the Tennessee portion of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes hosts Nature’s Most Extreme Weekend at Nature Station on Saturday, August 30th through Monday, September 1st.
The public is invited to visit with Smokey Bear, take a canoe trip, cheer on the turtles at Turtle Talladega, try a fun scavenger hunt, and experience “extreme” animals up-close!
By Lindsay Buchannan of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC – Consumer demand for local food is driving the expansion of farmers markets into places of all shapes, sizes, and locations. Ferry terminals, train depots, grain mills and shipping containers all can, and are, housing farmers markets across the country.
There are 8,268 markets listed in the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, a 76 percent increase since 2008. Managed by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the directory listings reflect continued growth and demand in every region of the country. Today farmers markets are as diverse as the communities they serve and can be found in unique rural and urban spaces across the country.
Written by Anne L. Alonzo
Farmers markets connect and unite people living in urban and rural environments, provide access to fresh, healthy and delicious foods, and—best of all—put a face to the farmers and ranchers who produce their wonderful wares. We, in turn, can support farmers and local communities with our purchases.
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»
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area hosts the annual Hummingbird Festival, Saturday and Sunday, August 2nd and 3rd, from 10:00am-4:00pm at Woodlands Nature Station.
Admission to this special event is $6.00 ages 13 and up, $4.00 ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under.
DHS excels in program integrity and customer service measures
Nashville, TN - The Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) has been recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for high performance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
According to the USDA, for the first time in DHS history, it has been recognized as No. 1 in the nation for most improvement in Case and Procedural Error Rate (CAPER), a measurement directly related to improvement in efficiency and customer service.Tennessee’s CAPER rate decreased from 46.28 percent in FY 2012 to 23.51 percent in FY 2013. This rate also falls below the national average of 25.25 percent. «Read the rest of this article»
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area reminds hunters that the July 31st, deadline for submitting 2014 quota deer hunt applications is rapidly approaching.
To submit applications by July 31st, hunters need to visit www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 270.924.2065. The application fee is $5.00 online, or $7.00 by phone. On or after August 25th, applicants can visit www.landbetweenthelakes.us and go to the quota hunt application link to see if they were drawn. «Read the rest of this article»
Golden Pond, KY - Wranglers Campground at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will host the 18th Annual Primitive Rodeo, Friday and Saturday, July 18th and 19th. The rodeo is open to the public. Admission is $10.00 ages 12 and up and $5.00 ages 11 and under.
Wranglers’ staff recommends people bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Coolers are prohibited; food vendors will be available. In addition, camping at Wranglers will be half-price on Friday and Saturday.
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