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Consumer Reports looks at the use of Pesticides on Produce to Help Consumers Reduce Exposure

 

Risk Guide for 48 Fruits and Vegetables from 14 Countries; Choosing Organic Always the Safest Choice but in Many Cases Conventional Can Be As Low Risk

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Fresh produce is an important part of a healthy diet.  A new study by Consumer Reports looks at the risks of pesticide residues for 48 fruits and vegetables from around the globe to come up with guidelines to help consumers reduce their exposure to these toxic chemicals.

An accompanying 40-page report, “Pesticide Use in Produce,” from Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center provides a closer look at the consequences of pesticide use for those who produce food, wildlife, and the environment. «Read the rest of this article»

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Experience Spring Break at Land Between the Lakes Nature Station

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY - Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area offers a variety of family-friendly programs for all ages at Woodlands Nature Station on weekdays during most of the spring breaks in the area.

Spring Break programs will be offered at 2:00pm, now through April 12th. Nature Station is open 10:00am-5:00pm Wednesday-Sunday, March and November and 7 days, April-October.

Land Between The Lakes Woodlands Nature Station offers a close up look at many native wildlife species. (O'Neil Arnold, KY Toursim)

Land Between The Lakes Woodlands Nature Station offers a close up look at many native wildlife species. (O’Neil Arnold, KY Toursim)

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance reveals new “One Stop” that lets users Apply, Renew, and Verify Licenses All in One Place

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) today officially unveiled the One Stop licensing database which streamlines how customers can apply, renew and verify their licenses.

One Stop is a customer-friendly and efficient online resource where professionals can download vital documents needed to obtain or renew their licenses. One Stop also creates more transparency because it creates a new way to verify licensees’ current information, allowing consumers to make more informed choices.  «Read the rest of this article»

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NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory could help develop better Weather Forecasts

 

Written by Carol Rasmussen
NASA Earth Science News Team

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – If you were trying to forecast tomorrow’s weather, you would probably look up at the sky rather than down at the ground. But if you live in the U.S. Midwest or someplace with a similar climate, one key to a better weather forecast may lie beneath your feet.

Precipitation and temperature are part of every weather forecast. Precipitation comes from clouds, clouds are formed of airborne water vapor, and vapor comes from evaporating soil moisture — so soil moisture governs precipitation.

NASA's SMAP's soil moisture measurements will help with forecasts of precipitation and temperature. (UCAR)

NASA’s SMAP’s soil moisture measurements will help with forecasts of precipitation and temperature. (UCAR)

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101st Sustainment Brigade helps Joint Forces Command – United Assistance begin redeployment operations

 

Written by Spc. Caitlyn Byrne
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa Command101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersBuchanan, Liberia – Soldiers of the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) deployed as Task Force Lifeliner assists Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, operate the USDA inspection point in order to ensure that all vehicles and equipment headed back to the U.S. meet customs standards.

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, center, commander of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), surveys a sand table of Camp Buchanan, Liberia, while visiting Soldiers of the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Jan. 23, 2015, Buchanan, Liberia. Soldiers of the 129th CSS Battalion help operate the USDA inspection point, ensuring all vehicles and equipment headed back to the U.S. meet customs standards. (Spc. Caitlyn Byrne, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, center, commander of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), surveys a sand table of Camp Buchanan, Liberia, while visiting Soldiers of the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Jan. 23, 2015, Buchanan, Liberia. Soldiers of the 129th CSS Battalion help operate the USDA inspection point, ensuring all vehicles and equipment headed back to the U.S. meet customs standards. (Spc. Caitlyn Byrne, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Land Between The Lakes to celebrate Fort Henry 153rd Anniversary

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites the public to the 153rd Fort Henry Anniversary Program and Walk. Local history about the Civil War in the area will be presented on Saturday, February 7th, from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The Homeplace.

A guided ¼ mile walk follows the program from 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Fort Henry Trail parking area. The walk is weather dependent. Registration and full deposit required:  $5.00/adults and $3.00/children. Call 270.924.2020 to make a reservation. «Read the rest of this article»

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LBL Quota Turkey Hunt Applications available starting February 1st

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY - Turkey Quota Hunt applications for Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will be available February 1st-28th. Hunters may apply online at lblquotahunt.hometracker.com or by phone at 270.924.2065. Application fees are $5.00 online and $7.00 by phone.

Three quota hunts in both the Kentucky and Tennessee portions of Land Between The Lakes require prior application. Hunting is not permitted between these dates.

Turkeys strut their stuff at Land Between the Lakes. (Ray Stainfield)

Turkeys strut their stuff at Land Between the Lakes. (Ray Stainfield)

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Land Between The Lakes Educational Field Trip Grants Available

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY - Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area offers public school districts within 100 miles an opportunity to receive an Educational Field Trip Grant for the 2015-2016 school year. Educators must apply by April 30th, 2015.

Educational Field Trip Grants assist schools in covering costs for transportation; facility admission fees at Woodlands Nature Station, The Homeplace, and Golden Pond Planetarium; program costs; and dorm rental at Brandon Spring Group Center during the 2015-2016 school year.

Puppy is now officially 5 months old here. Her 5 month old birthday was Oct 2nd, 2014. Here she is hanging out next to dad. As you can see she is about 1/2 the size of parents. (Brooke Gilley)

Puppy is now officially 5 months old here. Her 5 month old birthday was Oct 2nd, 2014. Here she is hanging out next to dad. As you can see she is about 1/2 the size of parents. (Brooke Gilley)

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TWRA reports EQIP Wildlife Habitat applications due January 16th

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been notified by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Tennessee that Friday, January 16th, 2015 is the signup cutoff date for first evaluation funding consideration in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Applicants interested in improving wildlife habitat on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestlands are encouraged to submit an application at their local NRCS office by that date. «Read the rest of this article»

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Land Between The Lakes Bison Auction Set for January 31st

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY - A public auction to reduce the size of Land Between The Lakes’ bison herds will be held on Saturday, January 31st, 2015.

The sale begins at 9:00am Central Standard Time at the Elk & Bison Prairie corral. Bidder registration, final sale list, and viewing begin at 8:00am. Bison purchases may be made with cash, credit card, or personal check at time of bid acceptance.

Bison at Land Between the Lakes.

Bison at Land Between the Lakes.

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