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Tennessee State Veterinarian Issues Poultry Health Advisory

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The state veterinarian for Tennessee is urging all poultry owners to take extra precautions to protect their flocks from illness.

“We are working to protect the poultry population from exposure to avian influenza,” State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher said. “The best way to protect your birds is to increase your biosecurity measures and particularly, to keep your birds at home for now.”

H7N9 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) detected at a commercial poultry farm in Lincoln County, Tennessee on March 4th.

H7N9 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) detected at a commercial poultry farm in Lincoln County, Tennessee on March 4th.

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Tennessee Department of Human Services Kicks Off 2017 Summer Food Service Program Application Cycle

 

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN – The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) 2017 application will be available beginning Wednesday, February 1st, 2017. SFSP is a federally funded program intended to ensure that children who benefit from free and reduced price meals during the school year, have access to nutritious meals during the summer months.

The Department encourages Tennesseans with a desire to alleviate child hunger and strengthen communities to learn more about the program.

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American Heart Association Praises USDA for Moving Sodium Standards Forward

 

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) memo to state agencies responsible for school meal programs.

The memo outlines the next phase of lowering sodium and sets target two for school year 2017-2018:

CARDIAC ARREST occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. Cardiac arrest is an "ELECTRICAL" problem. A HEART ATTACK occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. A heart attack is a “CIRCULATION” problem. A blocked artery prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching a section of the heart. If the blocked artery is not reopened quickly, the part of the heart normally nourished by that artery begins to die. (American Heart Association)

CARDIAC ARREST occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. Cardiac arrest is an “ELECTRICAL” problem. A HEART ATTACK occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. A heart attack is a “CIRCULATION” problem. A blocked artery prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching a section of the heart. If the blocked artery is not reopened quickly, the part of the heart normally nourished by that artery begins to die. (American Heart Association)

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Make Delicious and Safe Thanksgiving Turkey for Your Guests

 

Food safety steps hosts can incorporate into their favorite recipes this Thanksgiving, reducing the risk of food poisoning from Salmonella and other pathogens provided by USDA

USDA - U.S. Department of AgricultureWashington, D.C. – Celebrity chefs and cooking magazines are advocating the newest trends in cooking a turkey once again. Whether you use a tried-and-true recipe or a creative new method, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) wants to help you cook it safely.

Once you choose a recipe, pair these steps with your cooking instructions to prepare a turkey that is both delicious and safe for your family.

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Easy Way to Brine the Turkey for Thanksgiving

 

ThanksgivingClarksville, TN – For the past eleven years, I’ve been brining the turkey for Thanksgiving. It makes a delicious, tender, juicy bird. And its really not difficult to do! Here are instructions and some brine recipes for you to use this year.

To brine a turkey you will need a large pot that will hold the whole bird in the brine and a space in the frig large enough to store it for a day.

Brine your Turkey this year before roasting.

Brine your Turkey this year before roasting.

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Alternate Turkey Cooking Methods for Thanksgiving

 

USDA - U.S. Department of AgricultureWashington, D.C. – Circumstances can alter the chosen cooking method for a turkey just as a detour causes driver to find an alternate route. A power outage may occur, an oven may fail at an inopportune time, and more than one large food item may need cooking.

The conventional oven—the appliance most often used to cook a whole turkey—is not the only way to get the big bird cooked safely. The following methods suggested by the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline are alternate routes for cooking a turkey safely.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner.

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Land Between the Lakes with Water Trail Project to get assistance from National Park Service

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN – The National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program selected 11 new communities and partnerships to receive technical and planning assistance to promote the development of new economic opportunities and natural resource conservation.

The National Park Service selected Land Between the Lakes Region Water Trail as one of these 11 projects for Fiscal Year 2017.

Kayakers enjoying a paddle along the shoreline of Land Between the Lakes. (Forest Service staff)

Kayakers enjoying a paddle along the shoreline of Land Between the Lakes. (Forest Service staff)

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Clarksville Parks and Recreation’s Summer Youth Program participates in Summer Food Service Program

 

Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – Clarksville Parks and Recreation announces its sponsorship of the 2016 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) which is administered in Tennessee by the Department of Human Services under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Tennessee Department of Human Services Kicks Off No Tennessee Child Hungry Awareness Campaign

 

Pledge support to raising awareness on child hunger in Tennessee #NoTNChildHungryPledge 

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Dr. Raquel Hatter announced the launch of an awareness campaign calling attention to childhood hunger in Tennessee and urging Tennesseans to pledge support to help ensure no Tennessee child goes hungry.

In Tennessee, more than half a million children may go hungry each day. One in four Tennessee children faces the risk of hunger. This call to action is to generate awareness, prompt change, and help ensure that No Tennessee Child Goes Hungry.

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Land Between The Lakes deadline for Quota Turkey Hunt nears

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN – The deadline for Turkey Quota Hunt applications at Land Between The Lakes is February 29, 2016. Hunters may apply online, 24/7, at lblquotahunt.hometracker.com/ or by phone until 4:00pm February 29th.

If applying by phone, call 270.924.2065, 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Application fees are $5.00 online and $7.00 by phone.

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

LBL Aerial of North End Canal. (Land Between the Lakes)

LBL Aerial of North End Canal. (Land Between the Lakes)

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