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U.S. Department of Agriculture invests $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide

 

Funding includes loan guarantees and grants for solar energy to create jobs, promote energy independence and advance the use of renewable fuels

USDA Rural DevelopmentBunn, NC – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide.

“These loan guarantees and grants will have far-reaching impacts nationwide, particularly in the rural communities where these projects are located,” Vilsack said. “Investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency will continue the unprecedented increase in home-grown energy sources and American energy independence we’ve seen in recent years. This is creating jobs, providing new economic opportunities and leading the way to a more secure energy future.”

Use of wind turbines for renewable energy production on farms is on the rise. (USDA Rural Development)

Use of wind turbines for renewable energy production on farms is on the rise. (USDA Rural Development)

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Annual Lyon County Between the Rivers Homecoming at Land Between the Lakes

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY – Former residents of the Lyon County, Kentucky portion of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will gather for their annual Homecoming on Saturday, September 20th at Star Camp Picnic Area, on the northern portion of Land Between The Lakes.

All former residents, relatives, and friends are invited. Those attending should bring food, beverages, lawn chairs, and any other picnic or recreation items they wish. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University is joined by 26 tenure-track faculty

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – A total of 26 new tenure-track faculty members have become part of the Austin Peay State University community, beginning with the Fall 2014 semester.

Dr. Kadi Bliss, assistant professor of health and human performance, earned her Ph.D. in health education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a member of the American Association of Health Education and the Society of Public Health Education. «Read the rest of this article»

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Land Between The Lakes 2014-2015 Archery Season begins September 6th

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites the public to participate in archery deer season which begins in September.

All hunters must possess State Hunting License/Deer Permit, Land Between The Lakes Hunter Use Permit (age 16 and over), and a Hunter Safety Card according to Kentucky or Tennessee state regulations.

Wild Turkey at LBL. (Land Between The Lakes)

Wild Turkey at LBL. (Land Between The Lakes)

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Hear Elk Bugling at Land Between the Lakes Elk & Bison Prairie

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY – Every fall, beginning in September, mature bull elk in the Elk & Bison Prairie at Land Between The Lakes begin their mating season. Bugling actually sounds more like a loud squeal. The Elk & Bison Prairie is open seven days a week, from dawn to dusk.

The prairie features a 3.5-mile paved loop road. Interpretive stops help visitors view wildlife and learn more about this native habitat.

Bull Elk at Land Between the Lakes. (Sherry Bailey)

Bull Elk at Land Between the Lakes. (Sherry Bailey)

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports additional Tennessee counties quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – A quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that destroys ash trees has been expanded to include more Tennessee counties. Bradley County, McMinn County, Meigs County and Polk County have been added to the list of areas restricted for the movement of ash trees and ash tree products.

EAB was recently found in McMinn and Polk counties and it is believed that EAB is also likely to be present in Bradley and Meigs counties. This brings the total number of Tennessee counties under a state and federal EAB quarantine to 38.

Emerald Ash Borer.

Emerald Ash Borer.

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Tennessee Hemlock Conservation Partnership to Offer Assistance to Landowners

 

September 13th workshop will train landowners to protect hemlocks from invasive pest

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, 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»

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LBL’s The Homeplace Trades Fair returns Labor Day Weekend

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden 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.

An interpreter seen here making an old-fashioned rug on the porch at LBL's The Homeplace. (Land Between the Lakes)

An interpreter seen here making an old-fashioned rug on the porch at LBL’s The Homeplace. (Land Between the Lakes)

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Reclaiming Spaces: One Farmers Market at a Time

 

By Lindsay Buchannan of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA - U.S. Department of AgricultureWashington, 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.

The Ferry Building dominated the busy port as a main boat terminus. As cars and highways became more popular, the terminal went into disrepair. Now, farmers and vendors have revived the space, making the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market one of California’s most famous farmers markets. (Photo courtesy of Jim Forest.)

The Ferry Building dominated the busy port as a main boat terminus. As cars and highways became more popular, the terminal went into disrepair. Now, farmers and vendors have revived the space, making the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market one of California’s most famous farmers markets. (Photo courtesy of Jim Forest.)

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USDA Offers Thousands of Reasons to Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

 

Written by Anne L. Alonzo
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator

USDA - U.S. Department of AgricultureWashington, DC – The 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week is off to a great start!

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.

Clarksville Downtown Market

A happy shopper at the Clarksville Downtown Market

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