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»
New State Law on ‘Overdose Antidote’ Naloxone Use Now in Place
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health’s Vital Statistics office today released data on 2013 drug overdose deaths in the state. The 1,166 fatalities last year involved prescribed and illegal drugs, unintentional and intentional overdoses, and compares with 1,094 overdose deaths in 2012.
In each of the last two years, more people died from drug overdoses in Tennessee than in either motor vehicle accidents or homicides or suicides*.
*Source: Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Vital Records «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 – The jetty next to the boat ramp at Fenton will be closed to foot and vehicle traffic on Friday, July 11th; Monday, July 14th; and Tuesday, July 15th. It will be open over the weekend for fishing access. Large vegetation will be removed from the jetty during this time. The boat ramp will remain open.
“Tree roots can damage or break a jetty apart over time, so we are removing them now to protect the integrity of the jetty,” says Gary Hawkins, Recreation Specialist at Land Between The Lakes. «Read the rest of this article»
Golden Pond, KY – On Friday, July 4th, from 1:00pm-4:00pm at Land Between The Lakes , the Homeplace will host a traditional 1850’s Independence Day Celebration under the farm’s shade trees.
Special guest, Kentucky statesman Henry Clay, portrayed by George McGee, will entertain visitors with antics of 1850’s politics.
Golden Pond, KY – Forest Service Road 145 in Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is now open to the public. Two low water crossings had been damaged to the point travel was unsafe for the public.
Trigg County Road Department and Judge Hollis Alexander provided temporary road repairs which allowed for this quick re-opening. Land Between The Lakes is evaluating long-term solutions to address these low water fords. «Read the rest of this article»
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is temporarily closing a portion of Forest Service Road 145 (FS Rd 145) between Pleasant Valley Cemetery and FS Rd 144 intersection. Two low-water crossings on FS Rd 145 are damaged.
“We are closing the shortest amount of road possible while protecting public safety,” said Brian Beisel, Customer Service Manager. “The low-water crossings have been damaged to the point they are unsafe for travel.”
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