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Tennessee State Veterinarian confirms Equine Case of EEE

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – A horse in West Tennessee has tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a virus that can be fatal for horses and humans. The Tennessee departments of Agriculture and Health (TDA and TDH) are advising citizens to take precautions to protect themselves and their livestock.

The horse in Gibson County showed signs of illness. Testing confirmed it was suffering from EEE, and the horse was euthanized.

Eastern Equine Influenza Detected in a West Tennessee Horse.

Eastern Equine Influenza Detected in a West Tennessee Horse.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Invasive Tick detected in Six additional Tennessee Counties

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Tennessee Department of Health, and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture today announced the detection of the invasive Asian longhorned tick in an additional six Tennessee counties:  Knox County, Jefferson County, Claiborne County, Cocke County, Putnam County, and Sevier County.

Asian Longhorned Tick

Asian Longhorned Tick

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Tennessee Farms Offer Unlimited Fall Fun

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Autumn fun is here! From pumpkin-picking to fall birthday celebrations, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture says agritourism destinations are sure to create a lifetime of memories for the whole family.

If you are looking for the perfect adventure this season, you’re in luck. Many pick-your-own pumpkin patches are already open, and most operations will be in full swing the beginning of October.

Many Tennessee farms are not only providing fun, they are educating the communities around them.

Many Tennessee farms are not only providing fun, they are educating the communities around them.

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Laurel Wilt Disease Detected on Sassafras Trees in Montgomery County, Dickson County

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is advising forest landowners to monitor their sassafras trees after detecting laurel wilt disease in Montgomery County and Dickson County.

Laurel wilt is a fungal disease caused by an invasive pathogen, Raffaelea lauricola, which can affect a range of plants in the Lauraceae family, including sassafras and spicebush in Tennessee.

Sassafras Tree infected by Laurel Wilt Disease.

Sassafras Tree infected by Laurel Wilt Disease.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Farmers Markets are Filled with Fresh Produce

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Agriculture says with summer winding down and many types of produce hitting their peak harvest in Tennessee, there has never been a better time to visit a farmers market.

Farmers markets still have an abundance of fresh tomatoes, squash, zucchini, peppers, and more at this time of the year. Many markets also offer hand-made artisan products, including soaps, essential oil blends, and beeswax items.

Tennessee Farmers Markets are bursting with Fresh Produce. (Tennessee Department of Agriculture)

Tennessee Farmers Markets are bursting with Fresh Produce. (Tennessee Department of Agriculture)

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Tennessee Agriculture being changed Statewide by Women

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture says women are increasingly changing the face of agriculture, not just in Tennessee, but across the nation.

From 2012 to 2017, the United States Census of Agriculture reported a 1.7% decline in male farmers and a 27% increase of female farmers nationwide.

Rebecca Paschal of Cellar 53 Winery. A majority of the wines produced use Tennessee grown fruit with the majority being grown on the eight acres of grape and blackberry vineyards.

Rebecca Paschal of Cellar 53 Winery. A majority of the wines produced use Tennessee grown fruit with the majority being grown on the eight acres of grape and blackberry vineyards.

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Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program will offer New Options for Farmers

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – New options and changes has been announced by the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) to better assist Tennessee farmers diversifying, expanding, and improving their farming operations.

A recent review of the program aligns with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s priority of advancing rural economic development. He supports TAEP and understands the value it brings to communities statewide.

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Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission makes adjustments to Duck Blind Drawings

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRACookeville, TN – At the June meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission adjustments were made for the August handheld duck bling drawings and an update on a fisheries research cooperative effort was given among the agenda items.

At the TFWC’s May meeting, the commission requested Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency staff review the handheld duck blind drawing process for consistency and ways to reduce the likelihood of buying/selling of blind sites.

Update of Fisheries Cooperative given at June TFWC Meeting.

Update of Fisheries Cooperative given at June TFWC Meeting.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Farmers Markets create Communities within Communities

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports Tennessee’s farmers markets are providing more than just a place to find fresh food. They are furnishing an environment that allows the community to flourish.

This year, many farmers markets are hosting special events for families and communities to enjoy, while fostering personal connections to those who produce nutritious food across the state.

Tennessee Farmer's Market

Tennessee Farmer’s Market

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports Invasive Tick Detected in Tennessee

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Tennessee Department of Health, and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) have announced that the invasive Asian longhorned tick has been detected in Tennessee.

Tennessee Department of Agriculture says invasive Asian Longhorned Tick discovered in Tennessee.

Tennessee Department of Agriculture says invasive Asian Longhorned Tick discovered in Tennessee.

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