Topic: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Clarksville, TN – During the duration of the City’s Summer Youth Program, the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program.
At 13 of the 15 program sites (all sites excluding Crow Recreation Center and Sango Elementary School) meals will be provided to all children without charge.
Nashville, 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.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports that despite the wet start to spring, sweet and juicy strawberries are prime for picking in most areas of Tennessee. If you are looking for the freshest berries, you need to go straight to the farm.
“We are seeing more ripe strawberries by the day.” Mitchell Hyde of Hyde Farms in Loudon County said. “The more sunshine, the more berries we will have ready to pick!”
Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA)
Nashville, TN – Following the rains and flooding that led to a State of Emergency in Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is coordinating with partners to assess damage, monitor food and fuel supplies, and assist farmers as floodwaters recede.
Tennessee Department of Human Services
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is taking steps today to alert SNAP recipients of a very important deadline imposed by the USDA. Individuals who are renewing their benefits or filing a 6 month Simplified Report form need to have any required paperwork in by the end of business Monday, January 14th.
Meeting this deadline is an important step to ensure February benefits are available to those who qualify during the government shutdown.
TWRA says New Requirements established for captive Deer Herds following Chronic Wasting Disease detection
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) reports that after the confirmed detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in ten wild deer, Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) Commissioner Jai Templeton is implementing emergency rules to prevent further spread of the disease.
Hunter harvested the deer in Fayette County and Hardeman County. Targeted sampling by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency indicated the presence of CWD.
American Heart Association says Schools should stay the course despite final USDA rule on Nutrition Standards
American Heart Association
Washington, D.C. – The American Heart Association issued the following statement in response to the final rule on school nutrition standards issued this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The rule eliminates the final sodium target, decreases the amount of whole grains, and allows 1 percent flavored milk in school meals.
Tennessee Department of Health
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to help prevent rabies by distributing oral rabies vaccine for wild raccoons along Tennessee’s borders with Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
The annual baiting program administered by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, will begin in Tennessee in October, 2018.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports that three Tennessee counties have been quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) after detection of the forest-devastating insect, bringing the total number of Tennessee counties under a state and federal EAB quarantine to 62.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Agriculture says in Tennessee, a growing number of farmers markets are putting more dollars into farmers’ pockets while helping hungry people maximize their access to fresh food.
Forty of Tennessee’s farmers markets now work with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the federal government’s primary anti-hunger program.
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