• Tennessee Prepares for Potential Avian Influenza Outbreak

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015 | 4:16pm

    NASHVILLE— The ongoing high path avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak is now considered one of the most costly animal health disasters in American history. Although HPAI has not been detected in Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is taking steps to prepare. Three staff members recently returned from Minnesota where they used their skills to assist with the efforts to stop the spread of the illness. 

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  • Johnson County Farmers Market Media Day

    Thursday, June 25, 2015 | 8:00am

    NASHVILLE— Pick Tennessee Products will be at the Johnson County Farmers Market for a special media day Saturday, June 27.

    Media will have access to the market’s vendors and farmers for interviews. The market area will provide colorful images and video.

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  • Proposals Now Accepted for Tree Planting Projects

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 3:29pm

    The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is now accepting urban forestry project proposals through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) and the Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Program.

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  • New Stop on Quilt Trail Celebrates Tennessee Heritage

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 2:57pm

    The Tennessee Agricultural Museum at Ellington Agricultural Center has joined Tennessee’s Quilt Trails. More than 7,000 quilt squares are featured on barns and buildings in more than 40 states. The squares celebrate the traditional craft of quilting and what the craft represents—recognition of rural life, family history and tradition.

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  • Public Advisory for Undeclared Allergen

    Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 2:44pm

    The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is issuing a public advisory in the Memphis area for an undeclared peanut allergen in chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies produced and packed by Backermann’s Bakery of Whiteville, Tenn.

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  • Rainy Weather Puts Tennessee’s Promising Strawberry Crop on Hold

    Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 10:52am

    Hopes remain high for Tennessee’s famous strawberry crop, but cool wet weather has postponed the start date for the state’s strawberry season, temporarily. 

    Strawberries require consistent warm sunshine to ripen and sweeten, and in Tennessee, it is not unusual for some farmers to have ripe berries by mid-April. This year, however, a brief burst of sun and high temperatures was quickly replaced with persistent rains. Middle Tennessee growers will have some berries by the end of the month, but yields will be light until the first week of May.

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  • State Officials Join Citizens for Rural Opportunities Roundtable

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 8:45am

    The Tennessee departments of Agriculture, Economic and Community Development and Financial Institutions are hosting a Rural Opportunities Roundtable for farmers, landowners, extension agents, local economic development officials, county leaders and citizens in East Tennessee.

    The meeting will take place April 15 at 10 a.m. EST at the Bush Brothers Plant in Dandridge. The purpose of the roundtable is to explore opportunities for developing the state’s rural economy and hear citizen and stakeholder concerns about agriculture and forestry issues.

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  • New Options Offered with 2015 Agricultural Enhancement Program

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 8:43am

    The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has set June 1 – 7 as the application period for the 2015 Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP).

    TAEP is a cost-sharing program. Producers fulfill requirements to defray the costs of strategic investments in their operation. The goal is to increase profitability and efficiency while promoting long-term investments in Tennessee’s agriculture.

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