• State's Farmers Get Boost With 835000 in Cost Share

    Tuesday, October 24, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Greenhouses and grape presses. Scales and sprayers. Tree pruners and lambing pens. Irrigation pumps and tissue culture labs. Parking lots and potting wagons. For Tennessee farmers in every part of the state, the hope to expand or improve their farming operations with all sorts of implements and ideas just became reality.

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  • Keep Landscaping Investments Healthy—Plant in Fall

    Wednesday, October 11, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  “Most people understand that adding plants to a home landscape adds ‘curb appeal’ and is a smart investment in the property,” says Rob Beets, horticultural marketing specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, “but perennial plants—anything that lives through the winter to continue growing in the spring—are investments in themselves.”

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  • Making Music and Molasses

    Sunday, October 08, 2006 | 7:00pm

    Relaxing Activities Offered at Ag Museum Festival Oct. 21, 22

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Because things like making sorghum, shelling corn by hand, and churning butter just can’t be rushed, the pace will be relaxed for many activities at the 2006 Music and Molasses Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22, at Nashville’s Ellington Agricultural Center.

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  • Fall Fire Season Begins Burning Permits Required

    Tuesday, October 03, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mid-October marks the start of forest fire season announced state forestry officials with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry. During official fire season, Oct. 15 through May 15, state law requires citizens to obtain a burning permit before conducting any open, outdoor burning.

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  • Pick a Perfect Pumpkin to Last Through the Season

    Wednesday, September 27, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. “If you know how to spot good pumpkins, you can get the most out of your purchases,” says Rob Beets, marketing specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.  “The shape or size of a pumpkin has no bearing on how long it will last,” says Beets, “but there are other strong indicators.”

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  • State's Freshwater Prawn Harvest Looks Promising for Seasoned and New Producers

    Sunday, September 17, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. Things are looking good for Tennessee’s freshwater prawn producers, both in terms of this year’s upcoming harvest and for the industry as a whole.  Prawns will be harvested in late September, and Tennessee producers are feeling good both about this year’s yields and about realizing their place in the state’s parade of traditional fall crops.

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  • State Hay Directory Helps Producers Find Hay Close to Home

    Wednesday, September 13, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Hay Directory is available now via the Internet at picktnproducts.org or in print through local Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation offices.  The annual Tennessee Hay Directory is a listing of hay producers across the state and traditionally provides information by county and by farmer including hay type, quantity and whether the hay is available in round or square bales.

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  • Take Winter Squash from Décor to Delicious

    Wednesday, August 30, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – “Winter squash is one of those rare foods that can make a transition from pretty decoration to delicious dinner,” says Tammy Algood. “Too often, we forget that these beautiful autumn jewels were good food a long time before they served as seasonal centerpieces.”

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  • Locally Grown Makes Tennessee’s Farmers Markets Attractive

    Sunday, August 13, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Have you ever made a salad with locally grown vegetables from your community’s farmers market?  If you haven’t, you should.  “As Americans become more health conscientious, farmers markets are helping to fill the demand for healthier, fresher products,” says Laura Fortune, market specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.  “There is also a growing national trend to support locally grown foods, and farmers markets are a perfect fit.”

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