Agriculture

Nolensville Market Filled with Food and Fun

Friday, June 12, 2015 | 07:52 am
Local farmers markets off to a strong start in Tennessee.
Local farmers markets off to a strong start in Tennessee.

Pick Tennessee Products will be at the Nolensville Farmers Market for a special media day Saturday, June 13.

Media will have access to the market’s vendors and farmers for interviews, and the market area will provide colorful images and video. Tennessee State University’s Dr. George R. Smith will also be on hand for interviews and to conduct public question and answer sessions about the positive and negative impacts of urban development on agriculture.

The Nolensville Farmers Market was organized by members of the community and is open every Saturday through October 31. Approximately 30 vendors sell produce, honey, baked goods, meats, dairy products and artisan crafts at the popular market.

Tennessee Forestry Commission to Meet June 19

Friday, June 05, 2015 | 10:34 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Forestry Commission will meet June 19 at 10 a.m. CDT in the Bruer Building conference room at Ellington Agricultural Center, located at 406 Hogan Rd. in Nashville. 

The agenda includes a report on Tennessee’s forest products industry by the Tennessee Forestry Association, a report on forest health issues, a review of legislative issues, a State Forest timber sales update, and state Division of Forestry personnel recognition and staffing updates.  The meeting is open to the public.

Proposals Now Accepted for Tree Planting Projects

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 01:46 pm

NASHVILLE— 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.

TAEP funds will be used to enhance the state of Tennessee through tree planting. “These TAEP-funded projects require that the trees must come from a Tennessee nursery,” Urban Forestry resource specialist Brian Rucker said. “These activities support our nursery industry and provide clean air and water, stormwater control and aesthetic values to our communities.”

U&CF funds support all other urban forestry related projects. Projects that address ordinances, inventory and management planning, advisory organization and staffing of an urban or community forestry program will be given priority. Other projects for education, training, printed materials, and travel to state and national urban forestry conferences are also accepted. Local governments, private non-profit organizations and educational institutions are eligible to apply.

Pick Tennessee Offers Chance to “Fill Your Grill” with Farm-Direct Meats

Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 02:36 pm
Win farm-fresh meats with the "Fill Your Grill" contest.
Win farm-fresh meats with the "Fill Your Grill" contest.

Nashville-- Facebook users have the chance to win $200 worth of local meats from a nearby farm. A contest is being conducted by Pick Tennessee Products, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s program that connects farmers directly to consumers.

A total of 12 winners will be randomly chosen at noon on June 15 and notified by Pick Tennessee Products.

Several Tennessee associations including the Tennessee Beef Industry Council, the Tennessee Pork Producers and the Tennessee Sheep Producers Association have partnered with Pick Tennessee to promote state meat producers and help fund the contest. TDA marketing specialist Wendy Sneed says it’s part of an effort to get the word out to consumers that purchasing meats directly from nearby farms is easy to do.

Stolen Cattle and Bad Checks Lead to Two Arrests

Friday, May 01, 2015 | 02:14 pm
Casey Delaney
Casey Delaney
Johnnie Andrew Fisher
Johnnie Andrew Fisher

NASHVILLE—Investigators with the Agricultural Crime Unit of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture have charged a man and woman in connection with theft and bad checks written for 298 cows valued at $428,010.66.

Captain Phil Fedun and investigator Mike Whaley learned that a man and woman were writing worthless checks at Middle Tennessee stockyards to purchase cattle. Most of the cattle were then transported to Kentucky and sold.

On April 28, Johnnie Andrew Fisher, 33 of Lawrenceburg was arrested and charged with Theft of Property for a writing a check on a closed account totaling $151,454.50 to Tennessee Livestock Producers.

Equine Infectious Anemia Reported in West Tennessee

Thursday, April 30, 2015 | 10:44 am
Four cases of EIA confirmed in West Tennessee.
Four cases of EIA confirmed in West Tennessee.

NASHVILLE—The state veterinarian is advising horse owners of four confirmed cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in West Tennessee.

Four horses stabled at three locations in Henderson County recently tested positive for EIA. A second round of screening confirmed the positive results. State officials are now testing additional horses that stabled with or live near the infected horses.

“We take EIA very seriously,” state veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher said. “Early detection and containment are critical to preventing the spread.”

New Stop on Quilt Trail Celebrates Tennessee Heritage

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 01:52 pm
Barn quilt square now featured at Ellington Agricultural Center.
Barn quilt square now featured at Ellington Agricultural Center.

NASHVILLE—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. 

“Quilt Trails connect us back to our local farms and they support the state’s diverse communities,” Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said. “As people follow these trails along our state’s rural routes, they rediscover pieces of our heritage in a colorful and historical way.”

West Tennessee Farm to Host Strawberry School

Monday, April 27, 2015 | 10:35 am
Tennessee strawberries are nearly ripe and ready.
Tennessee strawberries are nearly ripe and ready.

Pick Tennessee Products will host a “Strawberry School” media day at Falcon Ridge Farm on Tuesday, April 28.  

Tammy Algood, Pick Tennessee Products spokesperson and acclaimed food expert, will conduct Strawberry School, demonstrating proper strawberry picking, care, storage and preservation techniques. Participating media can tour the farm, interview farmers and gather information about this year’s strawberry crop, which continues to be affected by persistent rains and cool temperatures.

Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton and TDA director of Market Development Debbie Ball will attend, as will other area officials.

Public Advisory for Undeclared Allergen

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 01:55 pm

NASHVILLE—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.

On April 17, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture conducted routine retail food product sampling in West Tennessee markets. The department’s test results for two products—Backermann’s Bakery chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies with best by date of April 24, 2015—showed positive for the presence of a peanut allergen not disclosed on the product labels.   

The products have been distributed throughout the Memphis area. As of the date of this release, Backermann’s Bakery has contacted its distributors to issue a recall. If the products are found in additional Tennessee stores, the department will embargo these products with best by dates of April 24, 2015, as adulterated and/or misbranded pursuant to the Tennessee Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Learn to Pick Perfectly at Strawberry School

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 10:29 am

NASHVILLE—Pick Tennessee Products will host a “Strawberry School” media day at the Wagner Berry Farm near Spring Hill on Friday, April 24.

Tammy Algood, Pick Tennessee Products spokesperson and acclaimed food expert, will conduct “Strawberry School,” demonstrating proper strawberry picking, care, storage and preservation techniques. Participating media can tour the farm, interview farmers and gather information about this year’s strawberry crop.

Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson and Assistant Commissioner Ed Harlan will attend, as will Maury County Mayor Charles Norman and other area officials.