Agriculture

TDA Now Accepting Water Quality Grant Proposals

Friday, September 14, 2012 | 11:58 am

-Funds support projects aimed at improving water quality and reducing pollution-

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is now accepting grant proposals for projects that will help improve water quality and reduce or eliminate nonpoint source pollution. The deadline for submitting grant proposals is Dec. 1. Proposals will be evaluated based on program goals and objectives, performance evaluation criteria and applicable EPA nonpoint source grant guidelines.  

“Through the Nonpoint Source Pollution Program, we’ve been able to make measurable improvements in water quality in watersheds across Tennessee,” state Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said. “We’re seeking local governments and other organizations that we can partner with to address water quality problems and encourage stewardship in both urban and rural areas.”

Local governments, regional agencies, public institutions, private nonprofit organizations and other state agencies are eligible to apply for federal dollars administered by TDA’s Water Resources office. Priority is given to projects that seek to make measurable improvements to waters known to be impaired by nonpoint source pollution.

Tarkington Named Division Forester of the Year

Friday, August 24, 2012 | 11:54 am

- Annual award is Division of Forestry’s highest honor -

NASHVILLE – Ward Tarkington was recently named the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry’s Forester of the Year. The award is presented annually to a division forester who exemplifies the highest level of professionalism in serving the citizens and forest landowners of Tennessee.

“The citizens of Tennessee are fortunate to have such a dedicated individual working to improve the sustainability and quality of our forests through the use and integration of technology,” said recently retired State Forester Steven Scott.

Ward was born and raised in the Nashville area. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry Resource Management from the University of Tennessee in 2002. Upon completing his degree he joined the division doing geographic information system analysis work for the 15 state forest properties managed by the division. Following four years in that position, Ward was identified for his leadership skills and qualities and was promoted to the Data & Technology Unit Leader position where he has been since.

Precautions Urged to Protect Against Illness Spread by Mosquito Bites

Friday, August 24, 2012 | 11:04 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s Department of Health and Department of Agriculture are urging Tennesseans, including horse owners and veterinarians, to be on the alert for the re-emergence of viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. As many states are experiencing one of the largest outbreaks of West Nile virus this year, Tennessee is beginning to see cases in humans and horses. In Tennessee, most human WNV cases occur in August and September, and so far this summer, there have been six human cases reported in the state.

Cantaloupes Identified as Source of Salmonella Infection in Tennessee

Friday, August 17, 2012 | 02:21 pm

Tennessee Departments of Health, Agriculture Investigating Multi-State Outbreak

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee departments of Health and Agriculture are alerting Tennesseans about an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella linked to cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana. Cantaloupes grown on one farm have tested positive for the same type of Salmonella causing illness in Tennessee and several other states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and affected states are collaborating in an ongoing investigation to identify all possible sources of contamination and prevent additional cases of illness. At this point no cantaloupes grown in Tennessee have been confirmed to be involved in this outbreak.

TDH and TDA Provide Healthy Tips for Enjoying Summer Fairs

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | 04:19 pm

NASHVILLE – Thousands of Tennesseans will be enjoying the sights, sounds and foods of county fairs in the upcoming weeks. The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture remind visitors and exhibitors to prepare for a healthy trip to the fairgrounds by remembering the following tips:

Tennessee State Fair Commission to Meet

Thursday, August 09, 2012 | 11:38 am

NASHVILLE – The newly appointed Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission will meet Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. Central time at the UT Extension Central Region Office at Ellington Agricultural Center, located at 5201 Marchant Drive in Nashville.

The agenda includes a review of the commission’s legal authority and responsibilities, organizational matters including selection of officers, selection of a not for profit corporation to operate the 2012 Tennessee State Fair and discussion of plans for selecting future operators.

The meeting is open to the public. Individuals interested in addressing the commission should contact the Tennessee Department of Agriculture at 615-837-5103 or arrive prior to the meeting in order to be placed on the agenda.

Tennessee Forestry Commission Meeting Set for Sept. 5

Wednesday, August 01, 2012 | 04:01 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Forestry Commission will meet Sept. 5 at 8:30 a.m. Central time in the Bruer Building conference room at Ellington Agricultural Center, located at 440 Hogan Road in Nashville.

The agenda includes a review of applications and the process for conducting interviews for the State Forester/Assistant Commissioner position, which recently became vacant due to retirement. The State Forester/Assistant Commissioner has statewide responsibility for planning, directing and implementing programs and services of the Division of Forestry. Working with the Commissioner of Agriculture, the Tennessee Forestry Commission is responsible for recommending three names for consideration for appointment by the Governor.

The meeting is open to the public. Individuals interested in addressing the commission should plan to arrive prior to the start of the meeting in order to be placed on the agenda.

Tennessee Forestry Commission Meeting Set for July 31

Friday, July 20, 2012 | 03:17 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Forestry Commission will meet July 31 at 8:30 a.m. Central time in the Bruer Building conference room at Ellington Agricultural Center, located at 440 Hogan Road in Nashville.

The agenda includes a review and approval of previous meeting minutes, election of officers, a review of the Division of Forestry’s current budget and proposed FY 2014 budget, an update on the State Forester position search, a discussion of human resources guidelines and electronic meeting policy, and staff updates and reports.

2012 Tennessee Farmland Legacy Conference Set for Nov. 1 - 2

Thursday, July 19, 2012 | 01:26 pm

NASHVILLE - The 2012 Tennessee Farmland Legacy Conference “Planning Today for Tomorrow’s Farms” will be held Nov. 1 at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee.

Nov. 1 will be a day of information, networking, questions and answers from professionals in the field of farmland preservation, farm and estate planning, land and community planning, and more. Nov. 2 will be optional tours to a Century Farm in the area.

This conference will benefit farmers, landowners, city and county planning officials, elected leaders, community planners, and others who are inspired to help preserve and protect farmland in our state. General and breakout sessions and panel discussions with well-known speakers and experts on a variety of topics will offer invaluable resources, information and knowledge to Tennessee landowners, farmers, community planners and officials.

Tennessee Beef Promotion Board to Meet

Thursday, July 19, 2012 | 11:19 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Beef Promotion Board will meet July 20 at 10 a.m. Central time at the offices of the Tennessee Beef Industry Council, located at 530 Brandies Circle, Ste. A in Murfreesboro, TN. The agenda includes a discussion of various organizational and administrative matters.

The meeting is open to the public. Individuals interested in addressing the committee should plan to arrive prior to the start of the meeting in order to be placed on the agenda.