Agriculture

Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission to Meet Oct. 13

Monday, October 06, 2014 | 12:19 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission will meet Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. CDT at the Ed Jones Auditorium, located at Ellington Agricultural Center, 416 Hogan Road in Nashville. 

The commission will review and consider approval of the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a market study on the potential for growth and development of the Tennessee State Fair. The meeting may be conducted permitting electronic means of communication by some members of the commission. The meeting is open to the public.

Gould Joins Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Friday, October 03, 2014 | 02:16 pm
     Corinne Gould
Corinne Gould

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson today announced the appointment of former Nashville news producer Corinne Gould as deputy director of public affairs. 


“Cori has extensive media experience as well as a strong background in and appreciation for agriculture,” Johnson said. “We are very fortunate to have her join our staff to help lead our communications efforts going forward. She will be a great asset as we continue to strive to better serve all Tennesseans and especially our rural communities.” 


Gould joins longtime department spokesman and public affairs director Tom Womack, and will be responsible for helping to coordinate media relations, social media as well as internal and external outreach for the agency. 

Tennessee Dairy Promotion Committee to Meet Oct. 14

Thursday, October 02, 2014 | 12:29 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Dairy Promotion Committee will meet Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.  CST at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 1228 Bunker Hill Road in Cookeville, Tenn.

The agenda includes a review of the TDPC financials, including the year-to-date financial statement and carryover dollars, and an update on promotional activities, election of officers and a review of contracts. The meeting is open to the public.

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Davidson County

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 12:18 pm

NASHVILLE – A quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that destroys ash trees has been expanded to include Davidson County. The insect was found in a USDA-APHIS trap in a residential area of Old Hickory. This brings the total number of Tennessee counties under a state and federal EAB quarantine to 39.

“EAB continues to spread across the state,” Gray Haun, TDA’s Plant Certification administrator said. “Finding it initially in a residential area instead of along a waterway or in a campsite is a bit unusual and inspectors are continuing to search Davidson County for more signs of EAB.”

The EAB detection program deployed by TDA and USDA-APHIS uses purple box traps placed in trees to determine if EAB is in the area. The traps are coated with an adhesive that captures insects when they land. The color is attractive to EAB, and is relatively easy for people to spot among the foliage.

Donnell Farm “Flying High” This Fall to Keep Education Farm Fresh

Monday, September 29, 2014 | 01:04 pm

NASHVILLE – Donnell Century Farm near Jackson is hosting a special Pick Tennessee Products media day on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to showcase their new features and activities for the fall. 

“This Tuesday, all the media attending will experience a real bird’s eye view of our corn maze through drone cameras,” farm operator Rose Ann Donnell said. “Pig races will have everyone squealing, and you can be photographed decorated with fun props from our farm scene for a funny keepsake. Everyone will be a taste tester at the kettle corn popping demonstration.” 

Media opportunities include interviews, photographs, and videotaping with the Donnell family, field trip teachers, students and families.

Tennessee Pest Control Licensing and Advisory Board to Meet

Friday, September 26, 2014 | 11:30 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Pest Control Licensing and Advisory Board will meet Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m. CDT in the conference room at the Porter Building at Ellington Agricultural Center, located at 436 Hogan Rd. in Nashville, Tenn.

The agenda includes a review and approval of previous meeting minutes, consideration of individuals seeking licensure in special categories, and scheduling of 2016 dates for board meetings and licensing examinations. The meeting will also include a demonstration on the use of dogs in pest detection and control. The meeting is open to the public.

Oakes Farm Makes New Fall Attractions to Ensure New Memories

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | 03:24 pm

NASHVILLE – Oakes Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Corryton is hosting a special Pick Tennessee Products media day on Thursday, Sept. 25, to showcase their new features and activities for the fall. Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson and other officials will be on hand to help celebrate.

At each Pick Tennessee Products Media Day, participating media can interview farmers and area officials in attendance, get footage and photographs of visitors and receive a “goody bag” including digital images and information about local foods and farms.

“We have 25 amazingly fun attractions for the entire family,” says David Black, Oakes farmer. “We have three haunted attractions on the farm. The Trail of Doom is a haunted maze that is farm themed. Chaotic Clown is a carnival based haunt. New this year is Elemental Dark Journey, where you are blindfolded and experience wind, water, fire, and earth.”

It’s a Fall Fest—But East Nashville Farmers Market Shows Off Summer’s Best

Monday, September 22, 2014 | 03:04 pm

NASHVILLE - “Don’t skip the very best time of year to visit farmers markets,” says Amy Tavalin, farmers markets specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

“From now until the first hard freeze is easily the most abundant season of the year in Tennessee,” Tavalin said. “We have a long growing season, so not only are all of summer’s favorites enjoying a last hurrah, but everything from fresh apples to Indian corn is elbowing into farmers market aisles across the state. Fresh, local “summer” produce will be here right along with everybody’s fall favorites until sometime in October.”

This Wednesday, Sept. 24, Pick Tennessee Products will host a fall produce media day at the East Nashville Farmers Market’s new location in Shelby Park from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Participating media can interview farmers and area officials in attendance, get footage and photographs of visitors and receive a “goody bag” including digital images and information about local foods and farms.

National Farm Safety and Health Week Promotes Awareness of Safety Solutions Year Round

Monday, September 22, 2014 | 11:47 am

NASHVILLE – Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and non-fatal injuries while on the job. In fact, Tennessee is among the top six states for deaths due to tractor accidents in agricultural work, according to data from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. During National Farm Safety and Health Week this September, the Department of Health joins the Department of Agriculture in raising awareness of the risks of farming accidents and ways to save lives through prevention.

“Farm injuries are especially prevalent during harvest season as farmers are working long hours and dealing with the additional stress of unpredictable weather and equipment problems,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said. “We appreciate the opportunity to join with the Tennessee Department of Health in promoting safe and healthy practices on our farms and the rural roadways of Tennessee.”

The occupational fatality rate for farmers is 700 percent higher than other U.S. industries, including mining. During 2009-2012, an average of 17 fatalities from agricultural tractor accidents was reported in Tennessee every year. Engineering advancements made to tractors and other farm equipment have helped reduce injuries and deaths – but only when they are used properly.

Slow Down for Fall - and Wine - at Knoxville’s Market Square Farmers Market

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 09:28 am

KNOXVILLE - “Don’t skip the very best time of year to visit farmers markets,” says Amy Tavalin, farmers markets specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

“From now until the first hard freeze is easily the most abundant season of the year in Tennessee,” says Tavalin. “We have a long growing season, so not only are all of summer’s favorites enjoying a last hurrah, but everything from fresh apples to Indian corn is elbowing into farmers market aisles across the state. Fresh, local produce will be here until sometime in October.”

This Saturday, September 20, Pick Tennessee Products will host a fall produce media day at the Market Square Farmers Market in Knoxville. Participating media can interview farmers and area officials in attendance, get footage and photographs of visitors and receive a “goody bag” including digital images and information about local foods and farms.