Media Advisories

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.

Tennessee Forestry Commission to Meet April 23-24

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 08:15 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Forestry Commission will tour Standing Stone State Forest on April 23 and will meet on April 24 beginning at 8:30 a.m. CDT at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Cumberland District Forestry Office, located at 929 West Jackson Street, Suite C in Cookeville, Tenn.

The agenda includes an overview of the district office and introductions of staff, a review of winter storm emergency responses, a report from the Cookeville Tree Board, and updates on the Shortleaf Pine Initiative, legislation, and tree seedling production and pricing.

State Officials Join Citizens for Rural Opportunities Roundtable

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 12:41 pm

NASHVILLE—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.

Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd, Financial Institutions Commissioner Greg Gonzales, Harriet Cannon with USDA Rural Development and other agency representatives will all be on hand to discuss programs and services to support rural economic development. There will also be time for open discussion.

Tennessee Lawmakers to Celebrate "Ag Day on the Hill"

Friday, March 20, 2015 | 10:31 am

Tennessee lawmakers will celebrate “Ag Day on the Hill” this year beginning with an awards presentation Monday, March 23 at 4:30 p.m. on Charlotte Avenue between the Capitol and War Memorial Plaza.

In January, three Tennessee Farm Bureau members were runners-up in a national competition to recognize top farmers and agriculturalists. Each will be presented with a Case IH tractor.

The festivities continue on Tuesday, March 24 starting at 8 a.m. with displays from agricultural organizations, including outdoor exhibits of live animals and farm equipment at the entrance of Legislative Plaza on 6th Avenue. At 9 a.m., lawmakers will compete in a corn shucking/shelling contest. The Farm and Forest Families of Tennessee organization will present a check to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in honor of contest participants.

I-75 Fog Zone in Bradley and McMinn Counties to Undergo Testing and Maintenance this Sunday, March 22, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015 | 08:37 am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and contract crews, will conduct fog zone scenario testing on I-75 North and South in Bradley and McMinn counties on Sunday, March 22, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EDT.  The fog zone area encompasses I-75 from mile marker 27 in Bradley County to mile marker 44 in McMinn County.

During this time period, THP and TDOT may implement daytime closures of interstate on-ramps throughout the fog zone area to perform fog zone scenario testing activities on dynamic message signs, changeable speed limit signs, swing gates and fog detection systems.  Crews will work

State Soil Conservation Committee to Meet March 31

Friday, March 13, 2015 | 06:37 am

NASHVILLE - The State Soil Conservation Committee will meet March 31 at 10 a.m. CDT in the Holeman Building at Ellington Agricultural Center, located at 424 Hogan Rd. in Nashville.

The agenda includes approval of previous meeting minutes, reports from partner agencies, organizations and ex-officio members, a review of Conflict of Interest Policies, Soil Conservation District appointments and general discussion. The meeting is open to the public.