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Strawberry Season Is Here and Farmers Are Ready

Strawberry Season Is Here and Farmers Are Ready

Despite the wet start to spring, sweet and juicy strawberries are prime for picking in most areas of Tennessee. If you are looking for the freshest berries, you need to go straight to the farm. “We are seeing more ripe strawberries by the day.” Mitchell Hyde of Hyde Farms in Loudon County said. “The more […]

Jefferson County FSA is Accepting Emergency Conservation Program Applications for Flood Damage

Jefferson County FSA is Accepting Emergency Conservation Program Applications for Flood Damage

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director James L Giffin in Jefferson County today announced that Jefferson County is approved to accept applications for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to address damages from flooding. ECP sign-up will begin on April 22, 2019 and end on May 24, 2019. According to Giffin: […]

Higher Limits Now Available for USDA Farm Loans

Higher Limits Now Available for USDA Farm Loans

Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and made changes to other loans, such as microloans and […]

Livestock Indemnity Program Benefits Available to Jefferson County Producers

Livestock Indemnity Program Benefits Available to Jefferson County Producers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director James L. Giffin in Jefferson County today announced that producers who suffered qualifying livestock losses due to natural disasters, including wolves and avian predators, could be eligible for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). LIP benefits are available for livestock death losses in excess of […]

When it Comes to Monarchs, Fall Migration Matters

When it Comes to Monarchs, Fall Migration Matters

Scientists studying monarch butterflies have traditionally focused on two sources for their decline – winter habitat loss in Mexico and fewer milkweed plants in the Midwest. New research conducted by Michigan State University and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, however, shows that a critical piece of the butterfly’s annual cycle was missing […]

Flood Damage Assistance Available for Farmers

Flood Damage Assistance Available for Farmers

The Jefferson/Sevier/Cocke Farm Service Agency county committee has requested assistance for damage suffered due to flooding for Cocke County farmers, through the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP). “If ECP is approved for Jefferson County, then the county office will hold a signup period for producers to request assistance through ECP”, according to James Giffin, County Executive […]

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Responds to Flood Damage

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Responds to Flood Damage

Following the rains and flooding that led to a State of Emergency in Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is coordinating with partners to assess damage, monitor food and fuel supplies, and assist farmers as floodwaters recede. “Under Governor Lee’s direction, we have been coordinating responses with TEMA and other agencies to address the […]

These 10 Plants Shaped Tennessee

These 10 Plants Shaped Tennessee

Whether walking through fields of high cotton or “sangin’ in the hills,” Tennesseans know plants are the state’s lifeblood. Two experts with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently led a project choosing the 10 plants that most shaped the state: American chestnut, beans (several varieties), corn, cotton, dogwood, ginseng, grasses (prairie and turf), tobacco, white […]

Farmers Offered New Cost Share Opportunity for Certification Program

Farmers Offered New Cost Share Opportunity for Certification Program

Tennessee farmers looking to expand their markets and increase food safety by becoming Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified now have the opportunity to receive financial assistance from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA). GAP certification allows producers to sell directly to more businesses and institutions with stringent food safety requirements, such as grocery stores or […]

Garden Spotlight!

Garden Spotlight!

Rain! Rain! Go away and come again another day! Find yourself saying this? Trust me, I don’t blame you. The rain has been plentiful through fall and early winter, but we will likely find ourselves begging for it at some point throughout this growing season. Until the rain does slow, there is plenty to do […]

Tennessee’s Farmer Veterans Serve Twice

Tennessee’s Farmer Veterans Serve Twice

This Veteran’s Day, we will honor the brave men and women who have served our country, but did you know that some Tennessee veterans are now serving by producing the food we eat and the fiber we use? Tennessee has more than 400 farmer veterans. One of them is Dennis Scales, owner of Running Hog […]

It’s Apple Pickin’ Time in Tennessee

It’s Apple Pickin’ Time in Tennessee

It’s apple picking time once again, and bushels of apples are available for those who want to enjoy a farm fresh treat. Local producers are saying that now is the perfect time to take an autumn adventure and visit an orchard for fresh Tennessee apples. “Depending on the variety of apple, Labor Day to Halloween […]

Support Local Dairies, Look for New Tennessee Milk Logo

Support Local Dairies, Look for New Tennessee Milk Logo

Consumers now have a way to know that their milk comes from Tennessee dairy farms with the new official Tennessee Milk logo. Milk labeled as Tennessee Milk must be entirely sourced, processed, and bottled in Tennessee. The program is administered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA). “This logo allows consumers the opportunity to support […]

Planning Christmas Dinner in August? Well, You Should Be!

Planning Christmas Dinner in August? Well, You Should Be!

The dog days of summer seem an odd time to start planning holiday menus. However, if you want locally produced meats grown and processed just the way you like them gracing your holiday tables, it’s time to track down that rack of lamb, pasture raised turkey, prime beef rib, or heirloom breed pork sausage. Local […]

AUBO Robotics Opens Research Facility at Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus

AUBO Robotics Opens Research Facility at Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus

AUBO Robotics, which develops lightweight robots for industrial use, has opened a research and development facility at Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus in Knoxville. AUBO Robotics opened in Knoxville in 2014 as Smokie Robotics and was formerly located at the University of Tennessee Research Foundation Business Incubator. The company is owned by DunAn Group and operates […]

“Weird” Veggies Are Favorites You Just Haven’t Tried

“Weird” Veggies Are Favorites You Just Haven’t Tried

 A stranger is just a friend you haven’t yet met, the saying goes. The same is true for the unfamiliar vegetables that will be showing up at farmers markets and in community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes this summer. As the national movement toward eating more fresh and local produce grows, so does the need for […]

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