agriculture

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Health; August 14, 2012:  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 […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture; June 29, 2012:   NASHVILLE – State Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson has issued a burn ban for Cheatham, Dickson, Gibson, Giles, Marshall, Maury and Sumner counties. The burn ban is effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice. The ban applies to all open-air burning including […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture; April 5, 2012: Focus on Farm and Forest Issues, Rural Development Opportunities – NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is hosting a series of listening sessions across the state in April and May for farmers, forest landowners and agribusinesses. The purpose of the meetings is to […]

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Press Release from the State of Tennessee, March 30, 2012: NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson on March 30 announced the appointment of dairy industry veteran, William Thompson, as food manufacturing administrator. “Bill will be able to look at food safety issues from a business perspective as well as a public health […]

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Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Feb 15, 2012: First Lady Crissy Haslam and Commissioner Johnson tour Randall Walker Farms Nursery in Morrison, TN. NASHVILLE – Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam met Feb. 15 with nursery growers and industry leaders and toured local nurseries to highlight Tennessee’s horticultural industry. Mrs. Haslam met with a […]

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Press Release from Department of Agriculture; Jan. 18, 2012: NASHVILLE – The 2012 Tennessee Agritourism Conference is being held in conjunction with the Tennessee Horticultural Expo Jan. 26-28 at the Nashville Airport Marriott in Nashville. The expo offers educational sessions, trade show exhibits, networking opportunities and association meetings for current agritourism operators and farmers interested […]

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State of Tennessee Press Release; Jan. 3, 2011:  NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Biscuits are the original fast food. A convenience food back when there were no convenience foods, they’re best when made quickly. In fact, taking too much care and time with biscuit dough will leave biscuits flat and dry. The reason your grandmother made such […]

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Press Release from Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, Aug. 13, 2010: NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced Terry J. Oliver as the next commissioner of the Department of Agriculture. Oliver, who currently serves as deputy commissioner, will assume his new role on August 16, 2010. “I have personally known Terry and have sought his advice […]

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Farming for Votes

by Mark Todd Engler on August 12, 2010

Knoxville Mayor and GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Haslam told Tennessee Farm Bureau members that leaner government will benefit rural businesses, and the state’s economy as a whole. But agriculture grants and biofuels subsidies wouldn’t necessarily be on the chopping block, he added.

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State of Tennessee Press Release; July 21, 2010: NASHVILLE — Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte will host an event on Thursday, July 22 from 4-6 p.m. CDT at Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Residence. The drop-in open house, entitled, “Conservation Hall Supports Agriculture,” will focus on cultivation and gardening, featuring diverse participants that include local […]

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Republican leaders in the House say they’re big fans of the Senate GOP’s budget proposal, with a few minor tweaks.

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Press Release from Sen. Tim Barnes, D-Adams, and Rep. Joe Pitts, D-Clarksville, March 24, 2010: Bill would protect farm land from massive estate tax hikes NASHVILLE – The state Senate passed Wednesday 31-0 a bill by Sen. Tim Barnes (D-Adams) and Rep. Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) to protect farmers from unfair property valuation by sponsoring a […]

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