Agriculture

Tennessee wood quarantined in some counties

Nashville-The Tennessee Division of Forestry has quarantined the counties of Claiborne, Grainger, Knox, Loudon, Blount and Sevier from wood removal due to the Emerald Ash borer; the counties of  Union, Anderson, Knox, Loudon, Blount, and Sevier for Thousand cancers disease(TCD) and Scott, Roane, Morgan, Monroe, McMinn, Jefferson, Grainger, Cocke, Claiborne, and Campbell counties are buffer […]

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TWRA Offers Incentive to Farmers for Wide Native Grass Buffers

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is offering a one-time incentive payment of $100 per acre for farmers to plant wide (50 feet or more average width) native grass buffers on crop fields under a 10-year contract in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The practice, CP33-Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds, allows farmers to establish […]

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Farm Service Agency Honors Leonard Eugene Hickman

The Jackson/Clay Farm Service Agency county committee and employees honored Gene Hickman on December 9, 2010 for outstanding service to the agriculture community in Jackson and Clay County.  Leonard Eugene Hickman has served on the FSA county committee for one three year term.  Mr. Hickman was elected by the farmers in his community.  The Jackson/Clay […]

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Farm Service Agency county committee elections begin

  Kerry King, Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Jackson/Clay county announced that the 2009 FSA county committee elections have started.   Ballots have been mailed to eligible voters and  Dec. 7, 2009, is the deadline for eligible voters to return ballots to their local FSA offices.    “The FSA county committee system […]

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Clay native Donaldson honored with national evaluation training award

  KNOXVILLE-In the course of a year, how many people do we see? How many lives do we touch? Those are numbers Joseph Donaldson wants to know – and he trains others to find that valuable information.   Donaldson is now being recognized by his peers nationally for his work with UT Extension in training […]

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Clay gets federal agriculture disaster declaration

  WASHINGTON-With extreme rainfall and flooding damaging Clay County farms in July, Congressman Bart Gordon announced that the U.S. Agriculture Department declared Clay County a federal agriculture disaster area.   “The storms destroyed crop yields across Clay, significantly affecting the livelihood of farmers and their families in the County and surrounding communities,” Congressman Gordon said. […]

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Clay County’s Brian Neal McLerran receives Tennessee Small Farmer of the Year award

  Brian Neal Mclerran of Clay County was recently awarded the Tennessee Small Farmer of the Year Award at TSU’s Small Farm Expo in Cheatham County.  Kerry King, County Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Jackson and Clay counties, made the announcement last week. McLerran was nominated for the small farmer of the […]

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Bredesen announces federal disaster help for six counties, including Clay

  NASHVILLE-Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the federal government has approved his request for disaster assistance for six counties in West and Middle Tennessee awaiting assistance due to severe storms, heavy rains, flooding and flash flooding that occurred July 15-17. Local governments and public utilities of Chester, Clay, Decatur, Jackson, Overton and Wayne Counties are […]

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Bredesen requests Presidential disaster declaration for Clay, five other counties

  NASHVILLE-Governor Phil Bredesen has asked President Obama to declare Chester, Clay, Decatur, Jackson, Overton and Wayne counties federal disaster areas following severe storms, heavy rains, flooding and flash flooding on July 15-17, 2009.  Should this initial request for public assistance be granted, the six Tennessee counties would have access to varying levels of federal […]

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Rainfall still well ahead of average; July temperatures way below normal

  CELINA-The first seven months of 2009 here have seen considerably more precipitation than normal and a mixed bag on temperatures, according to National Weather Service (NWS) statistics. Through the end of July, the reporting station here had seen a precipitation surplus nearing seven inches for the year, thanks to more heavy rain during the […]

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Clay 4-H members to compete at sheep expo

  By RANDALL KIMES Clay County 4-H Sheep Project members will be participating in the 2009 Tennessee Junior Livestock Exposition in Cookeville during the week of July 13 – 16.   In addition to showing their animals they will have the opportunity to participate in a showmanship contest and a skillathon contest.  Exhibitors will also […]

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Local Youth attend annual Tennessee 4-H RoundUp

  For the 86th year, 4-H members from across Tennessee will gather at the University of Tennessee, Martin for State 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference.   The annual event, which takes place July 20-24, recognizes the outstanding project work and leadership accomplishments of senior high 4-H members.   Approximately 400 high school age 4-H’ers […]

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‘Electricity Rocks’ Tennessee 4-H’ers at 2009 Electric Camp

A group of enthusiastic 4-H’ers from the Tri-County Electric service area traveled to the University of Tennessee June 23-26 to attend the 2009 4-H Electric Camp, an annual event bringing hundreds of seventh and eighth grade students from across Tennessee to the Knoxville campus each summer to learn about electricity. These 4-H’ers were among 270 […]

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