Professor Develops Animal Treatment Device
Karen Tobias, a surgeon at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, has created an inexpensive safety pin-like hook that would quickly secure bandages, dressings, or closed incisions. Read more about this patent-pending treatment device that could help speed would healing and make management of animal wounds much easier here.
Online Master Nursery Producer Training Program
UT Extension is now providing online training for nursery operators and their employees who wish to become certified as a Tennessee Master Nursery Producer (TMNP). Read more about this opportunity at ag.tennessee.edu.
Researchers Help as TN Soybean Production Grows
UTIA does research to improve soybean seed varieties for farmers and create healthier food for consumers. With more than 1.5 million acres harvested last fall, soybeans are now Tennessee's largest row crop. Learn more at www.rfdtv.com.
Financially Successful Farmers Share At Least Six Things In Common
Chuck Danehower, UT Extension farm management specialist, explains how it is the decisions made in profitable years that make the difference in his article featured in the Southeast Farm Press. Read the full article here.
Farm Bill Update
President Obama signed the Agriculture Act of 2014 on February 7, 2014 after two years of discussions in Congress. The Act, more commonly referred to as the Farm Bill, broadly sets agricultural policy until 2018. The Department of Agriculture Economics has created a brief sheet of highlights of the Bill pertinent to Tennessee Agriculture. The document can be found at economics.ag.utk.edu.
Tyson Foods CEO and His Wife
to Give $3.2 Million to UTIA
Donnie Smith and his wife, Terry, personally pledged a gift of $3.2 Million to UTIA to establish a chair for International Sustainable Agriculture. Read more about their generous gift and the new International Programs position on the UTIA website.
UT Gardens' February Gardening Tips
As Spring is just around the corner, it is time to begin working in your garden! Want to know the latest news on when to plant, water, and prune? Read some tips from Jason Reeves, research horticulturist and curator for the UT Gardens here.
53 TN Counties Added to StrikeForce Initiative
On Wednesday, January 22nd, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will tour UTIA's Center for Renewable Carbon and meet with UTIA leaders and TN 4-H youth. Harden will also announce the addition of 53 TN counties to StrikeForce, a USDA initiative seeking economic growth for rural areas. Read more details about StrikeForce on the USDA website.
2014 Value-Added Beef Program
Cattle producers, farm-based retail meat marketers and operators of harvesting and processing businesses are encouraged to attend the conference on March 18-19th. To learn more about this opportunity and register for the event, visit here.
Farmers Market Boot camp
The Farmers Market Boot Camp Workshops will be held in Memphis (Feb 24), Dyersburg (Feb 25), Dickson (Feb 26), Fayetteville (Mar 4), Chattanooga (Mar 5) and Harriman (Mar 6) and will last from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To learn more about the events, visit the Center for Profitable Agriculture's website.
The workshop will be held at Shade Tree Farms in Adams, TN on Friday, February 28, 2014. The participant fee is $10 per person, which includes a lunch on site. The workshop will begin at 9:00 am (central time) and conclude at approximately 4:00 pm.
Find out more information here.
2014 Master Dairy Producer Meeting
"Tennessee's farms, nurseries, and forests contribute more than $66 billion to the state's economy and account for more than 337,880 jobs, but the goal is to improve those numbers."
UT Extension will begin offering Master Dairy Producer training for the state's dairy operators.
Find out more information about the programs offered here
LED Lights Spur Plant Growth
"We found out that they [LED lights] can really dramatically increase plant physiology, increase mineral nutrient levels, and also increase antioxidant levels, which are very important for us in the diet," said Kopsell, a researcher at The University of Tennessee.
Read more about how LED lights could play a key role in indoor plant growth here.
Freezing Temperatures Threaten Livestock
Certain kinds of livestock are in danger of freezing to death if not properly cared for, according to UT Agricultural Extension Agent John Goddard. See more at WBIR.com.
UT Extension announces 2014
continuing education for Tennessee
producers, forest managers
University of Tennessee Extension is encouraging the state’s producers and forest managers to earn continuing education Master Producer certificates by completing educational programs designed to help them improve their products and cultural practices. Learn more here.
What Can and Cannot Be Bought with Agricultural Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate
Tennessee’s Department of Revenue, the state’s chief tax collector, would like to remind farmers that have Agricultural Sales and Use Tax Certificates of Exemption that they can only use these certificates to buy certain things tax-free. Read more.
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