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Spotted Lanternfly Detected in Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE —The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) has confirmed the detection of spotted lanternfly (SLF) in Davidson County. Tennessee is the 16th state to detect SLF since it was first discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014. “Our Plant Certification Section inspectors responded to a tip from a vigilant citizen about a …

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TENNESSEE names new state entomologist

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) announces Cindy Bilbrey has been named the new State Entomologist. Bilbrey has been a Plant Inspector II in TDA’s Plant Certification Section for more than 20 years working with nursery and greenhouse growers, plant dealers, and hemp producers in Montgomery, Robertson, Sumner, and …

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PLAN PROPOSED TO CONTAIN INVASIVE FOREST PEST AFFECTING EAST TENNESSEE

TDA’s Division of Forestry Brandon Stout, Forestry Aide 2, checking a spongy moth trap at a campground in Johnson County. NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service are proposing an aerial application of spongy moth mating pheromone in Johnson County this spring. Formerly …

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Burn Permits Required Through May 15

NASHVILLE – A debris burn permit is required through May 15 for outdoor burning from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry where local restrictions do not apply. “Fire prevention begins with you,” State Forester David Arnold said. “Burning piles of leaves and brush can be an efficient way …

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Tennessee celebrates National weights and measures week

Doug Archer, Weights and Measures Inspector in TDA’s Consumer and Industry Services Division conducting a gas station fuel pump inspection. Photo courtesy of Tennessee Department of Agriculture NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is celebrating Weights and Measures week March 1-7, 2023. This year’s theme is “Collaborating with Partners …

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GRANTS AVAILABLE TO TENNESSEE ANIMAL SHELTERS

NASHVILLE — The application period is now open for Tennessee animal shelters to apply for grants to provide low-cost spay and neuter services. Funds from Tennessee’s specialty license plate Animal Friendly – Spay and Neuter Saves Lives go to Animal Friendly Grants, a program administered by the Tennessee Department of …

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ORDERS NOW ACCEPTED FOR DIVISION OF FORESTRY TREE SEEDLINGS

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry (TDF) is offering a variety of tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation and conservation projects. The East Tennessee Nursery in Delano, Tenn. is accepting orders until April 15, 2022, or while supplies last. “The East Tennessee Nursery grows native species that …

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UNDECLARED ALLERGEN PROMPTS COOKIE RECALL

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Consumer and Industry Services Division (CIS) is alerting consumers to a recall of chocolate chip cookies. An undeclared allergen was discovered during routine sampling and testing of food products at a Kroger store in Sevierville, Tenn. The product, Simple Truth Plant-Based Chocolate Chip …

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HEMP LICENSE RENEWAL REMINDER TO GROWERS

NASHVILLE — Industrial hemp growers in Tennessee are required to renew their licenses with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) by June 30, 2021. “Hemp continues to be an important crop in Tennessee,” Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “The marketplace is evolving and growers are finding new ways to use …

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TENNESSEE’S FIRST CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE TESTING FACILITY OPEN

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory has the state’s first Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing facility. The CWD testing unit is operational and fully accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the organization that develops and publishes international standards. “A dozen counties …

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