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Commissioner Hatcher receives Alumni Award

Nov 30, 2020

The Tennessee Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the International Honor Society of Agriculture, has recognized Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Charlie Hatcher, DVM, with its 2020 Alumni Award. Hatcher is a 1984 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

USDA 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum will be virtual and registration is free

Nov 23, 2020

Registration is now open for the 97th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF), the largest annual meeting and premiere event of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The two-day forum will take place on Feb. 18-19, 2021. Due to COVID-19 and current restrictions on large gatherings in the Washington, D.C. area, USDA will hold the 2021 Forum virtually for the first time and registration will be free for the event.  

Application Deadline for CFAP 2 is Dec. 11

Nov 16, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) is Dec. 11, 2020. 

UTIA takes leadership role to enhance regional dairy income

Nov 09, 2020

The University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture and Department of Animal Science are combining their expertise with experts from Kentucky and North Carolina to enhance the success of regional dairy businesses. The team, led by Liz Eckelkamp, the UT Extension dairy specialist, and Hal Pepper, a CPA financial specialist, has been awarded a $6 million grant from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service as part of the agency’s Diversifying Income and Adding Value by Manufacturing Dairy Products-Phase 2 efforts. Eckelkamp and Pepper were selected in October 2019 to lead the USDA-sponsored Tennessee Dairy Innovation effort to help Tennessee producers develop innovative dairy products, and this award is an extension of that work.  

UT Online Cattle Auction Set for Nov.3-17

Nov 02, 2020

For the second year in a row, the fall cattle sale at the University of Tennessee Plateau AgResearch and Education Center will be an online auction. Bidding will begin Nov. 3 and close on Nov. 17.

Tennessee Hemp Growers Get Another Year to Transition to Federal Program

Oct 26, 2020

Hemp growers in Tennessee will have more time to adjust to federal Domestic Hemp Program guidelines. The program was scheduled to take effect this year, but the United States Congress extended the current industrial hemp pilot program authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill through Sept. 30, 2021.  

UTIA to Lead Regional Effort to Battle Farmer, Rancher Stress

Oct 19, 2020

The stress level in rural communities is off the charts. Farm and ranch closures, land forfeitures, labor issues, and more contribute to this trend. And according to a 2015 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a full five years before the COVID-19 pandemic hit — rates of suicide in rural communities measured twice that of urban areas.

UTIA to Welcome New Assistant Dean of Extension

Oct 12, 2020

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) welcomes Janet Fox as assistant dean of UT Extension and head of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). Fox is currently serving as head of the Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program, which serves more than 200,000 youth annually with award-winning, experiential programs.  

Tennessee Farms Offer Safe, Outdoor Fun This Fall

Oct 05, 2020

Are you looking for a way to get outside and enjoy fall fun with family and friends? A trip to a Tennessee farm this season will bring smiling faces, family entertainment, and unforgettable memories. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, agritourism operators have implemented health measures to make sure your visit is safe and enjoyable.  

Expansion of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program begins Sept. 21

Sep 28, 2020

President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue have announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) begins Sept. 21 and runs through Dec. 11, 2020.  

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