11:10 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Mayfield Seeks Funding To Build Farmers' Market Pavillion

Mayfield City Officials are seeking grant funding to buy land for a new farmers’ market.  Mayor Teresa Cantrell said currently the town's market has no permanent home and sets up on the downtown square on Saturday mornings and a borrowed church parking lot on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. 

“We thought that was something communities needed, especially small rural communities like Mayfield," said Cantrell. "We need our farmers’ market and they needed a home to conduct their activities. It needs to be a visible place where they can get drive-by traffic and have regular hours.”

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3:13 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Grand Rivers Receives Federal Grants and Loans for New Wastewater Treatment Plant

U.S. Department of Agriculture loans and grants will help replace the troubled Grand Rivers wastewater treatment plant. The USDA’s Acting Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service, John Padalino  said the $6-million allow for a new treatment plant and modified pump station. Grand Rivers Mayor Tom Moodie has said the current plant is underpowered and fails often.  Padalino said environmental impact studies have been completed to allow the project to move forward.

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8:26 am
Thu March 28, 2013

TN has $170K Available To Help Organic Farmers

Tennessee has $170,000 dollars available for certified organic farmers and those transitioning to organic agriculture. The money is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Organic Initiative, which helps plan and implement conservation practices that allow their organic operations to be environmentally sustainable.  Some of these practices include cover crops, nutrient and pest management and crop rotation.

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8:11 am
Wed October 24, 2012

West Tennessee Non-Profits Helping Veterans Get Jobs

A partnership between two regional non-profit organizations and USDA Rural Development is helping West Tennessee veterans find jobs. Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode says the partnership is between Memphis Bioworks Foundation and the Crockett Policy Institute. The USDA is providing a $30,000 grant. The collaboration will establish a network of support organizations, a comprehensive database and outreach programs to help veterans find jobs in the energy sector.

8:44 am
Tue August 21, 2012

USDA: Corn Harvest Ahead of Schedule

This year's corn harvest is ahead of schedule with four percent in already, compared with just one percent at this time last year.  The harvest is three to four weeks ahead of schedule in most of the corn belt because an unusually warm spring allowed farmers to plant earlier.  Most then expected a good year, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been reducing its estimates of the nation's harvest amid a severe drought centered over the Midwest.

9:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

USDA Officials Visit Drought Stricken Region

Farmers around the Midwest are seeing their crops and livestock die in the midst of one of the most severe droughts in the region in years. The drought was recently upgraded in severity to “Exceptional Drought,” the highest level on the drought severity scale. United States Department of Agriculture officials are looking at ways to help out farmers. USDA Deputy Under Secretary Karis Gutter toured the region last week to meet with farmers. WKMS’s Shelly Baskin spoke with Gutter about what he learned.

8:19 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Severe Drought State of Emergency Declared

Drought and high temperatures have led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare a state of emergency in our region.   

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