Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) has been found in small fruit plantings in Tennessee. This insect has the potential to reach high numbers very quickly and can be devastating to small fruit crops such as blueberry, blackberry and raspberry. Damage on the fruit occurs as small, depressed, soft spots at larval feeding sites. The presence of small maggot-like worms in containers of fruit is another indication of an infestation.
The Tennessee Organic Growers Association held its annual conference at the Marriott in Cool Springs, Franklin, on February 17th and 18th in conjunction with the Pick Tennessee Conference. The joint effort of many organizations such as Tennessee Organic Growers Association (TOGA), TN Fruit and Vegetable Growers, TN Farm Winegrowers Alliance, TN Association of Farmers Markets, TN Flower Growers Association, and TN Agritourism Association brought the largest attendance so far, with over 500 in attendance.
TOGA want producers to be aware of the 0600-12 Multi-Use Subclassification. This proposal wants to change the classification of farm/agriculture businesses to be reclassified as commercial. If this passes it will increase the tax rate for farms by 60%. Visit the TN Comptroller to see the notice. We will keep you posted on when the vote will be held.
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