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April 2014

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Tooling Around

"It's no small surprise when [Ann Adams and Liz Brensinger] began growing and selling produce, they noticed some gaps in the world of agricultural production. 'At the farmers' markets, we got together with other women producers or couples farming, and the topic of tools constantly came up,' Adams explains. Women expressed concerns they weren't strong enough to work with certain tools, but Adams and Brensinger thought strength wasn't the problem. 'Some of the tools didn't work because they were designed for men,' Adams adds. 'We saw a need for a place where women could go for tools that work for their bodies.'" Progressive Farmer

FSA Celebrates American Agriculture Producers on National Ag Day March 25th

"USDA Tennessee Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Gene Davidson encourages everyone to take a moment to appreciate the hard working farmers and ranchers in Tennessee on March 25, National Ag Day. This year's theme is Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed." The Leaf Chronicle

Preventing Traumatic Brain Injuries

"Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are in the news a lot these days: A football player injured in a tackle. A soldier disabled by an explosion. A teen injured in a motor vehicle crash. An older adult injured in a fall. In 2010, there were approximately 2.5 million TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, or deaths. TBIs are a serious public health threat in the United States. However, TBIs can be prevented." CDC Injury Prevention and Control

Why Vacationing on a Farm Isn't as Weird as It Sounds

"Experiential travel has exploded in the last decade, and its subsector of food and agriculture tourism, which connects travelers more deeply with the sources of what they eat while putting money in the pockets of family farmers, has grown up too. U.S. farms reported $566 million in income from agritourism, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's most recent comprehensive farm census. And travelers in the United States spend almost $100,000 every minute on memorable food and wine experiences, says Erik Wolf, founder and executive director of the World Food Travel Association--and not necessarily 'the spendy kind.'" Take Part

Indoor Ag Conference Slated for May 14-15

"Agriculture can now be grown year-round with no soil and limited water in the harshest climates on earth. This technological revolution in agriculture is explored at the second annual Indoor Agriculture Conference May 14-15 at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve Desert Living Center, where global industry experts convene to discuss advancements in this rapidly evolving industry." Morning Ag Clips