Tennessee CattleWomen’s Association to Hold Annual Meeting

tncw-banner-small-for-web-rgbThe Tennessee CattleWomen’s Association (TNCW) will be holding its annual meeting in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show. The group’s meeting time will be Saturday, Jan. 14 from 8:30am-10:30am at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro. All women are welcome and encouraged to attend…you do not have to be a current member of the association to join the meeting.

The meeting will begin with a business session, followed by a quick word from American National CattleWomen representative, Emily Dent (Ala.).

NEW this year: As a TNCW member, there will be a painting workshop after the business meeting at 8:30. The session will have 16 painting stations. However, anyone is welcome to pair up and enjoy the session together. The painting that was selected for the group is titled “Hollyhock Sunrise” and each participant will leave with their own creation in hand.  TNCW members have propriety seating with a pre-registration to Rheba at TCA:  (615) 896-2333 or info@tncattle.org. If you are not a current member of TNCW, it is not too late to join and participate in the 2017 business and educational session.

Also NEW this year: During the TCA convention, attendees will have an opportunity to win one of ten gift baskets that have been donated by CattleWomen in each district in the state, as well as the Tennessee Beef Industry Council. Look for any TNCW representative or visit the registration desk for your chance to win. The baskets will be on display in the trade show area.

If you have any questions about the upcoming meeting, please give the TCA office a call or email. See you in Murfreesboro!

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TENNESSEE 15TH IN U.S. IN FARMS SELLING LOCAL FOODS

Cute Boy At The Farmer's MarketThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its results for the first-ever nationwide Local Food Marketing Practices Survey Tuesday. The survey was designed to collect data related to the marketing of foods directly from farms and produce official benchmark data on the local food sector in the United States.

In 2015, 4,148 Tennessee farms reported direct farm sales of food, including value-added products, bringing in a combined $58,720,441. Tennessee ranks 15th in the United States in the number of farms selling foods locally.

“We know that many people care about what they eat and want to know where their food comes from,” Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “This survey shows what that farmer-to-consumer relationship is worth in Tennessee. I’m proud to see our state rank 15th in the nation for the number of farms that sell local foods. As more people learn about that impact and value, I believe new customers will seek out farm-fresh options and push Tennessee even higher up the list.”

A further breakdown of data shows:

Direct Farm Sales*

Total farms, excluding value-added products:  1,648

Total sales, excluding value-added products:  $29,143,351

Total farms, only value-added products:  2,954

Total sales, only value-added products:  $29,577,090

Direct to Consumer Sales**

Total farms, including value-added products:  3,748

Total sales, including value-added products:  $41,413,614

“The number of farms selling directly to consumers increased more than 500 in the three years since the Census of Agriculture data,” said Debra Kenerson, Tennessee State Statistician. “This shows tremendous growth in a short period of time. With $58 million in total sales, it’s also a real opportunity for more farmers to capitalize on the buy local movement.”

In the United States 167,009 farms reported selling $8.7 billion in edible food directly to consumers, retailers, institutions and local distributors.

*Direct farm sales of food (crops and livestock raised on Tennessee farms) includes farms selling to:

  • Institutions and intermediary businesses (schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, wholesalers, processors, distributors)
  • Retailers (grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, food cooperatives)
  • Direct to consumers

**Direct to consumer sales, a subset of direct farm sales, include:

  • Farmers markets, onsite farm stores, roadside stands, Community Supported Agriculture arrangements, online sales, pick-your-own operations, and mobile markets.

Sales categories include both fresh food and value-added products (edible processed foods) such as bottled milk, cheese, meat, jam, cider, and wine.

For a full breakdown of all the data, visit https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Online_Resources/Local_Food/index.php. For more information, call Debra Kenerson at (615) 891-0903, or (800) 626-0987.