The 92nd annual meeting of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation will be held December 7 - 10, 2013. Some parts of the meeting will be available to watch live. Farmers, agribusiness leaders and volunteer leaders from across the state gather to learn about the latest in agricultural issues, technologies and to discuss and vote in their resolutions for the next year. In all, more than 1500 farmer leaders will make the trip to the annual meeting, where yearly awards are given, distinguished service awards bestowed and county Farm Bureau achievements highlighted.
Effective December 31, TFBF Communications Director Pettus Read, Special Programs Director Charles Curtis and Director of Organization Bobby Beets will retire following a career totaling 113 years.
Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as National FFA officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern and western regions of the country. This year Tennessee's own Mitch Baker was elected as the secretary of the national youth organization with 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) met recently with family farmers and local business leaders in Memphis, Tennessee, to talk about the critical need to overhaul the nation’s tax code in order to boost its fairness, reduce complexity and improve the economy.
Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Regarding Farm Bill Expiration
“Farmers and ranchers, along with 90 percent of the country, are frustrated with Congress. Aside from shutting down the government, the one-year farm bill extension Congress granted last session also expired at midnight, while the new farm bill has yet to formally reach the conference process.
The 2014 AFBF Annual Convention will return to San Antonio, Texas January 11 – 16, 2014. Tennessee Farm Bureau leaders will have the choice to fly from Knoxville, Nashville or Memphis to San Antonio on Saturday, January 11 returning to Tennessee on Thursday, January 16.
Rutherford County young farm couple Brandon and Katherine Whitt were named Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winners during special ceremonies at the Tennessee Young Farmer Summer Conference.
The American Farm Bureau Federation helped garner a group of more than 532 organizations that recently urged House leadership to bring the farm bill back to the House floor for a vote as soon as possible. The groups also urged against splitting the nutrition title from the legislation.
New Order to Help Strengthen Enforcement of Illegal Transport Law
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture recently announced a revised Order by the State Veterinarian specifying conditions under which wild-appearing hogs are to be transported in the state.
As the immigration debate heats up in our nation’s capital, a group of influential organizations in Tennessee banded together to show their support of bipartisan, meaningful, workable immigration reform.