Farm Bureau member Brandon Whitt urged Congress to repeal the estate tax to free up farmers and ranchers to build stronger businesses and benefit their local communities. Whitt, who farms in Tennessee, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, where he outlined the harmful impact the estate tax has on family-owned businesses.
We are celebrating Ag Week this week in Tennessee, but National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by American agriculture. Every spring, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and others across the country join together in recognition - and appreciation - of agriculture in our country. Join us March 18, 2015 to show your appreciation to all those in the agriculture industry. #agday2015
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will conduct routine compliance checks beginning Jan. 1, 2015 for the federal Animal Disease Traceability rule. The rule went into effect last year and requires the identification of livestock being transported across state lines.
The 96th Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Jan. 11-14, 2015, will take place in San Diego, California. The American Farm Bureau Federation works all year to create an Annual Convention that will be educational, inspirational and memorable, and our 96th gathering will check all of the boxes!
1,200 cows milked. 50,000 eggs gathered. Clean barns for 7,000 pigs. One day’s work for America’s farmers! People can now learn how they do it through U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s® (USFRA®) new online “How To Farm” video series that launched today on USFRA’s website, FoodDialogues.com.
During their 93rd annual convention held at Franklin’s Cool Springs Marriott, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation’s delegates, representing agriculture and farmers across the state, not only debated policy proposals and passed resolutions to work on passage of legislation in 2015 at the state and federal levels, they also re-elected their vice president of the nation’s largest state Farm Bureau organization.
The 2014 Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Convention will be held December 6-9 in Cool Springs, Tennessee. Farmers from across the state will gather to learn about issues affecting agriculture, new technologies, network with other farmers and agribusinesses and hold their yearly business session where they will discuss and vote on policy to direct the organization for the coming year.
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 Stephen McBride, State FFA President for Tennessee last year, was selected as Southern Region Vice President.
Greene County young farm couple Mark and Cindy Klepper won Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award at the Tennessee Young Farmer Summer Conference. The young row crop, cattle and poultry farmers from the Baileyton community, recently received their prize - the use of a brand new Case IH tractor up to 150 hours, courtesy of Case IH.
Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on 2014 U.S. Agricultural Exports Setting New Record
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its final total for U.S. agricultural exports in Fiscal Year 2014, which soared to a record $152.5 billion (up from last year's record of $141 billion).