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).
What is Yes on 2?
- It protects the right of Tennesseans to vote to keep or fire the judges at the end of their respective terms.
- It adds a new layer of accountability by having our elected representatives in the Legislature confirm or reject the Governor’s appointees.
- It helps keep the influence of special interest money away from our judges and out of our state.
The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation hosted an agricultural forum for the two U.S. Senate nominees, Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic challenger Gordon Ball, at the Hyder-Burks Pavilion on the Tennessee Tech University campus. Tennessee Farm Bureau volunteer leaders from across the state were in attendance as the candidates answered questions on issues concerning agriculture, the economy, labor and the environment.
October is Cooperative Month in Tennessee, and proclamation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam deeming it as such heaps high praise on the approximately 200 member-owned organizations that employ more than 6,000 individuals, impact our state’s economy by more than $1 billion, and provide a wide array of products and services to member-owners.
Outreach has continued with several wild hog control demonstrations being conducted at UT Extension field-days. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, USDA Wildlife Services, TWRA and others are doing a great job educating the public on this issue. Also, a WHEAT video has been created to aid in outreach efforts.
Tennessee farmers are reaping the yields of their hard work this harvest season and that means long hours in their fields and lots of additional vehicles sharing our roadways. The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation would like to remind farmers and farm workers that safety should be practiced at all times, but especially during the heightened activity surrounding harvest.