Tennessee Home & Farm Radio

Tennessee Home & Farm Radio

lee-maddox Melissa Bratton

Tennessee Home & Farm Radio is a two-minute agricultural highlight with co-hosts Lee Maddox and Melissa Burniston Bratton. Radio programs mostly focus on Tennessee agriculture and rural life with some national scope thrown in to keep everyone informed. Maddox is a native of Lincoln County, Tennessee, where he was raised on a cattle farm, and he is a graduate of MTSU’s communications department. Bratton hails from Johnson County, Tennessee, where her family has a nursery and landscaping business, and she graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a double major in agricultural education and communications.

Young Leaders Gather In Franklin

This weekend hundreds of young farmers and rural cooperative representatives from across the state are gathering for their annual Tennessee Young Leaders conference.

Farms, Land in Farms Downward Trend

It seems every year the number of farms and the total acreage for farms continues trending down.  And the latest USDA survey shows 2016...

UT Ag Renaissance

Dr. Tim Cross, Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, gave an update to lawmakers on the Land Grant's progress and budget...

Transformation for Agricenter

Agricenter International, just outside of Memphis, is one of the state's best kept secrets, but numbers and interest are growing.

Seeing the Forest and the Trees

Bob Qualman is chairman of the Tennessee Forestry Commission and he presented the commission's annual report to lawmakers this week.

Budget for Our Most Important Industry

Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton presenting his budget this week to the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

The Love for Bacon

It's Valentine's Day, and thoughts turn to love ... and bacon.

Still Our Number One Industry

Rep. Curtis Halford is chairing once again the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee during the 110th Tennessee General Assembly.

Animal Ag Alliance

Kay Johnson Smith of the Animal Agriculture Alliance says the organization will have to step up and be more proactive to protect our farmers...

Ag, Wildlife Partnership Growing Stronger

TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter believes the partnership between the agency and farmers across the state is stronger than ever.

All About the Beef

Smith County's Steve Anderson is now the president of the Tennessee Cattlemen's Association and there's no doubt he's qualified.

Music City Beef Connection

New NCBA President Craig Uden of Nebraska says record crowd attends cattle industry convention and trade show in Nashville.

Farm Bureau Supports Supreme Court Nominee

Picking a Supreme Court Justice is one of the most important decisions the President and Congress can name and approve. President Trump's nominee of...

Super Food Day

For many of us, Super Bowl Sunday is a big deal, with lots and lots of food. But too often many folks end up...

Fat Making Its Comeback

American consumers increasingly choose products with dairy fat. USDA's Stephanie Ho has the story.

Ag Stars

For the past 16 years, young adults in West Tennessee have been taking part in what is referred to as Ag Star.

Ready for Service

Tennessee's LT. Governor and Speaker of the Senate Randy McNally is now presiding over the 110th Tenn. General Assembly.

Getting Served

Gov. Bill Haslam as announced the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act as part of his legislative package he will send to the Tenn. General Assembly.

Farm Bureau Continues Push to End Death Tax

Farmers and ranchers here in Tennessee and across the country have been urging Congress to put an end to the Death Tax.

Water Usage and Conservation on the Farm

New water management survey going out from UT Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics to about 5000 row crop producers in middle and west Tennessee.

Learning soft skills with 4-H and NASA

A new program sponsored by NASA and 4-H combines STEM based education and life skill development, whether on Earth or in space.

Growing Bio Plastics

Knoxville-based start-up company, Grow Bio Plastics didn't win the Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge this year, but it was a great opportunity to show...

AFBF Sets Path for Farm Bill Recommendations

Now with President Trump and Congress in place, Farm Bureau leaders will be pushing the debate for what needs to be included in a...

Trump Completes Cabinet with Perdue

Positive reactions from the farm community over the selection of Sonny Perdue to be the next Secretary of Agriculture.

Advocating Ag through Music Videos

The Peterson Farm Brothers of Kansas have been a shot in the arm for bringing attention to agriculture through their popular youtube videos.

Challenges for Row Crop Farmers

Dr. Pat Westhoff, Director of the Food and Ag Policy Research Instititute at the University of Missouri, gave a not so encouraging outlook for...

Engaging Consumers

During a break-out session at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting, farmers learned how to better engage consumers to share the ag story.

Ditch the Rule for Good

Farm leaders attending the American Farm Bureau annual meeting are calling on Congress and the new Trump Administration to put an end to EPA's...

Farm Leaders Proud of Farm Bureau

Farm Bureau leaders attending the American Farm Bureau annual meeting talk about why they are Farm Bureau Proud.  

Setting Policy for Farmers

Farmers from across the country have finished their business session at the American Farm Bureau Convention in Phoenix.

Tennessee Young Farmers Shine

Young farmer Matt Niswander of Lawrence County was named the winner of the American Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Rqancher Discussion Meet during the...

98th American Farm Bureau Convention

The American Farm Bureau 98th Annual Meeting is underway in Phoenix, AZ and quite a crowd of farm leaders from Tennessee joining the estimated...

Cold Cattle

We all know its cold and many of us take extra precautions with our pets, and that's not says farmers don't do anything for...

Survey Says

When it comes to taking surveys, many of us are reluctant, but we all want to know the results.  That's why it's important for...

What Farmers will Plant in 2017

Just barely into the new year and farmers and analysts are already looking ahead to figure out possible plans for spring planting.

Major Ag Policy Discussions Coming in 2017

The American Farm Bureau Federation anticipates major agricultural policy discussions in 2017. Micheal Clements has more.

U.S. Ag Export Value Could Rise in 2017

Will an even stronger dollar pull the value of U.S. agricultural exports down in 2017? USDA’S Gary Crawford has the story.

A Look Back to 2016 Agriculture

Looking back over the year of 2016, a lot went on in the Department of Agriculture according to Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton.

New Report Reveals the Depth of Local Food Marketing in U.S.

How many farmers are selling their products directly to local customers and how much money are those sales generating? USDA’S Gary Crawford has the...

TN Team in Running for Entrepreneur of the Year

Four finalist teams will compete next month to win the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Rural Entrepreneur of the Year award. AFBF's Micheal Clements has...

Christmas on the Farm

Christmas on a Tennessee farm is rather special, and this weekend a lot of family gatherings at the farm will be taking place.

2016 Rural America at a Glance

The latest in a series of USDA reports on economic and population trends in rural America was recently issued.

McAlisters Named to American Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee

Greene County beef cattle farmers Jimmy and Lydia McAlister have recently been appointed to the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.

Tim Cross Named New UTIA Chancellor

Tim Cross, longtime University of Tennessee leader, has been named the new chancellor for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

Stronger Partnership for 4-H and Farm Bureau

A partnership between two long-standing agriculture organizations will help grow future agriculture leaders.

Ensuring Farmers Have Needed Resources and Aid

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture sent out a survey this fall to see what farmers were suffering the most from in the midst of...

Farm Income Down, Debt Up

When 2016 is over, U.S. farm income will likely be down from the year before. Gary Crawford has some key numbers in USDA's latest...

Miller Selected to Lead Young Farmers

Loudon County's Josey Miller was elected as the 2017 Young Farmers & Ranchers chairman of the state committee.

Zippy Making the Rounds

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall has been traveling across the country attending several state Farm Bureau Conventions.  He was at Tennessee's this week.

Governor thanks Farm Bureau

Gov. Bill Haslam addressed the delegates during the business session of the 95th Tennessee Farm Bureau Convention this week in Franklin.

A Rural Challenge

Farm Bureau leaders attending the Tennessee Farm Bureau convention this week in Franklin heard more about the Governor's Rural Challenge and from members of...

Celebrating Farm Bureau

Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken says some 1500 farm leaders are in Franklin this week for the 95th meeting of the nation's largest state...

Neighbors helping Neighbors

The tragic wildfires in the Smokies and the tornadoes that hit in Middle and East Tennessee have had quite an impact this week.

Devastating Wildfires in Sevier County

The wildfires in East Tennessee have taken their toll, at least three lives lost in Sevier County where Gov. Bill Haslam called it the...

Keep It Real

It is the most wonderful time of the year, and it couldn't be better without a real Christmas tree.

Expanding Impacts of the Drought

The Southeastern drought is increasing farmers' concerns about water supplies, pastures, wildfire activity and threats to crops.

Biofuel Supporters thankful for EPA Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency has made biofuels supporters thankful this holiday by raising its Renewable Fuels Standard volume requirements for 2017.

Thankful Farmers

Celebrating Thanksgiving on the farm is no doubt special for farmers across Tennessee.

Thankful Farmers

With the Thanksgiving season, it seemed right to go to the farm and talk about what there is to be thankful for this year.

Direct Impact

Despite the direct financial impact the drought is having on Grundy County's Steve Ahearn's cattle operation, he's still thankful he has the opportunity to...

TSU Ag Continues to Grow

You might not think there's a lot of interest in agriculture in downtown Nashville, but that's far from the truth at Tennessee State University's...

Thanksgiving Dinner Costs Less This Year

Each year the American Farm Bureau releases a survey on how much a Thanksgiving meal costs...and this year that price has gone down compared...

Turkey Producers Have Something to be Thankful for

The nation's turkey producers and consumers have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season---no bird flu.

Two More Arson Arrests

State authorities have announced the arrests of two more arsonist charged with the deliberate setting of wildfires.

David Kustoff Elected to Congress

Congressman-elect David Kustoff of Shelby County easily won his election to succeed Stephen Fincher in Tennessee's 8th District.

The Dry Down Continues

A lot of cattle producers across Tennessee are really concerned over the long-standing drought.

As Serious as it Gets

The drought conditions across Tennessee continue to get worse and so are wildfires.

Rural Votes Mattered

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall reacting to this week's historic election.

Patriot Project Connecting Farming and Veterans

Farm Bureau’s Patriot Project brings veterans to the farm. Micheal Clements has more.

USDA Initiative to Feed the Future

How is the Agriculture Department tied into a federal government effort to combat global food insecurity?

Can We Get Any Drier?

The dry conditions are continuing and unfortunately the latest winter forecast from USDA shows how the strengthening La Nina weather pattern might mean more...

Livestock and the Drought

Dr. Jason Smith, a UT Extension Beef Specialist says practically daily, he and other extension personnel are taking calls from livestock producers about the...

Powder Dry

Critical conditions for wildfires for most of Tennessee so much so Division of Forestry officials are denying burn permits.

State Land Evaluation Contests Held

The Staet 4-H and FFA Land Evaluation contests were held recently at Tennessee Tech's Hyder-Burks Pavilion in Cookeville and Watertown FFA won top honors...

Why Not Chocolate Milk?

No doubt one of my favorite drinks is chocolate milk.  And there's no doubt why the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association decided a few...

Sharing the Story

John Butler is now overseeing the day-to-day operations of Agricenter International.  This multi-faceted complex and farm is a treasure found just outside of Memphis.

Taking Care of the Bean

Promotion and research is the name of the game when it comes to one of Tennessee's most important commodities...soybeans.

Over a Century of Helping Farmers

Bob Hayes says farming practices today have changed quite a bit since the West Tennessee Research and Education Center first opened in 1907, but...

Transform FFA

Tennessee FFA brought more than 900 FFA members to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 89th National FFA Convention

Harvest Wrapping Up Quickly

The dry weather over the past several weeks has resulted in what many say is the quickest harvest they can ever remember.

89th National FFA Convention

Tennessee highlights from the the National FFA Convention and Expo from Indianapolis.

Transform Purpose to Action

A sea of "Blue Jackets" has taken over the convention center in downtown Indianapolis for the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo.

Tennessee’s Sunbelt Ag Expo Farmer of the Year

Earlier this year, as a result of his success as a row crop and beef cattle producer, James Haskew was selected as the state...

Dry Conditions Causing Big Problems

A lot of concern growing now over the dry conditions across the state because the lack of pastures for livestock and producers already feeding...

The Benefits of Cover Crops

Tennessee State Conservationist Kevin Brown says there's no doubt cover crops help the farmer, the environment and all of us.

Building a Stronger Rural Tennessee

This week after nearly a year in the making, the Governor’s Rural Task Force released its strategic plan to advance rural communities and economic...

Ag in the Classroom’s Importance

Ag leaders from across the state were in Columbia this week as part of the Tenn. Ag in the Classroom Advisory Council to review...

Tenn. Ag Leadership Forum

Individuals from across the state involved in all aspects of agriculture gathered recently in Murfreesboro for the Tennessee Agriculture Leadership Forum sponsored by Farm...

Fall Tour

Each Fall the Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers tour a different region of the state during harvest season and this year's tour was in...

Corn’s Role in Sustainability

Green Plains Ethanol plant in Obion County is grinding about 40 million bushels of corn each year and producing about 100 million gallons of...

Matthew’s Wake

There could be some significant impacts to agriculture in the path of hurricane Matthew.

Growing Bioplastics

32-year old Tony Bova and partner Jeff Beegle have an upstart company called Grow Bioplastics in Knoxville, and they have been announced as one...

Farm Bill Working for America

Whether you live on the farm or in the city, the next Farm Bill debated in Congress should be of concern.

The Perfect Jobs

ANTHONY AND CAROLINE SHELTON OF WASHINGTON COUNTY HAVE WON THE TN FARM BUREAU’S EXCELLENCE IN AGRICULTURE AWARD FOR 2016

Survey Shows Lower Prices for Staple Food Items

One of the biggest predators to Tennessee's livestock producers is the black vulture.S

Waivers to FAA Drone Rule

A new rule for unmanned aerial system use includes waivers and exemptions.

Learning on the Job

Dr. Tim Cross is now the Interim Chancellor of the University of Tennessee's Institute of Agriculture.

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