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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.

Priorties for Farmers on Regulatory Reform

The American Farm Bureau Federation has submitted regulatory reform priorities to the Department of Agriculture.

Corn Harvest Moving On

Corn harvest for Tennessee farmers has reached the half way point and good yields are being reported.

Seconds Matter

Carroll County farmer Hal Eason says everybody needs to think about farm safety constantly, no matter the task.

Road Safety for Farmers

What are some ways farmers can help prevent road collision accidents between ag equipment and motor vehicles?

Bragging Rights for Another Year

If you haven't been to the State Fair this week, you should.  There's a lot of great things to do and see, especially when...

How to Prevent Collisions with Farm Equipment

It's officially harvest season and drivers need to watch out for farm equipment on roadways and learn ways to avoid a potential accident. USDA's...

Tennessee’s Largest Agriculture Classroom

Nearly 1000 students from across the state gathered at the Tennessee State Fair to learn about where their food comes from and why farmers...

Quite a Ham for the FFA

At the Tennessee State Fair every year, one of the many traditional competitions is over the Grand Champion Country Ham.  Two of the top...

Memories at the Fair

A lot of special moments for folks attending the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville, especially for the livestock shows.

Tennessee State Fair Opens

Tennessee Proud is the theme for this year's state fair and there is a lot to be proud of this year.

Farmers Looking for Relief in Tax Reform

As Congress sets its sights on tax reform this month, farmers and ranchers are urging them to provide tax relief.

A Long Road Back

March 4th, 2017 is a day Trevor Ferguson and his father won't soon forget.  That's the day avian influenza was positively identified in their...

Harvey Affects Tennessee Farmers

Hurricane Harvey battered Texas and parts of Louisiana, but its reach was felt even here in Tennessee with damage to crops from heavy wind...

Let ‘Em Walk On

A Tennessee tradition like no other will conclude tomorrow night in Shelbyville at the 79th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

A Catastrophe Like No Other

We've all seen the devastating images from Hurricane Harvey and the continued flooding events taking place.  And while rescue efforts have focused on human...

Checking Off Corn

Many of Tennessee's corn producers have started and/or getting ready to harvest this year's crop and many are hoping a corn checkoff can be...

‘First Peas’ visit from Miss America

Mrs. Mary Tomlin's third grade class from Fayette Academy in Fayette County got a visit from Miss America after winning the First Peas to...

Looking to Better Serve

A lot of discussion taking place across farm country these days as Congress gets set to write new farm policy, otherwise known as the...

The 2017 Ag Census is Coming

The 2017 Ag Census takes place at the end of the year -- but if you're thinking of filing online, there's a demo on...

Gov. Concludes Ag Tour in West TN

Gov. Bill Haslam has taken three days over the past few weeks to visit farms and ag businesses in the three Grand Divisions of...

WOTUS Public Comment Period Extended

Farm Bureau is urging farmers and ranchers to submit comments to EPA in support of ditching the flawed 2015 WOTUS rule once and for...

Watching the Farm

From what began in Dyer County and Sheriff Jeff Box, The Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Ag Crime Unit is working to try and implement...

Dept. of Ag Announces New Ag Business Development Grant

Tennessee Department of Agriculture recently announced a new program they are very excited about - the Agriculture Enterprise Fund.

A Bicentennial Edition

The 200th Edition of the Farmers' Almanac is out and available everywhere and what a great source of information.

Rural Roads and Bridges

An update to farmers on the Improve Act road and bridge projects from the Tenn. Department of Transportation.

Tax Reform

A majority of American voters support tax reform, and many support tax changes that would benefit farmers and ranchers.

Speaking Up for Ag

Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is in his 7th year of serving as a member of Congress and is always ready to support agriculture.

77th Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents Conference

County Farm Bureau presidents, board members and ag industry representatives from across Tennessee are in Franklin for the 77th Annual Presidents Conference.

Governor Continues Farm Tour

Governor Bill Haslam made farm stops to a Marshall County Dairy this week as part of a day-long ag tour in the mid state.

A Natural Partnership

A new collaboration between the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National FFA Organization will help prepare agriculture leaders of tomorrow.

Back to Class

Ag teacher Lindsey Parham of McKenzie High School is challenged and excited about another school year of teaching her kids about our most important...

The Roads for Success

We all know just how important our roads and bridges are to daily living, and perhaps no one more so than our farmers.

Major Crop Production Report Coming Soon

How big will the corn and soybean crops be? How small will wheat output be? We'll have a better idea in a few days.

Governor Takes East TN Ag Tour

Some farmers in East Tennessee had the chance to see and speak with Gov. Bill Haslam recently as he and the Commissioner of Agriculture,...

New Crop for Farmers in Robertson County

For the past several years, farmers in Robertson and Montgomery Counties have been able to grow a new crop to diversify their farms...indigo.

Rounding Up the Best

This week over 200 4-H'ers have been at 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference on the campus of UT Martin.  This was the 94th...

A New Dean for UT Extension

Dr. Robert Burns has been selected to be the next Dean of Extension for the University of Tennessee.

Big Data Comes Together for Farm Solutions

A greater emphasis on precision agriculture means improved tools and systems to collect and analyze data for the farm or ranch. USDA’S Rod Bain...

Overton County Couple Wins Achievement Award

Joe and Rebecca Smith of Overton County have been named the Tennessee Farm Bureau's Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement winners for 2017.

For Love of Farming

With the average age of the farmer in the 50s, it is easy to overlook the fact that there are young farmers in agriculture...

A New Truck for the Farm

Lawrence County's Matt Niswander gets the keys to his new truck for winning this year's American Farm Bureau YF&R Discussion Meet.

Tennessee Young Farmers Hopeful

Young farmers like Obion County's Clint Workman are hopeful that they can carry on our most important industry, agriculture.

Farmers Call on Congress for Tax Reform

Scott Vanderwhal, a South Dakota farmer, testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy on the importance of tax reforms for...

Tenn Issues New Rules for Dicamba

Tenn. Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton says even though they are not banning the use of dicamba, there are new rules effective immediately that...

Following the Farming Tradition

For many farmers, working on the land or with animals is a generations long tradition and they grow up knowing that is what they...

Getting the Story Out

Philip Brasher is a senior editor for Agri Pulse in Washington DC and has been reporting on food and agriculture policy for 18 years.

Keeping a Balance

Cumberland County Mayor (and farmer) Kenney Carey is in his 7th year in office and is still excited to go to work everyday, trying...

Precision Agriculture

Today's farmers use more technology and are more precise than ever before.

Summer = Grilling

A recent survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows the cost of a summer cookout is down slightly compared to last year. AFBF's...

Using All Six Senses

At a recent Ag in the Classroom workshop in Spring Hill, Dr. Craig Wilson was a featured presenter.

Summer Grilling and Picnic Tips

Avoid 4th of July grilling goofs with these tips from USDA.

Hands on Learning at its Finest

The Tennessee Junior Livestock Expos have been held recently, with banner entries and great shows.

Learning More About the Dicamba Issue

Reports of Dicamba drift are up this year across the state, and educating both farmers and homeowners about this issue may help.

Something Special About Ag

The Tennessee Ag in the Classroom program gives teachers state standard aligned lessons to incorporate into their classrooms and this summer Vanderbilt University Ingram...

FSA County Committee Elections

The Farm Service Agency is encouraging ag producers to participate in the County Committee nomination process that has begun and runs through August 1st.

Teaching About Ag

This Summer while most teachers are taking some much-deserved time off, many decided to continue their education by taking part in the National Ag...

Slugging Away

Not always a popular subject to talk about, and for sure this year, West Tennessee farmers wish they weren't, but unfortunately lots of slug...

Getting a Head Start

This Summer while most teenagers are taking time away from school, there are about 30 high schoolers from all across the state taking part...

Earning the Farmers Trust

The mission of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance is to earn trust in farmers from consumers.

The Secret Comes Out

The MTSU Creamery went on line officially this week and that means for the first time in nearly 50 years, they will have bottled...

Down to the Final Four

There are now four finalist being interviewed for the job of Dean of the University of Tennessee Extension.

Keeping Weekly Watch on Crops

As the growing season gets going in earnest, there's more interest in USDA's effort to bring a weekly crop progress report every Monday.

Teaching Teachers

Getting today's students to understand where their food comes is the mission of the National Ag in the Classroom Organization.

Grassroots Advocacy Key to Success of Critical Tax, Regulatory Reforms

The American Farm Bureau Federation says farmers and ranchers need to talk with lawmakers to ensure they understand the importance of regulatory and tax...

Talk the Talk

In today's world of social media, engaging with everyone, not just those already in your circle, can be difficult. But one company has been...

TN Agriculture: Feeding the Hungry

Most of us are blessed in knowing where our food comes from, so it makes sense that we help those who are hungry be fed...

Representing All Ag

American Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall travled throughout the Volunteer State recently to visit with farmers and industry leaders to learn more about how...

All About the Farmer

Catherine Gunsbury is Director of Sustainability and Transparency at General Mills and she recently spoke to Farm Bureau communicators from across the country where...

National Leadership Forum

Each year at Harding University in Searcy, AK young leaders from across the country gather for a week-long leadership forum and Tennessee had 50...

4-H Grows True Leaders

What began as a way to give rural youth new agricultural skills has grown into Tennessee’s larges youth development organization.

Ag in the Classroom

With people today so far removed from the farm, teaching our students where their food comes from is more important than ever.

Get More With Milk

Celebrating all things dairy for the month of June.  That's what several Tennessee 4-Hers will be working on this month across the state as...

Industry Appreciation

Tennessee Livestock Producers is a livestock marketing company that's been around for nearly a century and recently they held their Industry Partner Day at...

Feeding the Hungry

For 30 years its been a mission and her passion to help feed hungry Tennesseans.

Farm Bureau Confident Congress will Fully Fund Agriculture

The American Farm Bureau Federation expressed confidence agriculture lawmakers will stand up to proposed budget cuts by President Donald Trump.

Tennessee 4-H Ambassador Tour

The 4-H Ambassador tour not only gives these 4-H members the opportunity to tell the 4-h story and hear about what’s going on in...

Saluting Those Who Served

As we celebrate Memorial Day and its meaning, we hear from Tennessee veterans who have returned back to farm after their service to the...

Time for more Beef on the Grill

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to Summer and that means grilling season is here.

Renegotiating NAFTA

The American Farm Bureau Federation is looking forward to the renegotiation of NAFTA.

Ambassador for 4-H

Tennessee is blessed to have not only the largest 4-H Club program in the nation, but one of, if not the best in the...


The prospects for the school of Agribusiness and Agriscience at Middle Tennessee State University continue to improve.

Living to Serve

Allie Jo Shankle, from Henry County High School, and Ahmon Watkins, from Oakland High School, were recently elected as Tennessee FFA State Officers.

Preparing For The Future

Erin Bacon, senior at Jefferson County High School, won Tennessee FFA's State Prepared Public Speaking Contest and will move on to represent Tennessee at...

Farm To School

Third graders in one of the fastest growing cities in the south had their best field trip of the year to the farm.

Rural Access Closer

The Broadband Accessibility Act is now law in Tennessee as Gov. Bill Haslam signed the legislation that will start to address the lack of...

UAV Technology for Wildfires

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture took part in a UAV demonstration to see how they could help with wildfires.

Beef Exports Return to China

The news coming that after 13 years China will once again allow the import of US beef has had a positive reaction with cattle...

A Snapshot of Current Farm Economy

Farm prices are most noticed, yet there are other indicators to consider when it comes to the current economic health of farmers and ranchers.

Rural Representation

The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly has concluded and we hear from rural lawmakers and how important it is to represent...

Planting Pushes On

Row crop farmers throughout Tennessee are, at least for the moment, enjoying the drier conditions, but as always this time of year are dealing...

AC Unit Ready for Summer?

You may be really ready for summer, but is your home AC unit ready?

Counting on Ag

One of the most important surveys for farmers is the Census of Agriculture that comes out every five years.

Slight Increase Expected for Farm Income

Commodity prices may have hit bottom during 2016, but an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation says that doesn’t mean major price moves...

Clarifying Ag in Property Tax Laws

The Tennessee General Assembly has passed legislation that clarifies a consistent and legal definition of "farm property" and agriculture for property assessment purposes.

School Lunch Changes Coming

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is making some significant changes to what our kids will be eating at school next year.

Value Added Beef

A beef producer expanding into value-added production and marketing opportunities may have some challenges starting out.

Backing Our Farmers

Long-time State Senator Rusty Crowe says he depends on his farmers in the state's 3rd District, which covers Washington, Unicoi, and Carter Counties, to...

A Passion for Teaching

For 30 years Debra Steen has been using her skills at Michey Elementary School in McNairy County to better prepare her students.

Encouraging Start

This week, in a first of its kind meeting since President Reagan, President Donald Trump held a round table conversation with farmers and new...

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