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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.

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...

Secretary Sonny Perdue Goes to Work

The nation's 31st Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, is officially on the job after months in waiting to take on the leadership of the...

Protecting Kids on the Farm

The numbers are staggering, even though there's been a steady decline in the number of injuries and deaths to children on the farm thanks...

Another Weather Challenge

Many Tennessee row crop farmers statewide have been once again halted by these scattered storms and rain showers over the past week.

Tractors Delivered

Jay and Alice Ann Yeargin of Weakley County are smiling a little more today because two of the prizes they won in the past...

Continued Need for Large Animal Vets

Some rural areas are still suffering from a shortage of livestock animal vets. What's being done about it?

Better Prepared

Erin Bacon of Jefferson County was a multiple winner at this year's state FFA convention.

Star Farmer of Tennessee

Catherine Turner of the Covington FFA Chapter was named Tennessee's Star Farmer during the 89th Tennessee FFA Convention.

New Farmer on Fish & Wildlife Commission

Brian McLerran is a beef cattle farmer from Clay County and he was recently appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam as the District 3 Commissioner...

All About the Hay

One of Tennessee's most important crops is about to get all kinds of attention this Spring as thousands of farmers will be looking towards...

HPAI Control Zone Released in Lincoln Co.

State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher has announced that the control zone surrounding two Lincoln County poultry farms affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza has...

Local Improvements

Members of the Tennessee General Assembly are continuing to debate the Governor's Improve Act, and carrying that legislation in the House is Rep. Barry...

Corn Planters Rolling

Finally for the past few days, farmers across Tennessee have had some good planting weather.

Growing Ag Ideas at Tech

The new director for the School of Agriculture at Tennessee Tech University is Dr. Dennis Duncan and he says there are several new projects...

Farm Bureau Outlines Tax Reform Needs

The American Farm Bureau Federation told lawmakers agriculture needs a simple tax code.

Seconds Matter

Carroll County farmer Hal Eason says everybody needs to think about safety, constantly. After a tractor accident in 2014, he's thankful to be alive.

Securing our Roads and Bridges

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris has been busy the last few months helping Gov. Bill Haslam push his Improve Act legislation through the Tennessee...

Making the Best Better

During the recent Tennessee 4-H Congress in Nashville, 9th and 10th grade delegates learn all about citizenship, leadership and state government.  They elect their...

Closer to Broad Access

A key vote on the floor of the state senate this week will put rural Tennesseans closer to broadband access than ever before.

New FFA Leadership

At the close of the 89th Tennessee FFA Convention, 8 new state officers were selected and installed for 2017-2018.

Tennessee FFA Convention

Lots of hard work and dedication paying off for FFA members in Gatlinburg at their 89th annual convention as several of the top awards...

Tennessee FFA Convention

Around 3000 FFA members and guests are in Gatlinburg for their 89th annual convention.  This is the first trip for Jason Smith, a member...

Blue Jackets Invade Gatlinburg

This week over 3000 FFA members and guests are once again back in Gatlinburg for their annual convention, something the residents and business owners...

Confirmation Hearing for Sonny Perdue

It's taken some time, but finally former Georgia Governor and farmer Sonny Perdue was in front of Senate members of the Agriculture Committee for...

A Break with the Bureau

This about 400 Farm Bureau leaders from all across the state were on Capitol hill in Nashville to meet with state lawmakers on priority...

Tennessee 4-H Congress

A unique experience for Tennessee 4-H'ers this week at the state capitol in Nashville for their 70th annual 4-H Congress.

Poultry Producers Urged to Step-up Biosecurity

In light of recent avian influenza outbreaks here in Tennessee, animal health officials are urging poultry producers to beef up biosecurity.

Second HPAI Case Detected in Lincoln County

State and federal officials say on Tuesday samples were tested and have been confirmed showing a second case of highly pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza...

Dealing with the Hard Freeze

Tennessee farmers are very concerned over the past two days hard freezes on crops like strawberries and peaches.

Ag Day on the Hill

Tennessee's Legislative Plaza in Nashville was transformed into all things about agriculture as hundreds of farmers and industry representatives put on a showcase of...

Ag Day Celebrations

Today is Ag Day on the Hill as a celebration of Tennessee's agricultural industry is being held at the state capitol to showcase to...

Disease Mutations Hard to Track and Control

It would be a lot easier to protect people and poultry from flu viruses if those viruses weren't changing all the time.

Low Path Avian Influenza Detected in Giles Co.

State officials have now confirmed low pathogenic avian influenza in a broiler breeder flock in Giles County.

Ag Support from DC

Farm leaders from across the state recently attended the American Farm Bureau's Advocacy Conference in Washington to learn more about the issues affecting our...

The Impact from Bird Flu Hits Tenn. Poultry

State officials addressed the media after the first ever case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was detected in a broiler breeder house in...

Improving our Roads and Bridges

For farmers and ranchers across Tennessee perhaps nothings more important than good, safe roads for their families and also their jobs.

Advocating for Ag

Farmers from Tennessee and across the country recently let their voices be heard during the American Farm Bureau's Advocacy Conference in the nation's capitol.

TN Young Leaders Conference a Success

The Tennessee Council of Cooperatives recently held their annual Young Leaders Conference and Drew McClanahan from Humphreys County was a first time attendee.

Ditching the Waters of the U.S.

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall was able to witness President Trump to eliminate the Waters of the U.S. rule.

Addressing Young Leaders

Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell was a keynote speaker recently at the Tennessee Council of Co-ops Young Leaders Conference held in Franklin.

New Report on the Farm Sector Through 2026

What are the prospects for the farm sector over the next ten years? USDA has a new report to try and answer that question

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.

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