Yearly Archives: 2012

New Year’s on the Farm

Spending New Year’s on the farm is a special time but chores are still a priority.

Increases in Food Prices for 2013

The full impacts of the nation’s drought on food prices are expected to be felt in 2013. Rod Bain reports.

Where Did The Year Go

If you are reading this, I guess we made it past December 21. But, does anyone know where 2012 went? Did the days of...

New Life for Your Christmas Tree

Even though Christmas is over, your Christmas tree still has a part to play in the environment.

Looking back at TN Agriculture in 2012

As we begin to close out another year, we recently talked with Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson to get his reflections.

Christmas on the Farm

Christmas is a special time for many folks, but especially for those on our farms across the state.

It Comes Around Every Five Years

The Agricultural Statistics Service in Tennessee is a very important source in our state for agricultural information that keeps all of us informed on...

He’s Checking it Twice

It’s Christmas Eve and the legend makes another ride tonight…as he does, USDA’s Gary Crawford gives us a background check on Ole St. Nick.

Winter Forecast

Farmers Almanac editor Pete Geiger gives his Winter and Spring weather predictions.

A Pretty Good Year for TN Christmas Tree Farmers

TN Christmas tree farmers have had a pretty good year so far with sales even though many are still feeling the effects fo the...

EPA Pledges no new Farm Dust Regulations

The EPA has kept its word about farm dust regulations. and that’s a big relief for a lot of farmers and ranchers. 

Pick TN Products for Christmas

  Christmas is upon us but it’s not too late to find that perfect gift straight from a Tennessee farm.

Real Christmas Trees Gain Popularity

After a banner season in 2011, Christmas tree farmers are taking actions to help even more of us buy a real tree this year.

Cousin Sed Comes To Stay With Postage Due

The other day as I pulled in the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm, the winter wind was blowing to...

Buying Local Year Round

Buying local isn’t just a seasonal thing. You can still purchase items at many local farmers markets or direct off the farm during cold...

Holiday Traditions Offer Boost to Livestock Farmers

    Think about your favorite holiday traditions. There’s a good chance that at least one of them involves food. American Farm Bureau economist John...

Mississippi River Vital to Economy

  THIS YEAR’S DEVASTATING DROUGHT AND THE ANTIQUATED LOCKS AND DAMS ALONG THE MISS. RIVER HAVE CREATED BARGE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS FOR SOME TIME AND...

Biofuels Important to Military

  The world’s biggest user of petroleum wants to diversify its fuel options. American Farm Bureau energy specialist Andrew Walmsley talks about why that’s good...

Celebrate 12/12/12 with 12 Tennessee Christmas Food Traditions

http://news.tn.gov/node/10031

Forest Arson Investigated in East Tennessee Counties

http://news.tn.gov/node/10029

Washington County Farmer Jeff Aiken Elected VP of Nation’s Largest...

During their 91st annual convention held at Franklin's Cool Springs Marriott, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation's delegates, representing agriculture and farmers across the state,...

Tennessee Tradition Must Continue

Christmas is a special time of the year for most of us and especially those of us who have come from rural backgrounds one...

Gov. Haslam Addresses Farm Leaders

Gov. Bill Haslam spoke to the voting delegates at the Tennessee Farm Bureau convention and told the group he wants to see the Ag...

New Farm Income Forecast for 2012

It looks like the U.S. farm sector’s income for this year may be less than some had been predicting. Gary Crawford has this report

91st Tennessee Farm Bureau Convention

Tennessee Farm Bureau leaders hold their business session and select a new vice president, at-large director.

Atomic Tummy Pain

It was just about midnight, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, when the doctor returned to my ER room at the local hospital with the CT...

Watch Live Video From Tennessee Farm Bureau Convention

http://video.tnfarmbureau.org/services/player/bcpid928770646001?bckey=AQ~~%2CAAAACOwoUuE~%2C0DYnQuKd4zP5AQ7QB1PsQVGlIUqdrycB&bctid=1956180877001

Wrapping Up Harvest

Harvest of Tennessee’s major row crops is winding down fast as producers faced another challenging weather year.

Ag in the Classroom

The Ag in the Classroom program has been helping Tennessee school children better understand the importance of agriculture for nearly 30 years.

Consumer Food Prices Maybe Trending Up

Drought and rising farm product prices may be starting to affect what consumers pay for food.

Safety tips for Holiday Lighting

As technology has advanced, so has the energy efficiency and overall safety of Christmas and holiday lighting displays.

Feed The Hungry As You Help Balance Nature

A very common sight these days along Tennessee's rural roadways is the sudden image of flickering bright white tails of deer as they spring...

Thankful Farmers

Tennessee farmers have had a challenging year on the farm, but most are thankful it wasn’t any worse.

PNTR for Russia One Step Closer

Making trade with Russia easier could be a nice boost for the U.S. economy. According to American Farm Bureau Trade Specialist Dave Salmonsen, that’s...

Holiday Food Safety

Food safety experts this time of year get a wide range of questions on how to safely prepare and handle that holiday meal.

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding House...

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2012&file=nr1116.html

94th Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Welcome back to the great state of Tennessee. We have hosted the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting several times, and we're proud to...

Does A Soybean Have Giblets

You have heard me say it before and I'm going to say it again, "What did they do with Thanksgiving?" These days it all...

Eat Local All Winter With Fall Produce From Area Farmers Markets

http://news.tn.gov/node/9901

Focus on Lame Duck Session

Lots of issues important to agriculture need to be addressed during the lame duck session of Congress before the end of the year.

President, Congress hope to Work Together

President Obama held his first news conference since the election and mention the importance of agriculture and working together.  

Land Judging

FFA and 4-H members participated in their annual State Land Judging contest at the Highland Rim Research and Education Center in Springfield.

Storing, Maintaining Disaster Kits

Keeping a disaster kit available for everyone in your family is critical.  Here’s tips on storing and maintaing those emergency kits.

Young Farmers & Ranchers Award Winners

  Collegiate discussion meet winner - University of Tennessee student Doug Giles was the 201 Collegiate Discussion Meet winner during this year's YF&R summer...

Join in the fun at Ag Day, Nov. 3

A three-hour festival in Knoxville on Saturday, Nov. 3, hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, promises events and excitement for everyone. Ag...

Still Behind The Times

I consider myself as one who enjoys talking about the old days, but really appreciates my modern conveniences. I've lived without running water, indoor...

New UT Equine Extension and Research Center to host open house

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is opening a new facility devoted to horse farm management.  The Equine Extension and Research Center...

Cost of Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Up Slightly This Year

The retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings increased less...

Bird Of Courage

As the dust slowly settles from this country's most expensive elections ever, many are still attempting to analyze the results and just what the...

Who’s Keeping Score

The other day as I pulled in the long, gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm, the wind was blowing to beat...

UT Agriculture student places second in FFA National Public Speaking Contest

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2012-11-FFAaward.aspx

New UT Equine Extension and Research Center to host open house

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2012-10-EquineCenter.aspx

Ag Enhancement Deadline Nears for Livestock Projects

http://news.tn.gov/node/9849

Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack visits Montgomery County Extension Commercial Kitchen

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2012-10-MontgomeryKitchenVisit.aspx

2012 Tennessee Farmland Legacy Conference Set for Nov. 1 – 2

http://news.tn.gov/node/9658

River Exports

Members of the American Farm Bureau’s Trade Advisory committee recently toured parts of the Mississippi River and the Panama Canal to better understand the...

Slight Increase for Thanksgiving Dinner

The American Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving Meal survey shows only a 1 percent increase from last year for a feast for 10.

Hoping for more Bipartisianship

After this year’s elections, TFBF President Lacy Upchurch is hopeful that President Obama and Congress can work better together to address the needs of...

It’s a FACCT

The Farm Animal Care Coaltion of Tennessee (FACCT) is working to share the positive story about the importance of animal agriculture in Tennessee.

A Good Time to be in Agriculture

Secretary of AgricultureTom Vilsak says agriculture is one of the brightest spots of our economy and encourages young people to consider a career in...

Statement by Lacy Upchurch, President, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Election

"The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation congratulates President Barack Obama on his re-election as well as those elected from Tennessee to serve in the 113th...

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Election...

"The American Farm Bureau Federation congratulates President Barack Obama on his re-election, as well as those candidates elected to serve during the 113th session...

Ag Aware Shirt Design Contest

This is a great contest for an awesome day! Ag Awareness Day is going into it's third year in Tennessee and the Young Farmers...

Rural Vote Matters

No matter where you live your vote counts, but its especially true for rural residents.

Join in the fun at Ag Day, Nov. 3 at the...

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2012-10-AgDay.aspx

Meet Flyte, the new FFA mascot!

https://www.ffa.org/documents/med_conv_2012flytefactsheet.pdf

Country Classroom

Maury County 3rd graders experience hands-on activities during their favorite field trip of the year to their annual Country Classroom.

Oh Deer! ‘Tis the Season for Deer and Autos to Collide

If you are like me, and bless your heart if you are, there is never a day that goes by when I drive on...

The First Frosty Night Of The Season

A coonhound on a trail on a cold frosty night always reminds me of my father who was an avid coon hunter. Recently, while...

One Food Item Actually Costs Less This Year

There’s one food group at the supermarket that is actually costing less than it did last year.

Fincher Receives Friend of Farm Bureau Award

Tennessee’s 8th District Congressman Stephen Fincher was recently recognized with a Friend of Farm Bureau award. The award goes to members of Congress that...

Ag in the Classroom

The Ag in the Classroom program has been helping Tennessee school children better understand the importance of agriculture for nearly 30 years.

Blackburn Receives Friend of Farm Bureau Award

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN – 7th) received the “Friend of Farm Bureau” recogintion based on her voting record in the 112th Congress on key...

Case IH Delivers another Tractor

Tennessee’s 2012 Young Farmers of the Year, Josh and Julieanna Ogle of Lincoln County, received one of their prizes, a brand new Case IH...

A Billion Here And A Billion There

The first presidential debate before the election is now history, and it seems the President was out interrupted by challenger Romney, giving him the...

Congress Must Halt Tax Hike

You may have a plan for paying for the holiday presents you’ll buy this year, but have you planned for how you’ll afford the...

Fall Fun on the Farm

A great time this fall for families to visit a Tennessee farm and enjoy the corn mazes, pumpkin patches, haunted hay rides and even...

Fall Fun on the Farm

A great time for families to visit a Tennessee farm this fall during the height of the agritourism season.  You can go through a...

Beekeeping on the Rise

Just five years ago there was a strong concern over the lack of honey bees.  And while that is still a concern, the growth...

Tobacco Crop Looks Good

Despite the many challenges Tennessee tobacco farmers faced this year, they still have a pretty good crop to harvest.

No Bacon Shortage

You will be able to get that bacon cheeseburger you want according to American Farm Bureau Economist John Anderson and Missouri Hog Farmer Chris...

Trick or Trees at the UT Gardens

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2012-09-Trick-or-Trees.aspx

Well, Here They Go Again

The group that continually advertises on TV, showing sad puppies and kittens, while asking for your monthly donation of $19 to be a humane...

Wildlife Rabies Vaccination Works to Protect People & Pets

https://news.tn.gov/node/9627

Tennessee Association of Utility Districts

Bob Freudenthal, Exec. Director of the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts, talks about the importance of having and maintaining clean drinking water throughout the...

Under Secretary Discusses Rural Water

USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager attended the National Rural Water Association meeting in Nashville and talked about the importance of having...

Obama & Romney Outline Positions on Farm Issues

President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney recently spelled out their positions on agriculture issues for the American Farm Bureau Federation. In a...

Rice Becomes Latest Victim

As a mere child, which seems like a long time ago, I was always told to clean my plate and eat all my vegetables...

Farm Bill On Hold Again

With Congress now adjourned until after the November elections, farmers are still hopeful they will pass a new Farm Bill in the ‘lame duck’...

YF&R Fall Tour

The annual Young Farmers and Ranchers Fall Tour kicks off today in Greeneville, Tennessee where farmers from all over the state gather to learn...