Yearly Archives: 2013

Alan Robertson Speaking at AFBF Annual Convention

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2013&file=nr1223.html

Genera Energy, University of Tennessee complete $5 million biofuels grant

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2013-11-GeneraUTcompleteGrant.aspx

State’s “Pick Tennessee” Program Updates Image, Services

http://news.tn.gov/taxonomy/term/1

UT Extension announces 2014 continuing education for Tennessee producers, forest managers

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2013-12-ExtensionCEfor2014.aspx

New exhibit at the Smithsonian Showcases Agriculture

An upcoming Smithsonian exhibit hopes to present the influence of farming on our nations history and economic growth. USDA’s Rod Bain has the story.

Busy December for Trade Negotiations

While many have been focused on shopping and Christmas preparations this month, December has also been a busy month for trade negotiations. AFBF’s Johnna...

The Changing of the Seasons

When do spring, summer, fall and winter really begin? How do you settle the debate over which is the official first day of winter?...

The Year in TN Ag

Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson reflects back on agriculture in 2013.

Christmas on the Farm

A special day for us all – to many farm families around the state today, it is truly a special day as they celebrate...

A Plan for Growing Ag and Forestry

Over the past year, Tennessee’s top agricultural leaders have put together a 10-year strategic plan for agriculture and recently presented it to Gov. Haslam....

American Farm Bureau 95th Annual Convention

The American Farm Bureau Federation is the nation's largest general farm organization. More than 6.1 million American families are members of Farm Bureau in...

UT AgResearch announces 2014 field day schedule

University of Tennessee AgResearch is planning a full calendar of field days for 2014. A total of 12 field days and five special events...

Ag Leaders Develop Strategic Plan to Grow Tennessee Agriculture and Forestry...

Tennessee's top agricultural leaders today announced a 10-year strategic plan to increase agriculture and forestry in the state by building production capacity and incentivizing...

New Things Ahead For The New Year

Well, I'm finally going to do it. With the prospects of it happening, there were those who suggested it, others greeted it with happiness,...

Winter Forecast

THE WEATHER JUST KEEPS CHANGING AND USDA’S NEW WINTER FORECAST IS NOT GOING TO PLEASE ALL FARMERS.

The Gift of Gardening

If you need some last minute gifts for the gardener on your list, this report from Gary Crawford may help you. 

Ag Education Facelift

AGRICULTURE EDUCATION ACROSS TENNESSEE IS GETTING A FACELIFT IN THE FORM OF A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THEIR CURRICULUM AND IDENTIFYING GROWTH TRENDS AND SKILL...

Harvest Continues

FAYETTE COUNTY FARMER JOHN PATTAT IS NOT ALONE THIS LATE IN THE SEASON AS HE AND OTHER FARMERS ARE TRYING TO FINISH UP HARVEST...

Santy Claus and Farmers Could Be One and The Same

Christmas out on the Read All About It Farm continues to be a favorite holiday and one that seems to cause me to enjoy...

Beef Production Decrease, Pork Production Increase for 2014

Cattle producers will see another spike in prices next year as the herd shrinks and beef production declines while pork proucers are on tractk...

Christmas Tree Farming Not that Easy

Many people think running a Christmas tree farm is an easy way to farm. Most tree farmers would disagree….strongly. 

Dairy Producer Heads Up Young Farmers

OVERTON COUNTY DAIRY FARMER JOE SMITH WAS SELECTED BY HIS PEERS TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN FOR THE COMING YEAR FOR THE TFBF YOUNG FARMERS...

Tenn. Farm Bureau Convention

FARM BUREAU LEADERS ADOPT POLICY THAT WILL GUIDE THE FARM ORGANIZATION IN THE COMING YEAR.  

Tenn. Farm Bureau Convention

FARM LEADERS FROM ALL ACROSS THE STATE HAVE GATHERED FOR THEIR 92ND ANNUAL MEETING OF THE TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU FEDERATION THIS WEEK IN FRANKLIN.

The Perfect Christmas

ONE OF THE HARDEST DECISIONS TO MAKE AROUND THIS TIME OF YEAR IS EXACTLY WHAT GIFT TO GET THOSE SPECIAL PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE...

The Future of Ag

DR. DAVID KOHL, PROFESSOR EMERITUS FROM THE DEPT OF AGRICULTURAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS AT VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY DISCUSSED THE FUTURE OF AG DURING THE TENNESSEE AG...

The Season for Shopping Around

If you didn’t do much of your holiday shopping on Thanksgiving weekend, you may actually end up getting bigger bargains. 

Attic Treasures As Valuable As The Pyramid’s

I recently had the task of cleaning out the attic at my parents' farm as we prepared to turn the house over to someone...

How About A Tennessee Christmas

It's beginning to look more like Christmas everyday. The neighborhood lawns have turned into what could be classified as a center for a source...

TN Farm Bureau 92nd Annual Meeting

The 92nd annual meeting of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation will be held December 7 - 10, 2013. Farmers, agribusiness leaders and volunteer leaders...

UT Institute of Agriculture grows state Christmas tree on AgResearch land

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2013-11-StateCapitolTree.aspx

Living Local, Giving Local for the Holidays is a Piece of...

http://news.tn.gov/node/11659

12 Days of Pick TN Products

THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS USING ITS PICK TENNESSEE PRODUCTS PROGRAM TO GIVE AWAY TENNESSEE PRODUCTS FOR TWELVE DAYS ON FACEBOOK. 

Farmers Thankful for Water Resources Bill Progress

WHILE FARMERS ARE STILL HOPING FOR FARM BILL TO GO THROUGH, THEY’RE ALSO HOPING CONGRESS CAN MOVE FORWARD ON WATER RESOURCES LEGISLATION.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Tennessee farmers are thankful for their jobs at producing the food we enjoy at Thanksgiving.

My Feeders Are Not A Deer’s McDonald’s

As a young boy walking the lanes of my grandparents' farm, I often heard the beautiful calls of a certain bird that seemed to...

Thankful Farmers

While harvest continues for many Tennessee farmers, they’re taking time to give thanks for their many blessings.

Thanksgiving History

THIS WEEK WE’LL CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING AGAIN W/ FOOTBALL AND TURKEY, THAT WASN’T ALWAYS THE CASE.  GARY CRAWFORD GIVES US A HISTORY LESSON OF THIS...

Family Tradition

SORGHRUM MAKING IS ONE OF THOSE IMPORTANT TRADITIONS FOR THE MOSES FAMILY IN TELLICO PLAINS.

Keep Your Ears And Eyes Open

Can you believe it has only been two years since we made a decision on who goes to the Legislature? Just like you, I...

Tennessee Branded Wood

State ag and forestry officials are looking at more ways of marketing Tennessee hardwoods with branding.

EPA Proposes to Reduce Renewable Fuel Standard

FARMERS AND OTHER AG INDUSTRY LEADERS ARE NOT PLEASED WITH THE EPA PROPOSAL TO REDUCE RENEWABLE FUELS NEXT YEAR.  

Governor Wants More Economic Growth for Rural TN

During the state budget hearings, Gov. Haslam says he’s hopeful for economic opportunity and growth for rural Tennessee.  

Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Less

The annual survey by the American Farm Bureau of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner shows the cost down slightly this year compared to year ago.

Sorry Free Birds

I just can't believe the Christmas lights I'm already seeing. I saw a Christmas tree in a window on October the sixteenth! My Halloween...

Johnson Testifies before House Subcommittee

TDA Commissioner Julius Johnson testifies before the House Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade Subcommittee about the impact of the state’s equine industry, in particular, the Tennessee...

Worth the Wait

Corn and soybean harvest is producing what could become the biggest crops ever in Tennessee, but taking some time to get out. 

Lower Crop Prices and Farm Income

Lower prices for many crops are clearly here now, the effect on the incomes of farmers is not so clear.  USDA’S Gary Crawford reports.

Agricenter International

AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT JOHN CHARLES WILSON TALKIS ABOUT WHAT HAS AND CONTINUES TO BE A TREASURE FOR SHELBY COUNTY AND THE CITY OF MEMPHIS.   

Plan Now for a Local Christmas Tree This Holiday Season

http://news.tn.gov/node/11653

Walking Around Sense

It is amazing these days the number of people who do not have common sense or what my grandfather called "walking around sense." It...

Proposed Site for West TN 4-H Camp/Conference Center

The search committee chooses Lone Oaks Farm in Hardeman County for West Tenn. 4-H Camp and Conference Center.

Late Cotton Crop Challenges

This year’s unusual weather has provided many challenges for Tennessee cotton farmers.

Baxter FFA Member Named National FFA Secretary

Mitch Baker of the Baxter FFA Chapter was named National Secretary during the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo.

Benefits of a Farm Bill

It’s not only farmers, ranchers and growers that would reap benefits from passage of a new Farm Bill.

Tennessee’s own Mitch Baker chosen as one of six new National...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013/National FFA Organization) "“ Students from Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Iowa, West Virginia and Oregon have been elected by delegates...

After a total of 113 years of experience three TFBF employees...

Effective December 31, TFBF Communications Director Pettus Read, Special Programs Director Charles Curtis and Director of Organization Bobby Beets will retire following a career...

Do Geese And Worms Really Know About Winter

On the first day of November, I saw two large V-formations of geese extremely high in the sky headed south. Seeing their migration movement...

Summer Internship Opportunities

The Farm Bureau Summer Intern Program is available to Juniors and Seniors enrolled in one of the following universities: The University of Tennessee at...

TN FFA Members Ready to Ignite

WILSON CENTRAL FFA PRESIDENT KEVIN ROBERTSON IS ONE OF SEVERAL HUNDRED FFA MEMBERS FROM TENNESSEE ATTENDING THE NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION AND EXPO IN LOUISVILLE...

Farmers Urge Immigration Reform

FARM BUREAU LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE IN THE NATION’S CAPITOL THIS WEEK FOR A SPECIAL FLY-IN TO URGE CONGRESS TO MOVE FORWARD...

Poultry Farmer Prevails Against EPA

Poultry and livestock farmers declared victory when a federal court ruled in favor of a West Virginia poultry farmer in her case against the...

AFBF and 250-Plus Groups Urge Congress to Pass Farm Bill

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2013&file=nr1029.html

3 Videos Show Why Farmers Need Immigration Reform

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2013&file=nr1028.html

Nov. 4 workshop to teach about meat cuts, proper storage and...

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2013-10-CPAmeatQualityKnoxville.aspx

Annual UT Plateau Center cattle sale scheduled for Nov. 22

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2013-10-PRECsale.aspx

County PowerPoint Presentations

We hope that your county YF&R has had a very successful year. This year, we are planning on having a County PowerPoint Presentation on...

Reached The Age Of Government Signup

On this day that I write this column, I finally have reached the age of Medicare signup. I have too much invested already in...

A Coalition to push U.S. Exports

The President’s Export Council is a part of the strategy to increase US exports including agricultural goods. 

Hands-On Experience for College Students

MTSU’s Director of Ag talks about the importance of getting students practical experience on the farm.

A Challenging Year for Harvest

While this year’s weather has made one of our better crops, its also made it difficult to harvest.

Important Lessons in the Classroom

DR. KATHLEEN AIRHART, TENNESSEE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, RECENTLY SHARED HER THOUGHTS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF AG IN THE CLASSROOM.

The Future of Ag

DR. DAVID KOHL, PROFESSOR EMERITUS FROM THE DEPT OF AGRICULTURAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS AT VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY DISCUSSED THE FUTURE OF AG DURING THE TENNESSEE AG...

Anybody Want To Run For Public Office

I don't know if you have ever tried to trace your ancestry, but it can get really interesting at times. A lot of people...

Power to the People

October is Cooperative month, recognizing the benefits and importance of Tennessee’s some 200 Co-ops.

“Ag brings out the best of Tennessee”

TN GOV BILL HASLAM SPOKE AT THE TN AGRICULTURE LEADERSHIP FORUM.  THE CONFERENCE IS SPONSORED BY FARM CREDIT OF MID AMERICA, COBANK AND THE TN...

FFA Ignites

THE 86TH NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION KICKS OFF VERY SOON – OCTOBER 30TH – 2ND AND IGNITE IS THE THEME OF THE CONVENTION.

FFA Land Judging

IN WEST TENNESSEE’S WEAKLEY COUNTY, THE STATE FFA AND 4-H LAND JUDGING COMPETITIONS WERE HELD AND WILSON CENTRAL’S FFA TEAM CAME OUT ON TOP.

Fall Fun on the Farm

FALL IS FINALLY HERE AND WITH THAT COMES FUN ON THE FARM! ALL ACROSS THE STATE FARMS ARE WELCOMING VISITORS TO TAKE PART IN...

The Road We All Have To Travel

I've had the opportunity to live what some folks would call a "charmed life." I was born in a rural part of Tennessee on...

Perfect Time to Plant

PERFECT CONDITIONS ACROSS THE STATE TO CONSIDER IMPROVING YOUR LANDSCAPE.  THAT’S THE CONSENSUS FROM LOCAL NURSERIES LIKE EVERGREEN NURSERY AND LANDSCAPE COMPANY IN KINGSTON.

Not Enough Workers to Harvest

WHILE OUR CONGRESS CONTINUES TO ARGUE ABOUT THE DEBT CEILING AND BUDGET, THEY ARE NOT DEALING WITH OTHER ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE COUNTRY –...

Harvest Looking Good

AN UNUSUAL YEAR ALL AROUND FOR GROWING CROPS, BUT THE OUTLOOK ON HARVEST IS POSTIVE ACROSS THE STATE.

Shoppers Find Higher Prices for Poultry and Dairy Products

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Dairy and the Hunger Games

SUDIA IS WORKING TO PROMOTE A HEALTHIER DIET FOR ALL OF US, THAT INCLUDES LOW FAT OR FAT FREE DAIRY PRODUCTS.

Music & Molasses Festival Offers a Weekend of Family Fun

http://news.tn.gov/node/11498

Sorghum Crop Helped By Rain

The rain this summer may have been a problem for those who were looking for a good pumpkin crop this fall or even a...

Government Shutdown Effect on Ag

THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN HAS IMPACTS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND FARMERS AND RANCHERS, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, ARE WONDERING WHEN CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT...

UTIA State Tour

With new department heads on the main campus, UT Institute of Agriculture leaders took a bus tour across the state to visit with other...

A Tale of Two Farmers: Harvest, the Farm Bill and Political...

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Williamson Co. Couple Wins Excellence in Ag

Chuck Yoest and Jennifer Hatcher were named the 2013 TFBF Excellence in Agriculture winners.

Above Normal

The state’s rainfall totals to date have been way above normal, but still shy of record.

Memphis Bioworks

MEMPHIS BIOWORKS, FOUNDED IN 2001, BRINGS TOGETHER PUBLIC, PRIVATE, ACADEMIC AND GOVERNMENT ENTITIES TO EXPAND INTERESTS ON BIOSCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES.

Apple Crop Survives Soggy Summer

THIS HAS BEEN A CHALLENGING YEAR FOR THE STATE’S APPLE CROP WITH BUT DESPITE THE WET SPRING AND SUMMER, IT’S STILL A PREETY GOOD CROP.