Yearly Archives: 2013

“Farm Watch” Program Targets Ag Crimes

ALL ACROSS THE RURAL AREAS OF TENNESSEE, THERE CONTINUES TO BE CONCERNS OVER AGRICULTURAL CRIME.  BUT DYER COUNTY SHERIFF JEFF BOX AND THE COUNTY...

Mother Nature Providing Irrigation This Season

HERE IN TENN. WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE SOME OF THE BEST FARMERS IN THE COUNTRY, AND THIS YEAR, AT LEAST FOR NOW, A  REALLY...

White House Report on Immigration Reform

The White House has just released a new report on immigration reform.  USDA’s Gary Crawford explains.  

Farmers Markets Overflowing

ALL ACROSS THE STATE, THOSE GARDENS ARE STARTING TO REALLY PUSH OUT THE PRODUCE. AND CONSUMERS ARE REAPING THE FRESH REWARDS. AND ITS NOTICEABLE...

New Soybean Pest

A pest of soybeans in the deep South is rapidly on the move to other soybean areas. Gary Crawford has more.  

If You Like Peaches…

Fresh, juicy peaches. One of the most delicious things about summer. But South Carolina peach farmer Chalmers Carr explains that without the foreign workers...

Keeping the Stats

Just how much do you know about USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service?

Organic Tobacco

A Dickson County Young Farmer is trying something new this year, organic burley and dark tobacco.

TVA Working to Control Flood Waters

MOST EVERYONE IN TENN HAS BEEN IMPACTED IN SOMEWAY FROM ALL THE UNUSAL AMOUNT OF RAINFALL THIS YEAR.  AND TVA HAS BEEN WORKING TO...

A New Crop of Rice

ROW CROP FARMER DOUG SINGLETEARY AND HIS FAMILY AT CHILDRESS FARMS IN DYER COUNTY HAVE ADDED A NEW CROP TO THEIR OPERATION THIS YEAR.

Rain, Flood waters Impacting Farmers

AFTER LAST WEEK’S HEAVY RAINFALL EVENT IN MIDDLE AND EAST TN, FARMERS ARE STILL FEELING THE EFFECTS.  

Bees Hoping for Sunshine

IT CONTINUES TO BE A TOUGH YEAR ON BEEKEEPERS.  JUST LIKE WITH ROW CROP FARMERS,  ALL THE WET WEATHER OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF...

Good Bugs?

NOT ALL INSECTS ARE BAD, Some insects help us in our daily lives in a variety of ways. USDA’S Rod Bain HAS THE STORY.

Great American Cookout

THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION IS serving up a July 4th Picnic Survey for you to devour.

What is a Farmer?

WHAT IS A FARMER IS THE QUESTION THAT WAS RECENTLY POSED TO 7TH GRADERS ACROSS THE STATE FOR THE TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU’S ANNUAL ESSAY...

Reach to Recovery

For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program has helped BOTH MEN AND WOMEN cope with their breast cancer...

The Queen of Fruits

UT FRUIT SPECIALIST DR. DAVID LOCKWOOD SAYS TN’S PEACH CROP IS TURNING OUT VERY GOOD THIS SUMMER.  

Immigration Bill Clears Senate

Historic passage of comprhehensive immigration reform in U.S.Senate now headed to the House.

Commodities for Communities

Hear how producers in West Tenn. are giving back part of their harvest to help their communities.

Eating Your Vegetables

THERE’S A CONTINUED TREND OF MORE FOLKS GROWING MORE VEGETABLES FOR THEMSELVES IN THEIR OWN GARDENS AND SOME TAKING IT A STEP FURTHER, PRODUCING...

Farmers Markets continue Popularity

Farmers Markets across the state are thriving as more folks look to buy local.

Back Yard Gardens

CLOSE TO TWO HUNDRED FOLKS ATTENDED THE ANNUAL FRUITS OF THE BACK YARD FIELD DAY AT THE MIDDLE TN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER IN...

TN FFA Chapters on West Tour

FOUR FFA CHAPTERS IN WEST TENNESSEE HEADED OUT RECENTLY WITH THE GO FFA PROGRAM TO TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA TO FIND OUT WHAT AGRICULTURE WAS...

TN Chamber, Farmers Urge Passage of Immigration Reform

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with TN Farm Bureau leader urging Congress to pass Immigration Reform bill.

Senate Passes Farm Bill

PASSAGE OF A NEW FARM BILL BY THE U.S. SENATE HAS THE FARM COMMUNITY EXCITED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL SOON DO THE...

Rutherford Co Young Farmer a PAL

RUTHERFORD COUNTIES BRANDON WHITT HAS BEEN IN NEW YORK CITY THIS WEEK AS PART OF A SPECIAL GROUP OF YOUNG AGRICULTURAL LEADERS FROM ACROSS...

Senate Passes Farm Bill

PASSAGE OF A NEW FARM BILL BY THE U.S. SENATE HAS THE FARM COMMUNITY EXCITED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL SOON DO THE...

Immigration Bill Ramps Up in Washington

As the initial farm bill debate winds down in the Senate, S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, takes the...

Governor’s School for Ag

32 high school students from across the state are taking part in the Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences at UT Martin this summer.

National Leadership Forum

The National Leadership Forum happens around this time each year in Searcy, Arkansas on the campus of Harding University.  High school students from all...

Cattle Numbers Decline

Dr. Andrew Griffith of the University of Tenn. talks about the declining inventory numbers for cattle and calves.

D-Day and Farmers

The nation’s farmers helped to make D-Day, and the entire World War II effort, a success. 

Expanded TPP is a Big Deal for Agriculture

New trade negotiations with one of the world’s biggest economies could lead to good things for U.S. agriculture and the nation’s overall economy.

June Dairy Month

The annual Tennessee June Dairy Month promotion kicked off the month of celebration of the dairy industry at Ellington Agricultural Center.

Produce Farmers Slow Start

The same weather that’s been holding back row crop producers is having the same impact on produce farmers.

Keeping Ticks Away

Tick populations are expanding, causing more worries about Lyme disease. Gary Crawford has an expert with some tips for keeping ticks off of you.

UT Gardens now State Botanical Gardens

THIS SPRING THE TENN. GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSED A BILL THAT DESIGNATES THE University of Tennessee Gardens as the official state botanical garden.

Water Resources Development Act

The Senate is on a roll! In this case, rolling down the river by passing it’s version of the Water Resources Development Act. 

Comparing the Senate/House Farm Bills

The American Farm Bureau compares the House and Senate Ag Committees versions of the Farm Bill.

UT Extension Value

The economic impact of the University of Tennessee Extension Service is paying off big dividends for all citizens of Tennessee.

The Future of Farming

TN’S 8TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN STEVEN FINCHER, A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE IS AMONG THOSE MEMBERS WORKING TO WRITE A NEW 5-YEAR FARM...

Teach the Children Well

THE SCHOOL BELL’S ARE ABOUT TO RING THE FINAL TIME FOR MANY KIDS ACROSS TENNESSEE THIS SPRING AND THEY’RE OFF FOR THE SUMMER.  BUT...

Gov. Vetoes Livestock Protection Act

Gov. Haslam has vetoed the Livestock Protection Act; bill sponsors say they will address concerns and bring it back.

Too Much Mulch

A landscape expert says most of us go way overboard on applying mulch around trees and shrubs.

Wake Up With Al

NBC’s Al Roker spent his morning on the Hatcher Family Dairy in College Grove as part of the Today Show’s ‘Wake Up With Al’...

Senate to vote on Infrastructure Improvments

Do you think we’d have the biggest economy in the world if we were still using Model Ts and biplanes to get around? Well,...

Another Challenging Planting Season

Corn planting across Tennessee has been delayed again from more wet weather, but there’s still hope of getting the crop in.

Favorite Field Trip: Farm Day

One of the best field trips of the year for Tennessee elementary students is when they visit a farm.

FFA Plant Sales

AG STUDENTS AT DYER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL HAVE ONCE AGAIN GOT THEIR GREEN THUMBS GOING THIS SPRING AS THEY HAVE GROWN THOUSANDS OF PLANTS...

Poultry Industry’s Impact

Tennessee’s poultry industry has expanded in recent years to be valued at $4.8 billion and that’s helping family farms stay on the farm.

Service Time for the Home AC Unit

Your home air conditioning unit may need a little work before it starts its summer job. Gary Crawford has more

A Voice for Annexation Laws

STATE REP. MIKE CARTER OF OOTEWAH SAYS LEGISLATION THAT HE SPONSORED THIS YEAR IN THE TENN. GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADDRESSES AN ANNEXATION ISSUE THAT ALLOWED...

TN FFA Officers

Newly elected TN FFA officers: West TN Vice President, Treasurer.

Blanket of Protection

THIS TIME OF YEAR ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT SPRING IN TENNESSEE IS POPPING UP ALL AROUND, FRESH STRAWBERRIES.  AND UNFORTUNATELY, FARMERS THAT...

Rising Farmland Values

The rapidly rising value of farmland has many people concerned about what will happen if those prices collapse. 

Lessons from the Garden

Students at Riverside Elementary in Columbia planted their own garden at school thanks to an Outdoor Garden grant from TN Ag In The Classroom....

Immigration Reform a Big Deal for Agriculture

It has a long way to become law, but the introduction of a bipartisan immigration reform bill is a big deal for U.S. agriculture....

Stopping Animal Cruelty Quickly

Bill passes TN General Assembly that requires anyone intentionally photographing animal cruelty to hand over evidence to law enforcement authorities within 48 hours.

Road Safety for Farm Equipment

Caution urged for farmers and the public as farm equipment moving up and down roadways during planting season.

Corn Planting Waits on Mother Nature

Tennessee corn farmers have been waiting for some time for the ground to dry enough to get this year’s crop in the ground.  

Tax Day Reminder for Tax Reform

As most folks had to file their tax returns this week, the American Farm Bureau wants to remind law makers about changes that would...

Logger Recognized by TN General Assembly

Sam & Jennifer Trott of Trott Lumber Company in Shelbyville were recognized this spring by the Tennessee General Assembly with a resolution for their...

Cooperatively Sharing Agriculture’s Story

TENNESSEE FARMERS COOPERATIVE HEADQUARTERED IN LAVERGNE, TN, IS NOW IN ITS 67TH YEAR OF SERVICE TO ITS FARMER MEMBERS ACROSS THE STATE.  BUT THEY...

AFBF Farm Bill Proposal

Congress has to start all over again on writing a new farm bill. With a tighter budget it’s that much harder. The American Farm Bureau...

TN 5th Graders Help Plant White House Kitchen Garden

Faculty and students of the Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Technology Academy of Knoxville were invited to help First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White...

Progress for Ag Labor Legislation

Congress continues their debate over negotiating a new immigration policy.  And agricultural labor is an important part of the negotiations.  

Black Bear Population Increasing

State officials are expecting even more black bears in Tennessee this Spring.  TWRA’s Dan Gibbs explains.

Ag Majors Increasing

Enrollment in the state’s agricultural colleges is on the increase.  Dr. Caula Beyl, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at...

Greater Efficiencies at USDA

USDA’s efforts to streamline operations and tighten its budgetary belts are producing results. Rod Bain reports. 

4-H Congress Officers Elected

Three new officers were elected as Governor, Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the House during the 66th TN 4-H Congress.

New TN FFA President Named

Sara Best of the Cookeville FFA Chapter was named state president of the TN FFA Association during the 85th annual convention.

TN FFA Star in AgriScience; Extemp Winner

Jason Joy of the Covington FFA Chapter was named Star in AgriScience during the 85ht TN FFA Convention; Kevin Robertson of Wilson Central won...

TN FFA Star Greenhand

Conlee Lea of the Brighton FFA Chapter was named the Star Greenhand during the 85th TN FFA Convention.  

Congress Keeps Government Open

Congress averted Another fiscal crisis with time to spare! American Farm Bureau’s Johnna Miller explains.   .

National Ag Day

Tenn. Ag Commissioner Julius Johnson talks about ag importance to local, state economy.

Growing Our Ag Industry

Farm leaders from across the state are part of Gov. Haslam’s steering committee to look at ways of doubling ag economic impact over the...

First Lady’s Kitchen & Cutting Garden

Tenn’s First Lady Chrissy Haslam is working to renovate and restore the grounds of the Tennessee Residence by putting in a kitchen & cutting...

Farm Leaders on the Hill

THIS WEEK IN NASHVILLE, FARM BUREAU LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE HAVE BEEN VISIING THEIR LAWMAKERS AS PART OF THEIR ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE VISITS.