Yearly Archives: 2013

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.  

AFBF & 532 Groups: Bring Farm Bill Back to House Floor

The American Farm Bureau Federation helped garner a group of more than 532 organizations that recently urged House leadership to bring the farm bill...

State Veterinarian Revises Wild Hog Transport Order

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture recently announced a revised Order by the State Veterinarian specifying conditions under which wild-appearing hogs are to be transported...

The New Frontier Is Still Here

"...I stand here tonight facing west on what was once the last frontier. From the lands that stretch three thousand miles behind us, the...

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...

UT AgResearch plans Steak and Potatoes Field Day for August 6

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2013-06-SteakPotatoes.aspx

Summer Means Going To The Farmers Market

As the summer days arrive, more and more people are making visits to their local farmers markets to sample fresh grown produce right from...

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...

TN Farm Bureau teams up with state chamber, others to support...

As the immigration debate heats up in our nation's capital, a group of influential organizations in Tennessee banded together to show their support of...

Where Did The Man With The Star Go

The other day as I filled-up my Flexfuel car with E-85 ethanol fuel and watched the digital cost monitor spin like an out of...

Farm Bureau Commends Senate for Passing Farm Bill

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2013&file=nr0610.html

Tennessee Sheep Shearing School

Veteran sheep shearer Doug Rathke shared his expert  techniques on how to shear sheep with participants of the annual Tennessee Sheep Shearing School held...

Tennessee Farm Bureau Congratulates Senate on Passage of Farm Bill

The Tennessee Farm Bureau is glad to congratulate the Senate on the passage last evening of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (2013...

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.

Laughing Dolphins And Beach Attire

Memorial Day was the unofficial kick-off to summer and as the children get out for a short vacation from school, many of you may...

Trapping Gets Underway for Tree Pest Across Tennessee

http://news.tn.gov/node/10802

UT extends preregistration for Beef and Forage Field Day

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2013-06-BeefandForageExt.aspx

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.

Honoring Those Who Serve

IF IT WERE’NT FOR THE THOUSANDS OF SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DIED FOR THIS COUNTRY, WE WOULDN’T HAVE THE FREEDOMS  WE ENJOY TODAY...

Produce Farmers Slow Start

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

A Salute To Agribusiness ““ June Is Dairy Month

Is it not amazing how things we used to take for granted seem to change overnight? From the clothes we wear to the food...

That Old Rude Bridge

Each Memorial Day, I attempt to attend the special service held at Stones River National Cemetery near my home, to honor those who have...

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. 

Go wild at UT’s Summer Celebration

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2013-05-SummerCelebration.aspx

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Reaches Out To Storm Victims

Throughout much of the history of this great state, the family members of Oklahoma Farm Bureau have worked together, sharing the joys, and the...

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.

Don’t Touch The Brownies

It was just about the end for poor ole Farmer Brown as he lay on his deathbed barely able to breathe. Just as he...

Get free gardening advice UT’s Fruits of the Backyard Field Day

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2013-05-FOBfieldDay.aspx

Ag Enhancement Program Application Period Almost Here

http://news.tn.gov/node/10621

UT AgResearch hosts Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2013-05-HRRECfieldDay.aspx

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

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2013&file=nr0515b.html

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.

Getting Old Is Mandatory

Uncle Sid told me an old saying one time, which is, "Getting old is mandatory; growing up is optional." Since experiencing some major surgery...

Official statement from the Tennessee Farm Bureau regarding the veto by...

Columbia, TN (May 13, 2012) We respect Governor Haslam's decision and appreciate his due diligence in considering the various aspects of the Livestock Protection...

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.

Get Out The Butter and Biscuits

One of my mother's favorite times of the year is finally arriving! Of course, we all enjoy spring and the renewal of warm weather,...

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. 

Springtime With Uncle Sid And Aunt Sadie

It was a beautiful Tennessee early spring afternoon when I pulled in the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm. The...

Farm Bureau Urges Support for Fruit, Veggie Farmers

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2013&file=nr0424.html

UT forage tours scheduled in April and May

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2013-04-ForageTours.aspx

What Could Late Frosts Do to Tennessee’s Strawberry Crop?

http://news.tn.gov/node/10583

Court Refuses to Dismiss Poultry Farmer’s Suit Against EPA

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2013&file=nr0423.html

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...

Don’t Worry, They Are Going Home

It looks like the state legislature is headed home early this year. All we have to wait for now is harmony and peace in...

American Farm Bureau Picks 7th Leader Class

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2013&file=nr0412b.html

Whitt Picked for American Farm Bureau’s 7th Leader Class

The American Farm Bureau Federation has chosen a group of 10 young agricultural leaders to participate in the seventh class of the Partners in...

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...

Pull Up Your Britches And Quit Whining

While driving to the post office to send off my donation to the government the other day after completing my income taxes, I saw...

Farm Bureau Sends Farm Bill Proposal to Capitol Hill

https://www.tnfarmbureau.org/content/farm-bureau-sends-farm-bill-proposal-capitol-hill

Recent Cold Snaps Helped State’s Strawberry Crop

http://news.tn.gov/node/10510

TDA Now Accepting Proposals for Specialty Crop Block Grants

http://news.tn.gov/node/10494

Still time to register for April 24 Organic Crops Field Tour

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2013-04-OrganicCrops.aspx