Yearly Archives: 2013

Farm Leaders on the Hill

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

Time to Update Our Waterways

You may not ever see one of the nation’s locks, may pay no attention to our inland waterway system, but they’re more important to...

Young Farmer Survey

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual survey of young farmers and ranchers shows they are using technology in all aspects of their lives.. AFBF’s...

Repurposing on the Farm

Producers can take advantage of cheaper repurposed materials instead of buying new items for the farm. Susan Carter reports.

State Forester Protecting, Promoting our Trees

TN State Forester has wanted his job since the day he went to work for the TN Division of Forestry in 1975.

Lawmakers Visit Ellington Ag Center

Members of the state House Ag and Natural Resources Committee recently held their committee menting at the home of the Tenn. Department of Agriculture.

Planting Season Approaching Fast

Farmers attending the Mid-South Farm & Gin show in Memphis are excited about the new crop season.

Maintaining Strong Farm Policy

With such a small percentage of our citizens living and working on farms, it may be easy to understand how farm policy could be...

Popcorn Farmer Leading AFBF YF&R

Zach Hunnicut, a 5th generation farmer from Nebraska, is the new Chair. of the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers national committee and he was...

‘Music City Miracle’ Call Transcends Sports

Tenn. Titan’s play-by-play announcer Mike Keith recently spoke to Tenn. Young Farmers & Ranchers attending their annual TN Young Leaders Conference in Franklin.

Rep. DesJarlais on Farm Bill

Rep. Scott DesJarlais recently spoke to Tenn’s Young Farmers & Ranchers at their annual Tenn. Young Leaders Conference held with the Tenn. Council of...

Farm Programs Targeted for Budget Cuts

The nation’s largest farm organization is all for greater fiscal responsibility, but American Farm Bureau Farm Policy Specialist Mary Kay Thatcher says farmers and...

Balancing Extracurricular Activities for Youth

A child can be over committed in the number of extracurricular activities they participate in. USDA’s Rod Bain asks a child expert at the...

National FFA Week

Tennessee state FFA officers have been traveling throughout the state on their Goodwill Tour during National FFA Week.

Gov. Haslam Honors BSA

Gov. Bill Haslam was the keynote speaker for the Boy Scouts of America patron luncheon for the Duck River District.

Food Check-Out Week

Farmers and ranchers in Tennessee and all across the country are paricipating in Food Check-Out Week (Feb. 17-23) to reach out in their communities...

Proposed Farm Cuts Would Hurt

American Farm Bureau’s Exec. Director of Public Policy says a new $110 billion fiscal policy proposal from Sen. Majority Leader HARRY REID will create much...

Healthy Soils

A LOT MORE ATTENTION THESE DAYS TO PROTECTING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES LIKE THE AIR AND WATER, BUT ALSO FARMERS AND RANCHERS CONTINUE TO LOOK...

Harvest for All

Twenty-eight million meals were served in 2012 thanks to Farm Bureau families across the country who donated a record breaking amount of food, time...

Young Farmers National Leadership Conference

About 800 Young Farmers from across the nation, including about 30 from Tennessee, recently took part in the American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers &...

Farmer’s Voice in Congress

Tenn. and American farmers are continuing to push for a 5-year Farm Bill in Congress.

Groundhog’s Predictions

This year the groundhog did predict an early spring, but how accurate is the groundhog in predicting the weather. Gary Crawford has this report.

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.

TDEC’s New Focus

The TN Department of Environment and Conservation is working to have better relationships with other state departments and Tennessee citizens.

Progress on Immigration Reform

Finally! Members of the Senate have moved immigration reform off the backburner. American Farm Bureau Labor Specialist Kristi Boswell explains why that’s so important...

Efforts to get 4-H Camp back in West TN

It’s been over four years since the Milan 4-H Camp closed and now efforts are moving forward to bring a camp back to West...

Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Farmer Member

Fentress County farmer Jim Bledsoe is now the farmer’s voice on the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Ag improvements in Afghanistan

Former Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture for the TN Department of Agriculture Louis Buck spent a year working for the Pentagon to improve the agricultural...

Wildlife, Rural Landowner Partnership

The state’s diversity in wildlife is dependent on the partnership with farm and rural landowners.

Farm Leaders Take Issues to the Hill

Farm Bureau leaders across the state are preparing to contact their lawmakers in Nashville and Washington on the issues that effect their livelihood.

Higher Beef Prices

Food shoppers can get ready to pay even more for beef this year. USDA’s Gary Crawford reports.

Where’s the Snow?

Weather watchers are wondering if there will be much snow this season across the country. So far, we haven’t had very much.

Raising Rural Americas Presence and Voice

The Ag Secretary is challenging rural America to ensure its voice is more clearly heard and understood.

Smithsonian to Partner with Farmers

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is looking to the public to record and preserve the innovations and experiences of farming and ranching.

AFBF Delegates Move Agenda Forward

Thousands of farmers from all across the country were in Nashville recently for the American Farm Bureau’s 94th annual meeting.  During the groups business...

Ag Secretary Promoting Rural America

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to more than 6000 farmers and ranchers at the American Farm Bureau Convention in Nashville.

Sec. Vilsak wants Congress to act on 5-Year Farm Bill

THIS TIME OF YEAR, FARMERS ACROSS TENNESSEE AND AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE MAKING PLANS FOR THE NEW CROP SEASON, AND WHILE THE CURRENT FARM...

Challenges and Risks of farming for young farmers

Having crop insurance is just about a given, but it’s not the biggest concern of young and beginner farmers. Susan Carter reports. 

AFBF 94th Convention

Many Voices, One Vision is the theme for this year’s 94th Annual meeting held in Nashville, Tennessee and farmers from all over the country...

TN General Assembly back in Session

House and Senate members of the 108th Tennessee General Assembly are back on capitol hill in Nashville for the start of the new session.

Music City Hosting AFBF Convention

Thousands of farm leaders from across the country are headed to Nashville this week for the American Farm Bureau’s annual convention.

Just Short of Falling off the Fiscal Cliff

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to averting the “fiscal cliff.” American Farm Bureau Economist Matt Erickson explains in this story...

TAEP Offers More On Line

The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement  Program has improved to offer more options on line that producers can take advantage of.  www.tn.gov/agriculture/enhancement

USDA 2013 Farm Income Projections

What kind of year will farmers have in this brand new 2013? Gary Crawford has some tentative projections from an expert in this report.