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Yearly Archives: 2013

April Report Forecasts Tight Corn and Soybean Supply

Farm Bureau Sends Farm Bill Proposal to Capitol Hill

The American Farm Bureau Federation is sending a farm bill proposal to Capitol Hill today. Approved this weekend by the AFBF Board of Directors,...

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.  

Many Attend ““ Few Understand

Professional baseball season recently opened with all of its fanfare and everyone once again took to the parks to watch the cowhide meet the...

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...

Ag Day on the Hill

April 2, 2013 was proclaimed "Agriculture Day on the Hill" in Tennessee by Governor Bill Haslam. To celebrate the occasion, commodity groups and agriculture...

Achievement Award

The 44th Annual Tennessee Young Farmer of the Year Achievement Awards Program will be conducted again this year by the Tennessee Farm Bureau and...

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.

Just What Kind Of A Winter Has This Been

Over the last couple of weeks and since the first days of spring, we have experienced some unusual cold days, including snow. I guess...

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.   .

Time to Move Up The Healthy Chart

Over the last few weeks, I have been reading the United Health Foundation's report entitled "America's Health Rankings" which lists the healthiest states to...

WKRN Wins Omelet Cook-Off on Ag Day

The four major TV stations in Nashville competed in an Omelet Cook-Off during a promotion for National Ag Day at the Tenn. Ag Museum.

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...

Celebrate Spring With A Visit To The Garden Store

This month, the celebration of spring is being hailed by many as they visit their local garden stores to buy seed, weed killer, kick...

Have fun with the family at the UT Gardens Eggstravaganza

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


Farm Leaders on the Hill


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.

Two Boys And A Tennessee Sinkhole

Having grown up in rural Tennessee, I have seen my share of sinkholes. Sinkholes have been in the news lately and they can become...

UT Extension hosts ‘Homefront to Heartland’ Conferences statewide this spring

New Taxes Burdensome for Farm and Ranch Families

Adequate Land Ranks as Top Concern of Young Farmers

Securing adequate land to grow crops and raise livestock was the top challenge identified in the latest survey of participants in the American Farm...

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...

A Tax Is A Fine For Doing Well

For the past few weeks I have spent my days and nights recovering from surgery that required me to use my time avoiding bending,...

‘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.

Why Did Wings Make It Big And Pulley Bones Didn’t

In a visit to one of my favorite restaurants the other day, I began to ponder about why wings have become so popular these...

UT offers two sets of workshops for farmers marketing to local...

Consumer demand for locally produced foods and products continues to grow, creating opportunities for farmers who market directly to the public as well as...

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


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...

My Hat Is Off To Teachers

With all the talk these days about teachers becoming a part of the line of defense against attacks and being allowed to carry guns...

Author and PBS Host P. Allen Smith Joins Home & Farm...

Best-selling author and television host P. Allen Smith joins Tennessee Home & Farm magazine as a regular columnist. Smith, an award-winning designer, gardening and...

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.

Practical or Non-Practical Doesn’t Apply To I Love You

In just a few days, it will be that time of the year when women think of romantic things, men panic and florists hope...

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...

Grain Indemnity Assessments to Resume March 1

34th annual open house scheduled at UT College of Veterinary Medicine

Off-Roading Not Meant For Hay Fields

The other night while resting in my home and enjoying the football playoffs, someone in a four-wheel drive pickup truck used one of our...

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.

Smartphones Are Taking The Fun Out

Recently, while attending a college basketball game, I made a nonscientific observation of what people do during the game that seems to be the...

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Reveals Winners of its _Faces of...

Ag Social Media ‘Rock Stars’ Encourage Farmers, Ranchers

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

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.

Compromise Is Tough To Do These Days

On a cold and wintery day during the 94th annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau held in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel this...

Compromise Is Tough To Do These Days

On a cold and wintery day during the 94th annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau held in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel this...

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...

Farm Bureau Elects Grassroots Leaders

Smithsonian Partners with American Farm Bureau Federation to Announce Initiative to...

AFBF Delegates Call for Flexible, Insurance-Based Farm Bill

Voting delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation's 94th annual meeting expressed support for a bipartisan, reform-minded farm bill, crafted around a broad, flexible,...

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


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...

Follow The Example Of A Good Farm Dog

When the term farm animal is mentioned in conversation or in writing, most of us assume the obvious and think of a cow. Cows...

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack in Nashville to Highlight New Markets, Innovation, and...

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...