Yearly Archives: 2013

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....

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...

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.   

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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...

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.

Strategic Plan for Ag

Tennessee ag leaders are working on a strategic plan for the state’s ag and forestry industry.

Strategic Plan for Ag

Tennessee ag leaders are working on a strategic plan for the state’s ag and forestry industry.

Strategic Plan for Ag

Tennessee ag leaders are working on a strategic plan for the state’s ag and forestry industry.

Strategic Plan for Ag

Tennessee ag leaders are working on a strategic plan for the state’s ag and forestry industry.

Steps for Better Health

For many Americans a step to better health includes taking 10,000 steps.

Pumpkin Crop Dampened

The wet summer was extremely hard on the state’s commercial pumpkin crop.  

Best Field Trip of the Year

The Grundy County Farm Bureau Women hosted “Farm Day” for the county’s third graders.

A Prize Tractor

Rutherford County’s Brandon and Katherine Whitt were awarded one of their top prizes recently for being named the 2013 TN Farm Bureau Young Farmers...

New Facilities at UT

The University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center is opening three new facilities.

USDA Reduces Farm Income Forecast

Farm income may still be high this year, but it may not be as high as some had expected

Legislative Showmanship

STATE REPRESENTATIVE RON TRAVIS OF DAYTON WAS NAMED THE GRAND CHAMPION OF THIS YEAR’S LEGISLATIVE SHOWMANSHIP COMPETITION AT THE STATE FAIR.  HE BEAT OUT...

National Groundwater Protection Day

They say we often don’t appreciate something until it’s gone. That’s certainly the case with clean water. Cliff Trey ens of the National Ground...

Deadline for all Employers

Do you hire workers? Doesn’t matter if they’re seasonal, part-time, or full-time, you have some obligations under the Affordable Care Act. American Farm Bureau’s Johnna...

Fincher Hoping to Bridge Gap

REP. STEVEN FINCHER, THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN FROM FROG JUMP, SAYS AS A FARMER HIMSELF, HE’S BEEN FRUSTRTATED BY THE POLITICAL POSTURING IN WASHINGTON THAT...

Racing against first Freeze

U.S. rowcrop farmers are hoping to get their crops out before the first freeze hits.  USDA radio.

Sen. Alexander meets with Farmers

Sen. Lamar Alexander met with area farmers in Northwest Tennessee to discuss ag issues in Congress.

New Dean of Ag at UT Martin

UT Martin’s new Dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences is Todd Winters.

Food Safety for Labor Day

Experts say many of us could get sick with food related illnesses this holiday weekend, but it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Tenn’s Women of Congress

Rep. Dianne Black and Rep. Marsha Blackburn have been hearing from farmers during the August recess.

Business Leaders Push for Immigration Reform

Tennessee business leaders took part in a special roundtable discussion to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigrtion reform.  

Winter Predictions

Farmers’ Almanac winter weather forecast calling for ‘Chilly and wet’ for Tennessee, ‘shivery’ conditions for most of nation.

Cotton Crop Needs Heat

ALL THE WET WEATHER AND COOLER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES HAS COTTON PRODUCERS CONCERNED OVER THE CONDITION OF THE CROP HEADING TOWARDS HARVEST.

TWRA and Wildlife Problems

If you have wild animal problems on your farm contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for help.

Bringing the Heat

THE HEAT IS FINALY HERE FOR THE SUMMER AND THAT’S BEEN THE MONTH LONG CAMPAIGN SLOGAN FOR FARMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND HERE IN...

Hoping for a Strong Finish

TN ROW CROP FARMERS ARE HEADING IN TO THE HOMESTRETCH OF THE GROWING SEASON HOPING A FOR A STRONG FINISH WITH HARVEST JUST DAYS...

‘Music City Miracle’ Call Transcends Sports

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

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.

SCORE

JAMIE WOODSON TALKS ABOUT SCORE: STATE COLLABORATIVE ON REFORMING EDUCATION.

New Assistant Dean at UT

NEW ASSISTANT DEAN FOR UT EXTENSION DR. LAURA STEPHENSON IS HEADING UP THE FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES UNIT.

Wet Weather Continues

USUALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR MOST FARMERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE LACK OF RAIN.  NOT THE CASE THIS YEAR.

Farmers and Wildlife

CHUCK YOEST IS THE BIG GAME COORDINATOR FOR THE TN WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY AND HE’S ALSO A MEMBER OF THE HATCHER FAMILY DAIRY FARM...

Many Groups Pushing Immigration Reform

Groups that are often on opposite sides of the political battlefield are teaming up for immigration reform.

Reducing Food Waste

There are several ways consumers at home can reduce the amount of food that is thrown out and wasted.

Beef Cattle Numbers Decline

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

The Truth about Food Prices

Retail food prices are rising, but at a much slower pace than expected

Rain Hurting Tomato Growers

PRODUCE FARMERS SAY THIS SPRING AND SUMMER’S CONSTANT WET WEATHER PATTERN HAS BEEN QUITE A CHALLENGE TO GET THEIR TOMATOES PLANTED AND NOW ITS...