Yearly Archives: 2014

Emerging issues focus of annual Forage and Grassland Meeting

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-09-TNGrasslandsMtg.aspx

Fall Folklore Jamboree returns to Milan

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-09-FallFolklore.aspx

Cooperatives provide billion-dollar boost to state’s economy

October is Cooperative Month in Tennessee, and proclamation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam deeming it as such heaps high praise on the approximately 200...

Excellent Advocates for Agriculture

MICHAEL AND AMY SHIRLEY OF RUTHERFORD COUNTY HAVE BEEN NAMED THE TENN. FARM BUREAU’S EXCELLENCE IN AGRICULTURE AWARD WINNERS.  

The Wright Pumpkin

The Wright Pumpkin Farm in Obion County had a bumper crop this year and they offer decorating services for your home or business. 

Record Corn Harvest for Some

ALTHOUGH CORN HARVEST IS GOING SLOW, MOST FARMERS ARE EXTREMELY HAPPY WITH THE YIELDS THAT THEY ARE GETTING

New Conservation Program Popular

PRODUCERS ACROSS THE U.S. SEEM VERY INTERESTED IN UDSA’S NEW AGRICULTURAL CONSERVATION EASEMENT PROGRAMS, BASED ON THE APPLICATIONS FOR INITIAL SIGNUP.

September Equinox Starts It In Motion

I love this time of the year. September is slipping over the horizon and the month of October is the same as here. October...

Broadband Access Still Critical for Rural America

There’s still a lack of coverage in many rural areas for broadband access and that’s critical for future success for farmers & ranchers.

New App to ID Weeds

. Home gardeners and farmers have a new tool to find out what kind of weed that is in your flower bed, garden or...

National Farm Safety & Health Week

THOUSANDS OF FARMERS ACROSS TENN. ARE NOW RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF PERHAPS THE BUSIEST TIME OF THE YEAR – HARVEST SEASON.  AND SAFETY FOR...

TSU Opens New Biotechnology Building

TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY HELD GRAND OPENING CEREMONIES FOR THREE NEW BUILDINGS, INCLUDING THE CENTERPIECE, AN 8 MILLION DOLLAR BIOTECH FACILITY.

House Vote Sends Strong Message to Administration

A grassroots effort of farmers and ranchers helped push the U.S. House to move forward with a vote to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

Wild Hog Eradication update

Outreach has continued with several wild hog control demonstrations being conducted at UT Extension field-days. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, USDA Wildlife...

A busy harvest season means “Safety Counts – Protecting What Matters”

https://www.tnfarmbureau.org/content/busy-harvest-season-means-%E2%80%9Csafety-counts-%E2%80%93-protecting-what-matters%E2%80%9D-0

A busy harvest season means “Safety Counts ““ Protecting What Matters”

Tennessee farmers are reaping the yields of their hard work this harvest season and that means long hours in their fields and lots of...

A busy harvest season means “Safety Counts ““ Protecting What Matters”

Tennessee farmers are reaping the yields of their hard work this harvest season and that means long hours in their fields and lots of...

Century Farms On Facebook

A few weeks back, I received an invitation to be the speaker for the Wilson County Fair Century Farm Luncheon. It was one of...

Beef still has Strong Demand

Fortunately for beef producers the dreaded and expected consumer “push-back” due to high prices has not materialized.

Legislative Showmanship

State lawmakers competed in the annual Legislative Showmanship at the Tenn. State Fair.  

Is The Wallet A Lost Art

Some days, the news media finds it really difficult to come up with news. Of course, that is not always a bad thing, but...

Statement by Lacy Upchurch, President, TN Farm Bureau, Regarding Passage of...

https://www.tnfarmbureau.org/content/statement-lacy-upchurch-president-tn-farm-bureau-regarding-passage-hr-5078-wotus-regulatory

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

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news_article&id=153

Congress Stands with Farmers on Ditch the Rule

The House of Representatives voted this week in favor of H.R. 5078 the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.

Corn Harvest starting off Slow

Tennessee’s corn harvest is off to a slow start compared to the 5-year average, but yield prospects are looking really good for some.

Winter Forecast

The Farmers’ Almanac has realeased its new 2015 edition and with it another cold winter forecast.  

Farmers and Modern Technology

TDA Commissioner Julius Johnson discusses the advancements in technology and how its impacting farmers and agriculture.  

Rep. Black meets with Farm Leaders

Rep. Diane Black, TN-6th, met with area Farm Bureau leaders in Lebanon to discuss ag and rural issues during the August recess of Congress.

Statement by Lacy Upchurch, President, TN Farm Bureau, Regarding Passage of...

Statement by Lacy Upchurch, President, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation,Regarding Passage of H.R. 5078WOTUS Regulatory Overreach Protection Act COLUMBIA, TN, September 11, 2014 "“"We applaud the action...

TDA Now Accepting Water Quality Grant Proposals

http://news.tn.gov/node/12922

EPA Shenanigans Panned in Ditch the Rule Animated Video

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news_article&id=139

August Crop & Livestock Reports Are In

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=issues.economicanalysis

Ames Plantation’s Heritage Festival provides fun for the family

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-09-HeritageFestival.aspx

State Fair

LET THE GOOD TIMES GROW IS THE THEME FOR THE TENNESSEE STATE FAIR THIS YEAR AND IT IS CELEBRATING MORE THAN 100 YEARS OF...

Income Forecast for Farmers

If you are a farmer, there are encouraging areas when it comes to the farm income forecast for 2014.

Now Is Not Time To Take A Nap

Once again, we approach that date on the calendar that many of us will always remember as one when we experienced feelings of fear,...

Tennessee field day helps producers turn pumpkins into profits

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-08-PumpkinFieldDay.aspx

Packing a Nutritious School Lunch

School lunches are becoming more nutritous and the same should be done for those packing their kids’ lunches.

Picnic Safety

EXPERTS SAY IF YOU DON’T WANT YOUR WEEKEND COOKOUT TO MAKE PEOPLE SICK, YOU HAVE TO PLAN AHEAD FOR SAFETY. 

Heat Finally Comes to Cotton Crop

Tennessee’s cotton farmers have been concerned for most of the summer in not having enough heat units, but the past few weeks have helped...

TN Farm Bureau News – September 2014 issue

Flip through the pages of the latest issue of Farm Bureau News, a bi-monthly newspaper focusing on agricultural issues "“ from what's happening around...

Non-GMO Pledge Made Me Pick Another Spread

The other day as I pushed my grocery cart down the aisle of my favorite food store, I was stopped in my tracks as...

Veterinary Advisory Committee at the Celebration

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has implemented an independent inspection process this year to insure horses are not being abused that show at...

Farm Bureau Works to Stop EPA from Privacy Abuses

The American Farm Bureau Federation is seeking to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from releasing private data of farmers and ranchers, including those here...

Wasps Are Building Like Crazy

The last holiday of the summer season is upon us and everyone will have to wait until Thanksgiving to get another one of those...

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

CEO OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION MIKE INMAN SAYS THE INTEREST WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD ALL THIS WEEK FOR THAT FINAL SHOW...

From Farm to Table

KNOWING THE PERSON WHO GROWS YOUR FOOD IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE COMMON IN TODAYS SOCIETY AND A FARMER IN GILES COUNTY HAS TAKEN...

Protecting the Farm

DYER COUNTY SHERIFF JEFF BOX, SAYS DISCUSSIONS FOR IMPLEMENTING THE COUNTY’S FARM WATCH PROGRAM STARTED IN DEC. OF 2012, AND SINCE THEN, IT HAS...

Preserving Rural Tennessee

TN’S 8TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN STEPHEN FINCHER, ONE OF, IF NOT THE ONLY, FULL TIME FARMER IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SAYS PROTECTING THE...

USDA Report Brings Few Surprises

The USDA August Supply and De­mand Report and Crop Production forecast gives producers a better idea of what the 2014 harvest may look like. 

All About Service in the FFA

Tenn. FFA President Kevin Robertson spreading the message of service of this premiere youth organization.

74th TFBF President’s Conference

Farm Bureau leaders from across the state attended the TFBF 74th Annual President’s Conference in Franklin.

Where The Farm Waters Flow

On one of those surprising cool summer evenings we had recently, I took my "red-neck" golf cart out for a late evening drive around...

2014 Presidents Conference

The 2014 Presidents Conference begins August 14 and ends August 15. County Farm Bureau Presidents from across the state gather in Cool Springs, Tennessee...

A Strong Market for Cattle

UT LIVESTOCK ECONOMIST DR. ANDREW GRIFFITH SAYS PRICES FOR YEARLING CATTLE HAVE BASICALLY DOUBLED IN PRICE OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS.  

SNAP Benefits at Farmer’s Markets

TENNESSEE IS ONE OF THE TOP TEN STATES FOR GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF FARMERS MARKETS AND MORE AND MORE OF THESE MARKETS ARE...

The Need for Immigration Reform

With Congress now on August recess, farmers and ranchers have the opportunity to talk with their elected officials about current issues in agriculture, especially immigration...

Large Increase in Farmland Values

If you bought or rented farmland in the last year, you probably paid quite a bit more for it.  USDA reports.

Record Prices for Cattle

AS TN CATTLE PRODUCERS TAKE THEIR CATTLE TO MARKET, THEY’RE SEEING THE HIGHEST PRICES EVER.  

Mark Twain Is Still Quotable

Mark Twain is one individual whose writings and quotes I have always enjoyed, beginning at an early age. After all these years that his...

YF Fall Tour

There is no better way to see Tennessee agriculture and YF&R friends than at the "21st Annual Fall Agriculture Tour". This year, the focus...

Sharing the Wild

THE TN WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY SAYS THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE.

Crop Progress

TN ROW CROP FARMERS FOR THE MOST PART HAVE HAD A PRETTY GOOD GROWING SEASON SO FAR.  OF COURSE THAT ALWAYS DEPENDS ON WHERE...

A Challenge for Entrepreneurs

FARM BUREAU MEMBERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART IN A RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE.  

How Low Will Beef Cattle Numbers Go

Two new USDA cattle reports continue to point to a trend that has been going on for several years.

Modern Farming

TN COMMISSIONER OF AG JULIUS JOHNSON SAYS THE SUCCESS OF THE AG INDUSTRY IN THE FUTURE WILL BE DEPENDENT ON FARMERS EFFORTS IN ADOPTING NEW TECHNOLOGIES.

Governor Keeping Up with State’s Farmers

GOV. BILL HASLAM ATTENDED THE MILAN NO TILL FIELD DAY AND SHARED HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT WHY NO TILL AND THE AG INDUSTRY OVERALL IS IMPORTANT TO...

Milan No-Till Field Day

EVERY OTHER YEAR, A FIELD DAY LIKE NO OTHER TAKES PLACE IN WEST TENNESSEE IN THE SMALL TOWN OF MILAN AND FARMERS FROM ALL...

Energy Efficiency

If you want to apply for USDA help to pay for energy efficiency or renewable energy projects, the deadline is July 31st. 

Getting in the Game

7TH GENERATION FARMER JAKE CARTER OF MCDONOUGH, GA IS SERVING AS CHAIRMAN OF THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU’S YOUNG FARMER AND RANCHER COMMITTEE AND HE...

Tennessee Markets Celebrate National Farmers Market Week with Special Events

Tennessee's farmers markets have reason to celebrate. Summer fruits and vegetables of all kinds are plentiful, and farmers market fans continue to increase each...

And You Still Can’t Make a Mater Saminch

Here we are once again in the glory days of homegrown maters and I'm still finding folks who can't make a mater saminch. I...

Watch Your Dog During Dog Days

As summertime begins to go into its hottest period of discomfort for southern man and beast alike, I'm reminded of the days when air...

Kleppers Named Outstanding Young Farmers of the Year

MARK AND CINDY KLEPPER OF GREENE COUNTY RECIEVED THE TFBF’S OUTSTANDING YOUNG FARMER & ACHIEVEMENT AWARD DURING THE 45TH ANNUAL YOUNG FARMER SUMMER CONFERENCE.

Farmers battle hunger at Milan No-Till Field Day

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-07-MilanFarmersVShunger.aspx

Farm Bureau Decodes Water Rule Proposal, Asks EPA to Rescind

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2014&file=nr0717b.html

Walmart and Local Farmers

 WALMART SEES VALUE IN PARTNERING WITH LOCAL FARMERS TO BRING CUSTOMERS MORE FRESH, LOCAL FOOD.

To Refrigerate or Not

If you automatically toss all fresh produce straight into the refrigerator, you could be making a big mistake. 

Tenn. Jr. Livestock EXPO

CLOSE TO TWO HUNDRED 4-H AND FFA MEMBERS HAVE BEEN SHOWING THEIR SHEEP AT TENN. TECH’S HYDER BURKS PAVILLION IN COOKEVILLE DURING THE TENNESSEE...

The Show Ring

GROWING UP SHOWING CATTLE HAS BEEN A WAY OF LIFE FOR SEVERAL GENERATIONS FOR THE LEHNERT FAMILY OF LAWRENCE COUNTY.  

Love of Farming

TENN. FARMERS HAVE LONG DAYS, TOUGH TIMES, AND BATTLE THE ELEMENTS ON A DAILY BASIS, SO A PASSION FOR THEIR LAND AND ANIMALS IS...

Pretty Good Looking Crops

FARMERS ALL ACROSS THE STATE ARE NOW IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE WITH THEIR ROW CROPS, SOME CALLING IT THE BEST THEY’VE EVER SEEN FOR...

Tennessee Names Kleppers Young Farmer of the Year

Greene County young farm couple Mark and Cindy Klepper were named Tennessee Farm Bureau's Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winners during special ceremonies...

Greene County’s Mark and Cindy Klepper win state young farmer honors

Greene County young farm couple Mark and Cindy Klepper were named Tennessee Farm Bureau's Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winners during special ceremonies...

What’s Over The Horizon?

For some reason, the month of July has always been special for me to take in the observation of the moon. No, I'm not...

Excellence in Agriculture Contest Information

The 13th Annual Tennessee Young Farmer & Rancher Excellence in Agriculture Award Program will be conducted this year by the Tennessee Farm Bureau and...

Do You Know Who You Are

While sitting with a group of friends eating Mexican food recently, we got into a discussion of family names and birthdays. One had just...

National Day of Action for Immigration Reform

Despite a stalemate in Washington, agriculture, manufacturing and other business leaders are more united than ever and on July 9th joined together to deliver...

Embracing Technology

Adapting to technology can make a huge difference in farmer’s operations.

Crop Outlook

It’s getting to be that time of year where our farmers can make a good estimate on crop yields.

Record Setting Crops

After last years bumper crops, many farmers have been questioning if this year will up to expectations.

Careful Near The Water

As summer's soaring temperatures bring out water-lovers to cool themselves by splashing about in local swimming holes, concern also increases about water safety. I...

Summer Picnic for 10 Still Under $6 Per Person

Summer is upon us and the American Farm Bureau Federation has released its second annual July Fourth Picnic Survey results

Summer Picnic Still Costs Less Than $6 per Person

An all-American Fourth of July picnic of the nation's favorite foods including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and...

Generations of Farming

Lawrence County farmer Jason Robbins hopes his three sons take over the family farm.

YF&R Fall Tour Schedule

   FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: 4:00 PM - Registration 5:00 PM - Excellence in Agriculture Contest 6:30 PM - Pizza Party, Hilton Garden Inn SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 TOUR:...