Yearly Archives: 2014

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...

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.

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...

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.

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

Generations of Farming

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

USDA Planting Report Surprise

A USDA report shows growers of one particular commodity have planted far more acres to it than most people expected.

4-H Ambassador Tour

STATE 4-H COUNCIL PRESIDENT ALEX CROCKETT OF FENTRESS COUNTY IS ONE OF THE MANY SUCCESS STORIES COMING FROM THIS IMPORTANT YOUTH ORGANIZATION.  

Cheeseburger Up

THE COST OF ONE OF THE MAIN FOOD ITEMS ON THIS SUMMER’S GRILL IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE.  

Grilling It Right

Grill season is here and making sure those meats are cooked to the proper temperature is really important.

Setting Time

Tobacco farmers are about half way through setting this year’s crop.

PTP APP For Farm Fresh

The Tenn. Dept. of Agriculture has a new Pick TN Products App ready for download.

Low Cattle Numbers, High Beef Prices

We could see extremely high cattle and beef prices become the new normal, at least for the next couple of years.

Hay Weather

HAY WEATHER IS FINALLY HERE AS FARMERS LOOK TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THEIR FIRST CUTTING.

Bee Inventory

USDA SAYS BEE LOSS OVER THE PAST WINTER WASN’T AS BAD AS PREVIOUS YEARS, BUT NOT SO IN TENNESSEE.

Secure Milk Supply Plan

A FIELD DAY DEMONSTRATION AT MTSU’S DAIRY FARM SHOWED WHAT FARMERS WOULD DO IN THE EVENT OF A HOOF AND MOUTH DISEASE OUTBREAK TO KEEP MILK SAFE.

Farmers Hopeful to Ditch EPA’s Proposed Rule

Farmers and ranchers across the country are sending a message to Washington to ‘Ditch the Rule’ about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the...

Planting Back on Schedule

AFTER A SLUGGISH START TO CORN PLANTING, MANY TN FARMERS HAVE FINISHED UP THEIR PLANTING THIS SPRING AS ATTENTION SHIFTS TO COTTON & SOYBEANS.

Final Release of 2012 Census of Ag

If you have questions about agriculture, the 2012 Census of Agriculture now has answers. 

Farmers’ Market Season

ALWAYS THIS TIME OF YEAR, WHEN WE HOPE SPRING IS HERE FOR GOOD, THOSE DOORS TO THE LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKET OPEN FOR THE SEASON.  

Hay Calculator

The “Hay Calculator” DEVELOPED BY UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE EXTENSION EMPLOYEES can help producers calculate the quantity of hay necessary to feed cattle over a certain...

The Buzz Around

THE SOUND AND SIGHTS MANY OF YOU ACROSS THE STATE ARE SEEING NEAR YOUR HOMES, BARNS OR GARAGES ARE CARPENTER BEES.  

Yes on 2

Gov. Haslam and former Gov. Bredesen have launched a campaign to encourage voters to vote “Yes on 2,” for how the state selects appellate...

Black Vulture problems for Livestock

Black vultures continue threating livestock across the state and Rep. DesJarlais looking for solutions.

Spring Check-up for AC

Your home air conditioning unit may need a little work before it starts its summer job.

Yes on 2

Gov. Haslam, Former Gov. Bredesen launch campaign to encourage voters to “Vote Yes on 2” to amend the state constitution on judiciary selection.

GMO Answers

GMO Answers, an initiative committed to creating conversations about GMOs and answering consumer questions, conducted a national survey identifying top questions about GMOs. 

Quiet Tornado Season Turns Active

EVEN THOUGH THIS WEEK WE HAVE HAD AN OUTBREAK OF TORNADOS ACROSS THE MIDSOUTH, USDA SAYS TORNADO ACTIVITY AS A WHOLE IN 2014 SO...

Lincoln County Tornado

LINCOLN COUNTY FARMER DAVID OGLE SAYS CONSIDERING THE DEVASTATION A TORNADO LEFT BEHIND ON HIS FARM AND OTHERS IN SOUTHERN LINCOLN COUNTY, THEY’RE LUCKY TO...

Tornado Season

EVEN THOUGH THIS WEEK WE HAVE HAD AN OUTBREAK OF TORNADOS ACROSS THE MIDSOUTH, USDA SAYS TORNADO ACTIVITY AS A WHOLE IN 2014 SO...

Ag Leadership Classes

Young farmers and other ag professionals are taking part in agricultural leadership classes across the state.

Tree-Mendous Trail

FIRST LADY CRISSY HASLAM INTRODUCES NEW TREE EDUCATION PROGRAM TO STUDENTS AT TENNESSEE RESIDENCE.

PTP APP Ready for the Season

THE NEW PICK TN PRODUCTS MOBILE APP IS READY FOR DOWNLOAD FOR APPLE AND ANDROID DEVICES WITH THE HOPE OF GETTING BETTER CONNECTION FOR CONSUMERS...

Ditch the Rule

THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU IS ASKING ITS MEMBERS TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST EPA’S PROPOSED RULE CHANGE WITH THE CLEAN WATER ACT.  

Farmland the Movie

A NEW MOVIE IS ABOUT TO BE RELEASED MAY 1ST ACROSS THE COUNTRY CALLED FARMLAND.  A GROUP OF TENNESSEE FARM LEADERS HAD THE CHANCE...

Earth Day is Every Day on the Farm

As we celebrate Earth Day, farmers across Tennessee may look at it a little differently.

A Century of Better Management

ITS HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT TN’S DIVISION OF FORESTRY IS 100 YEARS OLD.  AND THE TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY RECOGNIZED THAT FACT WITH A  JOINT...

Gavel Falls for Last of 108th

STATE LAWMAKERS HAVE ONCE AGAIN CONCLUDED ANOTHER SESSION OF THE TENN. GENERAL ASSEMBLY.  THIS WAS THE 108TH SESSION OF THE BODY WHICH, LIKE LAST...

Farmers Hopeful this is Last Spring Freeze

OLE MAN WINTER HANGING ON AT LEAST ONE MORE TIME, SOMETHING TENNESSEE FRUIT GROWERS HAVE COME TO EXPECT THIS TIME OF YEAR.  BUT THAT DOESN’T...

Livestock Producers Hoping for Black Vulture Solution

CONGRESSMAN SCOTT DESJARLAIS, REPRESENTING TN’S 4TH IS TRYING TO HELP FARMERS GET SOLUTIONS TO STOPPING THE CONTINUING PROBLEM THAT BLACK VULTURES ARE CAUSING TO...

Plenty of Eggs for Easter

The American Farm Bureau recently released its Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey of retail prices on 16 food items. The informal survey, conducted by volunteers in...

UAV Privacy Bill Passes Senate

MEMBERS OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE ARE WRAPPING UP THEIR SCHEDULES AND PASSING THEIR FINAL BILLS OF THE 2ND SESSION OF THE 108TH TENN GENERAL...

Making the Best Better

UT PRESIDENT DR. JOE DIPIETRO ADDRESSES THE DELEGATES ATTENDING 4-H CONGRESS.

Friend of 4-H

BART KRISTLE, CEO OF TENN. FARMERS CO-OP WAS SELECTED BY THE TENN. 4-H FOUNDATION AS THIS YEAR’S RECEIPIENT OF THE FRIEND OF 4-H AWARD.

A New Red Tractor

A BRAND NEW CASE IH FARMALL TRACTOR WAS DELIVERED TO THE HATCHER DAIRY FARM IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY TO CHUCK YOEST AND JENNIFER HATCHER.

Protecting our Property

A historic piece of legislation that will stop forced annexation was approved by an overwhelming majority and is considered to be one of the...

New Leadership in Tennessee FFA

At the 86th Tennessee FFA Convention held recently in Gatlinburg, a new slate of State FFA Officers were elected for the coming year and...

Geared for Success

Gov. Bill Haslam addressed the delegates of the Tennessee 4-H Congress at the State Capitol. Congress brings some 400 ninth to tenth graders and...

FFA Igniting Leadership Across the State

More than 3000 FFA members from across the state gathered in Gatlinburg recently at the 86th State FFA Convention and one of the highlights...

Protecting our Soil

West Tennessee row crop farmers are busy getting ready to plant this year’s corn crops.

Checking your Trees and Shrubs for Winter Damage or Worse

As we finally pull through this severe winter, it’s time to see if our yard plants pulled through.

Ag Day on the Hill

TENN. LAWMAKERS CELEBRATED AG DAY ON THE HILL AT THE STATE CAPITOL WITH A MILKING CONTEST TO SEE WHO HAS THE MOST “PULL.”  

Media Omelet Cook-Off for Ag

MEDIA PERSONALITIES WITH NASHVILLE’S 4 NETWORK TELEVISION STATIONS COMPETED IN THE OMELET COOK-OFF AT THE TENNESSEE RESIDENCE IN AN EVENT SPONSORED BY THE FARM...

Choosing the right Farm Bill Support Program

WITH SPRING PLANTING READY TO GET UNDER WAY, FARMERS HERE IN TENN AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE a choice of two major risk management...

Spring Fever

TENNESSEE ROW CROP FARMERS ARE WAITING ON MOTHER NATURE TO GIVE THE GREEN LIGHT FOR SPRING PLANTING.

Tenn. FFA Convention Preview

TENNESSEE STATE FFA OFFICERS ARE IN FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE 86TH CONVENTION WHERE THEY IGNITE THE PASSIONS OF THE MEMBERS AND GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE.

Tenn. Soybean Farmer Honored

David Womack of Bedford County was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Soybean Association.

Forestry Day on the Hill

THE TENN. FORESTRY ASSOCIATION HELD THEIR ANNUAL FORESTRY DAY ON THE HILL IN NASHVILLE TO INFORM LAWMAKERS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR FOREST INDUSTRY.

FFA Foundation Names New Director

A FORMER TENNESSEE STATE FFA PRESIDENT AND NATIONAL FFA VICE PRESIDENT WAS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED AS THE NEW FFA FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

Up to Speed on the Farm Bill

TENN.’s 8TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN STEPHEN FINCHER, ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING ROWCROP FARMERS IN CONGRESS HAS JUST WRAPPED UP A SERIES OF FARM TOUR...

Ag Leadership Classes

Young farmers and other ag professionals are taking part in agricultural leadership classes across the state.

Breakfast with the Bureau

Farm Bureau leaders from across Tennessee hosted lawmakers for a breakfast meeting on Capitol Hill.

Prized Truck

The Whitt’s of Rutherford County received the keys to their 2014 GMC pick-up truck for being named the national Young Farmers of the Year....

Chick Days are Here

TRACTOR SUPPLY VICE PRESIDENT OF MERCHANDISE MARC JOHNSON TALKING ABOUT THE MUCH ANTICIPATED  CHICK DAYS NOW BEING FEATURED IN THEIR STORES.  

The Sky’s the Limit

SIGNIFICANT RESEARCH WITH AGRICULTURAL APPLICATIONS FOR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICHLES IS OCCURRING IN SAVANNAH, TN.

Food Costs Higher

. WE WILL SPEND MORE ON FOOD THIS YEAR, BUT HOW MUCH MORE IS STILL UNCERTAIN. USDA’S GARY CRAWFORD REPORTS.

2012 Census of Agriculture

The Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its preliminary results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture.

The Drive Feed the World

THE CHEW ON THIS TOUR FROM NUTRABLEND SHARES WITH AUDIENCES AT UNIVERSITIES, FAIRS OR CIVIC EVENTS ABOUT THE INCREASING POPULATION AND THE NEED FOR...

UT Football Coach Energizes TN Young Leaders

UT football coach Butch Jones gave a leaderhip speech to more than 300 gathered for the annual Tennessee Young Leaders Conference in Franklin.

Young Leaders back in Franklin

Well over 300 young people are attending the Tennessee Young Leaders Conference in Franklin.

Celebrating the Blue & Gold

THIS WEEK ACROSS THE COUNTRY PEOPLE ARE TELLING WHY THEY ARE FFA PROUD AND THE TENNESSEE STATE FFA OFFICER TEAM IS TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY...

Farm Bureau Urges Timely Release of Disaster Aid

The 2014 farm bill includes disaster aid provisions for livestock forage, livestock indemnity and the tree assistance program, all of which have been expired...

Importing Labor or Food?

Farmers are hopeful Congress will pass Immigration Reform with an adequate guest worker program for agriculture.

Data Privacy Concerns Farmers

Farmers have used technology to improve their management practices and efficiency on the farm for years, but the agriculture industry is just now starting...

Beef Issues Similar Nationwide

Beef producers from around the country attended the NCBA convention in Nashville and issues are much the same as they are in Tennessee.

UAV’s Impact for Agriculture

Research is proving that Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles, (UAV’s), will have a major impact on the future of agriculture.

Back to Immigration Reform Push

Now that the Farm Bill is law, farmers will be urging Congress for Immigration Reform.

Farm Bill Becomes Law

The President has signed the Agricultural Act of 2014, making the Farm Bill law for the next five years.

Tennessee Cattlemen Share their Story

Tennessee’s cattle industry is one of the strongest in the nation and vital for the state’s economy.

Nation’s Cattlemen Take Over Opryland

More than 7000 cattlemen and industry leaders are in Nashville for the 116th National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention and Trade Show.

Farm Bill goes to President’s Desk

The U.S. Senate approved the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the Farm Bill) after more than two years of debate.

How High will Cattle Prices Go?

Cattle prices continue to rise, setting new records. Can this trend continue? 

Irrigation Strategy

The 2014 West Tennessee Irrigation Conference gives farmers ideas and solutions to help with their irrigation strategies.