Yearly Archives: 2014

USDA Planting Report Surprise

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

Governor Proclaims July Beef Month in Tennessee

Join Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee's hardworking cattle farmers  in celebrating beef this July. More than just producing a tasty, nutritious product, the state's cattle...

EPA Rule Will Upend Farming and Livelihoods, Farm Bureau Says

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2014&file=nr0619.html

Tennessee Signs On to Plan to Protect Dairy Industry

http://news.tn.gov/node/12588

Tennessee schedules Tobacco and Forage Field Day for July 17

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-06-GreenevilleFieldDay.aspx

Farm Watch receives donation from Farm Bureau

Friday, June 27, 2014Dyersburg State Gazette When the Dyer County Farm Watch was implemented in March of 2013, the pilot program was a formed partnership...

President Adams Said Check Out The Firework Stands

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,...

Scratching Ain’t Polite

There's a story I heard the other day, over at Sewell's, about one of our Tennessee cousins having one of our other cousins from...

Time To Shake A Few Hands

It's my favorite time of the year, once again, when all the stores are filled with patriotic supplies, making red, white and blue the...

Fruit growers warned to beware of new pest

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-06-VinegarFly.aspx

UT Workshop to help farmers with value-added dairy opportunities

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-06-DairyWorkshop.aspx

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

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2014&file=nr0610b.html

Farm Bureau: WRRDA Will Benefit Generations of Americans

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2014&file=nr0610.html

2014 Ag Enhancement Program Application Period Set

http://news.tn.gov/node/12344

Mr. Ford Started All Of This

The other day as I filled-up my new 4-wheel drive, V6, campaign-retirement-good feeling pickup truck with ethanol blended fuel and watched the digital cost...

What Goes Around Comes Around

I have recently been attending budget hearings in my county to learn more about where our tax dollars go, and after you come out...

iFarmiVote

Farm Bureau members support the iFarmiVote campaign in this photo gallery.

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.

Dairy Numbers Short But “Udderly” Vital To Tennessee Economy

With National Dairy Month quickly approaching in June, a major celebration is planned in the Volunteer State, and it's been that way for a...

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.

From The Backseat Of An Old Desoto

I have been spending a lot of time lately working in a pick-your-own berry patch located almost in the heart of one of Tennessee's...

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.  

From relaxation to cultivation, make the most of your backyard

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-04-FruitsBackyard.aspx

2014 Ag Enhancement Program Application Period Set

http://news.tn.gov/node/12344

The Day Is What You Make It

When a person retires, I'm told many people find themselves looking for things to do and wish that they had continued at the old...

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.

Horses That Go Klippy Klop

Not long ago, I wrote about the selling of my family home and many of the memories that were stirred from that experience. Of...

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.

Switchgrass for fuel and forage

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-04-SwitchgrassEvent.aspx

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Additional USDA Actions to Combat Spread...

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2014/04/0066.xml&contentidonly=true

Is It Really A Necessity Or Luxury

As today's economy becomes a major factor in how all of us plan for tomorrow, I just wonder if any of you have started...

American Farm Bureau Tells Members to ‘Ditch’ EPA Water Rule

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2014&file=nr0422.html

State Introduces New Mobile App for Farms, Farmers Markets

A "Pick Tennessee" mobile app is now available which can find and then map the way to locally grown farm products, farms and farmers...

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...

What Winter Is It?

Once again, down at the store, the talk is centered on what kind of winter we are in the grips of, and the vote...

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.

Celebrate Earth Day In Your Own Way

When you write a column on a weekly basis and it is the type of column that I usually write, very often you find...

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...

He Walked On Water

With more than forty-four years on the job, which kept me in an automobile much of the time, I have spent a lot of...

Smaller Corn Crop, More Soybeans Forecast by USDA

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2014&file=nr0331.html

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...

2014 4-H Congress Officers Elected

Since its beginning in 1948, Congress has given more than 33,900 4-H'ers and volunteer leaders firsthand experience in state government. 4-H Congress is truly...

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.

Purple Hues of Henbit Return Again to Add to Spring’s Arrival

As I have been driving the back roads of Tennessee the last few days, I have noticed an interesting purple hue forming across the...

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.”  

Tenn. FFA 86th Convention

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE TENNESSEE FFA CONVENTION. NEW STATE OFFICERS NAMED.

2014-2015 FFA State Officers Elected

The 86th State FFA Convention was recently held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The two-and-a-half day convention was full of Career Development Events, leadership seminars, inspirational...

Ag Day on the Hill a Success

Tennessee lawmakers celebrated Ag Day on the Hill March 25 at Legislative Plaza in Nashville. Gov. Bill Haslam proclaimed it "Agriculture Day" in Tennessee...

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...

How Much Corn Can You Harvest In A Day

The only marketing concern that Tennessee farmers had in past years, when selling his crop or livestock, was the price he would receive down...

ASA Awards David Womack with Lifetime Achievement Award

http://old-tnfarmbureau.digital.jnlcom.com/content/asa-awards-david-womack-lifetime-achievement-award

New Report Shows Labor Challenges Lead to Loss in GDP, Farm...

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2014&file=nr0318.html

UAV Technology Symposium to Demonstrate Potential Uses of Unmanned Aircraft in...

http://entira.net/news-insights/news-releases/uav-technology-symposium-to-demonstrate-potential-uses-of-unmanned-aircraft-in-agriculture/

Tennessee Lawmakers to Celebrate “Ag Day on the Hill”

http://news.tn.gov/node/12138

Burn Permits Required Through May 15

http://news.tn.gov/node/12089

Young Farmer Achievement Award Program

The 45th Annual Tennessee Young Farmer of the Year Achievement Awards Program will be conducted again this year by the Tennessee Farm Bureau and...

ASA Awards David Womack with Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Soybean Association (ASA) recognized David Womack from Shelbyville, Tenn. with its Lifetime Achievement Award "“ Association Focus at its annual awards banquet...

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.