Yearly Archives: 2014

Tenn. Soybean Farmer Honored

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

Keeping Time Down On The Farm

As everyone was "springing forward" recently, our state legislature was debating whether or not to take Tennessee out of the Daylight Saving Time routine,...

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.

True That There Are No GMOs In Cheerios

Sure will be glad to see nice weather come back to the Volunteer State. These up and down polar vortex changes have just about...

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...

Olympic Withdrawal

The other night as I sat down to enjoy some TV, I realized that I really miss not being able to see the Olympic...

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...

From a Pole Wired to a Fence Post

I have to admit that during the winter months I am a TV watcher addict. Yes, it is true that I enjoy settling down...

Speakers announced for Tennessee Value-Added Beef Conference

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-02-VABconferenceSpeakers.aspx

UT Institute of Agriculture animal scientist named top BQA educator

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-02-LaneBQAaward.aspx

Technology, Data Privacy Concern Farmers and Ranchers

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2014&file=nr0211.html

Junior Bulls now ready for the farm

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2014-02-JRBullTest.aspx

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.

Statement by Lacy Upchurch, President, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation on Senate...

February 4, 2014 -  The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation commends the U.S. Senate for passage today of the new five-year farm bill. While it's...

Don’t forget the little things

Winter attempted to make a swipe into the hills and valleys of Tennessee during the week of Valentine's, and the people of the Volunteer...

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.

Farm Bill Fiscally Responsible

The groundhog up in Pennsylvania saw his shadow, I understand, suggesting that we are looking at six more weeks of winter. Since the first...

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.

Extreme Cold Conditions for Livestock

FARMERS ACROSS TENNESSEE WITH LIVESTOCK HAVE NOT HAD A WINTER LIKE THIS ONE IN AT LEAST 20 YEARS, AND THEY’RE TAKING THOSE EXTRA STEPS...

Pets and the Cold Weather

Extra precautions are needed for pets during subfreezing temperatures.

Adjusting To Global Warming

I keep having people ask me if I have adjusted to retirement. Since it has only been just a month since I turned off...

TN Junior Market Hog Show

Middle TN State University’s Livestock Arena was recently host to some 426 hogs and more than 230 exhibitors at the Junior Market Hog Show,...

Hand Washing Could Lead To Clean Air

I have heard all of my life that cleanliness is next to godliness. Those words have often been spoken by grandmothers, teachers, parents and...

Deputy Ag Secretary Visits Tennessee

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden met with farm leaders in Tennessee to discuss the need for Congress to pass a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs...

Stallman Optimistic for Better 2014

AFBF President Bob Stallman is hopeful for a better year for farmers and ranchers on policy matters.

New Member of Farm Bureau Women Leadership Committee

Gloria Larrance of Jefferson County was selected to represent District 5 on the TFBF state Women’s Leadership Committee.

Farm Bureau Sets Policy for 2014

The nation’s largest farm organization wrapped up its 95th Annual Convention in San Antonio by setting its policy positions for the year ahead. AFBF...

It’s Time To Start Digging

Recently, I passed a church sign that had some really good words of wisdom lettered upon it. It said, "Don't be caught leaning on...

Williamson Co. Young Farmers Recognized

Chuck Yoest & Jennifer Hatcher of Williamson County named national runner-up in AFBF Excellence in Ag contest.

Farmers Still Hoping for Farm Bill

The top agriculture person in the Obama Cabinet continues to talk about the need for passage of the long-awaited farm bill.

Tenn. Young Farmers Shine Again

Brandon & Katherine Whitt of Rutherford Co. named AFBF Young Farmer Achievement winners.

AFBF Convention

Farm Bureau leaders hear from TV and Football stars at AFBF convention

Tennessee Young Farmers Win National Honors

During the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Tennessee Young Farmers & Ranchers took home honors in the Achievement Award...

Cold Winter Air Brings on Clear Thinking

It was an afternoon after one of the TV news talk shows had discussed pretty negatively many of the items found in the national...

TAEP Continuing Education Qualifications Updated

http://news.tn.gov/node/11840

A Gift to Talk

MICHAEL SHIRLEY OF RUTHERFORD COUNTY WILL GET THE CHANCE TO SHOW OFF HIS SKILLS NEXT WEEK IN SAN ANTONIO AS HE WILL REPRESENT TENN...

A Farm Bill Needed This Month

A lot of eyes are on Congress with the hopes of the House and Senate agreeing on and passing a new five year farm...

Extra Care for Livestock During the Deep Freeze

TENN. LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS HAVE BEEN BATTLING THESE BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES IN TRYING TO PROTECT THEIR CATTLE.  

Winter Storms, Power Outages

Winter storms have already killed power to hundreds of thousands of people. Gary Crawford has a report on how to save your food during...

Ag Issues for 2014

What will be the big issues for U.S. agriculture in the year ahead?

Important Find In Your Mailbox

On the first day that the mail ran for the New Year, when I opened my rusty old mailbox, I was pleasantly surprised with...