Yearly Archives: 2014

Ag Issues for 2014

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

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...

Extra Care for Livestock During the Deep Freeze

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

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...

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...

AFBF Convention

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

Tenn. Young Farmers Shine Again

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

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.

Williamson Co. Young Farmers Recognized

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

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...

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.

Stallman Optimistic for Better 2014

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

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...

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,...

Pets and the Cold Weather

Extra precautions are needed for pets during subfreezing temperatures.

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...

Irrigation Strategy

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

How High will Cattle Prices Go?

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

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.

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.

Tennessee Cattlemen Share their Story

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

Farm Bill Becomes Law

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

Back to Immigration Reform Push

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

UAV’s Impact for Agriculture

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

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.

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...

Importing Labor or Food?

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

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...

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...

Young Leaders back in Franklin

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

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.

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...

2012 Census of Agriculture

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

Food Costs Higher

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

The Sky’s the Limit

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

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.  

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....

Breakfast with the Bureau

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

Ag Leadership Classes

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

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...

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.

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.

Tenn. Soybean Farmer Honored

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

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.

Spring Fever

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

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...

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...

Tenn. FFA 86th Convention

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

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.”  

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.

Protecting our Soil

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

Making the Best Better

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Earth Day is Every Day on the Farm

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

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...

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.  

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...

Tree-Mendous Trail

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

Ag Leadership Classes

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

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...

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...

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...

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. 

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.

Spring Check-up for AC

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

Black Vulture problems for Livestock

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

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...

The Buzz Around

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

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...

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.  

Final Release of 2012 Census of Ag

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

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.

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...

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.

Bee Inventory

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

Hay Weather

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

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.

PTP APP For Farm Fresh

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

Setting Time

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

Grilling It Right

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

Cheeseburger Up

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

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.  

USDA Planting Report Surprise

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

Generations of Farming

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

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