Yearly Archives: 2015

THIS JUST IN: USDA Issues Permit for Santa’s Reindeer to Enter...

http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/bulletins/12cb14b

Give Winter Some Time

ALTHOUGH WE’RE SEEING RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE NATION THIS CHRISTMAS WEEK, THAT’S SURE TO CHANGE COME JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.  

Rural America at a Glance

THE LATEST EDITION OF AN ANNUAL USDA STUDY SHOWS SOME OF THE ECONOMIC AND POPULATION TRENDS FOUND IN RURAL AMERICA.  

A Country Ham for Christmas

SANDRA BAKER OF SUMNER COUNTY WAS EXCITED TO WIN THE STATE FAIR GRAND CHAMPION COUNTRY HAM FOR CHRISTMAS.

Tenn’s Outstanding Young Woman

AT THE FARM BUREAU CONVENTION HELD EARLY IN DECEMBER JOSEY MILLER FROM LOUDON COUNTY WAS NAMED THE YOUNG FARMER AND RANCHER OUTSTANDING YOUNG WOMAN.

GAO Says EPA Illegally Promoted WOTUS

A LEGAL OPINION BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE FINDS THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY BROKE THE LAW WHILE PROMOTING THE WATERS OF THE...

Last Minute Garden Gifts

IS THERE AN ARDENT GARDENER ON YOUR GIFT LIST?  IF SO, THIS REPORT MAY HELP YOU FIND JUST THE RIGHT LAST MINUTE GIFT.

A Passion for Ag

32 YEAR OLD ROBERT ELLIOTT OF ROBERTSON COUNTY WAS RECENTLY ELECTED TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN OF TN’S YOUNG FARMER AND RANCHERS’ STATE COMMITTEE. 

New Garden Grants

WELL NOT MUCH GROWING OUTSIDE THIS TIME OF YEAR, BUT COME NEXT SPRING, TENN. ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS WILL HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PLANT...

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

http://www.fb.org/newsroom/news_article/377/

UT Senior Bull Test Slated for January 21

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2015-12-SrBullTest.aspx

Loudon County’s Josey Miller wins Outstanding Young Woman at Farm Bureau...

During the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation's 94th annual convention at Franklin's Embassy Suites, Loudon County's Josey Miller was named the TN Young Farmers and...

Jeff Aiken Becomes 8th President of Tenn. Farm Bureau

WASHINGTON COUNTY FARMER JEFF AIKEN WAS SELECTED BY VOTING DELEGATES AS THE 8TH PRESIDENT OF THE TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU FEDERATION.

Tenn. Farm Bureau 94th Convention

FARM LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE GATHER IN FRANKLIN FOR THE FARM BUREAU’S 94TH CONVENTION AS THEY HEAR FROM DEPUTY SEC. OF AGRICULTURE KRYSTA...

Tenn. Farm Bureau 94th Convention

PRESIDENT LACY UPCHURCH PRESIDES OVER HIS FINAL ANNUAL MEETING OF THE TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU FEDERATION IN FRANKLIN.

Trade Interest in Cuba

ITS JUST 90 MILES OFF THE FLORIDA COAST, BUT CUBA STILL REMAINS MUCH FURTHER AWAY FROM FARMERS AND OTHER BUSINESS LEADERS IN TENNESSEE THAT...

UT AgResearch Announces 2016 Field Day Schedule

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2015-11-2016FieldDays.aspx

The Freshest Gift of all? A Year of Local Foods

http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/news/20618

Now is the Time to Find Great Local Gifts

http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/news/21039

Washington County Farmer Aiken Elected 8th President of Nation’s Largest State...

During their 94th annual convention held in Franklin, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation's delegates, representing agriculture and farmers across the state, not only debated...

Tipton County Farm Bureau Wins Horizon Award

During the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation's 94th annual convention at Franklin's Cool Springs Marriott, Tipton County received the Horizon Award for the greatest improvement...

County Farm Bureaus Honored with Pinnacle Partnership Award

During the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation's 94th annual convention at Franklin's Cool Springs Marriott, ten county Farm Bureaus were recognized for reaching the highest...

County Farm Bureaus Honored with President’s Awards

 During the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation's 94th annual convention at Franklin's Cool Springs Marriott, twenty-seven county Farm Bureaus were recognized for accomplishments and...

Growing the Herd

A BEEF HEIFER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM HAS STARTED THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TENN INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE, THE TENN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND...

Farm Income Projections

AS 2015 WINDS DOWN, USDA ANALYSTS HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF JUST WHAT KIND OF INCOME FARMERS WILL HAVE GENERATED.

Time Running Short on Renewing Expired Tax Provisions

TIME IS RUNNING SHORT FOR CONGRESS TO PASS TAX PROVISIONS IMPORTANT TO AGRICULTURE BEFORE THE END OF THIS SESSION. 

A Gift From the Last Frontier

THERE ARE MANY FIRST ASSOCIATED WITH THE US CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE HAILING FROM THE STATE CALLED “THE LAST FRONTIER” – ALASKA.

Buy Local for the Holidays

AS CHRISTMAS REALLY GETS INTO FULL SWING, DON’T FORGET THE BEST GIFT MIGHT JUST COME FROM A LOCAL FARM NEAR YOU THIS YEAR.

Thanksgiving on the Farm

A SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR FOR OUR FARMERS AND ALL OF US AS WE STOP TO REFLECT ON THE BLESSINGS FROM THE YEAR.  

Thankful Farmers

THANKSGIVING IS A SPECIAL HOLIDAY FOR ALL OF US, BUT ESPECIALLY FOR OUR FARMERS.  

Thanksgiving Fact or Fiction

HOW MUCH DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT THANKSGIVING HISTORY? A FEW THINGS WE THINK WE KNOW MAY NOT BE TRUE.

Puttin’ On the Turkey

IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY AND COOK A FROZEN TURKEY THIS THANKSGIVING, YOU SHOULD ALLOW PLENT OF TIME.

Cost of Thanksgiving Meal Up Just a Tad

AMERICAN FARM BUREAU’S 30TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER COST SURVEY SHOWED A SLIGHT OVERALL INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF THE HOLIDAY MEAL. 

National Champion Tenn. 4-H Team

A PROUD GROUP OF TENNESSEE 4-HERS ARE BACK HOME AFTER WINNING THE NATIONAL 4-H LIVESTOCK SKILLATHON CONTEST HELD AT THE NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK...

Ag Literacy Week

YOUNG KIDS ALL ACROSS TN ARE BENEFITING FROM AG LITERACY WEEK AS TEACHERS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE TAKING TIME OUT TO TALK ABOUT OUR MOST...

Havana Trade

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK MADE AN HISTORIC VISIT TO CUBA TO TALK MORE ABOUT THE POTENTIAL OF U.S. AG EXPORTS GOING THERE.

Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week

Don't Forget!  Submit your reader feedback form for Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week for a chance to win a ORCA Chaser. Click on Incentives...

2015 TN Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

The 2015 Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Meeting will be held December 7-8 in Franklin, Tennessee. We hope you will join us for two...

Hog Wild

TENN’S WILD HOG PROBLEM CONTINUES ACROSS THE STATE, AS FARMERS CONTINUE REPORTING DAMAGE TO THEIR CROPS AND PROPERTY.  

Precision Tools for Bio Crops

GENERA ENERGY HAS PARTNERED WITH PRECSION HAWK TO DEVELOP NEW ANALYSIS ALGORITHMS SPECIFIC TO GROWING BETTER BIOMASS CROPS SUCH AS SWITCHGRASS.

Tennessee Farm Bureau Online Buyers Guide

The  Farm Bureau Buyers Guide is a great resource for members to find businesses that sell agriculture products that range from tractor parts to animal...

UT Bull Test Center Enhances Evaluations with DNA Testing

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2015-11-BullTest.aspx

Ag Literacy Week Nov. 15-21

NEXT WEEK MARKS THE SECOND YEAR TENNESSEE WILL CELEBRATE AGRICULTURAL LITERACY AND THERE ARE HIGH HOPES FOR A BIG IMPACT.

Local Honey a Win, Win

DURING THE BUSY FALL SEASON, HONEY ISN’T SOMETHING THAT POPS INTO YOUR HEAD RIGHT AWAY, BUT LOTS OF FARMS IN TENNESSEE SELL THIS PURELY...

Veterans in Ag

THOUSANDS OF MILITARY PEOPLE ARE BEING RELEASED FROM SERVICE AND SOME MAY SOMEDAY BE GROWING OUR FOOD.

The Smokey Experience

JUNIOR JARED BRUHIN IS AN ANIMAL SCIENCE AND AG BUSINESS MAJOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE IN KNOXVILLE, AND HE IS ONE OF THE HANDLERS OF...

Zippy Seeking AFBF Presidency

GEORGIA FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT ZIPPY DUVALL IS SEEKING TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION.

Cleaning Up the Act

YESTERDAY THE SENATE FAILED TO PASS A BILL THAT WOULD HAVE PUT A STOP TO THE EPA’S WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE, BUT THEY...

PrecisionHawk Partners With Genera Energy to Build Aerial Analysis Tools for...

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/precisionhawk-partners-with-genera-energy-to-build-aerial-analysis-tools-for-biomass-crops-300169981.html

Tennessee’s Agriculture Literacy Week November 15-21

Agriculture continues to rank as one of Tennessee's most productive industries. Tennessee's agriculture and forest products account for approximately 21 percent of the state's...

Three In A Row for TN FFA

TENNESSEE’S NICK BAKER, REPRESENTING THE BAXTER FFA CHAPTER, WAS NAMED ONE OF SIX NATIONAL FFA OFFICERS THIS PAST WEEK DURING THE 88TH NATIONAL FFA...

FFA Amplified in Louisville

THE 88TH NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY AND MORE THAN 1000 TENNESSEE FFA MEMBERS ARE THERE TO COMPETE...

Tennessee FFA’s Nick Baker elected National FFA Secretary

Students from Arkansas, Tennessee, Ohio, Iowa, Georgia and Utah have been elected by delegates from throughout the United States to serve on the 2015-16...

Statement by Tennessee President Lacy Upchurch on Sen. Fred Thompson’s passing

"We are saddened by the passing of Senator Fred Thompson, one of Tennessee's great statesmen. We reflect on the positive impact he left on...

Red Meat Still Important to Diet

  While the World Health Organization has classified processed meats as a carcinogen and red meats as a probable carcinogen, they can still be part...

88th National FFA Convention

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY IS HOSTING THE NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION ONE LAST TIME BEFORE IT SHIFTS TO INDIANAPOLIS FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND MORE THAN 60,000...

Judging the Land

THE 2015 STATE LAND JUDGING COMPETITIONS ARE OVER FOR 4-H AND FFA, WITH THE TOP TWO TEAMS IN EACH GROUP GOING TO COMPETE IN...

Amplify FFA

THE NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION BEGINS NEXT WEEK WITH MORE THAN 60,000 FFA MEMBERS FROM ACROSS THE NATION EXPECTED TO DECEND ON LOUISVILLE.

Growing the Herd

ONE OF THE STRONGEST ASSETS OF TENNESSEE’S OVERALL AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY IS BEEF CATTLE.  AND NOW A UNIQUE PROGRAM HAS STARTED THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE...

UT Institute of Agriculture Announces “All Vol Cheese” for Sale by...

Some future food scientists are saying "cheese" these days, and it has nothing to do with having their photo taken. The University of Tennessee College...

Rural Roots Leads to Business Success

FINAL FLIGHT OUTFITTERS OF UNION CITY HAS BEEN NAMED TENNESSEE’S FAMILY OWNED SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AND THAT SUCCESS COMES FROM THE FARM.

On Track

TN ROW CROP FARMERS STILL ENJOYING THE PERFECT HARVEST WEATHER.

Getting to the Head of the Class

TENNESSEE’S AG IN THE CLASSROOM PROGRAM CONTINUES TO BRING STUDENTS CLOSER TO OUR MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRY, AGRICULTURE.  

Ag Leadership Forum

THE 4TH ANNUAL AG LEADERSHIP FORUM, SPONSORED BY FARM CREDIT, COBANK AND THE TN DEPT OF AGRICULTURE, BRINGS TOGETHER SEVERAL GROUPS OF FARM ORGANIZATIONS AND...

2015 YF&R Fall Tour

Tennessee YF&R members travel to several farms on the annual Fall Tour

The Buzz Getting Louder

 WHAT’S BELIEVED TO BE THE LARGEST GATHERING FOR THE ANNUAL TENN. BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE WAS HELD RECENTLY IN COOKEVILLE. 

WOTUS Ditched for Now

THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT HAS ISSUED A TEMPORARY STAY OF THE EPA AND CORPS OF ENGINEERS ‘WATERS OF THE...

Wampler’s Sausage Sustainability

WAMPLER’S FARM SAUSAGE COMPANY CONTINUES TO IMPLEMENT TECHNOLOGY TO REDUCE ENERGY COSTS.

2016 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

http://www.fb.org/newsroom/news_article/356/

2016 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

TWO WEST TENNESSEANS HAVE BEEN NAMED FINALIST IN FARM BUREAU’S RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE FOR THEIR FLEXIBLE CRIMPER ROLLER.

Seed Your Lawn in the Fall

BELIEVE IT OR NOT,FALL IS USUALLY A BETTER TIME THAN SPRING TO PLANT NEW GRASS.

YF&R County Presentations

This year, we are planning on having a County Presentation on Saturday, December 5, 2015 during the State Convention at the Embassy Suites Hotel...

Tennessee Has Great Pumpkins, No Matter How You Stack Them

Tennesseans can expect plentiful pumpkins, gourds and winter squash this year. Round, bright orange Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins are still popular for Halloween carving, but increasing numbers...

October is Cooperative Month in Tennessee

http://tennesseecouncilofcoops.org/Co-opMonth2015-release.pdf

Wilson County Quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer

http://tennessee.gov/agriculture/news/18364

Tennessee Forestry Commission to Meet

http://tennessee.gov/agriculture/news/18346

Tennessee Beef Promotion Board to Meet

http://tennessee.gov/agriculture/news/18344

Cotton-Picking Time

ONE OF THE BUSIEST TIMES OF THE YEAR FOR TENNESSEE FARMERS AS HARVEST SEASON CONTINUES.  WITH THE CORN CROP NOW NEARING COMPLETION FOR MANY,...

Cooperatives provide billion-dollar boost to state’s economy

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

The Orange Glow

TENN’S PUMPKIN CROP HAS TURNED OUT PRETTY GOOD THIS YEAR, CONSIDERING ALL THE DIFFERENT WEATHER CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT THE SEASON.  

Time-Honored Success

ALLEN BENTON OF BENTON COUNTRY HAMS IN MADISONVILLE HAS BEEN CURING COUNTRY HAMS AND BACON SINCE THE MID 70S.

Farming the Sun

LAUDERDALE COUNTY ROW CROP FARMER BILL PARKER INSTALLED HIS NEW SOLAR PANEL SYSTEM  THIS YEAR TO BASICALLY POWER HIS GRAIN BIN FACILITY.  

Getting Home Heating System Ready for Winter

ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE IT TURNS COLD AND YOU LOOK TO TURN UP THE HEAT.  

Excellence in Ag

JIMMY AND LYDIA MCALISTER OF GREENE COUNTY HAVE BEEN NAMED THE TENN. FARM BUREAU’S EXCELLENCE IN AGRICULTURE WINNERS FOR 2015.  

Tennessee Has Great Pumpkins, No Matter How You Stack ‘Em

http://tennessee.gov/agriculture/news/18171

Master Goat Producers Course Planned for October 28-30

https://extension.tennessee.edu/WebPacket/Pages/WP-2015-09-MasterGoat.aspx

Agritourism Season

WITH THE FALL SEASON, IT’S TIME TO VISIT THE FARM.  AND FROM ONE END OF THE STATE TO THE OTHER, THERE ARE MANY, MANY...

Harvest Season in Full Throttle

THE 2015 HARVEST SEASON IS GOING STRONG NOW ALL ACROSS THE STATE AS FARMERS REAP THE REWARDS OF THEIR EFFORTS.  

Staying Alert on the Road

WHAT CAN YOU DO, AS A DRIVER, TO AVOID AN ACCIDENT WITH FARM EQUIPMENT MOVING ON THE SAME ROADWAY AS YOU?

Farm Safety

Farm equipment-vehicle accidents have increased in recent years. But farmers can do their part to avoid these collisions by using safety tips.

Sheep Popularity

THE SHEEP EVENTS AT THE STATE FAIR. AND THE NUMBERS REFLECT THE FACT THAT THERE ARE MORE FOLKS GETTING BACK INTO THE SHEEP BUSINESS.  

Labor Reform Critical for Agriculture

With more than one million undocumented farm workers, agriculture needs labor reform that provides a quality workforce. 

Tennessee Organic Farm Survey Results

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Tennessee/Publications/Current_News_Release/2015_TN_Organic_Survey_Press_Release.pdf

MCDONALD’S CORP. BRINGS BACK BUTTER

http://www.southeastdairy.org/news/mcdonalds-corp-brings-back-butter/

Legislative Showdown

TENNESSEE LAWMAKERS BATTLE IN THE 2015 LEGISLATIVE LIVESTOCK SHOWDOWN AT THE STATE FAIR.

Tennessee Valley Fair ‘Farm Day’

KIDS LEARNING ALL ABOUT THE FARM THIS WEEK AT THE TENNESSEE VALLEY FAIR IN KNOXVILLE.  IT’S FARM DAY COORDINATED BY THE UT EXTENSION SERVICE.  

UT’s New Field Day Focuses on Animal Production

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2015-09-AgintheFoothills.aspx

Woods and Wildlife on Exhibit at UT Field Day

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2015-09-WoodsWildlife.aspx