Yearly Archives: 2015

Ham-It Up for the FFA

THE INNAUGURAL FFA HAM BREAKFAST WAS HELD DURING THE STATE FAIR AND A LOT OF MONEY WAS RAISED FOR FFA FROM TWO OF THE PRIZED...

Backyard Birds

WITH THE APPROACHING FALL AND WINTER, STATE OFFICIALS ARE URGING POULTRY PRODUCERS AND FOLKS THAT HAVE A JUST A FEW BACK YARD BIRDS TO...

September 1 Tennessee Crop Production Forecast

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Tennessee/Publications/Current_News_Release/SepCrop15_TN.pdf

Workshops Connect Farmers & Chefs for New Statewide Alliance

http://tn.gov/agriculture/news/17742

State Fair Opens

THE TENN. STATE FAIR IS OFF AND RUNNING AS MANAGER SCOTT JONES SAYS THIS YEARS FAIR IS GOING TO BE SPECIAL.

Tennesseans Aid in Wildfire Fight

http://tn.gov/agriculture/news/17542

Deadline to Enroll in Key Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Approaches

http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=ner&newstype=newsrel&type=detail&item=nr_20150903_rel_0131.html

Trying to Stay Positive

RHEA COUNTY’S CLINT JEWELL AND OTHER DAIRY FARMERS RIDE A ROLLERCOASTER OF PRICES.  

Best Field Trip of the Year

OBION COUNTY 4TH GRADERS TOOK THEIR FAVORITE FIELD TRIP OF THE YEAR TO “FARM DAY.”

National Farm Safety and Health Week

The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) at Northeast Iowa Community College's (NICC) Peosta campus will be sponsoring webinars in observance of National...

Ag Groups Push House to act on Transportation

A COALITION OF AGRICULTURE GROUPS INCLUDING THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU IS URGING THE U.S. HOUSE TO PASS A SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BILL.

Prices and Income

LOWER CROP PRICES AND LOWER FARM INCOMES WILL TRIGGER HIGHER THAN EXPECTED GOVERNMENT FARM PROGRAM PAYMENTS.

Farming the Sun

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

2015 Net Farm Income Estimates

RECENT NUMBERS PUT OUT BY USDA SHOW A DROP IN NET FARM INCOME FOR 2015.  

Heritage Festival Offers Family Fun

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2015-08-HeritageFestival.aspx

Field Day Helps Producers Turn Pumpkins into Profits

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

USDA, TDA Announce Seed Funding to Ignite Agri-Tech Entrepreneurship

http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/news/17149

TDA Extends Outreach and Coordination of Services

http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/news/17379

Southeastern Stores Gear Up for Great American Milk Drive

Thanks to partnerships to increase food bank donations of fluid milk across the Southeast, four milk donation programs will be taking place across the...

Corn Harvest Picking Up

THE HARVEST SEASON IS DEFINITELY HERE FOR TENN FARMERS, AND THE CORN CROP IS FRONT AND CENTER.  

Let ‘Em Walk

EXCITEMENT IS STILL BUILDING IN THE TOWN OF SHELBYVILLE WHERE THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION IS BEING HELD FOR THE 77TH YEAR. 

Farm Computer Use Growing Steadily

FARMERS’ USE OF COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET IS GROWING STEADILY, BUT STILL LAGS BEHIND THE GENERAL POPULATION.

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.

Cattle Talk Down Under

NIGEL SIMMONS AND A GROUP OF AUSSIE CATTLE PRODUCERS THAT ARE PART OF GENETICS AUSTRAILA ARE TRAVELING THIS SUMMER IN AMERICA AND THEY MADE...

Commodity Market Reaction to Global Selloff

  THE GLOBAL MARKET ROLLERCOASTER CONTINUES BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR AGRICULTURE?  

Wet and Very Chilly

FARMERS ALMANAC EDITOR PETER GEIGER SHARING THE WINTER PREDICITIONS OF THE 2016 EDITION OF THIS STORIED PUBLICATION.

AG Launch

THE TN DEPT OF AGRICULTURE AND USDA’S RURAL DEVELOPMENT HAVE COMBINED RESOURCES TO PROVIDE SOME $220,000 SEED MONEY TO HELP FUND AGRI-TECH INNOVATION AND...

Anti-GMO Activists Reverses Position

AFTER YEARS OF BEING ONE OF THE LEAD ACTIVIST IN THE ANTI GMO CAMPAIGN, MARK LYNAS, THE BRITISH ENVIRONMENTALIST SAYS SCIENCE REVERSED HIS LONG-HELD...

Protecting the Flock

TN COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE JULIUS JOHNSON THAT AVIAN INFLUENZA HAS BEEN THE MOST COSTLY ANIMAL HEALTH DISASTERS IN AMERICAN HISTORY.  STATE OFFICIALS ARE CONTINUING TO...

August Crop Report

WITH NEW SURVEY AND OBSERVATION-BASED INFORMATION, USDA REVISED SPRING CROP PRODUCTION ESTIMATES IN ITS AUGUST REPORTS.

2015 President’s Conference

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Getting to KNOW GMO

ROB SAIK IS THE CEO OF THE AGRI TREND GROUP OF COMPANIES AND A PROFESSIONAL AGROLOGIST AND A CERTIFIED AGRICUTURAL CONSULTANT AND FOR MORE...

Standing Up for her Farmers

6TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN DIANNE BLACK SAYS ITS IMPORTANT TO HEAR FROM AND MEET WITH FARMERS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR ISSUES.

75th Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents Conference

TN FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT LACY UPCHURCH SAYS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL PRESIDENTS CONFERENCE WAS HELD THIS WEEK IN FRANKLIN, AS FARM BUREAU LEADERS FROM ALL ACROSS...

The Race is On

DON VILWOCK, THE INDIANA FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT, IS SEEKING TO BECOME THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION.

Major Crop Report Out This Week

HOW BIG WILL THIS SEASON’S HARVESTS BE AND HOW STRONG WILL DEMAND BE FOR THOSE CROPS?  USDA’S CROP REPORT WILL GIVE A BETTER IDEA.

Top Dollar for Top Cattle

LAWRENCE COUNTY CATTLE PRODUCER KENNY SPRINGER RECENTLY SOLD HIS FIRST CALVES THROUGH THE TENNESSEE BEEF ALLIANCE, A PROGRAM THAT STARTED WELL OVER A DECADE AGO...

EPA Rule-making Process in Question

A cache of internal memos that federal regulators intended to keep private reveals a culture of secrecy, falsehood and dysfunction that permeated the Waters...

Field to Field

FORMER NFL STAR CENTER JASON BROWN IS NOW A STAR FARMER.  IN 2012 HE TRADED IN HIS CLETES AND A $37 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT...

Beef Cycle Finally Turning to Expansion

AFTER ALMOST A DECADE OF SEEING THE U.S. BEEF CATTLE HERD SHRINKING, THERE IS FINALLY A CHANGE IN DIRECTION.  GARY CRAWFORD HAS MORE.

Technology Progressed Agriculture

IT HAS BECOME EVIDENT THAT FARMERS RELY ON THE INNOVATION OF TECHNOLOGY. THESE YOUNG FARMER’S SHARE WITH US HOW TECHNOLOGY HAS IMPACTED THEIR OPERATIONS. 

Future Farming

YOUNG FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR ORGANIZATION AND THE FUTURE OF THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. MANY YOUNG FARMERS GOT THEIR START MANY...

Discovery Park

TENNESSEE HAS RECENTLY OPENED UP A ONE-OF-A-KIND PARK IN UNION CITY THAT HAS A DRAW FOR EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY.

Farm and Forest

WHEN ALABAMA FARM BOY NICK PATTERSON ARRIVED IN CLAY COUNTY A  FEW YEARS AGO TO START HIS VETERINARY PRACTICE, HE WASN’T THINKING MUCH ABOUT...

Tennessee Farmers Markets Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2015-07-NatlFarmersMarket.aspx

Gaining Ground – __AgrAbility Helps Farmers and Others Confront Arthritis and...

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2015-07-AgrAbility.aspx

Center for Profitable Agriculture Adds New Marketing Specialist

https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2015-07-CPASpecialistGrigsby.aspx

Montgomery County’s Jay Head Young Farmer of the Year

JAY HEAD OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY HAS BEEN NAMED THE TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU’S YF&R ACHIEVEMENT WINNER FOR 2015.

El Nino Impact on Weather

WEATHER FORECASTERS CAN NORMALLY TELL US FAIRLY CONFIDENTLY WHAT AN EL NINO WILL BRING US, BUT THIS IS NOT A  NORMAL YEAR.

Safe and Accurate

THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVED PASSAGE OF THE SAFE AND ACCURATE FOOD LABELING ACT OF 2015 BY AN OVERWHELMINGLY BI-PARTSIAN SUPPORT.

Black Vultures

TN’S 4TH DIST CONGRESSMAN DR. SCOTT DESJARLAIS TOOK ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO BRING UP THE PROBLEMS THAT LIVESTOCK FARMERS ARE HAVING WITH BLACK VULTURES TO THE...

Ag View From Washington Reporter

CBS NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT MAJOR GARRETT DISCUSSES AG ISSUES.

Montgomery County’s Jay Head wins state young farmer honors

Montgomery County young farmer Jay Head was named Tennessee Farm Bureau's Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winner during the Tennessee Young Farmer Summer...

Montgomery County’s Jay Head wins state young farmer honors

Montgomery County young farmer Jay Head was named Tennessee Farm Bureau's Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winner during the Tennessee Young Farmer Summer...

2015 Young Farmers Conference

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Water Rights

FORTUNATLEY THIS SUMMER, TENN. FARMERS HAVE NOT HAD TO IRRIGATE THEIR CROPS AS MUCH AS THEY HAVE IN PAST YEARS.  BUT THERE ARE STILL...

Junior Sheep Expo

THE TENNESSEE JUNIOR LIVESTOCK EXPO SHEEP EVENTS WERE HELD LAST WEEK IN COOKEVILLE, TN ON THE CAMPUS OF TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY. 

Fed & State Officials Prepare for Bird Flu

IF BIRD FLU RETURNS THIS FALL AND HITS YOUR POULTRY HOUSE, THERE ARE PLANS TO HELP.

Stallman Announces Departure in January

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The Challenges for Young Farmers

THE TENN. FARM BUREAU SPONSORS A YOUNG FARMER AND RANCHER PROGRAM THAT’S MADE UP OF YOUNG FARMERS ACROSS THE STATE BETWEEN THE AGES OF...

AITC Summer Workshops

TN’S AG IN THE CLASSROOM PROGRAM HELPED ORGANIZE SEVERAL WORKSHOPS ACROSS THE STATE THIS SUMMER TO HELP TEACHERS INCORPORATE THE PROGRAM INTO THEIR CLASSROOMS.

Family Tradition

HAYLEE FERGUSON OF RUTHERFORD COUNTY RECENTLY EXHIBITED CATTLE AT THE 2015 TENNESSEE JUNIOR BEEF EXPO IN MURFREESBORO. FERGUSON HAS A STRONG PASSION FOR SHOWING...

Kids Grow With Expo

THE 44TH ANNUAL TENNESSEE JUNIOR LIVESTOCK EXPOSISTION BEEF EVENTS WERE HELD THIS WEEK IN MURFREESBORO, TN.

American Farm Bureau President Stallman Announces Departure in January

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman announced today that he will not seek reelection in January 2016 following 16 years at the helm...

West TN Farmers Still Flooding

IT HAS BEEN AN UNUSUAL YEAR FOR GROWING CROPS SO FAR IN 2015 AND WEST TENNESSEE FARMERS ARE FACING FLOODING IN JULY FROM THE...

From Field to Field

FORMER NFL STAR CENTER JASON BROWN IS NOW A STAR FARMER.  IN 2012 HE TRADED IN HIS CLETES AND A $37 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT...

Anti-GMO Activists Reverses Position

AFTER YEARS OF BEING ONE OF THE LEAD ACTIVIST IN THE ANTI GMO CAMPAIGN, MARK LYNAS, THE BRITISH ENVIRONMENTALIST SAYS SCIENCE REVERSED HIS LONG-HELD...

2015 Summer Cookout Prices Down

The American Farm Bureau’s annual Summer Cookout survey showed a slight overall decline in price of the items in the survey.

Flood Waters for West TN Farmers

WEST TN FARMERS ARE FACING FLOOD WATERS ONCE AGAIN ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI, OBION AND FORKED DEER RIVERS.

July 4th Cookout Costs Less This Year, _Still Under $6 Per...

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Farming the National Mall: Smithsonian Showcases Agricultural Innovation

http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.focus&id=212

YF&R Program Builds Leaders

TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU’S YOUNG FARMERS AND RANCHERS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CREATING LEADERS FOR THE PAST 71 YEARS AND THOSE INVOLVED ARE PROUD TO BE...

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

"Congress stood with farmers and ranchers today in supporting innovation that helps the environment and keeps food prices down for everyone. The Safe and...

A Tennessee FFA Tradition

FFA Camp Clements has been a Tennessee FFA tradition since 1928 and is still training leaders today.

Farm Women Gather at TN Farm Bureau Headquarters

Each summer Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committees gather in Columbia for their summer conference and this year promises to be a great one.

Helping Our Bees

Efforts to make people aware of declines in bee populations are coming to fruition.

Keep Your Lawnmower Running Right All Summer

A few maintenance tips will help keep your lawn mower, no matter what kind of mower, in tip top shape.

WOTUS Analysis

The American Farm Bureau Federation released documents outlining how the EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule will give the agency sweeping powers to regulate...

New Farmer Academy

Tennessee State Unversity has launched a program, now in its second year, for people interested in farming to be able to learn about how...

Trade Promotion Authority Moves Through

For more than 30 years, Congress has passed TPA laws to guide both Democratic and Republican Administrations in pursuing trade agreements that support U.S....

2015 Women’s Conference

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Still High Hopes for UAV’s

THERE’S STILL LOTS OF INTEREST FROM THE AG COMMUNITY ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES, BUT FAA HAS THE FINAL SAY.

Ag View From Washington Reporter

CBS NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT MAJOR GARRETT DISCUSSES AG ISSUES.

Cattle Talk Down Under

 A GROUP OF CATTLE PRODUCERS THAT ARE PART OF GENETICS AUSTRAILA ARE TRAVELING THIS SUMMER IN AMERICA AND THEY MADE STOPS IN TENNESSEE.

Analyzing the WOTUS Rule

THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU HAS JUST FINSIHED ANALYSIS OF THE EPA’S FINALIZED WATERS OF THE US RULE AND IT SHOWS THE FINAL RULE IS...

National Leadership Forum

FOR SOME 200 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS LIKE HEATH QUICK OF SHELBY COUNTY, THEY’VE BEEN SPENDING THE WEEK AT THE  NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN...

Ag Education for Teachers

THE ANNUAL AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM WORKSHOPS RECENTLY TOOK PLACE ACROSS THE STATE OF TENNESSEE. AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM IS GEARED TOWARDS TEACHING PRE-K ...

Tennessee Farm Bureau Praises Congressional Support of Trade Promotion Authority

For immediate release: June 18, 2015   Tennessee Farm Bureau Praises Congressional Support of Trade Promotion Authority   Columbia, TN -  U.S. Congressmen Phil Roe...

Tennessee Farm Bureau Praises Congressional Support of Trade Promotion Authority

U.S. Congressmen Phil Roe (R-1st), Chuck Fleischmann (R-3rd), Scott DesJarlais (R-4th), Jim Cooper (D-5th), Diane Black (R-6th), Marsha Blackburn (R-7th)  and Stephen Fincher (R-8th)...

Preparing for Animal Health Alerts

THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS PLANS IN PLACE TO DEAL WITH ANIMAL HEALTH ALERTS LIKE AVIAN INFLUENZA (HPAI) H5.

State of the Farm Economy

IN JUST TWO YEARS THE FARM ECONOMY HAS CHANGED DRASTICALLY.  USDA’S GARY CRAWFORD REPORTS ON WHERE THE ECONOMY IS NOW AND WHERE IT COULD...

No Avian Influenza in Tennessee, but We are Prepared

The ongoing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 outbreak has been devastating to the U.S. poultry industry and is one of the most costly...

Little Lamb Camp

DYERSBURG FFA CHAPTER HOSTS A LITTLE LAMB CAMP EACH YEAR FOR KIDS AGES 4-9.  

Pearl Wants To Play Catch

The other night after attending Wednesday night prayer meeting, I returned home and parked my pickup in the garage. It was a pleasant June...

Ag In The Classroom Workshops

WHILE KIDS ARE OUT OF SCHOOL FOR THE SUMMER, MANY TENN. TEACHERS WILL TAKE PART IN WORKSHOPS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT UTILIZING AG IN...

Apply Now for Farm Bureau Women’s Communications Boot Camp

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Summer Forecast

IT’S ALWAYS HARD FOR WEATHER FORECASTERS TO TELL US WHAT THE SUMMER WILL BRING, BUT THIS YEAR IT’S EVEN MORE DIFFICULT. 

East Tenn. Farmers Need More Rain

UNLIKE THE WET WEATHER FARMERS HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING IN WEST AND MIDDLE TENN, FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, ITS BEEN JUST THE OPPOSITE...