Yearly Archives: 2015

National FFA Week

NATIONAL FFA WEEK AND ACROSS THE NATION MEMBERS, FORMER MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE FFA ARE CELEBRATING WHAT THE ORGANIZATION DOES. 

The Frozen Plateau

WALT HITCH, DIRECTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE’S PLATEAU RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER NEAR CROSSVILLE SAYS THEY WERE IN THE DIRECT PATH OF A DEVASTATING...

Farmer Elected to Chair Fish and Wildlife Commission

FENTRESS COUNTY FARMER JIM BLEDSOE HAS BEEN SELECTED AS CHAIRMAN FOR THE TENN. FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION FOR 2015-16.

FUSION Conference

More than 1,300 American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers members were registered to attend the inaugural Fusion Conference in Nashville this past weekend. 

Preparing Homes for Extreme Cold

ANOTHER COLD BLAST OF ARTIC AIR IS ON THE WAY, AND HOMEOWNERS SHOULD BE PREPARING TO PROTECT THEIR PROPERTY AND REDUCE THE NEED FOR MORE...

Extreme Livestock Care

JUST LIKE THE REST OF US, TENN. LIVESTOCK FARMERS ARE BATTLING THE WINTER ELEMENTS, BUT THE DIFFERENCE IS THEY’RE TRYING TO CARE FOR THEIR...

Advancing Ag Tech Through UAV’s

The technology and cost of unmanned aerial vehicles means more farmers are using this equipment in precision agriculture pursuits.

EPA’s Water of the U.S. Rule Still Generating Controversy

At a Congressional hearing the Agriculture Secretary was repeatedly asked about a proposal that didn’t even come from his department. 

Tips to Minimize Taxes

How can you minimize the amount you may pay on your income tax? Rod Bain reports. 

Representing Rural Interest

TENNESSEE LAWMAKERS ARE BACK ON CAPITOL HILL FOR THE 109TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY.  AND ONE OF THOSE NEW MEMBERS OF THE STATE SENATE IS PAUL...

Houston Elected Chair of Federation of Beef Councils

SWEETWATER’S JENNIFER HOUSTON WAS ELECTED AS FEDERATION CHAIRMAN DURING THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN’S BEEF ASSOCIATION CONVENTION IN SAN ANTONIO

Farm Bill is One Year Old This Week

THE FARM BILL IS ONE YEAR OLD THIS WEEK AND THE AG DEPARTMENT IS WORKING TO MAKE SURE IT’S HELPING FARMERS AND ALL AMERICANS.

UAV Opportunities to Ag Flying Higher

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES CONTINUE TO SPARK INTEREST IN THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF WHAT’S BELIEVED TO BE ONE OF THE BEST INDUSTRIES SUITED FOR THE TECHNOLOGY.  

Beef Numbers Turning the Corner

There are finally at least some indications beef cattle producers are planning to expand the herd. 

White Angus for Hotter Climates

VANDERBILT PROFESSOR DR. JAMES WEST HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON HUMAN DISEASES, AND HE’S ALSO BEEN A PART OF A RESEARCH TEAM THAT’S...

Impact of Poultry to Tennessee Economy

TENN’S POULTRY INTEREST IS STRONG.  FROM THE FAMILY FARM TO THE PRIMARY BREEDERS,THE ECONOMIC IMPACT IS STAGGERING.

Preventing Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew can pose all sorts of problems in your home, even this time of year. Rod Bain learns prevention tips from an expert.

Walmart’s Commitment to Fresh Produce

WALMART IS ON TRACK TO REACH ITS GOAL OF DOUBLING THE AMOUNT OF FRESH PRODUCE IT BUYS FROM LOCAL FARMERS BY THE END OF...

CHAMPION TENNESSEE COUNTY FAIRS

53 TENNESSEE COUNTY FAIRS WERE RECOGNIZED DURING THE TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF FAIRS ANNUAL MEETING.

New Conservation Effort

USDA SAYS PROJECTS UNDER A NEW USDA PROGRAM MARKS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

Jr Hogs Set Records

THERE WERE RECORD NUMBERS AT THIS YEAR’S STATE JR. MARKET HOG SHOW IN MURFREESBORO.  

Demand Strong for Beef

JENNIFER HOUSTON OF SWEETWATER TENNESSEE IS THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN’S BEEF ASSOCIATION DIVISION VICE CHAIR.AND SHE DISCUSSES THE STRONG DEMAND FOR BEEF.

A Special Time for Beef

NATIONAL CATTLEMEN’S BEEF ASSOCIATION’S CEO FORREST ROBERTS WAS IN TENNESSEE RECENTLY FOR THE TN CATTLEMENS ASSOCIATION CONVENTION AND HE LIKE SO MANY OTHERS IS...

Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventure (PT.2)

JACK HANNA TALKS ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT A ROLE OUR DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS PLAY IN THE AG INDUSTRY.

Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventure

TN NATIVE JACK HANNA CONTINUES TO ENTERTAIN AUDIENCES OF ALL KINDS WITH HIS PASSION FOR ANIMALS

Dr. Temple Grandin Receives Distinguished Service Award

DR. TEMPLE GRANDIN RECEIVED THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU’S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO AGRICUTLURE AWARD.

TN Young Farmers Win Big

TN YOUNG FARMERS AND RANCHERS BRING HOME 3 CASE IH TRACTORS FROM AFBF CONVENTION.

A 96-YEAR TRADITION

FARM BUREAU MEMBERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE IN SAN DIEGO ENJOYING THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU CONVENTION.

New Ag Leadership for Tenn. Tech

TN TECH UNIVERSITY HAS A NEW DIRECTOR OFTHE SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN ECOLOGY.

Top Dollar for Top Bulls

ONE OF THE BEST SALES EVER FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE’S SR BULL TEST SALE AS 65 BULLS WERE SOLD AT AUCTION AT THE...

AFBF 2015 Convention

FOR NEARLY A CENTURY NOW, FARMERS AND RANCHERS FROM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES HAVE GATHERED TOGETHER TO CONDUCT THE BUISNESS OF THE NATION’S LARGEST...

Cold to the Bone

A COLD ARTIC BLAST IS BLANKETING MUCH OF THE COUNTRY OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND KEVIN THOMPSON, DIRECTOR OF THE MIDDLE TN RESEARCH...

Straight From the Source

OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, CONSUMER BUYING DEMAND HAS BEEN REALLY CHANGING.  MORE AND MORE FOLKS ARE LOOKING DIRECTLY TO FARMERS FOR ALL KINDS...

Why Soil Health Impacts Our Lives

The health of our soil is instrumental in so many facets of our lives. USDA’s Rod Bain has the story.

Looking Ahead to 2015

Let’s take a moment to look ahead and see what 2015 may have in store for agriculture across our state.