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Yearly Archives: 2016

Can We Get Any Drier?

The dry conditions are continuing and unfortunately the latest winter forecast from USDA shows how the strengthening La Nina weather pattern might mean more...

Livestock and the Drought

Dr. Jason Smith, a UT Extension Beef Specialist says practically daily, he and other extension personnel are taking calls from livestock producers about the...

Ban on Burning Lifted on all Counties in Tennessee

With the entire state now in some state of drought, there are many concerns for farmers and all Tennesseans. Here are some resources for farmers and land owners to access information on the drought and how to address some of the issues.

Powder Dry

Critical conditions for wildfires for most of Tennessee so much so Division of Forestry officials are denying burn permits.

State Land Evaluation Contests Held

The Staet 4-H and FFA Land Evaluation contests were held recently at Tennessee Tech’s Hyder-Burks Pavilion in Cookeville and Watertown FFA won top honors...

TEMA activated TN Emergency Management Plan in response to drought and...

This evening the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) activated the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan (TEMP) in response to the drought and wildfire impacts, and continued threat, in the State.

Why Not Chocolate Milk?

No doubt one of my favorite drinks is chocolate milk.  And there’s no doubt why the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association decided a few...

Sharing the Story

John Butler is now overseeing the day-to-day operations of Agricenter International.  This multi-faceted complex and farm is a treasure found just outside of Memphis.

Taking Care of the Bean

Promotion and research is the name of the game when it comes to one of Tennessee’s most important commodities…soybeans.

Over a Century of Helping Farmers

Bob Hayes says farming practices today have changed quite a bit since the West Tennessee Research and Education Center first opened in 1907, but...

Transform FFA

Tennessee FFA brought more than 900 FFA members to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 89th National FFA Convention

Harvest Wrapping Up Quickly

The dry weather over the past several weeks has resulted in what many say is the quickest harvest they can ever remember.

89th National FFA Convention

Tennessee highlights from the the National FFA Convention and Expo from Indianapolis.

Transform Purpose to Action

A sea of “Blue Jackets” has taken over the convention center in downtown Indianapolis for the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo.

Tennessee’s Sunbelt Ag Expo Farmer of the Year

Earlier this year, as a result of his success as a row crop and beef cattle producer, James Haskew was selected as the state...

Dry Conditions Causing Big Problems

A lot of concern growing now over the dry conditions across the state because the lack of pastures for livestock and producers already feeding...

2016 Shooting Hunger

Shooting Hunger is held in partnership with Tennessee Farmers Co op and Farm Credit Mid America with the goal of ending hunger in Tennessee. This year's event helped feed more than 160,000 meals to hungry Middle Tennesseans through Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

The Benefits of Cover Crops

Tennessee State Conservationist Kevin Brown says there’s no doubt cover crops help the farmer, the environment and all of us.

Governor’s Rural Task Force Releases Strategic Plan to Build Stronger Rural...

The Governor’s Rural Task Force recently released its strategic plan to advance rural communities and economic development throughout Tennessee.

Building a Stronger Rural Tennessee

This week after nearly a year in the making, the Governor’s Rural Task Force released its strategic plan to advance rural communities and economic...

Ag in the Classroom’s Importance

Ag leaders from across the state were in Columbia this week as part of the Tenn. Ag in the Classroom Advisory Council to review...

Tenn. Ag Leadership Forum

Individuals from across the state involved in all aspects of agriculture gathered recently in Murfreesboro for the Tennessee Agriculture Leadership Forum sponsored by Farm...

Fall Tour

Each Fall the Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers tour a different region of the state during harvest season and this year’s tour was in...

Corn’s Role in Sustainability

Green Plains Ethanol plant in Obion County is grinding about 40 million bushels of corn each year and producing about 100 million gallons of...

Matthew’s Wake

There could be some significant impacts to agriculture in the path of hurricane Matthew.

Fayette County Extension Quarterly Beef and Row Crop Marketing Meeting

The Fayette County Extension Office will be hosting a Quarterly Beef and Row Crop Marketing Meeting. This meeting will be held at The Fayette County Extension Office, 302 B. Midland St. Somerville, TN 38068 starting at 7:00 a.m.

Tennessee start-up Grow Bioplastics finalist in Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation today announced the top 10 teams – four finalists and six semi-finalists – in the 2017 Farm Bureau Rural...

TPP Trade Deal is Essential for Tennessee Farmers

Imagine you were starting a business to sell strawberries in Rutherford County. There is a market in Rutherford County for locally grown strawberries, so...

Growing Bioplastics

32-year old Tony Bova and partner Jeff Beegle have an upstart company called Grow Bioplastics in Knoxville, and they have been announced as one...

Farm Bill Working for America

Whether you live on the farm or in the city, the next Farm Bill debated in Congress should be of concern.

The Perfect Jobs


Learning on the Job

Dr. Tim Cross is now the Interim Chancellor of the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture.

UT Ag Meritorious Service Awards

Julius Johnson and Lacy Upchurch were honored at UT’s Ag Day with the Meritorious Service Award.

Report Shows Need for Congressional Action on WOTUS

The American Farm Bureau Federation says a Senate report just released highlights the need for Congress to intervene regarding the Waters of the U.S. rule.

James Haskew Named 2016 Tennessee Farmer of the Year

On Fiery Gizzard Road near South Pittsburg, Tenn., James Haskew has built a successful farm where he grows corn, wheat, soybeans, hay and haylage.

Learning from the Source

Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District continues to make it a priority to meet with and listen to the farmers she represents...

Ag Lab Success

Students at Jere Whitson Elementary School in Cookeville are reaping the benefits of their Ag Lab.

Safety on the Farm

Its National Farm Safety and Health Week and Tennessee Commissioners of Agriculture and Health are reminding all Tennesseans that this time of year is...

2016 Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents Conference

Take a look at some pictures from our Presidents Conference, held in Franklin, Tennessee.

Time to Push TPP

A top U.S. trade official says now is the time for farmers to press their lawmakers to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement

Farm Safety: A Legacy to be Proud Of

This week we are celebrating National Farm Safety and Health Week, but even though this is the week we recognize it, safety is something...

Safety First on the Farm

National Farm Safety And Health Week is next week and it covers ways ag producers can protect their greatest legacies – their health and...

Celebrity Milking Contest

The Tennessee State Fair Celebrity Milking contest was held this week at the fair as the team of NewsChannel 5’s Cary Clark and State...

3000 Attend AITC Event

The Tenn. State Fair once again hosted what’s considered as the largest one-day event for a Farm Day for Ag in the Classroom.

Blue Ribbon Hams for FFA

The top two winning Country Hams were auctioned off for $4600 and $4400 respectfully during the Tennessee State Fair to benefit Tennessee FFA.

Grill-Off for Ag

Scott Couch and Stacy Case with FOX 17 TV in Nashville took home the “Champion of Champions” trophy at the Hamburger Grill-Off at the State...

A Tennessee Tradition

The excitement for the young and old is always evident at the state fair.  And the tradition continues again as the fair opens the...

Corn Harvest in Full Swing

While the sun shines, Tennessee farmers have been taking full advantage of the dry conditions to harvest their corn crop.

Ag Land Tenure and Transition

Land tenure and transition issues grow as the number of senior producers increase and more new farmers wish to enter the business.

Unifying and Amplifying Ag’s Voice

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall was recently in Tennessee to hear from farmers about the challenges they face.

A Safer Cookout

It’s almost criminal the number of food related illness cases that come from Labor Day weekend picnics and cookouts.

Tennessee Ag Tag Celebrates 20 Years On The Road

The Tennessee Ag Tag has cruised the road for 20 years now. The tag with the little red barn arrived in September 1996 and became...

Let ’em Walk

The excitement is building in Shelbyville, TN as tomorrow night the 2016 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion will be named.

Secure and Reform

Immigration reform and securing the border has been a priority issue for farmers all across the country for some time, and perhaps no where...

Chancellor Arrington Retires

Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Larry Arrington’s last day is today, August 31.

USDA Promotes STEM Interest and Opportunity

A top USDA science official believes students need to know anything is possible with a science, tech, engineering or math career.

USDA Promotes STEM Interest and Opportunity

A top USDA science official believes students need to know anything is possible with a science, tech, engineering or math career.

Farm Organizations in Together

Farm Credit of Mid America CEO Bill Johnson recently spoke to Farm Bureau leaders gathered for their 76th Presidents Conference in Franklin and one...

Discovering the Forest is not just for Kids

The latest public service campaign to promote forest activity focuses on family adventures, both at National Forests and local parks.

Dairy Farmers Seeking Assistance from USDA

The American Farm Bureau Federation is supporting a coalition of lawmakers seeking assistance for U.S. dairy farmers.

Back at Home

Loudon County dairy Farmer Ryan Bright is feeling a lot better than he was six months ago.  That’s when an early morning fire basically...

Deep Space Farming

A university and private company are joining forces to help NASA solve a challenge of deep space travel – a fresh food supply.

Plan Your Day Around the Farmers Almanac

Farmers Almanac editor Pete Geiger talks about the upcoming winter weather forecasty that the 200-Year-old publication is predicting for the Volunteer State.

Farmers’ Almanac Launches Farmer of the Year Contest

Farmers' Almanac, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, announces its search for three farmers or ranchers to be recognized as "Farmers' Almanac Farmer of the Year."

Harvest Season is Here

West Tenn. row crop farmers are quickly turning their attention to the harvest season and first up is corn.

August Crop Production Report

USDA's August crop production report has a few surprises nationally, cotton rebounds in the Volunteer state.

Trade’s Impact

Johnathan Cordone is USDA"s Under Secretary for Farm & Foreighn Relations and he recently updated Tenn. Farm Bureau leaders on the importance of global...

TFBF Presidents Conference

Senator Bob Corker among others highlight the 76th Annual Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents Conference.

Farmers Believe in GMO’s

As Tennessee farmers put their hopes on a good growing season for their crops like corn and soybeans, they’re hoping the rest of the...

Cover Crops

More and more experts are promoting the use of cover crops, but why are so few farmers using them?

Brazilian Farmers Learning From Tenn. Farmers

While athletes from around the world are gathered in Rio for the Olympics, a few Brazilian farmers have been in West Tennessee visiting farmers...

National Farmers Market Week

As summer comes to a close for many, Tennessee farmers want everyone to know it’s actually the prime month of the growing season. That’s...