Yearly Archives: 2016

Aligning the Herd

Cattle producers who are members of the Tennessee Beef Alliance just held their August sale and by all accounts, another success.

No-till Shines Once Again

Curtis Halford, Chairman of the Tennessee House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, was one of the 2,000 attendees at the Milan No-Till Field Day....

First-Hand Assessment of Crop Insurance

Farmers here in Tennessee and around the country are weighing in on the benefits of crop insurance.

Representing Farmers in Washington

Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District stretches from Chattanooga to LaFollette, and Representative Chuck Fleischmann says its important for him to hear directly from farmers about...

Rural Votes Count

With the 2016 political season now ready to further escalate into the primary elections and then the general election, the American Farm Bureau has...

Representative Black Depends on Farmers

Representative Diane Black, who represents the state’s 6th Congressional District, recently met with Farm Bureau Leaders in Lebanon to discuss the issues.

Young Farmer Success

Jay and Alice Ann Yeargin have been named the Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement award winners for 2016.

Farmers Outreach

Young Farmers gathered this past weekend for the Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Summer Conference in Columbia. They participated in a service project with...

Governors School for the Ag Sciences

The Tennessee Governors School for the Agricultural Sciences has ended for the summer, but the students who attended were definitely challenged and changed.

A Passion for Farming

Farming gets in your blood and there’s no better way to describe that passion for Tennessee Young Farmers & Ranchers.

Farmers Believe in GMOs

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...

Leadership Training Camp

State FFA President Makenzie Clark is one of the hosts of FFA camp this summer as she and her state officer team are leading...

Miss America Visits a TN Farm

Recently Miss America teamed up with the American Farm Bureau and their book First Peas to the Table.  

A Family Affair

On her last Junior Beef Expo, Loudon County’s Emily Ivey captured the prize that she’s worked so hard for, the Supreme Champion Heifer.

It’s Cattle Show Time

The Tennessee Junior Beef Expo is winding down after a successful week for many 4-H and FFA members.

The Same but Different

Farmers across Tennessee weighing in on how the rain has or has not hit their farms so far this season.  

Labeling Law on the Horizon

What is the current status of a new labeling law for genetically engineered food products?

Commissioner Templeton Meets with Farmers

Commissioner of Agriculture, Jai Templeton, recently met with farmers in East Tennessee to discuss agricultural issues facing the region.

Economic Analysis for the Future

Dr. Aaron Smith, Professor at the University of Tennessee shares about a study him and his students are completing for East Tennessee agriculture.

Go FFA

The Tennessee Go FFA program has been thriving for the past several years, allowing high school FFA members the chance to experience agriculture outside...

Ag at the Voting Polls

As the upcoming election approaches, it’s time to be thinking about what candidate has agriculture best in mind. State Representative Sabi’ Kumar shares more...

Happy Fourth of July

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual summer cookout survey finds popular food items remain priced near last year’s levels.

The Push for TPP

USDA acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse met with farmers and other business leaders to discuss the administration’s position and the benefits of passage of...

A Legend and Her Legacy

Pat Summitt will forever be remembered as one of the greatest coaches of all time. After winning her 8th National Championship in 2008, we...

Tobacco, Beef and More

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture hosted the Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day at the Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center.  

The Boys of Summer

The 3rd Annual Ag Night at the Chattanooga Lookouts Baseball Game was recently held where folks received information on our most important industry. TN’s...

GMOs not OMG

Monsanto’s Global Consumer Engagement Lead Holly Butka shared with leaders at the Farm Bureau Women Conference about the common misconceptions of genetically modified crops...

First Hand Knowledge

It’s not every day you see nutritionists and dieticians riding in a combine, harvesting wheat, but that’s exactly what a few did recently on...

Why is Agriculture Important

Why is agriculture important was the topic for the TN Farm Bureau Women Ag in the Classroom essay contest this year and Grace Ann...

Working to Improve Pollinator Health

There is no doubt one of our most important insects that many of us take for granted is the honey bee. Micheal Clements of...

Dry Start to Summer

Farmers here in Tennessee are blessed to have above average rainfall, at least compared to our friends to the west.

Down to the Wire

With the July 1st implementation blooming of the Vermont law on GMO labeling, the US Senate is down to the wire in hopes of...

Breaking Stereotypes

Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell recently visited a Tennessee farm where she addressed not only her platform of healthy children, strong America, but also...

TN FFA Star Tour

For the second year, Tennessee has taken their five FFA Stars on a week-long tour of Tennessee Agribusinesses and chapters to showcase the Supervised...

June Dairy Month Chairs Highlight Dairy in Their Communities

June is dairy month and almost every county in Tennessee elects a June Dairy Month Chairman to help spread the word during June.

Less Drought, Better Conditions for Crops and Livestock

The shrinking area of US drought coverage is best highlighted by how crops this year – from winter wheat to hay – are doing...

National Leadership Forum

Each year Tennessee Farm Bureau sponsors student leaders from across the state to attend Harding University’s National Leadership Forum and Jackson Gravitt was one...

Lots of Great Ways to Celebrate the Outdoors

There are several activities and events planned for National Great Outdoors Month and many ways for you to take part.

Passion for Dairy

Recently at the June Dairy Month Kickoff the American Dairy Association named Julie Walker the Dairy Promoter of the Year.

June Dairy Month

June is dairy month and all month long we will be highlighting the state’s dairy farmers and the importance of getting dairy in your...

Tennessee 4-H Tours the State

TN 4-H Extension Specialist Justin Crowe traveled with this premier 4-H Ambassador group this summer across the state on a tour visiting agricultural stakeholders.

A June Dairy Celebration

Loudon County Dairy Farmer Randy Davis serves as president of the American Dairy Association of Tennessee, and they sponsored a kickoff luncheon in Nashville...

Dry Conditions Hurting Farmers

Farmers in southern Middle Tennessee and along the southeastern counties have been extremely dry for the past several weeks.  

Milk Production Continues to Increase

The nation’s dairy producers continue to boost production, even though prices are falling. USDA’s Gary Crawford has more.

Safety Comes First

Robertson County Farmer, Buddy Bryant, says highway safety must be a top priority for both farmers driving their farm equipment and those they are trying to...

Thankful for Service

This Memorial Day should remind us all of the freedoms we enjoy thanks to those that paid that ultimate sacrifice.

Tomato Time in Tennessee

East Tennessee’s Renea Rogers is at least thankful right now that she has the migrant help she needs to begin planting her tomato crop.

The Roots of Success

TN’S Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd traveled with Gov. Bill Haslam this spring on a recruiting trip of sorts to Asia.

Early Beans Going in Fast

For soybean farmers like Alan Meadows of Lauderdale County, the past few days have been ideal for planting this year’s crop.

A Survey on Honey Bee Colonies

What are some of the findings of a first-of-its-kind USDA survey on honey bee colonies?

Get Ready to Fire Up the Grill

The Tennessee Beef Industry Council is a great resource for summer recipes and more for the grill.

TLP Industry Partner Day

Tennessee Livestock Producers recently had an industry partner and customer appreciation day at their Columbia Livestock Center.

EPA’s Water Rule Still Upsetting to Farmers

Tennessee Congressman Scott Desjarlais speaking at a House Agriculture Subcommittee meeting on how the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. Rule will impact...

Eager to Serve

20 YEAR OLD COOKEVILLE NATIVE AMY MORGAN IS COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS UNTIL  A GRUELING PROCESS OF INTERVIEWS WILL BEGIN FOR HER AS SHE...

Cotton Planters Rolling

3RD GENERATION FAYETTE COUNTY FARMER BOB WALKER SAYS THEY ARE APPROACHING COMPLETION OF THE 3000 ACRES OF COTTON HE AND HIS BROTHER WILL PLANT...

School Plant Sales

HIGH SCHOOL AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS ACROSS THE STATE GROW AND SELL GARDEN AND LANDSCAPING PLANTS IN THE SPRING AND DANIEL BOONE HIGH SCHOOL IN EAST...

TPP Would Boost Ag Exports

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS BY THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU INDICATES THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP IS A NET POSITIVE FOR U.S. AGRICULTURE.

Learning to Teach

NATE REPETZ WILL GRADUATE WITH A DEGREE IN AG EDUCATION AND HE AND 6 OTHER STUDENTS FROM PENN STATE UNIVERSITY HAVE BEEN TRAVELING IN...

Ag Science

WHEN GLYNDAR HASKIN WAS VISITING FARMS IN TENN RECENTLY, SHE HAD ONE OF THOSE ‘AHA’ MOMENTS WHEN IT CLICKED FOR HER THAT HER PRECONCIEVED...

Farm Bureau Leaders Advocate on Capitol Hill

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR FARMERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING HERE IN TENNESSEE, HEAD TO THE NATION’S CAPITOL TO VISIT WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO...

That Sinking Feeling

IF YOU HAVE THAT SINKING FEELING LIKE YOU HAVE THE FLU, IT MIGHT NOT BE FROM A FLU VIRUS, IT MAY BE FROM YOUR...

Farm Bureau Seeks Rural Entrepreneurs

THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU WILL ONCE AGAIN HOLD THEIR RURAL ENTRPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE.

Strawberry Time

NO DOUBT ONE OF THE SWEETEST TREASURES THIS TIME OF YEAR ARE FRESH STRAWBERRIES AND THANKS TO COOPERATION FROM MOTHER NATURE AND SOME HARD...

Trying New Foods

ARE YOU AFRAID TO TRY NEW FOODS?  THERE ARE LOTS OF NEW FRUITS AND VEGETABLES OUT THERE, BUT MANY OF US ARE RELUCTANT TO...

Great Service to Tennessee

GOV. BILL HASLAM SHOWED HIS RESPECT FOR HIS VERY FIRST CABINENT APPOINTMENT, JULIS JOHNSON, RETIRING AS THE 36TH TN COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE. 

Ag Star Program Creates Stronger Voice

SINCE 2002 MORE THAN 150 WEST TNSANS INVOLVED IN THE AG COMMUNITY HAVE BENEFITED FROM WHAT’S KNOWN AS THE AG STAR PROGRAM.  

Ag Students Embrace UAV Technology

UT MARTIN MASTERS STUDENT PATTON WEBB SAYS THE POTENTIAL OF THE AG INDUSTRY’S WORK WITH UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYTEMS OR DRONES IS BASICALLY UNLIMITED.

Visa Delays Creating Labor Shortage

FARMERS RELYING ON AGRICULTURAL VISA PROGRAMS ARE SEEING DELAYS LEADING TO LABOR SHORTAGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING HERE IN TENNESSEE.

Ag Lab for Kids

STUDENTS AT JERE WHITSON ELELMENTARY SCHOOL IN COOKEVILLE ARE IN FOR A GREAT EDUCATION AS THE GROUND HAS BROKEN ON A NEW EXTENDED LEARNING...

Earth Day Every Day for Farmers

TODAY WE CELEBRATE EARTH DAY, WHICH SERVES AS A CALL TO ACTION FOR THOSE AROUND THE WORLD TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING OUR NATURAL...

The Way to Go

STATE REP. JAMIE JENKINS OF SOMMERVILLE HAS SERVED HIS TIME ADMIRABLY IN THE TENN. GENERAL ASSEMBLY.  

Corn Planting Takes Off

THE WEATHER MOST CORN PRODUCERS WERE WAITING ON IS FINALLY HERE.  AND AS A RESULT CORN PLANTERS ARE MOVING THROUGH FIELDS RATHER QUICKLY

Ramsey Heads Home

WHEN THE GAVEL FALLS FOR THE LAST TIME THIS WEEK FOR THE 109TH TENN. GENERAL ASSEMBLY, LT GOV. RON RAMSEY WILL BE HEADED BACK...

Discussion Wins Case IH Tractor

28 YEAR OLD HUNTER GRILLS OF DYER COUNTY IS THE LATEST TN YOUNG FARMER TO PICK UP A NICE PRIZE FOR HIS EFFORTS IN...

New Leadership for TN FFA

RECENTLY AT THE TENNESSEE STATE FFA CONVENTION A NEW SLATE OF STATE OFFICERS WAS ELECTED WITH ALLISON PARKER ANNOUNCED AS STATE SENTINEL.

Young Farmer Gets His Tractors

MONTGOMERY COUNTY YOUNG FARMER JAY HEAD WAS HONORED IN 2015 AS THE STATE’S TOP YOUNG FARMER OF THE YEAR WITH THE TENN. FARM BUREAU’S...

Ag Science

WHEN GLYNDAR HASKIN WAS VISITING FARMS IN TENN RECENTLY, SHE HAD ONE OF THOSE “A-HA” MOMENTS WHEN IT CLICKED FOR HER THAT HER PRECONCIEVED...

Covering Up

TENNESSEE STRAWBERRY GROWERS ARE HOPEFUL FOR ANOTHER PROFITABLE PICKING SEASON, BUT FIRST THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH A ROUND OF POTENTIAL FREEZING WEATHER THIS...

Corn Planting Intentions High for Now

THE USDA MARCH PLANTING INTENTIONS REPORT NUMBER FOR CORN ACREAGE WAS A SURPRISE TO MANY, BUT EXPERTS SAY THAT WILL LIKELY CHANGE.

Monsanto Grant Awarded to Willis

COFFEE COUNTY FARMER BOB WILLIS WAS RECENTLY AWARDED A MONSANTO AMERICA’S FARMERS GROW COMMUNITIES DONATION OF $2500 TOWARD HIS CHOICE OF A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION.

Enhancing the Dairy

SEVERAL TN DAIRY FARMERS ATTENDED THE PROFESSIONAL DAIRY PRODUCERS OF WISCONSIN ANNUAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN MADISON, WISCONSIN

New Program Promotes Farm Safety

THERE’S NO DOUBT FARMING IS ONE OF OUR COUNTRY’S MOST DANGEROUS INDUSTRIES AND THERE’S A NEW INTITATIVE THAT PROVIDES A ONE-STOP SOURCE FOR FARM...

Templeton Next Ag Commissioner

GOV. BILL HASLAM HAS NAMED JAI TEMPLETON AS SUCCESSOR TO JULIUS JOHNSON AS HIS NEXT COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE.  

Star Farmer

RECENTLY AT THE TENNESSEE STATE FFA CONVENTION THEIR STATE STAR FARMER WAS ANNOUNCED.

The Science of Agriculture

20 SCIENCE ENGINEERING AND MATH COORDINATORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN TOURING FARMS IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE THIS WEEK AS PART OF THE ON...

Spring Market Basket Down Slightly

SHOPPERS CAN EXPECT TO SPEND SLIGHTLY LESS ON A TYPICAL MARKET BASKET THIS SPRING.

Ag Day on the Hill

FOR ONE DAY A YEAR, AT LEAST, AGRICULTURE IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT BEFORE STATE LAWMAKERS IN NASHVILLE. 

4-H Officers Elected

DURING THE 69TH TN 4-H CONGRESS, THREE NEW OFFICERS WERE ELECTED TO PRESIDE OVER NEXT YEAR’S CONGRESS.

TN FFA Officers Installed

DURING THE 88TH TN FFA CONVENTION, EIGHT NEW STATE OFFICERS WERE INSTALLED TO LEAD THE ORGANIZATION.  

Amplify the 88th TN FFA Convention

AMPLIFY IS THE CONVENTION THEME AT THE 88TH TN FFA CONVENTION WHERE MEMBERS ARE CELEBRATING THEIR YEAR IN THE BLUE JACKETS.

Ag Commissioner Announces Retirment

TENN. COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE JULIUS JOHNSON HAS ANNOUNCED HE WILL RETIRE AT THE END OF APRIL.

Sea of Blue

THOUSANDS OF TN FFA MEMBERS FROM JOHNSON COUNTY TO TIPTON COUNTY ARE IN GATLINBURG THIS WEEK FOR THEIR 88TH ANNUAL CONVENTION.  

Survey for Big Data

THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION WANTS TO HEAR FARMERS’ THOUGHTS ON BIG DATA.

A Home run for Farm Day

1ST GRADERS FROM PUTNAM AND JACKSON COUNTIES GOT TO EXPERIENCE THE FARM, MOST FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, DURING THE ANNUAL FARM DAY EVENT...

National Ag Day

NATIONAL AG DAY HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF ADVOCATING FOR AGRICULTURE.

National Ag Day

TN COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE JULIUS JOHNSON SAYS AGRICULTRUE IS OUR NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY PROVIDING NEARLY $75 BILLION AND ACCOUNTS 13% OF THE STATE’S ECONOMY...

National Ag Week

THIS IS NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK AND STATE LAWMAKERS ON CAPITOL HILL HEARD FROM FARM BUREAU LEADERS TO MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES THAT FARMERS AND...

Speaking Up for Ag

FARM LEADERS FROM ACROSS TN TRAVELED TO THE STATE CAPITOL THIS WEEK TO MEET WITH AND DISCUSS LEGISLATION BEING CONSIDERED BY LAWMAKERS.

Women in Ag Connecting with Consumers

WOMEN ON THE FARM PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE WHEN IT COMES TO CONNECTING WITH CONSUMERS AND ADVOCATING FOR AGRICULTURE.