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Yearly Archives: 2016

Immigration Reform Critical to Farmers

The “Reason for Reform” Campaign highlights agriculture’s need for immigration reform. American Farm Bureau’s Micheal Clements has the story.

A Good Fruit Crop

University of Tennessee Extension Fruit Specialist, Dr. David Lockwood, says for most of Tennessee this year has been a better than average year for...

YF&R Contests

A rundown of contest opportunities for Tennessee Young Farmers & Ranchers, including Young Farmer of the Year, Discussion Meet, Environmental Stewardship, Excellence in Agriculture and more.

Virus Fatal to Horses and Humans detected in Tennessee

NASHVILLE– A horse in West Tennessee has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a virus that can be fatal for horses and humans....

Aligning the Herd

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

UTIA Chancellor Announces Retirement

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Chancellor Larry Arrington has decided to retire in September, UT President Joe DiPietro announced today. Arrington, UTIA chancellor since...

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.

National Farmers’ Market Week

NASHVILLE—Some Tennesseans are ready to say goodbye to summer and hello to school. Tennessee farmers however, want everyone to know that summer is far...

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.

2016 Young Farmers & Ranchers Summer Conference

View a photo gallery of 2016 Young Farmers and Ranchers Summer Conference

Weakley County’s Jay and Alice Ann Yeargin win state young farmer...

Weakley County young farmers Jay and Alice Ann Yeargin were named Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Achievement Award winners.

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...

Scientists with UT Institute of Agriculture Investigate Pollinator Health

MILAN, Tenn. – For the past decade, pollinator populations, particularly honeybee populations, have been in decline. Researchers say this phenomenon of global honeybee loss,...

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...

National Farm Safety and Health Week

Farming has an occupational fatality rate 700 percent higher than other U.S. industries, including mining. During the harvest season, farmers are at very high...

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...

Nine Billion Changes Everything

Read Tennessee Ag in the Classroom's Nine Billion Changes Everything about how farmers will need to feed the growing global population.

Alphabet Soup

Read Tennessee Ag in the Classroom's Alphabet Soup booklet.

Farm Bureau Boot Camp Grads Hone Communication Skills

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15, 2016  – The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized 14 farm and ranch women leaders as graduates of the organization’s tenth annual...

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.  

Tennessee Winter Wheat Production Forecast up from Last Season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its July crop condition report today based on producer reports...

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.


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.  

Statement on the death of Pat Summitt from Tennessee Farm Bureau...

Our Farm Bureau family is deeply saddened by the passing of Coach Pat Head-Summitt.

American Farm Bureau Supports National GMO Pre-emption Bill

The American Farm Bureau Federation is supporting proposed Senate legislation that establishes federal pre-emption of what was expected to grow into an unruly patchwork...

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...

All-American July 4th Cookout Ticks Up, Still Under $6 Per Person

A cookout of Americans’ favorite foods for the Fourth of July will cost slightly more this year but still comes in at less than $6 per person, says the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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...

2016 Chattanooga Lookouts Ag Night

The Chattanooga Lookouts baseball team hosted an "Ag Night" featuring Farm Bureau's Farmer Charlie and TN's Commissioner of Agriculture, Jai Templeton.

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...

Black Vulture Permits

Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation (TFBF) Board of Directors has obtained a statewide depredation permit for black vultures from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). TFBF will issue sub-permits to livestock producers who are experiencing problems with black vultures.

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.

2016 Women’s Conference

TN Farm Bureau Women host annual Summer Conference

Miss America Betty Cantrell Visit

Miss America Betty Cantrell visits Tennessee to reward a Murfreesboro school on winning AFBF's Pea's to the Table Contest

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...

Milan No-Till Field Day Set for July 28

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host the Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the AgResearch and Education Center at Milan.

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...

Supreme Court Victory: Farmers May Sue to Stop Clean Water Regulation...

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled landowners may challenge the federal government whenever the Army Corps of Engineers tries improperly to regulate land with regulations designed to protect water.

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.

New Mobile App Option Feeds Love of Local Foods

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s “Pick Tennessee” mobile app now offers followers an easy way to feed their love of local foods. Users can search for restaurants committed to serving ingredients sourced from the area, and access GPS mapping to the establishments.

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...

USDA Celebrates 79th Annual National Dairy Month

USDA celebrates the 79th annual National Dairy Month this June, highlighting the hard work and dedication of dairy producers and the valuable nutrition the dairy industry adds to Americans' diets.

Resolutions Committee

View the Resolutions Committee of Policy and Action

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.

2016 Legislative Visits

View a photo gallery of 2016 Legislative Visits.

iFarm. iVote.

iFarm. iVote. is an initiative to encourage farmers and rural Tennesseans to get out and vote.

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.

UT Institute of Ag to Host Master Beekeeper Classes

Monsanto Company once again wants to recognize these inspiring women, and today announced it has officially opened up nominations for its 2016 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest.

Protected: Introduction to Farm Bureau

Farm Bureau is the worlds largest agricultural organization. Explore the history, fundamental principals and philosophy and how you can you make a difference for...

Protected: Welcome to the Tennessee Farm Bureau

Tennessee Farm Bureau is the largest state Farm Bureau with over 650,000 members. Gain an understanding of the program departments, affiliated service companies and...

Protected: The Role of the President

You’re the president of the largest organization in your county. Learn how to effectively lead your county Farm Bureau as you review the key...

Protected: The Value of Membership

As a Farm Bureau Member, you may have wondered about the value of your membership. This module will take a look at what a...

Protected: The County Farm Bureau Finances

As a Farm Bureau member, you may have wondered about how your county Farm Bureau’s finances work. This module will take a look at...