Yearly Archives: 2016

Santa Still Tops in the Polls

DESPITE ALL THE EFFORTS OF THE MANY POLITICAL CANDIDATES THIS YEAR TO GET TOP RANKING IN THE POLLS, SANTAL IS STILL TOPS IN THE...

Wampler’s Sausage Sustainability

WAMPLER’S FARM SAUSAGE COMPANY CONTINUES TO IMPLEMENT TECHNOLOGY TO REDUCE ENERGY COSTS.

Water Still Rising

A VERY UNUSUAL WEATHER YEAR  AND A LOT OF RAIN IN DECEMBER AND FLOODING PROBLEMS ALONG THE MISSISSIPPIT AND THE TENNESSEE RIVERS.

Looking Back to 2015

IT IS TYPICAL TO LOOK BACK AND ASSESS HOW THE YEAR WENT AS A WHOLE. AND FOR MONORE COUNTY CATTLE AND HAY FARMER JERRY...

New Year Resolutions

EXERCISE SEEMS TO BE SOMETHING EVERYONE RESOLVES TO DO IN THE NEW YEAR

Ways to Save with a Farm Energy Audit

UTILIZING A FARM ENERGY AUDIT FOR YOUR BARN, SHOP OR CO-OP CAN HELP CREATE COST SAVINGS THROUGH MORE THAN JUST GREATER EFFICIENCY.

Bob Stallman Appreciation Day

AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK PROCLAIMS JANUARY 6 AS BOB STALLMAN APPRECIATION DAY AT USDA.

A Perfect Combination for Forages

WITH THE WARM AND WET FALL AND WARM START TO WINTER, FORAGE PRODUCERS ENJOY THE BENEFITS

AFBF Convention: The Future of Agriculture

THOUSANDS OF FARMERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE GATHERED IN ORLANDO FOR THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU’S 97TH CONVENTION.

TN Young Farmers Shine Again

TENNESSEE YOUNG FARMERS WERE VERY SUCCESSFUL IN NATIONAL COMPETITIONS AT THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU CONVENTION.

Zippy Duvall Elected AFBF President

GEORGIA’S ZIPPY DUVALL BECOMES 12TH PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION.

TN Entrepreneurs Win Peoples’ Choice Award

FARM SPECIFIC TECHNOLOGY OF WEST TN WINS FARM BUREAU’S PEOPLE CHOICE AWARD IN RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE.

Avian Influenza Confirmed in Indiana

THERE HAS BEEN A CONFIRMED CASE OF H7N8 AVIAN INFLUENZA IN DUBOIS COUNTY, INDIANA AND TENNESSEE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE URGES TENNESSEE POULTRY FARMERS TO...

GMO Labeling Debate

SHOULD ALL FOODS CARRY A LABEL TELLING US THEY HAVE GENETICALLY MODIFIED INGREDIENTS?

Cold Weather and Livestock Care

AFTER RECORD WARMTH, LIVESTOCK MAY NOT BE FULLY ADAPTED TO THE SUDDEN COLD AND MAY NEED EXTRA HELP.

Great Green Fleet Deployed

THE AGRICULTURE AND NAVY SECRETARIES WITNESSED THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE FIRST FLEET OF NAVAL VESSELS USING BIOFUELS IN THEIR REGULAR OPERATIONS.

Farmer Feedback Needed on USDA Programs

A SURVEY BY THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION ASKS FARMERS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH 10 AG DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS.

Keeping Pets Safe in Winter

WINTER IS FINALLY HERE, AND THAT CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR NOT ONLY US, BUT ALSO OUR PETS. 

Senate Leader Looking to help Rural TN

STATE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MARK NORRIS OF COLLIERVILLE IS IN HIS 16TH YEAR IN THE TN GENERAL ASSEMBLY.  

New Garden Grants

NOT MUCH GROWING OUTSIDE THIS TIME OF YEAR, BUT COME THIS SPRING, TENN. ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS WILL HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PLANT THEIR OWN...

Rural Focus

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MARK NORRIS SAYS GOVERNOR BILL HASLAM WILL SPEND PART OF HIS STATE-OF-THE-STATE ADDRESS FOCUSING ON RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

Advocacy Conference on Farm Issues

MORE THAN 500 FARM BUREAU LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE TRAVELING TO THE NATION’S CAPITOL TO LEARN HOW TO BETTER ADVOCATE FOR AGRICULTURE....

Farm Bureau Seeks Farmers Thoughts on Big Data

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

The Roads Less Traveled

TN AG COMMISSIONER JULIUS JOHNSON GAVE TESTIMONY TO THE SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING OUR RURAL ROADS.

Super Food Day

WHETHER YOUR PULLING FOR THE BRONCOS OR THE PANTHERS ON SUNDAY, THERE’S NO DOUBT YOU WILL BE EATING, AND FOR SOME OF US A...

Veterinary Feed Directive

LAWMAKERS GET UPDATE ON FDA’S NEW REGULATIONS ON THE VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE.

Rep. DesJarlais has Confident Outlook for Ag

TENN. CONGRESSMAN IS CONFIDENT IN SERVING RURAL PEOPLE IN HIS ROLE ON THE HOUSE AG COMMITTEE.

A Passion for Beef

JENNIFER HOUSTON CONTINUES HER PASSION OF SERVING THE BEEF INDUSTRY.  DURING THE NCBA NATIONAL CONVENTION SHE WAS ELECTED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE POLICY DIVISION.

Fuel Up to Play 60

THE TEAM EFFORT OF THOSE BEHIND A SCHOOL ACTIVITY AND NUTRITION PROGRAM WAS ON DISPLAY AT SPORT’S BIGGEST STAGE.  

A Passion for Ag

ROBERT ELLIOTT OF ROBERTSON COUNTY WAS RECENTLY ELECTED TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN OF TN’S YOUNG FARMER AND RANCHERS’ STATE COMMITTEE.  

Leadership for Young Farmers

ABOUT 30 OF TENN’S YOUNG FARMERS HAVE JOINED OVER A THOUSAND OF THEIR COUNTERPARTS FROM 40 STATES FOR THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU’S YOUNG FARMER...

Miss America Knows Value of Farms

ITS NOT EVERYDAY FARMERS GET A SHOW OF SUPPORT FROM SOMEBODY LIKE MISS AMERICA.  BUT BETTY CANTRELL CAN RELATE AND SHE’S SEEKING SUPPORT FROM...

Counting on Young Voices

AFBF PRESIDENT ZIPPY DUVALL MET WITH YOUNG FARMERS & RANCHERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY GATHERED AT THEIR NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN KANSAS CITY.

Regional Conservation Partnerships

A RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT DEMONSTRATES THE DIVERSE SUPPORT AND SCOPE OF USDA’S REGIONAL CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM.

A Common Bond for Young Farmers

THIS PAST WEEKEND YOUNG FARMERS FROM ALL CROSS THE NATION GATHERED IN KANSAS CITY FOR THE ANNUAL NATIONAL YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE.

Livestock & Poultry Outlook

DR. STEVE MEYER GAVE FARM BUREAU LEADERS A LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY OUTLOOK LAST MONTH DURING THE AFBF CONVENTION.

Cooperative Leadership

THE FUTURE CONTINUES TO BE BRIGHT FOR AG AND RURAL TENNESSEE IF THE RECENTLY HELD TN YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE IS ANY INDICATION.  

Senate Labeling Bill Would Benefit All

THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU SAYS THE SENATE GMO LABELING BILL WOULD BENEFIT CONSUMERS AND AGRICULTURE.

TransPacific Partnership Will Boost Farm Income, Exports

A NEW ECONOMIC ANALYSIS BY THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU SHOWS A MAJOR TRADE AGREEMENT NOW BEFORE CONGRESS WILL INCREASE FARM INCOME AND EXPORTS.

Ag Star Program Creates Stronger Voice

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

Ag Interest at Rocky Top

UT PRESIDENT DR. JOE DIPIETRO WAS THE RECENT SPEAKER AT THE MAURY COUNTY FARM CITY BREAKFAST AND HE  CONTINUES TO KEEP AG INTEREST AT...

Farm Watch Program Expanding Across TN

TN SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION EXEC. DIRECTOR TERRY ASHE SAYS THE FARM WATCH PROGRAM THAT BEGAN IN DYER COUNTY IS AN IDEAL PROGRAM TO GO STATEWIDE.

Farm Leaders on Capitol Hill

FARM BUREAU LEADERS FROM ONE END OF THE STATE TO THE OTHER HAVE BEEN IN NASHVILLE THIS WEEK VISITING WITH THEIR LAWMAKERS ON ISSUES...

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.

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.

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...

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 Day

NATIONAL AG DAY HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF ADVOCATING FOR AGRICULTURE.

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...

Survey for Big Data

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

Sea of Blue

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

Ag Commissioner Announces Retirment

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

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.

TN FFA Officers Installed

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

4-H Officers Elected

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

Ag Day on the Hill

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

Spring Market Basket Down Slightly

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

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...

Star Farmer

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

Templeton Next Ag Commissioner

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

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...

Enhancing the Dairy

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

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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

The Way to Go

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

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...

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...

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 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.

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.  

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. 

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...

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...

Farm Bureau Seeks Rural Entrepreneurs

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

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 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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

TLP Industry Partner Day

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

Get Ready to Fire Up the Grill

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

A Survey on Honey Bee Colonies

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

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.

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.

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.

Thankful for Service

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

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