Monthly Archives: April 2017

A Passion for Teaching

For 30 years Debra Steen has been using her skills at Michey Elementary School in McNairy County to better prepare her students.

Encouraging Start

This week, in a first of its kind meeting since President Reagan, President Donald Trump held a round table conversation with farmers and new...

Secretary Sonny Perdue Goes to Work

The nation’s 31st Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, is officially on the job after months in waiting to take on the leadership of the...

Harrison Named Assistant Commissioner for Consumer and Industry Services

Wilson County native Keith Harrison will take on the role of Assistant Commissioner for the Consumer and Industry Services division at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

Influence. Action. Impact. Farm Bureau is the Recognized Advocacy Leader for...

The goal of FB Advocacy is simple: Increase Farm Bureau's effectiveness and visibility as the national advocate for farmers and ranchers.

Sonny Perdue Sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue became the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017.

Broadband Accessibility Act Approved

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced legislation to increase broadband access to Tennessee’s unserved citizens. Tennessee currently ranks 29th in the U.S. for broadband access, with 34 percent of rural Tennessee residents lacking access at recognized minimum standards.

Ag in the Classroom Golf Tournament

Tennessee Farmers Open at Vonore is an important fundraiser for the Agriculture in the Classroom program of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. Held in...

Governor Applauds Passage of IMPROVE Act

IMPROVE Act makes state more competitive in recruiting manufacturing jobs and delivers a safe, reliable and debt-free transportation network for next generation of Tennesseans.

Protecting Kids on the Farm

The numbers are staggering, even though there’s been a steady decline in the number of injuries and deaths to children on the farm thanks...

Another Weather Challenge

Many Tennessee row crop farmers statewide have been once again halted by these scattered storms and rain showers over the past week.

UT Institute of Agriculture Students Win National Dairy/Food Science Competitions

CASNR team wins overall and captures top undergraduate and graduate student awards.

Tractors Delivered

Jay and Alice Ann Yeargin of Weakley County are smiling a little more today because two of the prizes they won in the past...

Continued Need for Large Animal Vets

Some rural areas are still suffering from a shortage of livestock animal vets. What’s being done about it?

Better Prepared

Erin Bacon of Jefferson County was a multiple winner at this year’s state FFA convention.

Star Farmer of Tennessee

Catherine Turner of the Covington FFA Chapter was named Tennessee’s Star Farmer during the 89th Tennessee FFA Convention.

Farm Bureau Selects New Partners in Advocacy Leadership Class

An outstanding group of young farm and ranch leaders have been selected by the American Farm Bureau Federation as the organization’s ninth Partners in Advocacy Leadership class.

New Farmer on Fish & Wildlife Commission

Brian McLerran is a beef cattle farmer from Clay County and he was recently appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam as the District 3 Commissioner...

All About the Hay

One of Tennessee’s most important crops is about to get all kinds of attention this Spring as thousands of farmers will be looking towards...

State Veterinarian Releases Avian Influenza Control Zone

The state veterinarian has released the control zone surrounding two Lincoln County poultry farms affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The statewide poultry health advisory is also lifted, and poultry owners can now resume regular activity.

HPAI Control Zone Released in Lincoln Co.

State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher has announced that the control zone surrounding two Lincoln County poultry farms affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza has...

Local Improvements

Members of the Tennessee General Assembly are continuing to debate the Governor’s Improve Act, and carrying that legislation in the House is Rep. Barry...

College Scholarships

Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers is proud to offer several memorial scholarships for college students to take advantage of. These are great opportunities for...

Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act Heads to Governor

Second piece of Haslam’s NextTennessee legislative agenda approved by General Assembly

Corn Planters Rolling

Finally for the past few days, farmers across Tennessee have had some good planting weather.

Growing Ag Ideas at Tech

The new director for the School of Agriculture at Tennessee Tech University is Dr. Dennis Duncan and he says there are several new projects...

Teacher Lesson Plans & Resources

Download the Teacher Resource Guide Find grade-appropriate lesson plans in a variety of subjects. In addition, download Songs for Pre-school Students, Alphabet Soup Lesson Plans for...

Farm Bureau Statement on Gorsuch Confirmation

The following may be attributed to Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation.

UT Extension Names Franklin County Farmer as Tennessee Farmer of the...

Belvidere’s Mike Robinson receives honor of being named the Tennessee Farmer of the Year.

Farm Bureau Outlines Tax Reform Needs

The American Farm Bureau Federation told lawmakers agriculture needs a simple tax code.

Seconds Matter

Carroll County farmer Hal Eason says everybody needs to think about safety, constantly. After a tractor accident in 2014, he’s thankful to be alive.

2019 Environmental Stewardship Award

The purpose of the Environmental Stewardship Award is to recognize outstanding environmental stewardship efforts of Tennessee young farmers.

Securing our Roads and Bridges

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris has been busy the last few months helping Gov. Bill Haslam push his Improve Act legislation through the Tennessee...

Young Farmer Achievement Award

Fill out an application for the Tennessee Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Agricultural Achievement Award.

Making the Best Better

During the recent Tennessee 4-H Congress in Nashville, 9th and 10th grade delegates learn all about citizenship, leadership and state government.  They elect their...

Tennessee Cotton Acreage Continues to Rebound After Record Low in 2015

Tennessee farmers intend to plant less corn, but more soybeans this year.

Wildfire Relief Efforts: How You Can Help

Find out how you can help wildfire relief efforts in the Western states of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Closer to Broad Access

A key vote on the floor of the state senate this week will put rural Tennesseans closer to broadband access than ever before.