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Monthly Archives: July 2017

New Crop for Farmers in Robertson County

For the past several years, farmers in Robertson and Montgomery Counties have been able to grow a new crop to diversify their farms…indigo.

Rounding Up the Best

This week over 200 4-H’ers have been at 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference on the campus of UT Martin.  This was the 94th...

A New Dean for UT Extension

Dr. Robert Burns has been selected to be the next Dean of Extension for the University of Tennessee.

Big Data Comes Together for Farm Solutions

A greater emphasis on precision agriculture means improved tools and systems to collect and analyze data for the farm or ranch. USDA’S Rod Bain...

Overton County Couple Wins Achievement Award

Joe and Rebecca Smith of Overton County have been named the Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement winners for 2017.

Overton County’s Joseph and Rebecca Smith win state young farmer honors

Overton County young farmers Joseph and Rebecca Smith were named Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winners. The results were announced during the Tennessee Young Farmer Summer Conference held at the headquarter offices of the Tennessee Farm Bureau in Columbia, Tenn. The young dairy farmers from the Greenfield community competed against 12 other county contestants across the state to be named the state winner and have the opportunity to compete for national honors in January.

UT Institute of Agriculture Appoints New Dean for UT Extension

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has chosen a new leader for UT Extension, and he’s home grown. Dr. Robert Burns is a native of Walland, Tennessee, who holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering, an M.S. in environmental engineering and a B.S. in agricultural engineering – all from UT. He will manage UT Extension’s statewide educational and outreach program that helps ensure the success of the state’s $4.3 billion+ agricultural industries. UT Extension also coordinates with local, state and federal agencies regarding public health issues and youth development.

For Love of Farming

With the average age of the farmer in the 50s, it is easy to overlook the fact that there are young farmers in agriculture...

A New Truck for the Farm

Lawrence County’s Matt Niswander gets the keys to his new truck for winning this year’s American Farm Bureau YF&R Discussion Meet.

Tennessee Young Farmers Hopeful

Young farmers like Obion County’s Clint Workman are hopeful that they can carry on our most important industry, agriculture.

Farmers Call on Congress for Tax Reform

Scott Vanderwhal, a South Dakota farmer, testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy on the importance of tax reforms for...

TN YF&R Summer Conference

PLEASE STAY HOME and avoid attending this year's Summer Conference if you or anyone in your immediate household identify with even one of these...

Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture Issues New Measures for Dicamba

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is taking measures to mitigate the risk of drift of herbicides containing dicamba.

Tenn Issues New Rules for Dicamba

Tenn. Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton says even though they are not banning the use of dicamba, there are new rules effective immediately that...

Following the Farming Tradition

For many farmers, working on the land or with animals is a generations long tradition and they grow up knowing that is what they...

Getting the Story Out

Philip Brasher is a senior editor for Agri Pulse in Washington DC and has been reporting on food and agriculture policy for 18 years.

Keeping a Balance

Cumberland County Mayor (and farmer) Kenney Carey is in his 7th year in office and is still excited to go to work everyday, trying...

Precision Agriculture

Today’s farmers use more technology and are more precise than ever before.

Summer = Grilling

A recent survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows the cost of a summer cookout is down slightly compared to last year. AFBF’s...

Using All Six Senses

At a recent Ag in the Classroom workshop in Spring Hill, Dr. Craig Wilson was a featured presenter.

Learning More About the Dicamba Issue

Reports of Dicamba drift are up this year across the state, and educating both farmers and homeowners about this issue may help.