Yearly Archives: 2017

TFBF State Convention 2017

More than 1,500 farmers from across the state will gather in Cool Springs Dec. 3-5 for the purpose of developing policy for 2018, electing...

Crop Harvest Looking Really Good

Tennessee farmers are continuing to see good results from their growing season as harvest really picks up for corn, soybeans and now cotton.

Economics Behind an Animal Disease Outbreak Response Plan

What are some of the things a livestock or poultry producer should consider when putting an animal disease preparation and response plan in writing?...

Priorties for Farmers on Regulatory Reform

The American Farm Bureau Federation has submitted regulatory reform priorities to the Department of Agriculture.

Corn Harvest Moving On

Corn harvest for Tennessee farmers has reached the half way point and good yields are being reported.

Seconds Matter

Carroll County farmer Hal Eason says everybody needs to think about farm safety constantly, no matter the task.

Road Safety for Farmers

What are some ways farmers can help prevent road collision accidents between ag equipment and motor vehicles?

Bragging Rights for Another Year

If you haven’t been to the State Fair this week, you should.  There’s a lot of great things to do and see, especially when...

How to Prevent Collisions with Farm Equipment

It’s officially harvest season and drivers need to watch out for farm equipment on roadways and learn ways to avoid a potential accident. USDA’s...

Tennessee’s Largest Agriculture Classroom

Nearly 1000 students from across the state gathered at the Tennessee State Fair to learn about where their food comes from and why farmers...

Quite a Ham for the FFA

At the Tennessee State Fair every year, one of the many traditional competitions is over the Grand Champion Country Ham.  Two of the top...

Memories at the Fair

A lot of special moments for folks attending the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville, especially for the livestock shows.

2018 Farm Bill Resources

One issue we know is facing the farm community and Farm Bureau is the 2018 Farm Bill. No doubt, many of us are not...

Tennessee State Fair Opens

Tennessee Proud is the theme for this year’s state fair and there is a lot to be proud of this year.

Farmers Looking for Relief in Tax Reform

As Congress sets its sights on tax reform this month, farmers and ranchers are urging them to provide tax relief.

A Long Road Back

March 4th, 2017 is a day Trevor Ferguson and his father won’t soon forget.  That’s the day avian influenza was positively identified in their...

Harvey Affects Tennessee Farmers

Hurricane Harvey battered Texas and parts of Louisiana, but its reach was felt even here in Tennessee with damage to crops from heavy wind...

Let ‘Em Walk On

A Tennessee tradition like no other will conclude tomorrow night in Shelbyville at the 79th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

A Catastrophe Like No Other

We’ve all seen the devastating images from Hurricane Harvey and the continued flooding events taking place.  And while rescue efforts have focused on human...

Checking Off Corn

Many of Tennessee’s corn producers have started and/or getting ready to harvest this year’s crop and many are hoping a corn checkoff can be...

‘First Peas’ visit from Miss America

Mrs. Mary Tomlin’s third grade class from Fayette Academy in Fayette County got a visit from Miss America after winning the First Peas to...

Looking to Better Serve

A lot of discussion taking place across farm country these days as Congress gets set to write new farm policy, otherwise known as the...

The 2017 Ag Census is Coming

The 2017 Ag Census takes place at the end of the year — but if you’re thinking of filing online, there’s a demo on...

Gov. Concludes Ag Tour in West TN

Gov. Bill Haslam has taken three days over the past few weeks to visit farms and ag businesses in the three Grand Divisions of...

Watching the Farm

From what began in Dyer County and Sheriff Jeff Box, The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Ag Crime Unit is working to try and implement...

Dept. of Ag Announces New Ag Business Development Grant

Tennessee Department of Agriculture recently announced a new program they are very excited about – the Agriculture Enterprise Fund.

Legacy and Life of Joe Pearson

Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation is deeply saddened by the passing of Chief Administrative Officer Joe Pearson, who died Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Vanderbilt...

A Bicentennial Edition

The 200th Edition of the Farmers’ Almanac is out and available everywhere and what a great source of information.

Tax Reform

A majority of American voters support tax reform, and many support tax changes that would benefit farmers and ranchers.

Speaking Up for Ag

Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is in his 7th year of serving as a member of Congress and is always ready to support agriculture.

77th Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents Conference

County Farm Bureau presidents, board members and ag industry representatives from across Tennessee are in Franklin for the 77th Annual Presidents Conference.

Governor Continues Farm Tour

Governor Bill Haslam made farm stops to a Marshall County Dairy this week as part of a day-long ag tour in the mid state.

Young Leaders Conference

The Tennessee Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and the Tennessee Council of Cooperatives invite you to attend the entertaining and educational Young Leaders Conference...

A Natural Partnership

A new collaboration between the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National FFA Organization will help prepare agriculture leaders of tomorrow.

Back to Class

Ag teacher Lindsey Parham of McKenzie High School is challenged and excited about another school year of teaching her kids about our most important...

The Roads for Success

We all know just how important our roads and bridges are to daily living, and perhaps no one more so than our farmers.

Summer Internship Program

Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation announces internship opportunities for college Juniors and Seniors in the state of Tennessee. I.       Public Policy (Must be an...

Major Crop Production Report Coming Soon

How big will the corn and soybean crops be? How small will wheat output be? We’ll have a better idea in a few days.

Governor Takes East TN Ag Tour

Some farmers in East Tennessee had the chance to see and speak with Gov. Bill Haslam recently as he and the Commissioner of Agriculture,...

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

This is an excellent chance to get new people involved with Farm Bureau! Select young farmers or those involved in agriculture from your county...

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.

Hands on Learning at its Finest

The Tennessee Junior Livestock Expos have been held recently, with banner entries and great shows.

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.

Something Special About Ag

The Tennessee Ag in the Classroom program gives teachers state standard aligned lessons to incorporate into their classrooms and this summer Vanderbilt University Ingram...

FSA County Committee Elections

The Farm Service Agency is encouraging ag producers to participate in the County Committee nomination process that has begun and runs through August 1st.

Teaching About Ag

This Summer while most teachers are taking some much-deserved time off, many decided to continue their education by taking part in the National Ag...

Slugging Away

Not always a popular subject to talk about, and for sure this year, West Tennessee farmers wish they weren’t, but unfortunately lots of slug...

Getting a Head Start

This Summer while most teenagers are taking time away from school, there are about 30 high schoolers from all across the state taking part...