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Yearly Archives: 2017

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.

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...

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.

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...

WOTUS Public Comment Period Extended

Farm Bureau is urging farmers and ranchers to submit comments to EPA in support of ditching the flawed 2015 WOTUS rule once and for...

Earning the Farmers Trust

The mission of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance is to earn trust in farmers from consumers.

The Secret Comes Out

The MTSU Creamery went on line officially this week and that means for the first time in nearly 50 years, they will have bottled...

Down to the Final Four

There are now four finalist being interviewed for the job of Dean of the University of Tennessee Extension.

Keeping Weekly Watch on Crops

As the growing season gets going in earnest, there’s more interest in USDA’s effort to bring a weekly crop progress report every Monday.

Teaching Teachers

Getting today’s students to understand where their food comes is the mission of the National Ag in the Classroom Organization.

Grassroots Advocacy Key to Success of Critical Tax, Regulatory Reforms

The American Farm Bureau Federation says farmers and ranchers need to talk with lawmakers to ensure they understand the importance of regulatory and tax...

Talk the Talk

In today’s world of social media, engaging with everyone, not just those already in your circle, can be difficult. But one company has been...

TN Agriculture: Feeding the Hungry

Most of us are blessed in knowing where our food comes from, so it makes sense that we help those who are hungry be fed...

Representing All Ag

American Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall travled throughout the Volunteer State recently to visit with farmers and industry leaders to learn more about how...

All About the Farmer

Catherine Gunsbury is Director of Sustainability and Transparency at General Mills and she recently spoke to Farm Bureau communicators from across the country where...

National Leadership Forum

Each year at Harding University in Searcy, AK young leaders from across the country gather for a week-long leadership forum and Tennessee had 50...

4-H Grows True Leaders

What began as a way to give rural youth new agricultural skills has grown into Tennessee’s larges youth development organization.

Ag in the Classroom

With people today so far removed from the farm, teaching our students where their food comes from is more important than ever.

Get More With Milk

Celebrating all things dairy for the month of June.  That’s what several Tennessee 4-Hers will be working on this month across the state as...

Industry Appreciation

Tennessee Livestock Producers is a livestock marketing company that’s been around for nearly a century and recently they held their Industry Partner Day at...

Feeding the Hungry

For 30 years its been a mission and her passion to help feed hungry Tennesseans.

Farm Bureau Confident Congress will Fully Fund Agriculture

The American Farm Bureau Federation expressed confidence agriculture lawmakers will stand up to proposed budget cuts by President Donald Trump.

Saluting Those Who Served

As we celebrate Memorial Day and its meaning, we hear from Tennessee veterans who have returned back to farm after their service to the...

Time for more Beef on the Grill

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to Summer and that means grilling season is here.

Renegotiating NAFTA

The American Farm Bureau Federation is looking forward to the renegotiation of NAFTA.

Ambassador for 4-H

Tennessee is blessed to have not only the largest 4-H Club program in the nation, but one of, if not the best in the...


The prospects for the school of Agribusiness and Agriscience at Middle Tennessee State University continue to improve.

Living to Serve

Allie Jo Shankle, from Henry County High School, and Ahmon Watkins, from Oakland High School, were recently elected as Tennessee FFA State Officers.

Preparing For The Future

Erin Bacon, senior at Jefferson County High School, won Tennessee FFA’s State Prepared Public Speaking Contest and will move on to represent Tennessee at...

Farm To School

Third graders in one of the fastest growing cities in the south had their best field trip of the year to the farm.

Rural Access Closer

The Broadband Accessibility Act is now law in Tennessee as Gov. Bill Haslam signed the legislation that will start to address the lack of...

UAV Technology for Wildfires

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture took part in a UAV demonstration to see how they could help with wildfires.

Beef Exports Return to China

The news coming that after 13 years China will once again allow the import of US beef has had a positive reaction with cattle...

A Snapshot of Current Farm Economy

Farm prices are most noticed, yet there are other indicators to consider when it comes to the current economic health of farmers and ranchers.

Rural Representation

The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly has concluded and we hear from rural lawmakers and how important it is to represent...

Planting Pushes On

Row crop farmers throughout Tennessee are, at least for the moment, enjoying the drier conditions, but as always this time of year are dealing...

Counting on Ag

One of the most important surveys for farmers is the Census of Agriculture that comes out every five years.

Slight Increase Expected for Farm Income

Commodity prices may have hit bottom during 2016, but an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation says that doesn’t mean major price moves...

Clarifying Ag in Property Tax Laws

The Tennessee General Assembly has passed legislation that clarifies a consistent and legal definition of “farm property” and agriculture for property assessment purposes.

School Lunch Changes Coming

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is making some significant changes to what our kids will be eating at school next year.

Value Added Beef

A beef producer expanding into value-added production and marketing opportunities may have some challenges starting out.

Backing Our Farmers

Long-time State Senator Rusty Crowe says he depends on his farmers in the state’s 3rd District, which covers Washington, Unicoi, and Carter Counties, to...

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

New FFA Leadership

At the close of the 89th Tennessee FFA Convention, 8 new state officers were selected and installed for 2017-2018.

Tennessee FFA Convention

Lots of hard work and dedication paying off for FFA members in Gatlinburg at their 89th annual convention as several of the top awards...

Tennessee FFA Convention

Around 3000 FFA members and guests are in Gatlinburg for their 89th annual convention.  This is the first trip for Jason Smith, a member...

Blue Jackets Invade Gatlinburg

This week over 3000 FFA members and guests are once again back in Gatlinburg for their annual convention, something the residents and business owners...

Confirmation Hearing for Sonny Perdue

It’s taken some time, but finally former Georgia Governor and farmer Sonny Perdue was in front of Senate members of the Agriculture Committee for...

A Break with the Bureau

This about 400 Farm Bureau leaders from all across the state were on Capitol hill in Nashville to meet with state lawmakers on priority...

Tennessee 4-H Congress

A unique experience for Tennessee 4-H’ers this week at the state capitol in Nashville for their 70th annual 4-H Congress.

Poultry Producers Urged to Step-up Biosecurity

In light of recent avian influenza outbreaks here in Tennessee, animal health officials are urging poultry producers to beef up biosecurity.

Second HPAI Case Detected in Lincoln County

State and federal officials say on Tuesday samples were tested and have been confirmed showing a second case of highly pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza...

Dealing with the Hard Freeze

Tennessee farmers are very concerned over the past two days hard freezes on crops like strawberries and peaches.

Ag Day on the Hill

Tennessee’s Legislative Plaza in Nashville was transformed into all things about agriculture as hundreds of farmers and industry representatives put on a showcase of...

Ag Day Celebrations

Today is Ag Day on the Hill as a celebration of Tennessee’s agricultural industry is being held at the state capitol to showcase to...

Disease Mutations Hard to Track and Control

It would be a lot easier to protect people and poultry from flu viruses if those viruses weren’t changing all the time.

Low Path Avian Influenza Detected in Giles Co.

State officials have now confirmed low pathogenic avian influenza in a broiler breeder flock in Giles County.

Ag Support from DC

Farm leaders from across the state recently attended the American Farm Bureau’s Advocacy Conference in Washington to learn more about the issues affecting our...

The Impact from Bird Flu Hits Tenn. Poultry

State officials addressed the media after the first ever case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was detected in a broiler breeder house in...

Improving our Roads and Bridges

For farmers and ranchers across Tennessee perhaps nothings more important than good, safe roads for their families and also their jobs.

Advocating for Ag

Farmers from Tennessee and across the country recently let their voices be heard during the American Farm Bureau’s Advocacy Conference in the nation’s capitol.