Yearly Archives: 2017

TN Young Leaders Conference a Success

The Tennessee Council of Cooperatives recently held their annual Young Leaders Conference and Drew McClanahan from Humphreys County was a first time attendee.

Ditching the Waters of the U.S.

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall was able to witness President Trump to eliminate the Waters of the U.S. rule.

Addressing Young Leaders

Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell was a keynote speaker recently at the Tennessee Council of Co-ops Young Leaders Conference held in Franklin.

New Report on the Farm Sector Through 2026

What are the prospects for the farm sector over the next ten years? USDA has a new report to try and answer that question

Young Leaders Gather In Franklin

This weekend hundreds of young farmers and rural cooperative representatives from across the state are gathering for their annual Tennessee Young Leaders conference.

Farms, Land in Farms Downward Trend

It seems every year the number of farms and the total acreage for farms continues trending down.  And the latest USDA survey shows 2016...

UT Ag Renaissance

Dr. Tim Cross, Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, gave an update to lawmakers on the Land Grant’s progress and budget...

Transformation for Agricenter

Agricenter International, just outside of Memphis, is one of the state’s best kept secrets, but numbers and interest are growing.

Budget for Our Most Important Industry

Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton presenting his budget this week to the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

The Love for Bacon

It’s Valentine’s Day, and thoughts turn to love … and bacon.

Still Our Number One Industry

Rep. Curtis Halford is chairing once again the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee during the 110th Tennessee General Assembly.

Animal Ag Alliance

Kay Johnson Smith of the Animal Agriculture Alliance says the organization will have to step up and be more proactive to protect our farmers...

Ag, Wildlife Partnership Growing Stronger

TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter believes the partnership between the agency and farmers across the state is stronger than ever.

All About the Beef

Smith County’s Steve Anderson is now the president of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and there’s no doubt he’s qualified.

Music City Beef Connection

New NCBA President Craig Uden of Nebraska says record crowd attends cattle industry convention and trade show in Nashville.

Farm Bureau Supports Supreme Court Nominee

Picking a Supreme Court Justice is one of the most important decisions the President and Congress can name and approve. President Trump’s nominee of...

Super Food Day

For many of us, Super Bowl Sunday is a big deal, with lots and lots of food. But too often many folks end up...

Fat Making Its Comeback

American consumers increasingly choose products with dairy fat. USDA’s Stephanie Ho has the story.

Ag Stars

For the past 16 years, young adults in West Tennessee have been taking part in what is referred to as Ag Star.

Ready for Service

Tennessee’s LT. Governor and Speaker of the Senate Randy McNally is now presiding over the 110th Tenn. General Assembly.

Getting Served

Gov. Bill Haslam as announced the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act as part of his legislative package he will send to the Tenn. General Assembly.

Farm Bureau Continues Push to End Death Tax

Farmers and ranchers here in Tennessee and across the country have been urging Congress to put an end to the Death Tax.

Water Usage and Conservation on the Farm

New water management survey going out from UT Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics to about 5000 row crop producers in middle and west Tennessee.

Learning soft skills with 4-H and NASA

A new program sponsored by NASA and 4-H combines STEM based education and life skill development, whether on Earth or in space.

Growing Bio Plastics

Knoxville-based start-up company, Grow Bio Plastics didn’t win the Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge this year, but it was a great opportunity to show...

AFBF Sets Path for Farm Bill Recommendations

Now with President Trump and Congress in place, Farm Bureau leaders will be pushing the debate for what needs to be included in a...

Trump Completes Cabinet with Perdue

Positive reactions from the farm community over the selection of Sonny Perdue to be the next Secretary of Agriculture.

Advocating Ag through Music Videos

The Peterson Farm Brothers of Kansas have been a shot in the arm for bringing attention to agriculture through their popular youtube videos.

Challenges for Row Crop Farmers

Dr. Pat Westhoff, Director of the Food and Ag Policy Research Instititute at the University of Missouri, gave a not so encouraging outlook for...

Engaging Consumers

During a break-out session at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting, farmers learned how to better engage consumers to share the ag story.

Ditch the Rule for Good

Farm leaders attending the American Farm Bureau annual meeting are calling on Congress and the new Trump Administration to put an end to EPA’s...

Farm Leaders Proud of Farm Bureau

Farm Bureau leaders attending the American Farm Bureau annual meeting talk about why they are Farm Bureau Proud.  

Setting Policy for Farmers

Farmers from across the country have finished their business session at the American Farm Bureau Convention in Phoenix.

Tennessee Young Farmers Shine

Young farmer Matt Niswander of Lawrence County was named the winner of the American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rqancher Discussion Meet during the...

98th American Farm Bureau Convention

The American Farm Bureau 98th Annual Meeting is underway in Phoenix, AZ and quite a crowd of farm leaders from Tennessee joining the estimated...

Cold Cattle

We all know its cold and many of us take extra precautions with our pets, and that’s not says farmers don’t do anything for...

Survey Says

When it comes to taking surveys, many of us are reluctant, but we all want to know the results.  That’s why it’s important for...

What Farmers will Plant in 2017

Just barely into the new year and farmers and analysts are already looking ahead to figure out possible plans for spring planting.

Major Ag Policy Discussions Coming in 2017

The American Farm Bureau Federation anticipates major agricultural policy discussions in 2017. Micheal Clements has more.

U.S. Ag Export Value Could Rise in 2017

Will an even stronger dollar pull the value of U.S. agricultural exports down in 2017? USDA’S Gary Crawford has the story.