Yearly Archives: 2018

New Leadership in the New Year

2019 will bring new leadership to many areas across the nation and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Board of Directors is no different.

American Farm Bureau President Reflects on 2018

While 2018 was a difficult year for the agricultural economy, it was a successful year for agricultural policy. American Farm Bureau's Chad Smith has...

Another Farmer Heads to Washington

8th generation farmer John Rose set to head to the nation's capitol to represent farmers and his other constituents from Tennessee's 6th District.

Will There be a Next Generation of Christmas Tree Farmers?

Christmas tree growers of today are worried that as they retire, there are no younger growers lined up to take over.

Christmas on the Farm

A special day for family and friends to celebrate the miracle of Christmas, especially on our farms across Tennessee.

Preparing to Lead

Tennessee's Governor-elect Bill Lee is preparing to take office in January as Tennessee's 50th governor as he takes his faith and support of agriculture...

Legacy of Commissioner of Ag Jai Templeton

Over the past two and a half years Jai Templeton has served as the Commissioner of Agriculture for Tennessee and he says it has...

Winter Production Meeting

Winter Production Meeting January 22, 2019: The Fayette and Hardeman County Extension Offices will be hosting a Winter Production meeting. This meeting will be held...

A Good Week for Farmers

While most of 2018 has been a challenge for farmers, USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue speaking this week in Lebanon had good news to share.

A New Clean Water Rule

Good news for farmers, homeowners and other business owners as the EPA and Army Corp of Engineers have presented a new Clean Water Rule...

A Good Day for Agriculture

Tennessee Farm Bureau hosted an event with Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to highlight the new Clean Water Rule...

A New Clean Water Rule

Good news for farmers, homeowners and other business owners as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corp of Engineers has brought forth a...

Hopeful Future for Farmers

During the 97th Annual Tennessee Farm Bureau Convention, attendees heard an analysis of the current state of farm economy from American Farm Bureau's Chief...

A Farm Bill for All

Despite down farm economy, farmers welcome passage of new farm bill.

Help for Rural America

USDA has teamed up with the Bureau of Justice Assistance to host a rural judges and sheriffs workshop to address opioid abuse in our...

TFBF Statement on Passage of Farm Bill

Columbia, TN. December 12, 2018 - The following may be attributed to Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken: “Today more than ever, our farmers and...

TN Corn Growers Approve Checkoff

Right at 64 percent of those voting in last month's ballot referendum supported a 1-cent per bushel corn checkoff for Tennessee corn.

Farm Bureau Applauds New Clean Water Rule Proposal Signed by EPA

State Farm Bureau presidents from across the nation attended an event today at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington to witness the signing...

Governor-Elect Bill Lee Announces Dr. Charlie Hatcher to Lead the Tennessee...

At the Tennessee Farm Bureau Annual Convention, Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee announced that Dr. Charlie Hatcher will join his cabinet to serve as Commissioner...

Truly Paying It Forward

One of the keynote speakers during the Tennessee Farm Bureau annual meeting recently was Tennessee native and successful businessman Donnie Smith.  The former CEO...

Final Push for 2018 Farm Bill

Lawmakers are poised to consider the 2018 Farm Bill next week, providing much needed certainty for agriculture. AFBF's Michael Clements has the story.

4-H and FFA Value Farm Bureau

Serving as the State 4-H Council Vice President, Caroline Brooks of Warren County had the chance to address attendees at the 97th Tennessee Farm...

TFBF Celebrates 97th Annual Convention

More than 1,500 farmers from across the state gathered in Franklin December 1-4 for the purpose of developing policy for 2019, electing leadership for...

High Praise for Farm Leaders

Gov. Bill Haslam gave a keynote address to Farm Bureau leaders as he prepares to leave office after two successful terms.

Gov. Haslam Praises Farm Bureau Leaders

Gov. Bill Haslam addressed delegates at the Tennessee Farm Bureau annual meeting in Franklin.

2018 TFBF Convention

New Leadership Taking Shape

Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee announced his choice for Commissioner of Agriculture during the Farm Bureau annual meeting in Franklin, State Veterinarian Dr. Charlie Hatcher.

Farmers Gather for the 97th Farm Bureau Convention

Farmers from all 95 counties are in Franklin this week for the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation's 97th annual meeting.

Announcing the UTIA Smith International Center

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Smith Center for International Sustainable Agriculture was officially launched Friday, November 16, on the UTIA campus. Established...

Reaching for the Finish Line on New Farm Bill

A framework for a 2018 Farm Bill has been agreed upon by House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders, but what is next in getting...

The Real Christmas Experience

If you're looking for a real Christmas tree for the holidays, there should be plenty to choose from across Tennessee from the Tennessee Christmas...

Working for the Family Tradition

Traci Middleton of Henry County is the 4th generation in her family's hardware lumber business, Middleton Lumber Company.

Beagle Brigade Protection

USDA and the livestock industry are among partners in efforts to keep foreign animal disease threats out of our borders, with strategies such as...

The Push for a Corn Checkoff

This week corn farmers in Tennessee will have the opportunity to vote for a corn checkoff.

Supporting Local Businesses

Debbie Ball, TDA's Agricultural Business Development Consultant for Pick Tennessee Products, advises consumers to use the Pick Tennessee Products website or the Pick Tennessee...

Thanksgiving on the Farm

Today all across the Volunteer State family and friends are gathering together to celebrate the blessings of the year and especially the bountiful harvest...

Agriculture Literacy

Last week Tennessee recognized Agriculture Literacy Week where several folks took time to visit local schools and read agriculturally themed books to students.

Thankful Farmers

One of the best holidays of the year for Tennessee farm families as they prepare to celebrate and enjoy Thanksgiving.

Harvest Still Lingers

This time of year at Thanksgiving, the past couple of years anyway, Tennessee row crop farmers had completed most of their harvest.  But no...

Kubota Gives to Young Farmers and Ranchers

Clint and Emily Workman of Obion County were named this year's 2nd place winners in the YF&R Achievement Award Contest.

Tennessee Farm Bureau Holds 97th Annual Meeting

More than 1,500 farmers from across the state will gather in Cool Springs December 1-4 for the purpose of developing policy for 2019, electing...

Meet Tennessee’s Newly Elected Officials

This video highlights senator-elect, Marsha Blackburn and governor-elect, Bill Lee's thoughts and philosophies regarding agriculture, and provides an excellent, nonpartisan opportunity to hear from...

A True Value for Thanksgiving Meal

The average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal for ten is down again according to the American Farm Bureau's 33rd annual survey.

Our Farms are Our Future

There's a reason the state seal of Tennessee has agriculture prominently displayed, it's our most important industry.

Farm Bureau Pushes for a New Farm Bill During Lame-Duck Session

Now that the 2018 elections are finished, the American Farm Bureau Federation is looking for a new farm bill to pass in the upcoming...

Still Working on Harvest

Another challenging year for Tennessee row crop producers as they battle Mother Nature to complete harvest of their fall crops.  It's ending much like...

Remembering Our Veterans

It is easy to lose sight of those heroes who have sacrificed years of their life, time with family and friends, and sometimes even...

Bringing the Farm to Davidson County

McGavock High School in Nashville is challenging the limitations of urban living and urban education.

The Election is Over…Now What?

It seems like all we have heard and seen for the last several months have been related to the election...well it is over, we...

Seeking the Rural Vote

Election day is finally upon us and many farm and rural residents will be casting their ballots in the race for governor and senate...

TFBF Statement on Elections

We are excited to begin working with all of the newly elected officials both in Tennessee and in Washington, D.C. Agriculture is unique in...

Rural Vote Matters

Down to the wire finally for the November elections and there's no doubt the rural vote will matter.

Ag in the Classroom Still Making an Impact

Tennessee's Ag in the Classroom program is vital to sharing our most important industry to those students off the farm.

The President, FFA and the Power of “Just One”

Every year the National FFA Organization invites the sitting president to bring remarks at the National FFA Convention and this year, President Trump accepted...

More Consumers Are Dining Out. What Does That Mean for Farmers?

Since 2010, U.S. consumers are spending more money dining out than for food prepared at home. AFBF’S Micheal Clements has the story.

President Will Speak to National FFA Convention

For the first time in 27 years a standing president will speak to the thousands of FFA members in attendance at the National FFA...

Livestock Haulers Seeking More Flexible Hours of Service Rules

Organizations representing livestock, bee, and fish haulers across the country are asking the Department of Transportation for more flexibility on Hours of Service requirements....

Tennessee Shines at National FFA Convention

The National FFA Convention is happening now in Indianapolis, Indiana with more than 65,000 expected in attendance, and Tennessee FFA has many students competing...

National FFA Star Finalist

National FFA Convention is happening this week, with more than 60,000 decending on Indianapolis, Indiana for leadership development, a career show and the chance...

A Legacy of Leadership

Willard Lacy Upchurch will always be remembered for his passion of faith, family and farming.  The former Tennessee Farm Bureau president passed away last...

Landowners & Producers With Generic Base Acres Your Commodity Program...

University of Tennessee Extension and partners are hosting 5 meetings to assist producers and landowners with finalizing their decisions regarding generic base acres and...

4-H and FFA Members Take on Land Judging

The State 4-H and FFA Land Judging Contest was held recently with a team rising to the top to be named state champions for...

Recovering from Michael

Farmers in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia have had quite a few weeks of weather disasters.  First, from hurricane Florence and now...

Focus on Rural Tennessee

Jim Tracy, the state director for Tennessee's Rural Development office of USDA, says the agency is continuing to provide grants and loans to help...

Farming the City

Agricenter International, located just outside of Memphis, is in the perfect location to share the important story of agriculture to some folks that don't...

Farm Credit Invests in the Future

The Farm Credit Scholars Program is a leadership investment program Farm Credit Mid-America created for students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Marshall County’s Doug and Julie Giles Named Excellence in Agriculture Winners

Columbia, TN October 11, 2018 - During the Young Farmers and Ranchers Fall Tour, Marshall County’s Doug and Julie Giles were named the state...

A Forum for Our Most Important Industry

Ag industry leaders attended Farm Credit Mid-America's Tennessee Agriculture Leadership Forum in Murfreesboro.