Yearly Archives: 2018

The Weather Challenge

It seems every year we have a different weather pattern moving across our farms and this year, again, no different.

Kicking Off Our Policy Development Meetings

Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization where our members direct our policy, and one way we are able to do this is through our...

Cover Crops to be Covered at Milan No-Till Field Day

MILAN, Tenn. - Incorporating cover crops in a no-till farming system will be a theme of the 30th Milan No-Till Field Day. A total...

All About the Beef

Hundreds of Tennessee 4-H and FFA members have converged on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University for the Tennessee Junior Livestock Beef Expo.

Dairy Farms Against the Wall

Dairy farmers like 4th generation producer Clint Jewell are battling through some tough times on the farm.

Superbowl for Agriculture Teachers

800 Career and Technical Education teachers have gathered in Nashville for their annual Institute for CTE Educators. This is the first conference of the...

Farming Forever

Farming land for food has been part of life for as long as any of us can remember. Farming provides us with food, clothing...

Getting More for Our Corn

All across Tennessee, corn farmers have been benefiting from scattered rain showers and they also hope to benefit later this summer from a vote...

Tennessee Jr. Sheep Expo

Hundreds of 4-H and FFA members are showing off their skills and sheep at the Tennessee Jr Livestock Expo Sheep events in Cookeville.

Tobacco’s Hope for the Future

If we flashback to April of this year, we remember an announcement from Alliance One on their decision to not purchase some 5,000 acres...

4th of July Picnic Tips

When we cook outside for the Fourth of July, what are the biggest mistakes many of us make? USDA's Gary Crawford has the story.

Gubernatorial Video Shares Key Positions on Ag Issues

This video focuses on the the six major candidates, especially their positions on key agriculture issues, their thoughts and philosophies regarding agriculture and provides...

Renewable Energy Opportunity for Farmers

The Southeast Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council has teamed up with Ensave to offer free renewable energy assessments to Tennessee farmers and rural...

TN Farm Bureau Applauds Senate Passage of Farm Bill

With the recent passage by the Senate of the Farm Bill, the legislation moves closer to the finish line. AFBF's Michael Clements has the...

Utilizing New Technology

As everyone in society continues to embrace technology to stay up-to-date on all the latest information and trends, farmers are doing the same.

It’s Fair Time in Tennessee

As July approaches, so does fair season. This means your county fairgrounds will be hosting their annual fair, which includes a host of activities...

Prices Down. Positive Outlooks.

U.S. agriculture's financial health is dependent on exports. As a country, we export 50% of major crops, 70% of fruit and 25% of pork....

Free Renewable Energy Assessments for Tennessee farmers and businesses in rural...

      Interested in exploring renewable energy but unsure how to start? Have a project in mind but want a third-party opinion? If so, make sure...

A Fresh Look at GMOs

A Fresh Look is a farmer founded campaign made up of farmers across the U.S. who want to help answer the questions and concerns...

Learning in the Summer

The Tennessee Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences hosted at the University of Tennessee at Martin is half-way through their 2018 summer term.

UT Institute of Agriculture Announces New Herbert College of Agriculture

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  – The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees formally announced today the new Herbert College of Agriculture, named for distinguished alumni Jim...

4-H Ambassador Tour

The Tennessee 4-H Ambassador's stop by Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Headquarters to discuss what is going on within their organization during their Ambassador Tour.

House Passes Farm Bill

The House reconsidered and then proceeded to narrowly pass their Farm Bill with a vote of 213-211 Thursday afternoon.

Tennessee Farm Bureau Statement on House Passage of Farm Bill

Tennessee’s farmers appreciate the U.S. House of Representatives passing the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill plays an important role in ensuring Tennessee’s farmers can...

Melon Pride

Northern Middle Tennessee has gained a new cooperative strictly for melon farmers. Melon Pride Cooperative is made up of farmers from Robertson County and...

Field Day brings Producers and Residents Together

The 10th Annual Fruits of the Backyard Field Day was held at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.

Helping our Bees and Pollinators

This week we are celebrating National Pollinator Week. USDA's Gary Crawford has more.

Getting Closer to a New Farm Bill

There could be more movement this week in Congress for the nation's farm policy.

Steak & Potatoes Field Day Returns August 7

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — Everyone interested in Plateau-based agricultural enterprises is invited to attend the annual Steak and Potatoes Field Day sponsored by the University...

Tennessee to Celebrate National Forage Week

June 17-23 is designated as National Forage Week, and Governor Bill Haslam has signed a proclamation declaring that Tennessee will join the celebration. In...

4-H Fun at Academic Conference

While it may not sound like a lot of fun attending an academic conference in the Summer for Jr. High students, it was for...

Farm Bureau Buoyed by Senate Farm Bill Vote

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2018 – The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “Farmers and ranchers welcome today’s markup and passage...

2018 Wool Pool Pick-up Sites

Thursday June 14, 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST). Jefferson Farmer's Co-op Bulk Fertilizer Building 106 Highway 92 South Dandridge, TN 37725 East TN Wool Pool...

Ripe for Harvest

Farmers across Tennessee have been busy this Spring planting corn, cotton and soybeans.  They’re also now looking to harvest their winter wheat crop.

Lone Oaks Dream

Lone Oaks Farm is continuing to take shape into becoming a premier 4-H Conference Center.

Shooting Hunger

Hundreds show up in Carroll County for the 2nd Annual Shooting Hunger event to benefit hunger relief in Tennessee.

Preparing the Future

While most kids are out of school for the Summer break, there are some teachers already prepping for the return to the classroom by...

Raise a Glass During June Dairy Month

June is Dairy Month! Listen to our TN Home and Farm radio program as we help celebrate by raising a glass of milk and...

It’s Still Nature’s Most Perfect Food

Denise Jones of the Dairy Alliance says despite all the challenges the dairy industry is under, there’s still no denying the health benefits of...

Future Leader in the FFA

As National FFA Convention is approaching, Tennessee has selected their 2018 National FFA Officer Candidate.

Educating our Future

Teachers from across the state attended a training to learn new interactive ways to teach their students.

Working for that Goal

During the June Dairy Month Kickoff Luncheon former Tennessee Titan NFL football player George Wilson helped to inspire the Tennessee 4-H students attending with...

Celebrating and Promoting June Dairy Month

One of the largest June Dairy Day events in the southeast was just held at Battle Mountain Farm in Williamson County where about 200...

From the Farm to the White House

For the past year, Ray Starling has served President Donald Trump as his Special Assistant for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance at the White...

Still Hope for a Farm Bill

Farmers here in Tennessee and across the country are still hopeful Congress will consider and pass a Farm Bill.

We Must Never Forget

As we celebrate Memorial Day we must never forget those service men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Importance of House Ag Committee

Many people may not realize what the United States House Agriculture committee impacts, but their reach is far beyond policy.

WOTUS Rule Still a Threat

Even though WOTUS isn’t a hot topic right now, the threat isn’t gone, and action is still needed by many agricultural advocates to push...

Dairy Farmers Hear from Administrator

Recently the Tennessee and Kentucky Farm Bureau’s hosted a meeting in Knoxville for USDA dairy officials and farmers to address some of the industry...

Farm Bill Voted Down, Not Out

After multiple listening sessions and hearings across the country for the House Agriculture Committee, the full House voted down the Farm Bill.

TN Farm Bureau Disappointed on Farm Bill Vote

Today, the United States House of Representatives failed to approve H.R.2, better known as the Farm Bill, by a vote of 198-213. You can...

Rural Innovation Conference

Tennessee Tech University’s Center for Rural Innovation is hosting its first ever conference to really showcase what it can offer to the community and...

Businesses and Customers to Benefit from New State Metrology Lab

The Julius T. Johnson State Metrology Laboratory at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture officially opened today with a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication. Agriculture Commissioner...

No Farms, No Food, No Future

A new report from the American Farmland Trust shows alarming numbers on how much land is taken out of farm production because of development.

Billions Could Be Lost from China Soybean Tariff

While Tennessee farmers are busy planting more than a million acres of soybeans across the state this spring, many are wondering what might happen...

Dairy Farmers Form New Co-op

Recently several dairymen from southeastern states came together to form their own Appalachian Dairy Farmers Cooperative with Piedmont Milk sales to market their milk.

Working for His Farmers

Tennessee 8th District Congressman David Kustoff says all American’s and especially members of Congress need to understand the important contributions of our farmers and...

FFA Plant Sales a Great Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and a unique gift you may not have thought of will also help your local FFA chapter.

Favorite Field Trip of the Year

Learning all about farm life was the focus this week as more than 1100 elementary kids attended the annual Knox County Farm Day at...

Farmers Need Certainty From Trade Talks

Farmers and ranchers are looking for certainty in trade from talks on NAFTA and China. Micheal Clements has more.

Buy Locally Grown Flower and Vegetable Plants With Confidence

Are you a gardener gearing up for the growing season? Local farmers markets, on-farm greenhouses, and retail garden centers are filling with gorgeous flowers...

A Dwindling Buzz

Staggering loses have been reported by Tennessee beekeepers once again and this should concern everyone.

New, Exciting STEM Workshop Opportunity for Middle School Teachers

The Tennessee Foundation for AITC is hosting a 1-day Science Inservice for middle school teachers this May.

Looking for New Markets

Yes, trade disputes with China may hurt U.S. ag sales there, but there are many other potential markets to explore. Stephanie Ho has the...

Madison County Farmer Named Farmer of the Year

36 year-old Johnny Verrell of Madison County has been named Tennessee’s Farmer of the Year by the UT Extension Service and he will represent...

Contact Lawmakers Now to Support the Farm Bill

Now is the time to let legislators know how important the farm bill is to rural America.

Finally Good Planting Weather

Its been a long time coming but it looks as if the weather will cooperate for a while for Tennessee row crop farmers as...

Perdue Says Farm Bill Likely This Year

As Tennessee farmers continuing planting this year’s crops, many are hopefull Congress will continue moving the Farm Bill through to passage.

Ag Broadband Connectivity Bill Will Close Connectivity Gaps

The Senate Commerce Committee recently passed the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018, WHICH IS designed to deliver broadband service, crucial for operating today’s...

30 Years of Service

Rep. Steve McDaniel, a long-time member of the state House of Representatives is looking forward to going home at the conclusion of this legislative...

Helping Our Neighbors

While Oklahoma is several hundred miles away, they’re still a neighbor in need and 18 firefighters from the Volunteer State and the Tennessee Division...

UT Extension Names Madison County Farmer as Tennessee Farmer of the...

A third-generation farmer from Jackson who manages more than 5,000 acres of row crops has been named the Tennessee Farmer of the Year by...

Extension Vital to All

The University of Tenn. Extension Service is still the one place that farmers and all consumers can go in each county to the information...

TPP Talks Return

Speculation grows about a possible U.S. return to the Trans Pacific Partnership and what that may mean for the American ag sector.

Farm Bill Moves Ahead

The American Farm Bureau Federation says this week’s party-line vote on the farm bill is a standard practice for agriculture legislation.