Yearly Archives: 2019

What Tennessee Farm Bureau Members Should Consider Regarding Dean Foods Bankruptcy

Southern Foods Group, LLC d/b/a Dean Foods (“Dean Foods”) has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District...

Farmer Veterans Throughout Tennessee

A lot of celebrations the past few days for our veterans and rightfully so.  According to the Census of Agriculture there are more than...

Dean Foods Company Initiates Voluntary Reorganization with New Financial Support from...

DALLAS, Nov. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) (“Dean Foods” or the “Company”) today announcedthat it and substantially all of its...

The Most Affordable Food on the Planet

New research shows U.S. consumers spend less on groceries than any other nation.

More Than Just Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, an extremely important day to remember those that have served and are serving.  But its also the birthday of one...

Tennessee Pork Producers Association Hosts Annual Activities

All Tennessee pork producers who pay into the Pork Checkoff are stakeholders in the TN Pork Producers Association and are encouraged to attend the...

A Great Harvest Winding Down

So far, this harvest season has been one of the best for many Tennessee row crop farmers. Crop Progress and Condition

Congressman Phil Roe Receives Friend of Farm Bureau Award

County Farm Bureau leaders recently gathered from all corners of the 1st Congressional District to show appreciation to Congressman Phil Roe for his dedicated...

A Panel Perspective of the Farm Economy

A panel of economic experts recently offered their thoughts on the current farm economy, and some trends going forward.

A Friend of Farm Bureau

Congressman Dr. Phil Roe of the 1st District of Tennessee recently met with Farm Bureau leaders to discuss issues important to the farm community.

High Cotton For Sure

Tennessee cotton farmers are enjoying this year's harvest, many saying its one of their best crops.

Blue Jackets Travel to Indy

It's that time of year, a time when FFA blue corduroy jackets flood the streets of Indianapolis, Indiana for National FFA Convention.

Still Picking Up the Pieces

Storms that ripped through several West Tennessee counties this past week left a lot to clean up, especially to the rural areas.

Memories of Melissa

We are collecting memories, stories and photos of Melissa Rose Burniston Bratton to create a storybook to share with her children when they are older.

USDA Hemp Rule Gets More Clarification

The Agriculture Department has just released details of a long-awaited regulatory process to guide states in the production and transportation of industrial hemp.

Saying Good-bye to Melissa Burniston Bratton

Melissa Rose Burniston Bratton, 35, of Columbia, passed away on October 27, 2019, after a very short but valiant battle with an aggressive brain...

AFBF Applauds Bill Addressing Rural Stress

New legislation in the Senate addresses mental health and stress stemming from the farm economy. Micheal Clements has more.

Addressing the Federal Milk Marketing Order

In January of this year, voting delegates at the American Farm Bureau Convention recommended the organization convene a Farm Bureau and producer-led coalition to...

From High School to College

When you hear about 4-H or FFA, you typically relate both organizations to students in either elementary, middle or high school, but students from...

A Nuisance to Farmers

Recently an educational and evaluation session on black vulture sub-permits was held where local farmers gathered to learn more about their options when dealing...

Swine Fever Reshaping the Global Pork Industry

The African swine fever outbreak in China means the nation must import more pork to keep up with demand.

Montgomery County’s Jason and Julie Head Named Excellence in Agriculture Winners

Columbia, TN October 15, 2019 – During the Young Farmers and Ranchers Fall Tour, Montgomery County’s Jason and Julie Head were named the state...

59th State Land Judging Contest

The 59th Annual State Land Judging competition was held this week in Oak Ridge as 4-H and FFA teams were competing for top honors...

ReConnecting Economic Opportunities for Rural Tennessee

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was back in the Volunteer State to announce the first grant recipients under USDA's Reconnect Pilot Program for expanding...

USDA Invests $2.85 Million in Rural Broadband for Tennessee Families

(Halls, TN, Oct. 18, 2019) – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $2,856,167 in...

Focus on Sustainability

Farmers are some of the biggest advocates for sustainability. American Farm Bureau's Micheal Clements has more.

Representing the Volunteer State

Jerry Ray of Moore County recently traveled to Moultrie, Georgia for the Sunbelt Ag Expo as the 30th Tennessee Swisher Sweets Southeastern Farmer of...

Getting the Story Right

Members of the Tennessee Farm Bureau's Ag In the Classroom Advisory Council met to hear how the program is working to share the story...

The Push for More Trade

With the hopes of a soon signed trade agreement with China, there's a continued push for Congress to pass the bipartisan-supported trade deal with...

An Even Bigger China Trade Deal for Ag

President Trump and U.S. farmers are excited to hear the news of positive negotiations towards trade with China.

TFBF Statement on U.S. and China Trade

Columbia, TN. October 11, 2019 – The following may be attributed to Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken: “We are excited to hear President Trump’s...

Celebrating National 4-H Week

4-H students and alumni across the country are celebrating an organization which has influenced many, including Tennessee State 4-H Council President Laura Grace Jenkins.

Excelling in Agriculture

Jason and Julie Head of Montgomery County were recently selected as this year's Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Winners.

Support for Trade and our Farms

Vice President Mike Pence and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue were in Tennessee to promote the US Canada Mexico Trade Agreement.

Davidson County farm hosts U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

October 8, 2019, Nashville, TN - United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently held a townhall event on a Tennessee farm to...

Vice President Mike Pence Visits Tennessee Encouraging Passage of USMCA

Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken joined Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Governor Bill Lee today at the...

2019 YF&R Fall Tour

New State Vet Ready to Protect and Promote Animal Agriculture

Dr. Samantha Beaty has been preparing for her new role as Tennessee State Veterinarian since growing up in Fentress County. TDA Names Dr. Samantha Beaty...

Dry Conditions, Fire Threat Linger

The continued dry conditions are causing an increase in the number of fires being reported across the state as state officials urge extreme caution. Burn...

Time to Celebrate Porktober

Did you know that October is Pork Month? The entire month of October, Tennessee Pork Producers will be celebrating Porktober by educating consumers, with...

AFBF Applauds U.S. – Japan Agreement

Last week's announcement of the United States - Japan trade agreement is a positive step for agriculture. Michael Clements has more.

Shooting Hunger

Farm industry partners recently came together for their 5th annual Shooting Hunger event at the Nashville Gun Club that helps raise money and awareness...

Urban FFA Chapters Making a Difference

The Future Farmers of America has been around and an important part of vocational education in our high schools for nearly 100 years, and...

Favorite Field Trip of the Year

Every year Jefferson County holds their annual Farm Day where more than 500 students attend to learn more about where their food comes from.

Finally a Little Rain, But Still Extremely Dry

While some areas of the state finally got some rain, its still critically dry throughout Tennessee, and its been hard on cattle producers.

Fighting Drug Addiction is a Farm Safety Priority

When it comes to maintaining farm safety, one priority is fighting drug addiction.

Driving Rural Prosperity

USDA's Rural Development is helping to build a youth center in Meigs County through a substantial grant from the Community Facilities Direct Loan program. USDA...

Burn Permits Required Early this Year

With hot and dry weather leading into our fall fire season, Tennessee’s State Forester is requiring a burn permit for all open-air outdoor fires...

Southern 4-H’ers Making the Best Better

Close to 400 4-H'ers have recently attended the 15th Annual Southern Region Teen Leadership Conference at the Clyde York 4-H Center in Crossville.

One of Our Most Dangerous Occupations

This week is National Farm Safety and Health Week, where folks across the country are bringing awareness to some of the dangers of farming....

Farm Safety at Harvest and Year Round

This time of year throughout Tennessee a lot of extra traffic on our roadways should rmeind us all about safe driving practices.

Harvest on Go

Tennessee row crop farmers are taking advantage of the dry weather and getting their crops harvested, especially corn, soybeans, and even a little cotton.

WOTUS Repeal a Win for Farmers

The American Farm Bureau Federation says repealing the 2015 WOTUS rule is a victory for clean water and clear rules.

National Farm Safety & Health Week

Shift Farm Safety into High Gear...each year since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week....

A Lot of Pull

During the Tennessee State Fair, state lawmakers participate with Nashville television personalities in the annual Cow Milking contest.

All About the Farm at the Fair

At the State Fair and Tennessee Valley Fair, over 2000 elementary kids got to experience the farm up close as they had field days...

Farm Bureau: A Victory for Clean Water and Clear Rules

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “Farmers and ranchers share the goal of ensuring clean water, but the...

The State Fair’s Future

Election day for the Mayor of Nashville and both candidates showed their support of the ag industry at a forum during the annual FFA...

An East Tennessee Hamburger Grill-Off

At the kickoff of the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville, Meteorologist  Cassie Nall and Todd Howell of WBIR TV took the honors of Best...

What a Ham!

The Tennessee FFA Country Ham breakfast was another big success this week at the Tennessee State Fair.

A Place to Turn

Farmers have had it tough over the last several years and the Farm Service Agency is a place they can turn to for information,...

Urban FFA Chapters Making a Difference

The Oakland High School FFA Chapter in Murfreesboro is one of many chapters with a predominantly urban setting.

Improving Trade Agreements Vital for Farmers

The recently announced U.S.-Japan trade deal and the potential for USMCA passage before the end of the year are bright spots on the agricultural...

County Farm Bureaus talk issues with Congressman Scott DesJarlais

County Farm Bureau leaders from all corners of the 4th Congressional District met to show appreciation to Congressman Scott DesJarlais for his dedicated service...

Voices Heard

Tennessee congressman Dr. Scott DesJarlais has been traveling the 4th District over the Augus recess and he recently took time to meet with nearly...

Popularity Growing for Cell Culture

Like it or not, cell-cultured meat is here to stay, at least say those like Julie Anna Potts, CEO of the North American Meat...

A Crisis for Critical Care

There's no doubt rural areas of Tennessee are taking a blow with the closure of local hospitals. TFBF Rural Healthcare Policy bulletin Tennessean story on rural...

The ‘Polar Coaster’ is Coming

We still have some three weeks of Summer left but many of us have already felt a hint of Fall in the air.  But...

Be a Visual Thinker

World-renowned animal care specialist Temple Grandin was in Tennessee recently and she spoke to a full crowd in Cookeville for Tennessee Tech University.