Yearly Archives: 2019

Holding on Tight

Today's Tennessee and American farmers are battling through some tough times in farm country, and the message that American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall...

Solar Farm Powers Research

You may not know it, but there is actually a solar farm with a Tennessee Welcome Center right smack in the middle of it...

2019 Presidents Conference

If you missed Tennessee Farm Bureau's Presidents Conference, check out the photo gallery to catch all of the action! From speakers like Tennessee Governor...

Distressed Counties Get Spotlight at Rural Opportunity Summitt

It is no secret that Governor Bill Lee is focused on making sure Tennessee, all of Tennessee, has a bright future.

New Chancellor on the Job

Dr. Donde Plowman has been appointed as the ninth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.   More on Chancellor Plowman

Anticipation Building for a Strong Crop

As Tennessee row crop farmers get set to begin harvest, the anticipation for a really good yield is coming into focus.

79th Tenn. Farm Bureau Presidents Conference

County Farm Bureau Presidents gather with other ag and political leaders to learn and discuss more about state's top industry.

Learning All Summer Long

Each summer, four students are chosen to spend the break from college with the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. Julia Knaggs, Makenzie Moorehead, Lindsey Parsley...

A Grassroots Effort

It's that time of year again - time when Farm Bureau members are gathering across the state at policy development meetings to discuss topics...

Protecting Our Farms for the Future

Sheldon Hightower is the State Conservationist in Tennessee for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Tennessee NRCS

New Opportunities for American Beef Exports

American beef producers get new opportunity to market product to the European Union.

AFBF Accepting Nominations for Farm Dog of the Year

Farmers are invited to submit nominations for the 2020 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest, brought to you by Purina. This is...

Farm Bureau Fighting to Close the Digital Divide

High-speed internet access is needed to improve the sustainability of rural America. Chad Smith has more.

Wrangler Rooted in Tennessee

Wrangler kicks off new Rooted Collection of jeans and tshirts from cotton grown and sewn in the US. Eugene Pugh from Halls in the...

Row Crop Farmers Hopeful for a Good Finish

This year's crop season has been a wet one without a doubt, but for the most part, that's been good news as corn and...

Blue Dog Support

Tennessee's 5th District Congressman Jim Cooper met with Farm Bureau leaders from Davidson, Dickson and Cheatham counties this week in Nashville to discuss issues...

FFA Travels to D.C.

Tennessee FFA state officers traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to spend time learning about leadership, agriculture and agricultural education.

Second Trade Mitigation Package for Agriculture Announced

The Agriculture Department Thursday released details of its latest trade mitigation package designed to help producers impacted by recent trade disruptions. Rod Bain and...

Rounding Up the Best

Close to 400 4-H'ers, volunteers and staff have been participating in the 96th annual Tennessee 4-H Round Up this week on the campus of...

2nd Place Honors

Congratulations to due to Andy and Terra Davis of White County, who went home as the 2nd place winner of the Achievement Award contest...

Clay County Couple Named Young Farmers of the Year

Nick and April Patterson of Clay County received the Tennessee Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award during the Young Farmers Summer Conference...

Guest Worker Proposal Positive for Agriculture

Farmers here in Tennessee and across the country that depend on migrant labor to help on their farms are encouraged by the new proposal...

Clay County’s Nick and April Patterson Win State Young Farmer Honors

Columbia, TN July 20, 2019 - Clay County young farmers Nick and April Patterson are Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement...

Ag Enhancement Program to Offer New Options for Farmers

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) is announcing new options and changes to better assist Tennessee farmers in diversifying, expanding, and improving...

YF&R Giving Back

When the 2019 TN YF&R Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee heard that King's Daughters' School in Maury County applied for a grant with...

Flood Waters Like Many Have Ever Seen

Along the Mississippi River counties in West Tennessee, farmers have been dealing with flood waters for several months now, actually since last fall.

A Farmer Leading the Wildlife Commission

Decatur County's Kurt Holbert is leading the 13-member Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission as chairman of the organization that oversees the Tennessee Wildlife Resources...

The FACCTs of Livestock Production

The Farm Animal Care Coaltion of Tennessee (FACCT) has named Julie Giles as its new Executive Director. FACCT Website

Expo Strong

Gov. Bill Lee recalls fond memories of showing cattle at Tennessee's Junior Livestock Expo and how he's proud families are still involved today.

The Thrill of Expo

Hundreds of Tennessee FFA and 4-H members are in Murfreesboro this week for the Tennessee Junior Livestock Beef Expo. UT Extension Animal Science Youth Programs

Hoping to Dry Out

For farmers here in Tennessee and across the country, the past several months have been anything but dry, so much so, that USDA has...

Tennessee Corn Promotion Council Names Executive Director

The Tennessee Corn Promotion Council (TCPC) has named Carol Reed of Martin, Tennessee as their Executive Director. TCPC works in cooperation with the Tennessee...

USDA Plans to Resurvey Planted Acres

The United States Department of Agriculture will resurvey farmers to provide a more accurate estimate of the current crop size and planted area. Micheal...

The Best Keep Getting Better

Members of the state 4-H Council are taking part in their Ambassador Tour this week, giving donors across the state an update on how...

FFA Members Promote Beef

Students from McMinn County FFA teamed up to promote beef in their local area. Learn more about beef promotion here.  Get more information about the Tennessee...

Public Notice by Tennessee Pork Producers Association and National Pork Board

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2020 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 2:15 p.m. (CST),...

Business Development a Top Priority for TDA

Tennessee Department of Agriculture's renamed Business Development Division is an effort to refocus and strengthen the state's overall ag economy. TDA's Business Development Division

The Challenges for Young Farmers

The future of our most important industry is definitely in the hands of our young farmers, but they have many challenges.

Happy 90th Birthday Camp Clements

This year marks the 90th consecutive year of FFA members enjoying the facilities and programs at Tennessee FFA Leadership Training Camp. Learn more about Camp...

NASS Shows More Corn, Cotton Less Soybeans Planted for Tenn.

RELEASED: June 28, 2019 Tennessee Corn Acreage Up From Last Year Soybeans planted in Tennessee were estimated at 1.50 million acres, down 200,000 acres from 2018....

Developing Our Future Leaders Today

By all accounts, the inaugural year for the Tennessee Leadership Summit at Tennessee Tech University has been a big success. Article from Upper Cumberland Business...

Counting on Corn

The Tennessee Corn Growers Association have named Carol Reed of Weakley County as their new Executive Director of the Tennessee Corn Promotion Council.

First Farm Ready for Tyson Birds

Joe Alexander of the Bradford Community is excited about the opportunity with Tyson Foods as he has the first of many chicken houses to...

Challenges from all the Wet Weather

There's no doubt it's has been a wet first half of 2019 for most Tennesseans and while farmers hate to complain about too much...

USDA Announces Details of Support Package for Farmers

Market Facilitation Program The following information pertaining to the rates being paid to farmers by the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) provided in this National Affairs...

Committed to Dairy

One of the toughest jobs out there is being a dairy farmer and Will Moss of Henry County hope they can continue. More info on...

Tennessee Farm Bureau Members in D.C. Sharing the Ag Message

View the photo gallery of Tennessee Farm Bureau members' visit to Washington D.C. to share agriculture's message.

USDA Relocating ERS & NIFA TO Kansas City Region

Two USDA research agencies are set to relocate to the country's heartland. USDA's Stephanie Ho has the story.

Taking in Summer Study

Thirty-four rising high school students from across the state are getting college credit and experience at the Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences at...

4-Hers on Rocky Top

Tennessee 4-H Academic Conference is summer learning in the best way.

Wheat Harvest Reaches Half-way Point

So far, so good.  Surprisingly, Tennessee farmers are seeing a pretty good winter wheat crop this Spring. Tennessee Winter Wheat.

Advocating for Dairy

June is Dairy Month and we have been celebrating all month long, but one unique way some dairy farmers celebrated was by going to...

Advocating for Our Most Important Industry

Getting your voice heard in Washington can be difficult, but a group of farm leaders from across Tennessee did just that recently during the...

Everywhere You Look, UT

The University of Tennessee has begun a new campaign titled "Everywhere you look, UT" and in West Tennessee's Weakley County, their message is on...

Feeding Hungry Tennesseans

Through efforts like Shooting Hunger, farm groups are helping to fight food insecurity here in Tennessee. Learn more how to help fight food insecurity in...

Stars Across Tennessee

For the 5th year the five Star winners of the year for the FFA have taken a tour across Tennessee to meet with industry...

Governor Goes to Governor School

The Tennessee Governor's School for the Agriculture Sciences has been going on for nearly a decade and for the first time, the Governor came...

Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee Names Executive Director

The Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) has named Julie Giles of Lewisburg as their new Executive Director. FACCT was established in 2011...

Celebrating National Fishing And Boating Week

National forests and grasslands provide excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation enthusiasts to go fishing and boating, especially during National Fishing and Boating Week. Rod...

Commodity Folks Gather in Memphis

This week Farm Bureau commodity staff members from around the Southeast will gather in Memphis, Tennessee to learn about issues facing the industry and...

Celebrating June Dairy Month

In Tennessee, we're spending the month of June promoting and consuming milk. To learn more about June Dairy Month, visit the Dairy Alliance.

June Dairy Month Kickoff

June is Dairy Month in Tennessee and it was kicked off at Battle Mountain Farm with a big crowd of industry leaders, 4-Hers and...

Aiken’s Response to UT’s Unification Plan

County Farm Bureau Presidents: Thanks to each of you who participated in our recent conference call with Interim UT System President Randy Boyd and UTIA...

Farm Bureau Welcomes Trade Aid, but Advocates for Trade Agreements

The American Farm Bureau Federation says the new trade aid package for farmers is needed, but wants to see trade agreements finalized to quickly...

TFBF President Aiken Sends Letter to President Trump

We appreciate the $16 billion in trade aid announced last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Although we certainly prefer free and open...

Improving Dairy Practices

Dairy is an important part of a well-balanced diet and Tennessee's agricultural economy, but as we know, dairies are currently struggling. Dr. Jeffery Bewley,...

Gearing Up for 4-H Camp

It’s summertime and for Tennessee 4-H students, that means it’s about time for summer 4-H camp. More info on 4-H and Summer Camps

Unofficial Start of Summer

Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember and honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice defending our country, and many friends and families celebrate...

Trade Package to Help Farmers Endure Trade War

USDA has announced a new trade mitigation package to help farmers, and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spoke about the package. View full statement from...

TFBF Statement on Trade Aid Plan

Columbia, TN. May 23, 2019 – The following may be attributed to Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken: "President Trump’s authorization for USDA to provide...

China Trade Tensions Negatively Impacting Farmers

American farmers are suffering from ongoing trade disputes between the U.S. and China. Chad Smith has more. View the full story here.

Ground Broken on a New Creamery

Jeffery and Elizabeth Turner of Wilson County are hoping their efforts to expand their dairy operation will soon pay off. Close to 100 friends,...

Shoring Up Our Trade Agreements at Home

The U.S. has reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico to remove the steel and aluminum tariffs, and Canada and Mexico will remove their...