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Yearly Archives: 2019

Decades of Service

After nearly seven decades of service, two of Tennessee Farm Bureau's staff members are retiring.

New Hope for Farmers and Trade

Tennessee's 4th District Congressman Scott DesJarlais says he was proud to finally get something approved in Washington that had bipartisan support.

Preparing for the Future

Scott Caine of Aimpoint Research recently spoke to Tennessee Farm Bureau members about what the company is researching in terms of how farmers can...

Spending Package Includes Farm Provisions

The spending package agreement sent through Congress provides farmers stability for fiscal year 2020.

A Rural Christmas

Friends and families are gathering together in this Christmas time to give thanks for the reason for the season.

TFBF Applauds House Passage of USMCA

Columbia, TN. December 19, 2019 – The following may be attributed to Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken: “We are thankful for the bipartisan passage...

TFBF Recognizes Five Individuals with the Distinguished Service Award

During the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation’s 98th annual convention at Franklin’s Cool Springs Marriott, five individuals were recognized for going above and beyond in...

Lead USDA Attorney from a Tenn. Farm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's head attorney is Obion County's own, Stephen Vaden.

Leading the Way

Farm Bureau leaders from across the state held their annual meeting in Franklin recently where they discussed issues affecting our most important industry.

Farmers Hopeful for an Early Christmas Present

A lot of hope is in the air around the country that Congress will Finally get to a vote on USMCA.

Tennessee Farm Bureau Celebrates 98th Annual Convention

More than 1,500 farmers from across the state gathered in Franklin December 7-10 for the purpose of developing policy for 2020, electing leadership for...

Serving a 75 Year Strong Organization

Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers gathered at their Annual Convention to celebrate 75 years of involvement and strength.

Supporting Our Most Important Industry

Since being inaugurated almost a year ago, Governor Bill Lee has had our farmers in mind.

The Strong Voice of Agriculture

Farmers statewide are taking part in the Tennessee Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting in Franklin this week, hearing information about the successes the organization has...

Farm Bureau Leaders Gathered in Franklin

About 1500 Farm Bureau leaders are gathered in Franklin this week for their 98th annual meeting of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. Tennessee Farm Bureau...

More U.S. Beef, Ag Products Headed To Japan

Jennifer Houston, Tennessee cattle producer and president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, talks about the new trade agreement between the U.S. and Japan...

Farm Fibers Sustaining All of Us

Genera in Vonore, TN is continuing its focus of utilizing products grown locally and producing renewable solutions that are helping to benefit rural communities...

H-2A Farm Labor on the Rise

The number of H-2A farm labor positions reached record highs this year, and wages paid under the program will increase again in 2020. 2019 H-2A...

Sowing Hope, Reaping Cures

Recently at the Discovery Park of America in Obion County, over 250 farmers, supporters and agribusinesses attended the first annual AgriBall to help fight...

New Trade Forecast

If you are a farmer looking for something to be excited about, the USDA's new export forecast might help.

Small Business Saturday

Everywhere you turn its Black Friday, but we should all remember as well Small Business Saturday.

Thanksgiving on the Farm

Farm families and friends all across our great state will be enjoying their time around the table today or whenever they're able to gather...

Preserving Farm Families’ Livelihood

A new bill just introduced in the House of Representatives will help ease a tax burden on family farms. American Farm Bureau's Micheal Clements...

Getting that Turkey Ready

If you are getting a frozen turkey ready for Thanksgiving, here are some thawing tips that can save time and make things safe.

A Thankful Season

The harvest season is quickly wrapping up for many farmers and Thanksgiving is time to reflect on how thankful they are for another crop...

A Very Affordable Thanksgiving Meal

The American Farm Bureau's Thanksgiving Meal for ten survey shows only a one cent increase.

Find the Holiday Spirit at Tennessee Christmas Tree Farms

NASHVILLE –There is nothing quite like going to the farm to pick out the perfect Christmas tree, but that’s not all you will find...

Investing in the Future

Farm Credit Mid-America and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville have partnered up to create the Farm Credit Scholars program for college students on...

Second Round of MFP Payments Coming

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the second round of Market Facilitation Program payments will begin for farmers nationwide this week. USDA News Release

Celebrating Tennessee Ag Literacy Week

Tennessee agriculture industry leaders have established Tennessee Agricultural Literacy Week as November 17-23, 2019. Tennessee Ag Literacy Week focuses on connecting volunteers from the agricultural...

Literacy for Our Most Important Industry

This week is designated as Tennessee Ag Literacy Week.  The premise is to get volunteers, and in many cases, farmers, to visit their local...

Looking for Answers

Another blow to the state's dairy farms as Dean Foods announced they are filing for bankruptcy, which effects at least 77 dairy farms here...

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...

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

2020 STEM Workshops for Middle School Teachers

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

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...

Garden Grant Program

The Tennessee Farm Bureau wants to help teachers present agriculture curriculum to our state's students. We invite you to apply for the grants and...

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...

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...