Several states have passed legislation mandating the way food products which imitate traditional ag products are labeled. There was legislation drafted pertaining to the use of term “meat” on products plant based or produced in a lab, but no action was taken.
Retail meat sales present a unique and increasingly popular niche which livestock producers are filling. Farmers accessibility to these facilities is not always ideal with some driving over 100 miles one-way to deliver to their retail processor.
Some states have lemon laws pertaining to farm equipment and machinery not conforming to the express warranties offered by the manufacturer. There is interest in applying Tennessee’s lemon law on passenger motor vehicles to farm equipment and machinery.
State legislation filed in 2019 would have significantly raised the homestead exemption and included language pertaining to farm property. Homestead exemptions usually protect a certain amount of equity held in a home and the value varies state to state.
In the 2019 legislative session, legislation filed would set into motion the process of amending the State Constitution to prevent the state from collecting a state property tax on individuals.
The UT Board of Trustees recently voted to approve a resolution to unify the UTIA and UT Knoxville – this change was effective July 1. It is expected to raise the ranking of the new unified UTK in the National Science Foundation (NSF) rankings of research institutions.
Access to healthcare services is an important necessity, especially in times of emergency. Distance from emergency services can mean the difference between life and death. Across the country, there is a trend of rural hospitals closing because of financial pressures.
Tennessee allows handgun carry permit holders to store loaded firearms in vehicles no matter where they are parked. The discussion of “Constitutional Carry” could cause a collision of interests between property rights and second amendment rights.