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Yearly Archives: 2020

2020 Farm Profitability: A False Positive

USDA’s September 2020 farm income projections suggested net farm income would reach $103 billion this year, up 23% from the prior year and the highest level since 2013’s record high.

Helping to Improve Health Care for Rural Residents

Many rural residents don't have as much access to quality health care as those in urban areas, but that's starting to change.

Congress Working on Passing 2021 Spending Bills

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C.  are working towards an agreement on the 2021 spending package. Micheal Clements shares what the package may mean for farmers...

Farm Bureau Responds on the Behalf of Dairy Farmers 

Farm Bureau is standing-up for dairy farmers being targeted by predatory lawyers representing the estate of Dean Foods, which is currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings. Many Tennessee dairy...

Real Christmas Trees Going Fast

The family tradition of going out and choosing that special Christmas tree is something the pandemic can't take away.

Higher Inventory, Lower Placements

The latest Cattle on Feed Report shows a decline in placements and an increase in inventory.

2020 TFBF Convention

The upcoming Tennessee Farm Bureau Annual Meeting (Sunday and Monday, December 6 and 7 at the Franklin Cool Springs Marriott) is quickly approaching. Find a copy of the agenda here.

Paying It Forward

We've had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.

Remember to Shop Local

Morgan Flowers and her husband Brian of Flowers Creamery in Giles County are counting on the general public to find their new farm products...

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! In a year that has been quite less than normal, it feels good to celebrate what we're thankful for, doesn't it?

Still Thankful

This year has been hard on all of us, but farmers in Tennessee are resilient and are still finding lots to be thankful for...

Thankful for the Ag Industry

As we all take stock of the time we're in, especially this Thanksgiving season, we should all be grateful for the things we sometimes...

President Boyd Donates $200,000 to UT Extension

UT President Randy Boyd made it one of his goals to visit every UT Extension office in the state. Now his is extending that support by committing $200,000 from The Boyd Foundation to support program enhancements and facility or equipment needs.

Shopping Small Makes a Big Impact

Dedicated to supporting small businesses and communities across the country, Small Business Saturday is Nov. 28.

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner to Cost Less This Year

The annual Thanksgiving price survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows lower prices for a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year.

Burn Safe Tennessee

Tennessee Division of Forestry officials remind us this time of year just how dangerous wildfires can be.

Farm Bureau Survey: Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Down 4%

Thanksgiving celebrations will look different for many Americans this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gatherings are likely to be fewer and farther between,...

H2-A Stability for Farmers

New data released by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows a recent final rule regarding H-2A wages gives farmers and farm laborers much needed...

Time for Another Vote

Voting is underway across Tennessee and the rest of the country for members for FSA committees that help provide local information to USDA about...

100 Year Anniversary Pocket Knife

The year 2021 marks 100 years since a group of farmers created the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation with the desire to provide a better way...

Tim Phelps, Tennessee Division of Forestry

11-16-20  We discuss burn permits and wildland fire protection with Tim Phelps of the Tennessee Division of Forestry.

Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance Announced

The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) consists of organizations representing farmers, ranchers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments and environmental advocates that are working together to define and promote shared climate policy priorities.

Ag Literacy 101

This week is Ag Literacy Week across Tennessee as folks involved in the industry look to spread the good news about our most important...

New Survey Finds Trusts for Farmers

A recently released survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau suggests that a majority of Americans believe farmers and ranchers are feeding the world...

Thanksgiving Ready

If you haven't already, you're probably going to start thinking about your Thanksgiving meal soon, and if you're planning on readying a frozen turkey...

Honoring Those Who Served

Today is a special day - a day of honor for those who served and sacrificed, and to celebrate Veterans Day, we wanted to...

Our Forests, Our Future

Since 1964, UT's Forest Resources Ag Education and Research Center at Oak Ridge has continued the mission of providing research and educational resources for...

USDA Co-hosts Free Webinar on Nov. 12 on Livestock Risk Management

The Extension Risk Management Education Program and U.S. Department of Agriculture are hosting a webinar on Nov. 12 for agricultural producers and professionals focused on livestock risk management.

A Hopeful Outlook

Daniel Greene, CEO of Burley Stabilization Corporation out of Springfield, provides his take on the burley tobacco markets this year.

Harvest Pushes On

While many of us are waiting to see who will be our next President, farmers all across Tennessee are taking advantage of the dry...

100 Years of Radio Broadcasting

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. commercial radio broadcast, and USDA’s Gary Crawford presents a VERY condensed 100 year review.

Property Protection Reward

The Farm Bureau Property Protection Reward Program is in place to encourage people who have information about crimes committed on the property of Farm Bureau members to share information to bring criminals to justice and to make our communities a safer place for Farm Bureau members.

Getting the FACCT’S Right

Since 2015, the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee has been working to better educate law enforcement and Ag Crime officials, prosecutors, and animal...

It’s All Up to You

A lot of preparation by the election officials, candidates and the voters comes down to today as Americans will decide who our next leaders...

Row Crop Farmers: Harvest Price Option Triggers for Soybeans, Corn and...

Adverse growing conditions prior to and during harvest and strong export commitments for soybeans and corn pushed crop insurance harvest prices are above the spring prices.

Nursery Farmers: EPA Webinar on Strategies for Pests in Ornamentals

On Nov. 12, 2020, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs continues its focus on integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. EPA will host a 60-minute webinar, IPM...

EPA Provides Certainty for Dicamba Users

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the registration of three dicamba herbicides this PAST week.

Policy Post: October 2020

Report examines cattle market issues, solutions A new report by the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Cattle Market Working Group provides an in-depth examination of the...

New Study Shows Impact to Ag Sector if Internal Combustion Engine...

The Agricultural Retailers Association has released a study, Economic Impacts to U.S. Biofuels, Agriculture, and the Economy from Subsidized Electric Vehicle Penetration, that describes the economic impact to the American agriculture and biofuels industries by policy proposals to dictate demand to outright bans of the internal combustion engine.

China Could Be Looking to Import More Corn

China is on pace to import its largest amount of corn on record. If China decides to raise its low-tariff-rate quota on corn imports, it will import its largest amount on record.

Wormville Capital in Grundy County

For French-born entrepreneur Bruno Durant the red worm farm he's build from scratch in Grundy County has become the largest operation of its kind...

EPA Announces 2020 Dicamba Registration Decision

At the Cromley Farm, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced EPA is approving new five-year registrations for two dicamba products and...

Trump Administration Invests $891 Million in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure...

The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $891 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater...

China Increasing Purchases of U.S. Farm Commodities

Last week new data was released that shows China is continuing to purchase more farm commodities from the United States.

Farmers and the EPA

It used to be that whenever farmers or anyone heard something about the Environmental Protection Agency, that sometimes meant someone was in trouble.  But...

USTR and USDA Release Report on Agricultural Trade between the United...

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a report highlighting the progress made to date in implementing the agricultural provisions in the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement.

Good Stock Always Needed

For Warren County's Eric Walker getting the best genetics out of his registered Hereford cattle has been one of his to goals.

Visiting Your Local Farm

Lucas Patterson of Cedarwood Farms says despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, his family's agritourism operation in Warren County has been busy this...

CASE IH Coloring Sheets

CASE IH has created unique, fun and agricultural coloring sheets for children to use throughout every season. Download them below!

White County’s Terra Davis Named Excellence in Agriculture Winner

During the Young Farmers and Ranchers Fall Tour, White County’s Terra Davis was named the state winner of the Excellence in Agriculture Award.

A Unique Sector of the Industry

A unique sector of the industry many don't realize is actually a part of agriculture is turfgrass.

An Ongoing Issue

For many years now, farmers and others in the agricultural industry have been concerned over the estate tax.

Harvest Season Brings Hope

Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Charlie Hatcher talks about the ongoing harvest season and how the state and federal governments are helping farmers with...

AFBF Convention Goes Virtual

The American Farm Bureau Federation will hold its annual convention online in January 2021.

What Connects Us All

David Blackwood and his team with the West Tennessee River Basin Authority are working hard to ensure West Tennessee's waterways are working correctly and...

American Farm Bureau’s 102nd Convention Goes Virtual

The American Farm Bureau Federation announced that its 102nd Annual Convention will be held online following the cancelation of all events through Jan. 31, 2021, at the San Diego Convention Center where the convention was scheduled to take place.

Improving Rural Connectivity

Nearly $17 million dollars was recently awarded by the Trump Administration to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Tennessee.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Update

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule that simplifies the loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000...

Its Where Our Food Comes From

Thirty years ago, the Tennessee Foundation for the Ag in the Classroom program began and today the efforts of continuing that program are more...

Excellence in Agriculture

31-year old Terra Davis of White County has been named the winner of the Tennessee Farm Bureau's 2020 Excellence in Agriculture award.

Learning-at-Home Resources

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has resources available for at home learning.

Debris Burn Permits Required Beginning Oct. 15

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry is observing National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4 - 10 by reminding citizens to follow simple safety practices to prevent wildfires and obtain a debris burn permit for leaf and brush piles.

Trump Administration Invests Nearly $17 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural...

The Trump Administration announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing nearly $17 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Tennessee.

A Virtual Farm Day

Every Fall, the ag community in Gibson County comes together at the fairgrounds to hold their Farm Day for the county's 4th graders, but...

Fall Visits to the Farm Still a Go!

No one knew the pandemic would go this long, especially those farms across the state involved in agritourism operations.

Additional COVID-19 Protections for Farm Workers

The American Farm Bureau Federation and other farm groups are calling on the White House to provide additional COVID-19 protection for farm workers.

Working for Soybean Farmers

As harvest of soybeans continues across Tennessee, native Tennessean Virginia Houston stays busy lobby on behalf of producers for the American Soybean Association in...

More Opportunities for Tennessee Cattle Producers

For many years, the Lower Middle Tennessee Cattle Association Video Board Sale has been operated by Tennessee Livestock Producers, Inc.  That's now going under...

Farm Groups Support the HAULS Act

A bill introduced in the Senate this week provides agricultural producers much-needed flexibility for hauling agricultural commodities and livestock. Micheal Clements shares how the...

New Report Examines Cattle Market Issues and Solutions

A new report by the American Farm Bureau Federation's Cattle Market Working Group provides an in-depth examination of the causes and price implications resulting from extreme market volatility in the cattle industry.

Harvest Trying to Catch Up

Corn farmers across the state are finally getting some favorable weather as they work to harvest this year's crop.

Making Cooking at Home Easy

A group of university experts are helping people regain the somewhat lost art of cooking at home.

Opening Up about Farm Stress

Farm groups are working  to break the stigma behind farm stress and seeking help. Micheal Clements tells us it's important that farmers don’t carry...

Concern Growing Over Private Property Destruction

Farmers like Jimmy Moody are growing more frustrated over the damage caused by trespassers with all-terrain vehicles on his farm.

Shooting for an Important Cause

It is the fifth year for Tennessee Shooting Hunger events and despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, agriculture groups were still able...

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2.0

The administration announced details of the new $14-billion-dollar Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP2, that will provide direct payments to farmers and ranchers to partially offset COVID-19-related losses for producers. More details:

Urging Farmers to Be Safe Around Railway Crossings

This week is Rail Safety week and the American Farm Bureau Federation is promoting safety tips for farmers.

Handshake Agreements and Holdover Tenant Terms

Land rental agreements are an integral part of farming. It is very common for rented land to make up a sizable portion of a farmer’s total operation. There are many types of rental agreements; however, oral lease agreements are most common across the state.

Tennessee Farm and Forestry Businesses Share in $55 Million CAFB Fund

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group,and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) announced Coronavirus Agricultural and Forestry Business (CAFB) Fund awards to farm and forestry businesses.

CFAP 2.0

The Trump Administration and USDA have announced the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program known as CFAP 2.0.

2021 Farmers’ Almanac

Pete Geiger brings information on the 2021 Farmers' Almanac, including Tennessee's Winter weather forecast and more.

Every Farmer Counts

It's no secret that agriculture is one our most dangerous occupations and Agricenter International has developed a new Farm Safety training course.

Breaking Down CFAP 2.0

The administration announced details of the new $14-billion-dollar Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP2, that will provide direct payments to farmers and ranchers to partially offset COVID-19-related losses for producers.

At more than 675,000 members strong, we have the power to make a significant impact. Our goal is to provide a better way of...

Cell Tower Referral Program

Tennessee Farm Bureau has formed a partnership to assist member landowners who may have interest in leasing a portion of their property for construction of a cell tower. Our partner company builds and owns towers for wireless communications. Below are frequently asked questions about this process as well as program details.

Closing the Broadband Divide

Many of us have enjoyed, and even taken for granted, the broadband access we have in Tennessee but that's not the case for thousands...

Our mission is to develop, foster, promote and protect programs for the general welfare, including economic, social, educational and political well-being of farm people of the great state of Tennessee.

TAEP Celebrates 15 Years of Supporting Agriculture in Tennessee

The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) has supported agricultural production projects for 15 years, and Tennessee producers will continue to receive cost share assistance for farm expansions and improvements.

EPA Denies Petitions for Small Refinery Exemptions

On September 14, 2020, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is denying petitions for small refinery exemptions for so-called “gap-filling” petitions (gap waivers) for the 2011-18 compliance years.