Celebrating 100 Years of the Tennessee Farm Bureau

Monthly Archives: April 2020

Weakley County Farmer Named Tennessee Farmer of the Year

In a profession where the average age is 58, you might call Jay Yeargin of Greenfield, Tennessee, an upstart. Yet, this 37-year-old has been...

Uncertainty Lingers

Even with the phased-in opening of the state's economy, there's still a lot of unknowns as to what happens next for our farmers.

Sheep and Goats Still Going Strong

A lot of sheep and goats filed through the sale barn at Tennessee Livestock Producers barn in Columbia this week.

General Information

Membership: Rural young people in Tennessee of the age group approximately 18 to 35 years. Members share a common bond for the agricultural lifestyle, are...

Strawberry Season is Here

The calendar says Tennessee strawberries are ready and hopefully folks will venture out to those farms where you can pick your own, or in...

COVID-19 Impact on Tennessee Agriculture

Almost all agricultural commodity prices have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 response. The impact has been immediate on hog, beef, poultry, nursery and...

Governor Lee’s “Tennessee Pledge” Guidelines

On Friday, April 24, Governor Bill Lee released his administration’s reopening plan, called the “Tennessee Pledge.” This pledge was developed by the administration and...

New Relief Program Funding Available for Farmers

On Saturday, July 4, 2020, the President signed into law: S. 4116, which (1) reauthorizes lending under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through August 8,...

USDA Food Purchases to Help Farmers and Food Banks

USDA food purchases as part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program fulfill a recent request by the American Farm Bureau Federation and Feeding America.

Responding to the Crisis

Tennessee's Department of Agriculture has been working all along, prior to the pandemic and throughout these unusual times, to protect public safety, ensure product...

Everyday is Earth Day on the Farm

A much different way to celebrate Earth Day this year with COVID-19 keeping us all at a distance, but still farmers like Becky Richesin...

President Jeff Aiken to Serve on Governor’s Economic Recovery Group

On Thursday, April 16, 2020, Governor Bill Lee established the Economic Recovery Group, a joint effort between state departments, members of the legislature, and...

Welcome News for Farmers

Recently U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program that includes $19 billion worth of aid for farmers.

UTIA Economist Dr. Aaron Smith

UTIA Economist Dr. Aaron Smith discusses the impact of COVID-19 to the Tennessee agricultural economy.

COVID-19’s Impact on Ag Economy

UT economist Dr. Aaron Smith has been documenting the impact of COVID-19 and the agricultural economy.  And while there's hope to begin reopening the...

USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Are you a farmer whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide direct relief to...

TFBF Statement – Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Columbia, Tenn. April 17, 2020. - The following can be attributed to Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken: “We commend President Trump and U.S. Secretary...

Refocusing Our Food System

The Agriculture Secretary says there's no shortage of food in this country. It's just taking the food system a little time to adjust to...

Essay Contest

TN Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee and the Agriculture in the Classroom program sponsor an essay contest to promote agriculture education. Download the Essay...

Achievement Report

This report covers Women's Leadership Committee activities from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. Download the PDF below.  

Engagement Opportunities

Over the years, Farm Bureau women have been known for making a difference in their communities. Need ideas to engage? Visit the American Farm...

Advocacy

Farm Bureau women are relentless in contacting their local, state and national officials and spreading the word about agriculture. Want to get more involved?...

Poultry Farmers Stay Vigilant

COVID 19 has had an effect on every aspect of farming, that includes poultry production.

National Impact and Response to COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 and its impact on people’s health and the economy is unprecedented in most of our lifetime. It is projected the...

What is in CARES Act for Agriculture?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has roiled the U.S. economy, Congress passed the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)...

Getting Paper Back On Line

Tennessee is well known for its diverse forestry industry.  Some of the world's largest producers of paper and paper products have mills operating here.

Additional $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag...

Business and Industry CARES Act Program (Announced May 21, 2020, funding expires Sept. 30, 2021) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is making...

Sewing for Others

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Tennessee, Tennessee 4-Hers across the state got right to work making masks for healthcare workers and many others.

USDA Announces Loan Maturity for Marketing Assistance Loans Now Extended...

Provides Producers with Marketing Flexibilities Amid COVID-19 Uncertainties Agricultural producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) as part of the U.S....

Protecting Our Milk

Again unprecedented times we're in as reports have come out now that at least 14 dairy farms in Tennessee were told they would have...

Keeping our Farmers Farming

Tennessee's 7th District Congressman Mark Green has a unique perspective on the whole coronavirus situation.

Funds Available to Assist Farmers

Farmers and ranchers can apply for federal funds to assist their operations through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, Planters Rolling

Tennessee corn farmers had waited long enough as several have now begun planting this year's crop.

AITC 30 for 30 Challenge

In honor of 30 years of Tennessee Ag in the Classroom, we've created the "30 for 30" challenge - give $30 for 30 years...

COVID-19 Resources

Are you a farmer whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide direct relief to...

Farm Bureau Sends Guidance to the President, Congress, and Federal Agencies

Farm Bureau and several other organizations concerned about possible disruptions in the food supply chain have jointly sent a letter to President Trump emphasizing...

Employee Retention Tax Credit

Updates since the Consolidated Appropriations Act was passed: CAA removed restriction that prevents employers who obtained PPP loans from claiming the credit. They can...

Still Farming and Still Teaching

Just as farmers across the state and country continue to work hard daily during this crisis to provide food, fiber and fuel, so are...

Guidance on Paid Leave and Sick Leave

The IRS and DOL have released details about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). These details explain employer requirements to provide leave and...

Mental Health

From the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network: When it comes to what is happening with COVID-19/novel coronavirus, a lot is changing in our state, our country,...

USDA Federal Rural Resource Guide

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by...

Homeland Security Guidance on Critical Infrastructure

Update April 20, 2020: The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a DHS agency, released version 3.0 of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers guidance to...

Guidance for Livestock Sales from TN Department of Agriculture

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has released guidance to livestock markets and farm production sales based upon CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of...

Guidance for Pick-Your-Own Operations

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has released guidance to Pick-Your-Own operations based upon CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Access to fruits...

Farm Worker and Food Safety

Safety remains a top priority across the food chain, with everyone—from the farm to the grocery store—doing their part to take great care and...

H2A Update

Press Release 4-15-20:  Department of Homeland Security to Temporarily Amend Certain H2A Requirments The State Department revised its restrictions on the processing of visa applications...

Useful Resources for Farms During COVID-19

American Farm Bureau has developed this webpage about COVID-19’s impact to agriculture and useful resources for farms. Below are resources and communications tools to...

CARES Act: Paycheck Protection Program

UPDATE April 15, 2020 The Small Business Administration (SBA) released an interim final rule (IFR) that provides guidance for sole-proprietors wanting to access benefits through...

Information Regarding Tennessee’s “Stay at Home” Order

On April 2, Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 23 which requires all Tennesseans to "stay at home" except for anyone engaging in essential...

2020 Census

It's that time - time to fill out the 2020 Census, and with everything going on in the world, it's most likely not on...

Still Waiting on Dryer Ground

Farmers here in the Volunteer State are set on go to start corn planters rolling, if it would just dry out a little more.

Welcome News for H-2A Program

The American Farm Bureau Federation says a commitment to processing H-2A applications ensures continued access to a stable food source.