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Yearly Archives: 2020

Always Looking to a Better Year

New Year's Day has always been special to our farm families across Tennessee as lots of families gathering around the table to reflect back...

Reflecting on a Challenging 2019

For the agriculture industry, 2019 brought many challenges for farmers, but also some major victories.

Shedding the Weight Right

There's a right and wrong way to shed those extra pounds we may have put on during the holidays. The right way is less...

Agritourism Still Attractive

The Tenn. Department of Agriculture has announced the appointment of Kacey Troup as a new business consultant with responsibilities centered around agritourism.

Farmers Hopeful for a Rise in Exports

After a couple of years of trade wars that have impacted the ag economy, there's hope for farmers in this new year that ag...

Hog Show Success

The Tennessee Junior Market Hog Show in Murfreesboro was another success this year with more than 250 4-H and FFA members from 40 counties...

A New Speaker Takes the Gavel

He was officially sworn in last August, but this week new Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton will gavel in the start of the...

Partners for Ag

Nearly 100 of Tennessee's ag and forestry leaders attended the Ag Industry Partners meeting recently hosted by the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation at their...

A Citizen Legislature

38-year old farmer Rusty Grills of Dyer County was officially sworn into office as the second session of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly is...

Farmers Welcome Historic Trade Agreement

President Donald Trump signed the historic Phase One trade agreement with China this week that could mean an unprecedented amount of American agricultural products...

A Successful Week for Agriculture

To put the cherry on top of an already positive week for agriculture, the U.S. Senate passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement.

Tennesseans Gather in Austin

More than 220 Tennessee Farm Bureau members have traveled to Austin, Texas for the American Farm Bureau Federation's 101st Annual Convention.

2020 Vision for Farm Bureau

For the third straight year, President Donald Trump addressed farm leaders gathered this week at the American Farm Bureau convention in Austin, Texas.

Making Tennessee Proud

While at the American Farm Bureau's 101st Annual Meeting, Tennessee had some impressive young farmers competing for top honors.

Farm Policy for 2020

Voting delegates at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Austin, Texas discussed and adopted policy resolutions that will guide the farm organization for...

Discussing the Issues

Katie Martin of Putnam County recently spent time at the American Farm Bureau Convention in Austin, Texas where she competed in the Young Farmers...

AFBF Sets Policy Priorities

Delegates from across the country met during the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention and set policy priorities for the organization in 2020.

Clearing Up Water Rules

The Waters of the U.S. replacement rule gives farmers and ranchers the clarity they need to comply with federal regulations while protecting the nation’s...

USMCA Signed into Law

President Donald Trump signed into law the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement paving the way for a new since of optimism from farmers and farm...

A Super Day for Food Safety

The lack of a good defensive safety can cost a football team dearly. So can the lack of good food safety at your Super...

Preparing for the Future

Scott Caine, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Aimpoint Research, recently spoke to Tennessee Farm Bureau members about what the company is...

Lead USDA Attorney from a Tenn. Farm

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

Priorities Raised for Rural Tennessee

Gov. Bill Lee's State of the State address on Monday highlighted many of his initiatives to building a stronger rural Tennessee.

UT Extension Hosts Grain Conference

The University of Tennessee Extension hosted the West Tennessee Grain and Soybean Producers Conference recently in Dyersburg.

Help on the Way, Hopefully

Gov. Bill Lee's budget proposal would help restore funding for additional Extension Agents in some of our rural counties.

Tennessee’s New Executive Director for FSA

After serving as Executive Director for Giles County's Farm Service Agency for the past 34 years, the Trump Administration has named Mike Mayfield as...

Working to Close the Urban-Rural Divide

The Foundation for Agriculture is leading the way in educating consumers about modern farming.

Rural Tourism

Tennessee's Commissioner of Tourist Development, Mark Ezell, appeared recently before the State Senate's Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources committee to discuss more about their...

A Penny A Bushel Adds Up

The Tennessee Corn Promotion Board has collected $900,000 from the corn checkoff so farm since March of 2019.

Chronic Wasting Disease a Continued Concern

We've been hearing about the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) for about a year now, and it continues to be a concern.

Prepping for a New Crop Season

Its still February but that doesn't mean farmers aren't thinking a lot about planting season that will begin within the next month or so.

A Passion for Ag Education

Its national FFA Week and the more than 14,000 members in Tennessee will be taking time out to celebrate this all important youth organization...

Young Leaders in Agriculture

The Tennessee Young Leaders Conference was held recently in Franklin where the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers and Ranchers co-sponsored the event with...

Conservation Today for a Better Tennessee Tomorrow

Members of the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts have been holding their 76th Annual meeting in Franklin this week.

Improving the Cattle Industry

Attendees to the Tennessee Young Leaders Conference had an incredible opportunity to hear from a true influencer and inspiration to many in agriculture and...

Getting More Focused

The calendar turns to March and Tennessee row crop farmers are starting to really focus in on the 2020 planting season.

Sustaining Our Water Resources

Tennessee is blessed to have abundant water resources and that's why officials in West Tennessee hold their annual West Tennessee Water Symposium.

Picking Up the Pieces

The early morning hours of March 3rd won't soon be forgotten for many Tennesseans along that tornado path that stretched from Benton to Putnam...

Tornado Impact of Farmers

Devastation from the tornado storms that hit middle Tennessee earlier this week continues.  

Staying Safe on the Farm

During Agriculture Safety Awareness Week, here are some tips for farmers to help them stay safe when working in and around their grain bins.

Addressing Water Quality Issues

Water quality initiatives supported by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service recently provided funding for specific watershed projects.

Stars Shining for Ag

Since 2001, hundreds of West Tennesseans  have participated in the a leadership class known as Ag Star.

TSU Research Farm Hit Hard

Tennessee State University's Research and Education Farm just off their main campus in Nashville took a direct hit from last week's tornado outbreak.

Rural Response to COVID-19

As we all know, the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has become a major concern for Tennesseans.

Cattle Markets Taking Hit from Coronavirus

Unprecedented times for all of us as we deal with not only life and death effects of the coronavirus, but how its affecting business.

Flattening the Curve

Gov. Bill Lee is giving daily updates on the coronavirus and encouraging every way possible to stop gathering and slow down the spread.

Staying Optimistic

State Representative Rusty Grills of Newbern in Dyer County is serving in his first term in the Tennessee General Assembly and this is not...

Farmers Rising to Occasion

Farmers on this first day of Spring are dealing with the coronavirus like everyone else, but they're facing different challenges.

Still Farming

Farmers from one end of the state to the other are trying, like the rest of us, to make some sense of the coronavirus...

Caution Like Never Before, Even in Rural TN

The coronavirus outbreak should have everyone mindful of the impact its having on daily life, even in our rural areas, where populations are not...

Recognizing Their Job Everyday

Today was supposed to be a big celebration for National Ag Day, but farmers are just hopeful to slow the spread of the coronavirus...

Making the Most Out of Unprecedented Times

Tennessee Extension, 4-Hers and staff are attempting to make the most out of these days spent social distancing.

A Slow Rebound for Cattle Markets

As we all continue to deal with the effects of Covid-19, our cattle farmers and sale barns are still working through what many have...

Hopeful for Relief

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that passed Congress includes relief for rural America.

Safer at Home

Governor Bill Lee has signed Executive Order 22, directing Tennesseans to stay home unless engaging in essential activities to limit their exposure to and...

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.

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.

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 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...

Finally, Planters Rolling

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

Funds Available to Assist Farmers

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

Keeping our Farmers Farming

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

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...

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.

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.

Poultry Farmers Stay Vigilant

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

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...

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...

UTIA Economist Dr. Aaron Smith

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

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

Farmers Should Act Fast

Congress just authorized more federal economic aid for small businesses, including farmers.

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.

Some Tips for Brand New, First Time Gardeners

If you are thinking of starting your first time ever vegetable garden, this report from USDA's Gary Crawford might help you.  

Meat Processing Capacity Falls Sharply

The U.S. meat industry is struggling to keep its processing plants open because workers are sick with COVID-19.

Price of Wholesale Meat and Livestock Widens

The price gap between wholesale meats and livestock continues to increase as animal processing capacity slows.

The Need for Food is Dire

Food banks all across the country and right here in Tennessee are feeling the dramatice effects of COVID-19.

Taking It In a Stride

The impact of COVID-19 continues as college students across the state have been facing these uncertain times just like everyone else.

Getting Food to Those in Need

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the approval of $1.2 billion in contracts for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

Making the Best Better

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture announced that Justin Crowe will take the position as the new UT Extension 4-H Development Director and...

Details of Relief Package Announced

Gathered with farmers and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue at the White House, President Donald Trump announced more details about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. USDA...

Pandemic Likely to Increase Farm Bankruptcies

Obviously the pandemic has hit all sectors of the industry and following years of depressed prices and trade concerns, the number of farm bankruptcies...

From Student to Teacher

Abigayle Pollock has been named the new head coach of the University of Tennessee Livestock Judging Team.

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Today, as we celebrate memorial day, we take time to honor those that have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.

A Life Long Dream

Emily Nave was selected to represent Tennessee as the 2020 National FFA Officer Candidate fulfilling a dream she has had for a very long...

Trying to Get Planted

Typically, this time of year, as the calendar turns to June, most cotton producers have finished planting, but not this year.

A Food Supply Chain Readjustment

The nation's food supply chain is known for its production and efficiency yet has recently been realigned to assure supplies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Payments on the Way

Farmers across Tennessee are encouraged to now sign up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program or CFAP through their local Farm Service Agency office.

Celebrating June Dairy Month

Tennessee dairy farmers hoping consumers can become more aware of just how important  dairy products are to our economy and health.

An All Virtual FFA Convention

It's not what anyone would have imagined a few months ago, but the Tennessee's 92nd state FFA convention is all virtual this week on...

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