Stay Up-To-Date on Ag News

Tennessee Ag News

2021 Planting Intentions

Every year USDA's National Ag Statistics Service, in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, provides statistics on what farmers intend to plant the upcoming year. This year's was recently released.

Congress Extends PPP Application Deadline

Congress recently approved Farm Bureau-backed legislation that extends the Paycheck Protection Program application deadline by two months, from March 31 to May 31, helping more farmers participate in the loan program.

USDA Announces Additional Assistance for Cattle, Row Crop Producers

USDA announced more than $12 billion for the Pandemic Assistance for Producers, which will help farmers and ranchers who previously did not qualify for COVID-19 aid and expand assistance to farmers who have already received help.

Celebrate National Ag Day

Agriculture is no doubt our most important industry. However, too few people truly understand that, so we celebrate National Ag Day (March 23, 2021) because it brings to light the less than 2% of the population who are working incredibly hard daily to provide all of us with food, fiber and fuel.

Krisle to Step Down, Huff named next CEO of Tennessee Farmers Cooperative

Tennessee Farmers Cooperative Board Chairman Mark Thompson announced on behalf of the entire TFC board that Shannon Huff of Bell Buckle has been selected to succeed Bart Krisle as chief executive officer of TFC.

NASA Data Powers New USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Soil Moisture Portal

Farmers, researchers, meteorologists and others now have access to high-resolution NASA data on soil moisture, thanks to a new tool developed by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in collaboration with NASA and George Mason University (GMU).

Agricultural Enterprise Fund Accepting New Applications

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is accepting applications from agricultural, food, and forestry businesses to receive cost-share funding through its Agricultural Enterprise Fund (AEF) program.

What’s in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for Agriculture?

In early March the Senate passed, on a party-line vote, the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package (The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021). While much of the coverage of the legislation has focused on the $1,400 stimulus checks for qualifying individuals, extended unemployment benefits, a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures and increased assistance through USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, there are several agricultural-related provisions.

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Nearly $15 Million in Broadband Accessibility Grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today $14.9 million in broadband accessibility grants that will expand service to support 17,800 unserved Tennesseans in 7,120 homes and businesses.

2021 Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week is Driving Safety Home

Farm Bureaus across the nation are preparing for Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, Feb. 28 – March 6. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting ag safety this week with the theme “Driving Safety Home.”

Tennessee Celebrates Weights and Measures Week

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) will celebrate Weights and Measures week March 1-7, 2021. The week focuses on the importance of accurate weights and measures in commerce for consumers and for businesses.

Farm Bureau Leaders Advocating for Our Most Important Industry

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Tennessee General Assembly has limited access to the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville. Therefore, Tennessee Farm Bureau leaders are unable to visit and meet with lawmakers like they typically would, but that didn't stop county leadership from adapting.

Ag News Around the Web