August 1 Crop Production Forecast

Tennessee’s agricultural producers remain optimistic about the 2018 crop year, particularly corn, which is expected to produce a record yield,” said Debra Kenerson, State...

2018 Presidents Conference Agenda

The 2018 Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents Conference will be held August 9-10 in Franklin, Tennessee at the Cool Springs Marriott. The agenda is packed...

Coffee County’s AJ and Valerie Teal Win State Young Farmer Honors

Columbia, TN July 21, 2018 - Coffee County young farmers AJ and Valerie Teal were named Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher...

Public Notice by Tennessee Pork Producers Association and the National Pork Board

Public Notice by Tennessee Pork Producers Association and the National Pork Board The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2019 National Pork Producers...

Cover Crops to be Covered at Milan No-Till Field Day

MILAN, Tenn. - Incorporating cover crops in a no-till farming system will be a theme of the 30th Milan No-Till Field Day. A total...

Gubernatorial Video Shares Key Positions on Ag Issues

This video focuses on the the six major candidates, especially their positions on key agriculture issues, their thoughts and philosophies regarding agriculture and provides...

4-H Ambassador Tour

The Tennessee 4-H Ambassador's stop by Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Headquarters to discuss what is going on within their organization during their Ambassador Tour.

Tennessee to Celebrate National Forage Week

June 17-23 is designated as National Forage Week, and Governor Bill Haslam has signed a proclamation declaring that Tennessee will join the celebration. In...

Businesses and Customers to Benefit from New State Metrology Lab

The Julius T. Johnson State Metrology Laboratory at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture officially opened today with a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication. Agriculture Commissioner...

Buy Locally Grown Flower and Vegetable Plants With Confidence

Are you a gardener gearing up for the growing season? Local farmers markets, on-farm greenhouses, and retail garden centers are filling with gorgeous flowers...

UT Extension Names Madison County Farmer as Tennessee Farmer of the Year

A third-generation farmer from Jackson who manages more than 5,000 acres of row crops has been named the Tennessee Farmer of the Year by...

Back to Rural Roots, Perdue Gets Boots on the Ground

“We’re from the government and we’re here to help,” has been a halfway sarcastic pun for years, but it seems like some of those...

New leadership for 4-H and FFA

The top two agricultural youth organizations in the state elected new leadership recently at their annual conventions - 4-H elected new officers at their...

2018 National Ag Day Celebration

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 20, 2018. This will mark the 45th anniversary of National Ag...
TN Farm Bureau News March 2018

March 2018 issue of the TN Farm Bureau News

The March issue of the Tennessee Farm Bureau News will be hitting mailboxes within the week - highlighting the Junior Market Hog Show, agricultural...

Agriculture Enterprise Fund Recipients Announced

Six Tennessee businesses will now have the opportunity to grow and positively impact rural economies through grants provided by the Agriculture Enterprise Fund (AEF). Today,...

99th American Farm Bureau Convention Highlights

So much transpired during the 99th American Farm Bureau Convention that we created this special page with links to pictures, articles, audio and video...

Tennessee Shines During 99th American Farm Bureau Convention

January 9, 2018 – Nashville, TN – Nearly 7,500 farmers from across the country attended the 99th American Farm Bureau Convention held at the...

President Trump to Address Farm Bureau Members in January at Conv. in Nashville

Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, will address farm and ranch families from across the nation at the American Farm...

Washington County Farmer Re-elected as President to Nation’s Largest Farm Bureau

More than 1,500 farmers from across the state gathered in Franklin December 3-5 for the purpose of developing policy for 2018, electing leadership for...

2017 Census of Agriculture Gets Underway

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) starts mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation's producers this week....

Tennessee Team Makes Final Four in AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation has announced the top 10 teams – four finalists and six best-in-show winners – in the 2018 Farm Bureau...

EPA Administrator Goodwill Visit to Tennessee Farm

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt made a goodwill visit to a Tennessee farm recently as part of his State Action Tour, to address the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and get comments on how to get it right going forward. He met with 150 farmers from across the state on the Williamson County farm of Eddie and Pam Sanders with the message – “We’re here today to talk to farmers and ranchers, you are our first conservationists, our first environmentalists and can be great partners to make sure we do things right.”

Tennessee in the Spotlight at 2017 Sunbelt Expo

Tennessee is in the spotlight for 2017 — as the Spotlight State — at the 40th annual Sunbelt Agricultural Expo in Moultrie, Georgia.
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2018 Farm Bill Resources

One issue we know is facing the farm community and Farm Bureau is the 2018 Farm Bill. No doubt, many of us are not...

Legacy and Life of Joe Pearson

Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation is deeply saddened by the passing of Chief Administrative Officer Joe Pearson, who died Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Vanderbilt...

WOTUS: Your Comments Needed to Help EPA DITCH the RULE!

  Farmers support clean water and work hard to protect our natural resources. The WOTUS rule had more to do with land than water. It...

Overton County’s Joseph and Rebecca Smith win state young farmer honors

Overton County young farmers Joseph and Rebecca Smith were named Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winners. The results were announced during the Tennessee Young Farmer Summer Conference held at the headquarter offices of the Tennessee Farm Bureau in Columbia, Tenn. The young dairy farmers from the Greenfield community competed against 12 other county contestants across the state to be named the state winner and have the opportunity to compete for national honors in January.

UT Institute of Agriculture Appoints New Dean for UT Extension

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has chosen a new leader for UT Extension, and he’s home grown. Dr. Robert Burns is a native of Walland, Tennessee, who holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering, an M.S. in environmental engineering and a B.S. in agricultural engineering – all from UT. He will manage UT Extension’s statewide educational and outreach program that helps ensure the success of the state’s $4.3 billion+ agricultural industries. UT Extension also coordinates with local, state and federal agencies regarding public health issues and youth development.

Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture Issues New Measures for Dicamba

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is taking measures to mitigate the risk of drift of herbicides containing dicamba.

Students help usher in MTSU Creamery’s milk bottling process

Nearly 20 Middle Tennessee State University students wanted to be a part of Wednesday’s formal celebration rolling out bottles of whole white milk and...

Haslam Signs Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act

Before a meeting of the Governor’s Rural Development Task Force at H&R Agri-Power, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam held a ceremonial signing of the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, the governor’s legislation to increase broadband access to Tennessee’s unserved citizens.
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Proposed Ag Budget Fails Farmers, Ranchers, Farm Bureau President Says

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says the proposed ag budget fails farmers and ranchers “The American Farm Bureau Federation and its members are...

Scientists Say Agriculture Is Good for Honey Bees

While recent media reports have condemned a commonly used agricultural pesticide as detrimental to honey bee health, scientists with the University of Tennessee Institute...

Harrison Named Assistant Commissioner for Consumer and Industry Services

Wilson County native Keith Harrison will take on the role of Assistant Commissioner for the Consumer and Industry Services division at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

Broadband Accessibility Act Approved

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced legislation to increase broadband access to Tennessee’s unserved citizens. Tennessee currently ranks 29th in the U.S. for broadband access, with 34 percent of rural Tennessee residents lacking access at recognized minimum standards.
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UT Institute of Agriculture Students Win National Dairy/Food Science Competitions

CASNR team wins overall and captures top undergraduate and graduate student awards.
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State Veterinarian Releases Avian Influenza Control Zone

The state veterinarian has released the control zone surrounding two Lincoln County poultry farms affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The statewide poultry health advisory is also lifted, and poultry owners can now resume regular activity.
The Robinson Family - TN Farmers of the Year

UT Extension Names Franklin County Farmer as Tennessee Farmer of the Year

Belvidere’s Mike Robinson receives honor of being named the Tennessee Farmer of the Year.

Tennessee Cotton Acreage Continues to Rebound After Record Low in 2015

Tennessee farmers intend to plant less corn, but more soybeans this year.
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Wildfire Relief Efforts: How You Can Help

Find out how you can help wildfire relief efforts in the Western states of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Statement by TFBF President Jeff Aiken on Senate Transportation Committee Vote on Governor’s IMPROVE...

Lawmakers on the Senate Transportation Committee are to be commended for their positive vote on Governor Haslam's IMPROVE Act. All Tennesseans deserve access to safe...
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Second Case of HPAI Detected in Lincoln County

The state veterinarian confirms that a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has sickened a second commercial chicken breeder flock within the existing controlled quarantined zone in Lincoln County, Tenn.
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State Veterinarian Issues Poultry Health Advisory

"Keep them home to keep them healthy."

Virus Deadly To Poultry Detected In Tennessee

NASHVILLE — The state veterinarian confirms that a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has sickened a commercial chicken breeder flock in Lincoln...

March Is Extension Month in Tennessee

March is Extension Month in Tennessee. Extension is a national educational program supported by USDA through the nation’s land-grant universities and administered with funding...

Tennessee Young Farmers Win National Honors

During the 98th Annual Meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Phoenix, Arizona the Tennessee Young Farmers & Ranchers took home honors in...

Tim Cross Named New UTIA Chancellor

The UT Institute of Agriculture has a new chancellor after a called Board of Trustees meeting Thursday afternoon. Trustees approved President Joe DiPietro’s recommendation that Tim Cross be appointed the next UT Institute of Agriculture chancellor.

Governor Haslam speaks to delegates of 95th annual meeting of Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation

During the Tennessee Farm Bureau’s 95th annual convention in Franklin, Tenn., Governor Bill Haslam spoke to delegates, who represent agriculture and farmers across the state, at the business session addressing the recent wildfires, tornadoes and the outpouring of support by Tennesseans responding to help those affected by these disasters.

Tennessee Farm Bureau Holds 95th Annual Meeting

More than 1,500 farmers from across the state will gather in Cool Springs December 4-6 for the purpose of developing policy for 2017, electing...

Ban on Burning Lifted on all Counties in Tennessee

With the entire state now in some state of drought, there are many concerns for farmers and all Tennesseans. Here are some resources for farmers and land owners to access information on the drought and how to address some of the issues.

TEMA activated TN Emergency Management Plan in response to drought and wildfire impacts

This evening the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) activated the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan (TEMP) in response to the drought and wildfire impacts, and continued threat, in the State.
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Governor’s Rural Task Force Releases Strategic Plan to Build Stronger Rural Communities

The Governor’s Rural Task Force recently released its strategic plan to advance rural communities and economic development throughout Tennessee.

Tennessee start-up Grow Bioplastics finalist in Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation today announced the top 10 teams – four finalists and six semi-finalists – in the 2017 Farm Bureau Rural...

James Haskew Named 2016 Tennessee Farmer of the Year

On Fiery Gizzard Road near South Pittsburg, Tenn., James Haskew has built a successful farm where he grows corn, wheat, soybeans, hay and haylage.
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Tennessee Ag Tag Celebrates 20 Years On The Road

The Tennessee Ag Tag has cruised the road for 20 years now. The tag with the little red barn arrived in September 1996 and became...

Farmers’ Almanac Launches Farmer of the Year Contest

Farmers' Almanac, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, announces its search for three farmers or ranchers to be recognized as "Farmers' Almanac Farmer of the Year."

UTIA Chancellor Announces Retirement

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Chancellor Larry Arrington has decided to retire in September, UT President Joe DiPietro announced today. Arrington, UTIA chancellor since...

National Farmers’ Market Week

NASHVILLE—Some Tennesseans are ready to say goodbye to summer and hello to school. Tennessee farmers however, want everyone to know that summer is far...

Scientists with UT Institute of Agriculture Investigate Pollinator Health

MILAN, Tenn. – For the past decade, pollinator populations, particularly honeybee populations, have been in decline. Researchers say this phenomenon of global honeybee loss,...
2016 Farm Safety Week

National Farm Safety and Health Week

Farming has an occupational fatality rate 700 percent higher than other U.S. industries, including mining. During the harvest season, farmers are at very high...

Farm Bureau Boot Camp Grads Hone Communication Skills

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15, 2016  – The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized 14 farm and ranch women leaders as graduates of the organization’s tenth annual...

Tennessee Winter Wheat Production Forecast up from Last Season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its July crop condition report today based on producer reports...

Statement on the death of Pat Summitt from Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken

Our Farm Bureau family is deeply saddened by the passing of Coach Pat Head-Summitt.

American Farm Bureau Supports National GMO Pre-emption Bill

The American Farm Bureau Federation is supporting proposed Senate legislation that establishes federal pre-emption of what was expected to grow into an unruly patchwork...

All-American July 4th Cookout Ticks Up, Still Under $6 Per Person

A cookout of Americans’ favorite foods for the Fourth of July will cost slightly more this year but still comes in at less than $6 per person, says the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Milan No-Till Field Day Set for July 28

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host the Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the AgResearch and Education Center at Milan.

Supreme Court Victory: Farmers May Sue to Stop Clean Water Regulation of Ordinary Farmland

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled landowners may challenge the federal government whenever the Army Corps of Engineers tries improperly to regulate land with regulations designed to protect water.

New Mobile App Option Feeds Love of Local Foods

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s “Pick Tennessee” mobile app now offers followers an easy way to feed their love of local foods. Users can search for restaurants committed to serving ingredients sourced from the area, and access GPS mapping to the establishments.

USDA Celebrates 79th Annual National Dairy Month

USDA celebrates the 79th annual National Dairy Month this June, highlighting the hard work and dedication of dairy producers and the valuable nutrition the dairy industry adds to Americans' diets.
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UT Institute of Ag to Host Master Beekeeper Classes

Monsanto Company once again wants to recognize these inspiring women, and today announced it has officially opened up nominations for its 2016 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest.

Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Opens During National Small Business Week

The American Farm Bureau Federation will open online applications for its third Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge on May 1, to coincide with National Small Business...

Jai Templeton Named Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Jai Templeton, a sixth generation Tennessee farmer, as commissioner of the Department of Agriculture.
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Womack Named Deputy Commissioner for the TN Department of Agriculture

With nearly 30 years of experience working for the state, Tom Womack will continue his service in a new role as Deputy Commissioner of...

New leadership in Tennessee youth organizations

Tennessee 4-H Congress and Tennessee State FFA Convention were held the week of March 21 and both organizations elected new state-wide leaders for the...

Haslam Announces Julius Johnson to Retire

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson will retire at the end of April. Johnson has led the department since...

Statement by Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken on Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey Not...

  ↵ Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has announced he will not seek re election after a 24 year career in the legislature.  His agriculture roots and...

Monsanto Searches for Next “Farm Mom of the Year”

They are warm and caring, yet tough as nails. They’re dedicated, nurturing, gritty, loving, hard-working and fun go-getters who go above and beyond to...

Statement by Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken Regarding Governor Haslam’s State of the...

  “The Tennessee Farm Bureau is pleased that in his State of the State address, Gov. Bill Haslam continued to show support for Tennessee's farm...

Statement by Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken Regarding Governor Haslam’s State of the...

The Tennessee Farm Bureau is pleased that in his State of the State address, Gov. Bill Haslam continued to show support for Tennessee's farm...

Louisiana 2016 Trip

2016 TN Farm Bureau Summer Tour New Orleans, Louisiana July 11-15 Travel with Farm Bureau Members from across Tennessee via motor coach to Mississippi and Louisiana. The...

2015 TN Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

The 2015 Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Meeting will be held December 7-8 in Franklin, Tennessee. We hope you will join us for two...

Tennessee’s Agriculture Literacy Week November 15-21

Agriculture continues to rank as one of Tennessee's most productive industries. Tennessee's agriculture and forest products account for approximately 21 percent of the state's...

Tennessee FFA’s Nick Baker elected National FFA Secretary

Students from Arkansas, Tennessee, Ohio, Iowa, Georgia and Utah have been elected by delegates from throughout the United States to serve on the 2015-16...

UT Institute of Agriculture Announces “All Vol Cheese” for Sale by UT Students

Some future food scientists are saying "cheese" these days, and it has nothing to do with having their photo taken. The University of Tennessee College...

Tennessee Has Great Pumpkins, No Matter How You Stack Them

Tennesseans can expect plentiful pumpkins, gourds and winter squash this year. Round, bright orange Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins are still popular for Halloween carving, but increasing numbers...

Cooperatives provide billion-dollar boost to state’s economy

October is Cooperative Month in Tennessee, and a proclamation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam deeming it as such heaps high praise on the approximately...

National Farm Safety and Health Week

The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) at Northeast Iowa Community College's (NICC) Peosta campus will be sponsoring webinars in observance of National...

Southeastern Stores Gear Up for Great American Milk Drive

Thanks to partnerships to increase food bank donations of fluid milk across the Southeast, four milk donation programs will be taking place across the...

Montgomery County’s Jay Head wins state young farmer honors

Montgomery County young farmer Jay Head was named Tennessee Farm Bureau's Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winner during the Tennessee Young Farmer Summer...

American Farm Bureau President Stallman Announces Departure in January

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman announced today that he will not seek reelection in January 2016 following 16 years at the helm...

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding H.R. 1599, the Safe...

"Congress stood with farmers and ranchers today in supporting innovation that helps the environment and keeps food prices down for everyone. The Safe and...

Tennessee Farm Bureau Praises Congressional Support of Trade Promotion Authority

U.S. Congressmen Phil Roe (R-1st), Chuck Fleischmann (R-3rd), Scott DesJarlais (R-4th), Jim Cooper (D-5th), Diane Black (R-6th), Marsha Blackburn (R-7th)  and Stephen Fincher (R-8th)...

No Avian Influenza in Tennessee, but We are Prepared

The ongoing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 outbreak has been devastating to the U.S. poultry industry and is one of the most costly...

Public Notice by Tennessee Pork Producers Association and the National Pork Board

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2016 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place  at  1:30 p.m....

Pick Tennessee Offers chance to “Fill Your Grill” with Farm-Direct Meats

Facebook users have the chance to win $200 worth of local meats from a nearby farm. A contest is being conducted by Pick Tennessee...

UT Institute of Agriculture Will Soon Have New 4-H Camp and Conference Center

It's a stunning tract of Tennessee property "“ 1,200 acres of woods, pastures, lakes and farmland "“ and soon it will host 4-H campers...

‘Get a Move on for GMOs’ Helps Farmers Stand Up for Biotechnology

GetaMoveOn.fb.org is Farm Bureau's just-launched advocacy website that gives farmers and ranchers a simple way to "Get a Move On" for GMOs. Through the...

$145,000 Up for Grabs: Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation today announced applications for the  Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge will be accepted beginning June 1 through June 30. Entrepreneurs will...

New Leadership in Tennessee Youth Ag Leadership Programs

New leadership to serve youth agricultural leadership programs 4-H and FFA were recently elected at the Tennessee State FFA Convention and Tennessee 4-H Congress...