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....

Meet Tennessee’s Newly Elected Officials

This video highlights senator-elect, Marsha Blackburn and governor-elect, Bill Lee's thoughts and philosophies regarding agriculture, and provides an excellent, nonpartisan opportunity to hear from...

2014 Tennessee Farm Bureau Convention

The 2014 Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Convention will be held December 6-9 in Cool Springs, Tennessee. Farmers from across the state will gather to...

Former Congressman Ed Jones Inducted into Tennessee Ag Hall of Fame

Former 8th district congressman Ed Jones, who helped craft landmark federal legislation establishing modern farm policy and conservation programs, has been inducted into the...

UT AgResearch and USDA Release New Soybean Line

The United States Department of Agriculture along with University of Tennessee AgResearch have recently released a new soybean germplasm line that is resistant to...

Announcing the UTIA Smith International Center

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Smith Center for International Sustainable Agriculture was officially launched Friday, November 16, on the UTIA campus. Established...

Drought and Extreme Heat Resources

These resources are intended to provide information that can help farmers and families cope with the immediate negative consequences of drought and high temperature...

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...

It’s a No-Till Year

Every other year the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture hosts the largest conservation tillage event in the nation, the Milan No-Till Crop Production...

Baucus, Camp Hold Kitchen Table Conversation at Family Farm in Memphis

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) met recently with family farmers and local...

‘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...

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...

2014-2015 FFA State Officers Elected

The 86th State FFA Convention was recently held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The two-and-a-half day convention was full of Career Development Events, leadership seminars, inspirational...

Marshall County’s Doug and Julie Giles Named Excellence in Agriculture Winners

Columbia, TN October 11, 2018 - During the Young Farmers and Ranchers Fall Tour, Marshall County’s Doug and Julie Giles were named the state...

Cicada Central, everything you ever wanted to know about Cicadas…and more!

A website dedicated to all things cicada has been developed...From a Q & A with the bugs themselves, to videos,  even a virtual magazine...

2014 4-H Congress Officers Elected

Since its beginning in 1948, Congress has given more than 33,900 4-H'ers and volunteer leaders firsthand experience in state government. 4-H Congress is truly...

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...
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...

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...

Wild Hog Eradication update

Outreach has continued with several wild hog control demonstrations being conducted at UT Extension field-days. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, USDA Wildlife...
Lincoln County, TN

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.

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.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Celebrates USDA’s 150th Year of Service, Highlights Ways the Every Day,...

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today marked the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and highlighted the positive impact that USDA has on...

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.

Haslam Announces 15 Counties Receive Federal Disaster Declaration

Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, Montgomery, Obion, Shelby and Stewart to receive assistance for record river flooding NASHVILLE...

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.

March 1 Planting Intentions

Farmers in Tennessee intend to plant 840 thousand acres of corn, 80,000 lower than 2014. U.S. corn growers intend to plant 89.2 million acres...

Tennessee Christmas Tree Growers and Ag Department Help Haslam “App”ly His Commitment to Local...

  The eight local Christmas trees Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam will display at the State Capitol and the Tennessee...

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...

UT Announces Plans for Beef and Forage Field Day

Event is June 9; plan now to attend ALCOA, Tenn. "” With both production costs and consumer prices on the rise, there will be plenty...

County Farm Bureaus talk issues with Congressman Scott DesJarlais

County Farm Bureau leaders from all corners of the 4th Congressional District met to show appreciation to Congressman Scott DesJarlais for his dedicated service...

The National Search for ‘The Faces of Farming and Ranching’ is On

When it comes to today's agriculture, there are many examples of great farmers and ranchers all over the country doing wonderful things to bring...

2011 Crop Season Comes to a Close

Tennessee farmers took advantage of October's open weather pattern and kicked  harvest into high gear.  Corn harvest is now virtually finished for the...

UT Appoints Schrick Head of Animal Science Department

  The Department of Animal Science at the University of Tennessee has a new leader. Dr. F. Neal Schrick, a full professor in the department,...

Tennessee Corn Promotion Council Names Executive Director

The Tennessee Corn Promotion Council (TCPC) has named Carol Reed of Martin, Tennessee as their Executive Director. TCPC works in cooperation with the Tennessee...

Tennessee to Check for Livestock Traceability Compliance Starting Jan. 1

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will conduct routine compliance checks beginning Jan. 1, 2015 for the federal Animal Disease Traceability rule. The rule went...

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.

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 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...

Carol McDonald Named Assistant Commissioner for Agriculture

NASHVILLE "“ Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson today announced the appointment of Carol Coley McDonald as Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Legislation....

A busy harvest season means “Safety Counts ““ Protecting What Matters”

Tennessee farmers are reaping the yields of their hard work this harvest season and that means long hours in their fields and lots of...

USDA Provides $6 Million in Disaster Recovery Aid to 10 States

  WASHINGTON, April 29, 2011 "“ Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has made immediately available $6...

Genera Honored at 54th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards

Nashville, Tenn. (May 10, 2019) – The Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to the conservation of Tennessee’s wildlife...
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.
broiler chicken poultry

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.

Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers Take Home Top Honors

During the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Tennessee Young Farmers & Ranchers took home top honors in the Achievement...

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...

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...

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...

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...

TFBF Statement on New Trade Deals

"Strengthening our export markets for Tennessee agricultural products is a top Farm Bureau priority, and we welcome the progress the Trump Administration has made...

TN Farm Bureau 92nd Annual Meeting

The 92nd annual meeting of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation will be held December 7 - 10, 2013. Farmers, agribusiness leaders and volunteer leaders...

USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details regarding actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response...

Tennessee Cattle Producers Vote to Support In-State Beef Promotion

The results are in and Tennessee cattle producers have voted to increase the assessment they pay to support in-state promotions of beef announced state...

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)...

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.

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...

Farmers and Ranchers Warn: Estate Taxes Can Kill Family Businesses

Farm Bureau member Brandon Whitt urged Congress to repeal the estate tax to free up farmers and ranchers to build stronger businesses and benefit...

State Introduces New Mobile App for Farms, Farmers Markets

A "Pick Tennessee" mobile app is now available which can find and then map the way to locally grown farm products, farms and farmers...

Tennessee Names Kleppers Young Farmer of the Year

Greene County young farm couple Mark and Cindy Klepper were named Tennessee Farm Bureau's Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winners during special ceremonies...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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."

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.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Grant

America's Farmers Grow Rural Education gives farmers the opportunity to nominate a public school district in their rural community to compete for a grant....

94th Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Welcome back to the great state of Tennessee. We have hosted the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting several times, and we're proud to...

Ag Leaders Develop Strategic Plan to Grow Tennessee Agriculture and Forestry Over Next Decade

Tennessee's top agricultural leaders today announced a 10-year strategic plan to increase agriculture and forestry in the state by building production capacity and incentivizing...

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Regarding Farm Bill Expiration

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 1, 2013 "“ "Farmers and ranchers, along with 90 percent of the country, are frustrated with Congress. Aside from shutting down...

Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Costing More in 2011

 The retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings increased...
Tom Womack

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

Farmers and Ranchers Welcome Ratification of Trade Pacts

  Congressional ratification of three bilateral free-trade agreements between the United States and Korea, Colombia and Panama, as well as approval of Trade Adjustment...

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...

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...

Food Safety A Priority In Storm Aftermath

"When in doubt, throw it out," says Tenn. public health official NASHVILLE "“ Due to power outages experienced in storm and flood-impacted areas across the...

Adequate Land Ranks as Top Concern of Young Farmers

Securing adequate land to grow crops and raise livestock was the top challenge identified in the latest survey of participants in the American Farm...

Tennessee Markets Celebrate National Farmers Market Week with Special Events

Tennessee's farmers markets have reason to celebrate. Summer fruits and vegetables of all kinds are plentiful, and farmers market fans continue to increase each...

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...

Hot, Dry Conditions Lead to Fire Advisory

State officials are urging citizens to take fire precautions for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry...

Tennessee Celebrates Ag Week

We are celebrating Ag Week this week in Tennessee, but National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by American agriculture. Every spring,...

Jerry Ray of Tullahoma Named Tennessee Farmer of the Year

Jerry Ray of Tullahoma, Tennessee, started farming 45 years ago on just 45 acres that once belonged to his grandfather. Over the years he...

Secretary Vilsack Highlights Efforts to Decrease U.S. Dependence on Foreign Oil During Tennessee Visit

 Nashville, Tenn., May 23, 2011 "“Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today highlighted the importance of moving toward a clean energy economy and breaking our...

New ‘My American Farm’ Memory Game Caters to K-2

 The "My American Farm" game steps into the world of early-elementary students by introducing a new memory game at myamericanfarm.org. The popular website...

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.

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...

Dicamba Stewardship Training in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Before Tennessee applicators can apply low-volatile versions of dicamba herbicide in 2019, they must first attend an approved dicamba-specific training. University of...
broiler chicken poultry

State Veterinarian Issues Poultry Health Advisory

"Keep them home to keep them healthy."
Dairy Judging

UT Institute of Agriculture Students Win National Dairy/Food Science Competitions

CASNR team wins overall and captures top undergraduate and graduate student awards.

State Veterinarian Revises Wild Hog Transport Order

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture recently announced a revised Order by the State Veterinarian specifying conditions under which wild-appearing hogs are to be transported...

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...

Governor-Elect Bill Lee Announces Dr. Charlie Hatcher to Lead the Tennessee Department of Agriculture

At the Tennessee Farm Bureau Annual Convention, Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee announced that Dr. Charlie Hatcher will join his cabinet to serve as Commissioner...
bee honeycomb, beekeeper

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.

Support Local Dairies, Look for New Tennessee Milk Logo

Consumers now have a way to know that their milk comes from Tennessee dairy farms with the new official Tennessee Milk logo. Milk labeled as...

Weather Challenges Reflected in Latest USDA Crop Report

 A challenging weather year for farmers and ranchers all across the country is clearly reflected in  a recent  crop report released by the...

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...