UT offers two sets of workshops for farmers marketing to local consumers

Consumer demand for locally produced foods and products continues to grow, creating opportunities for farmers who market directly to the public as well as...

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...

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.

TN Farm Bureau News – September 2014 issue

Flip through the pages of the latest issue of Farm Bureau News, a bi-monthly newspaper focusing on agricultural issues "“ from what's happening around...

Global Demand Drives Food Prices Higher in Third Quarter

Strong global demand, especially for pork and other protein-rich foods, was a primary driver behind higher retail prices at the supermarket during the third...

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...

American Farm Bureau 95th Annual Convention

The American Farm Bureau Federation is the nation's largest general farm organization. More than 6.1 million American families are members of Farm Bureau in...

TFBF Celebrates 97th Annual Convention

More than 1,500 farmers from across the state gathered in Franklin December 1-4 for the purpose of developing policy for 2019, electing leadership for...

2011 Row Crop Production Prospects Encouraging Despite Many Challenges

Tennessee farmers look forward to a much improved production year in 2011 over the previous weather-reduced one. When combines roll into the fields this...
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...

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...

New UT Equine Extension and Research Center to host open house

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is opening a new facility devoted to horse farm management.  The Equine Extension and Research Center...

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....

Haslams Support Pick Tennessee Products

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam honored Tennessee farmers and farm products Wednesday night, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pick Tennessee...

Eliminate the Death Tax

Have you have ever wondered why the modern Tennessee farmer has a hard time making it? Consider this. Many farms are passed on through...

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.

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...

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.

Tennessee’s Race for Senate & Governor 2018

These videos highlight senatorial candidates Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen as well as governor candidates Bill Lee and Karl Dean's thoughts and philosophies regarding...

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.

TDA Urges Livestock & Pet Owners to Take Heat Precautions

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is urging livestock and pet owners to take precautions during this period of hot temperatures and high humidity. The...

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...

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...

2013 TN Farm Bureau Presidents Conference

The 2013 Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents Conference is a two-day informative and interactive conference where leadership from the county level come from across 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...

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...
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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...

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 Joins Nation in Celebrating “Ag Day”

NASHVILLE "“ Tennessee joins farmers, agribusinesses, state and local governments and citizens across the nation in recognizing March 15 as Ag Day. Agriculture is...

Tennessee FFA Member Selected as FFA’s National Southern Region Vice President

Students from Georgia, Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Kentucky and New Mexico have been elected by delegates from throughout the United States to serve on the...

MTSU unveils new $4.3M dairy on Ag Field Day

  The dairy cows won't come home until early morning Tuesday but an estimated 300 dignitaries, MTSU graduates, students, faculty and staff members and...

ASA Awards David Womack with Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Soybean Association (ASA) recognized David Womack from Shelbyville, Tenn. with its Lifetime Achievement Award "“ Association Focus at its annual awards banquet...

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...

Haslam Announces Federal Farm Assistance for 15 Counties

Haslam Announces Federal Farm Assistance for 15 Counties 29 adjoining counties also eligible NASHVILLE "“ Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom...

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.

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...

Farmer: Child Labor Regs Need Further Revision

Young people and the contributions they make as members of farm and ranch families are vital to American agriculture, according to Missouri hog farmer...

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...

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...

Haslam Requests Federal Farm Assistance for 15 Counties

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam  recently requested a secretarial designation of natural disaster for agriculture in 15 counties as a result of severe storms and...

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...

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...

Landowners & Producers With Generic Base Acres Your Commodity Program Payments are About...

University of Tennessee Extension and partners are hosting 5 meetings to assist producers and landowners with finalizing their decisions regarding generic base acres and...

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...

UT Institute of Agriculture Reveals Economic Contributions of Agriculture Per County

The importance of agriculture to the state of Tennessee is undeniable, accounting for 9 percent of the state’s economy and $57.6 billion in output....

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...

Good Week for Farming!

  Fall harvest progress is right on target with the average rate thanks to five full days suitable for fieldwork last week.   Grower's...

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...

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...

Outstanding Young Farmer Named

Lincoln County young farm couple Josh and Julieanna Ogle were named Tennessee Farm Bureau's Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winners during special ceremonies...

Join in the fun at Ag Day, Nov. 3

A three-hour festival in Knoxville on Saturday, Nov. 3, hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, promises events and excitement for everyone. Ag...
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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...

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...

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.

Tennessee Farm Bureau Holds 97th Annual Meeting

More than 1,500 farmers from across the state will gather in Cool Springs December 1-4 for the purpose of developing policy for 2019, electing...

Tennessee Cotton Acreage Continues to Rebound After Record Low in 2015

Tennessee farmers intend to plant less corn, but more soybeans this year.

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....

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...

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...
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 Agricultural Enhancement Program Applications Now Available

  The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has released the 2012 application for the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered...

Cost of Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Up Slightly This Year

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

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.

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Reaches Out To Storm Victims

Throughout much of the history of this great state, the family members of Oklahoma Farm Bureau have worked together, sharing the joys, and the...

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.

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...

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...

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Delivers Targeted Financial and Technical Assistance to Drought-Stricken Producers and Landowners...

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA will target nearly $16 million in financial and technical assistance to help eligible crop and livestock...

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...

AFBF & 532 Groups: Bring Farm Bill Back to House Floor

The American Farm Bureau Federation helped garner a group of more than 532 organizations that recently urged House leadership to bring the farm bill...

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...

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...

Tennessee Farm Bureau Standing Out at American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Each year during the annual meeting, state Farm Bureaus are recognized for excellence in membership achievement and for implementing outstanding programs serving Farm Bureau...

Farm Watch receives donation from Farm Bureau

Friday, June 27, 2014Dyersburg State Gazette When the Dyer County Farm Watch was implemented in March of 2013, the pilot program was a formed partnership...

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...

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...

Tennessee’s own Mitch Baker chosen as one of six new National FFA Officers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013/National FFA Organization) "“ Students from Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Iowa, West Virginia and Oregon have been elected by delegates...

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...

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...

Summer Picnic Still Costs Less Than $6 per Person

An all-American Fourth of July picnic of the nation's favorite foods including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and...

Made in USA

"Made in USA" are three words you won't see very often on items sold by major retailers. It's so true of consumer goods that...

Four Tennessee Counties Approved for Disaster Assistance/Haslam Requests Emergency Funding for Flooding in West...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined FEMA Director Craig Fugate today to announce the federal government has approved four Tennessee counties to receive federal assistance...

TN Farm Bureau teams up with state chamber, others to support bipartisan immigration reform

As the immigration debate heats up in our nation's capital, a group of influential organizations in Tennessee banded together to show their support of...

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...

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...

TFBF Statement on Passage of Farm Bill

Columbia, TN. December 12, 2018 - The following may be attributed to Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken: “Today more than ever, our farmers and...

Holiday Express at the UT Gardens Knoxville Dec. 2 through Jan. 1

  Holiday Express returns to the University of Tennessee Gardens this holiday season, featuring 12 garden-scale model trains, thousands of lights and a miniature...

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...

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....

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

Ag Enhancement Deadline Nears for Livestock Projects

  Dec. 1 is the deadline for eligible farmers to submit reimbursement requests for livestock projects approved through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program.   "It's...

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...

Statement Regarding April 24 Detection of BSE

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding April 24 Detection of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy "American beef and dairy products are safe. The...

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...

National Corn Growers Association Becomes Official Partner of NASCAR

Collaboration Supports  Use of Sunoco Green E15 "“ 15 Percent Corn Ethanol Blend made with American Ethanol in NASCAR's 2011 Races ST. LOUIS (February 3,...

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...