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Tennessee Home & Farm Radio is a two-minute agricultural highlight with co-hosts Lee Maddox and Amy Beckham. Radio programs mostly focus on Tennessee agriculture and rural life with some national scope thrown in to keep everyone informed. Lee Maddox is a native of Lincoln County, Tennessee, where he was raised on a cattle farm, and he is a graduate of MTSU’s communications department. Amy Beckham is from Cookeville, Tennessee, where she grew up visiting her uncle's cattle farm. She graduated from UT Knoxville with a degree in food and agricultural business and a minor in agricultural communications.

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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 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.

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.

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...

Hopeful for Relief

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

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

Rural Response to COVID-19

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

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.

Stars Shining for Ag

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

Addressing Water Quality Issues

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

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.

Tornado Impact of Farmers

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

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...

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.

Getting More Focused

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

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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...

Working to Close the Urban-Rural Divide

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

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...

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.

UT Extension Hosts Grain Conference

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

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.

Lead USDA Attorney from a Tenn. Farm

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

Making Tennessee Proud

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

Reflecting on a Challenging 2019

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

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...

Decades of Service

After nearly seven decades of service, two of Tennessee Farm Bureau's staff members are retiring.

Preparing for the Future

Scott Caine of Aimpoint Research recently spoke to Tennessee Farm Bureau members about what the company is researching in terms of how farmers can...

Spending Package Includes Farm Provisions

The spending package agreement sent through Congress provides farmers stability for fiscal year 2020.

A Rural Christmas

Friends and families are gathering together in this Christmas time to give thanks for the reason for the season.

Leading the Way

Farm Bureau leaders from across the state held their annual meeting in Franklin recently where they discussed issues affecting our most important industry.

Farmers Hopeful for an Early Christmas Present

A lot of hope is in the air around the country that Congress will Finally get to a vote on USMCA.

Serving a 75 Year Strong Organization

Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers gathered at their Annual Convention to celebrate 75 years of involvement and strength.

Supporting Our Most Important Industry

Since being inaugurated almost a year ago, Governor Bill Lee has had our farmers in mind.

The Strong Voice of Agriculture

Farmers statewide are taking part in the Tennessee Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting in Franklin this week, hearing information about the successes the organization has...

Farm Bureau Leaders Gathered in Franklin

About 1500 Farm Bureau leaders are gathered in Franklin this week for their 98th annual meeting of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. Tennessee Farm Bureau...

More U.S. Beef, Ag Products Headed To Japan

Jennifer Houston, Tennessee cattle producer and president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, talks about the new trade agreement between the U.S. and Japan...

Farm Fibers Sustaining All of Us

Genera in Vonore, TN is continuing its focus of utilizing products grown locally and producing renewable solutions that are helping to benefit rural communities...

H-2A Farm Labor on the Rise

The number of H-2A farm labor positions reached record highs this year, and wages paid under the program will increase again in 2020. 2019 H-2A...

New Trade Forecast

If you are a farmer looking for something to be excited about, the USDA's new export forecast might help.

Thanksgiving on the Farm

Farm families and friends all across our great state will be enjoying their time around the table today or whenever they're able to gather...

Preserving Farm Families’ Livelihood

A new bill just introduced in the House of Representatives will help ease a tax burden on family farms. American Farm Bureau's Micheal Clements...

Getting that Turkey Ready

If you are getting a frozen turkey ready for Thanksgiving, here are some thawing tips that can save time and make things safe.

A Thankful Season

The harvest season is quickly wrapping up for many farmers and Thanksgiving is time to reflect on how thankful they are for another crop...

A Very Affordable Thanksgiving Meal

The American Farm Bureau's Thanksgiving Meal for ten survey shows only a one cent increase.

Investing in the Future

Farm Credit Mid-America and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville have partnered up to create the Farm Credit Scholars program for college students on...

Second Round of MFP Payments Coming

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the second round of Market Facilitation Program payments will begin for farmers nationwide this week. USDA News Release

Literacy for Our Most Important Industry

This week is designated as Tennessee Ag Literacy Week.  The premise is to get volunteers, and in many cases, farmers, to visit their local...

Looking for Answers

Another blow to the state's dairy farms as Dean Foods announced they are filing for bankruptcy, which effects at least 77 dairy farms here...

Farmer Veterans Throughout Tennessee

A lot of celebrations the past few days for our veterans and rightfully so.  According to the Census of Agriculture there are more than...

More Than Just Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, an extremely important day to remember those that have served and are serving.  But its also the birthday of one...

A Great Harvest Winding Down

So far, this harvest season has been one of the best for many Tennessee row crop farmers. Crop Progress and Condition

A Panel Perspective of the Farm Economy

A panel of economic experts recently offered their thoughts on the current farm economy, and some trends going forward.

A Friend of Farm Bureau

Congressman Dr. Phil Roe of the 1st District of Tennessee recently met with Farm Bureau leaders to discuss issues important to the farm community.

High Cotton For Sure

Tennessee cotton farmers are enjoying this year's harvest, many saying its one of their best crops.

Blue Jackets Travel to Indy

It's that time of year, a time when FFA blue corduroy jackets flood the streets of Indianapolis, Indiana for National FFA Convention.

USDA Hemp Rule Gets More Clarification

The Agriculture Department has just released details of a long-awaited regulatory process to guide states in the production and transportation of industrial hemp.

AFBF Applauds Bill Addressing Rural Stress

New legislation in the Senate addresses mental health and stress stemming from the farm economy. Micheal Clements has more.

Addressing the Federal Milk Marketing Order

In January of this year, voting delegates at the American Farm Bureau Convention recommended the organization convene a Farm Bureau and producer-led coalition to...

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