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Melissa Bratton

Tennessee Home & Farm Radio is a two-minute agricultural highlight with co-hosts Lee Maddox and Melissa Burniston Bratton. Radio programs mostly focus on Tennessee agriculture and rural life with some national scope thrown in to keep everyone informed. 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. Bratton hails from Johnson County, Tennessee, where her family has a nursery and landscaping business, and she graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a double major in agricultural education and communications.

Protecting the Future

Making sure agriculture's future has farmers coming on to tend to the land and livestock, Farm bureau at the local, state and national level...

The Weather Challenge

It seems every year we have a different weather pattern moving across our farms and this year, again, no different.

Kicking Off Our Policy Development Meetings

Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization where our members direct our policy, and one way we are able to do this is through our...

Superbowl for Agriculture Teachers

800 Career and Technical Education teachers have gathered in Nashville for their annual Institute for CTE Educators. This is the first conference of the...

Farming Forever

Farming land for food has been part of life for as long as any of us can remember. Farming provides us with food, clothing...

Getting More for Our Corn

All across Tennessee, corn farmers have been benefiting from scattered rain showers and they also hope to benefit later this summer from a vote...

Tennessee Jr. Sheep Expo

Hundreds of 4-H and FFA members are showing off their skills and sheep at the Tennessee Jr Livestock Expo Sheep events in Cookeville.

Tobacco’s Hope for the Future

If we flashback to April of this year, we remember an announcement from Alliance One on their decision to not purchase some 5,000 acres...

4th of July Picnic Tips

When we cook outside for the Fourth of July, what are the biggest mistakes many of us make? USDA's Gary Crawford has the story.

Renewable Energy Opportunity for Farmers

The Southeast Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council has teamed up with Ensave to offer free renewable energy assessments to Tennessee farmers and rural...

TN Farm Bureau Applauds Senate Passage of Farm Bill

With the recent passage by the Senate of the Farm Bill, the legislation moves closer to the finish line. AFBF's Michael Clements has the...

Utilizing New Technology

As everyone in society continues to embrace technology to stay up-to-date on all the latest information and trends, farmers are doing the same.

It’s Fair Time in Tennessee

As July approaches, so does fair season. This means your county fairgrounds will be hosting their annual fair, which includes a host of activities...

Prices Down. Positive Outlooks.

U.S. agriculture's financial health is dependent on exports. As a country, we export 50% of major crops, 70% of fruit and 25% of pork....

A Fresh Look at GMOs

A Fresh Look is a farmer founded campaign made up of farmers across the U.S. who want to help answer the questions and concerns...

Learning in the Summer

The Tennessee Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences hosted at the University of Tennessee at Martin is half-way through their 2018 summer term.

House Passes Farm Bill

The House reconsidered and then proceeded to narrowly pass their Farm Bill with a vote of 213-211 Thursday afternoon.

Melon Pride

Northern Middle Tennessee has gained a new cooperative strictly for melon farmers. Melon Pride Cooperative is made up of farmers from Robertson County and...

Field Day brings Producers and Residents Together

The 10th Annual Fruits of the Backyard Field Day was held at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.

Helping our Bees and Pollinators

This week we are celebrating National Pollinator Week. USDA's Gary Crawford has more.

Getting Closer to a New Farm Bill

There could be more movement this week in Congress for the nation's farm policy.

4-H Fun at Academic Conference

While it may not sound like a lot of fun attending an academic conference in the Summer for Jr. High students, it was for...

Ripe for Harvest

Farmers across Tennessee have been busy this Spring planting corn, cotton and soybeans.  They’re also now looking to harvest their winter wheat crop.

Lone Oaks Dream

Lone Oaks Farm is continuing to take shape into becoming a premier 4-H Conference Center.

Shooting Hunger

Hundreds show up in Carroll County for the 2nd Annual Shooting Hunger event to benefit hunger relief in Tennessee.

Preparing the Future

While most kids are out of school for the Summer break, there are some teachers already prepping for the return to the classroom by...

It’s Still Nature’s Most Perfect Food

Denise Jones of the Dairy Alliance says despite all the challenges the dairy industry is under, there’s still no denying the health benefits of...

Future Leader in the FFA

As National FFA Convention is approaching, Tennessee has selected their 2018 National FFA Officer Candidate.

Educating our Future

Teachers from across the state attended a training to learn new interactive ways to teach their students.

Working for that Goal

During the June Dairy Month Kickoff Luncheon former Tennessee Titan NFL football player George Wilson helped to inspire the Tennessee 4-H students attending with...

Celebrating and Promoting June Dairy Month

One of the largest June Dairy Day events in the southeast was just held at Battle Mountain Farm in Williamson County where about 200...

From the Farm to the White House

For the past year, Ray Starling has served President Donald Trump as his Special Assistant for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance at the White...

Still Hope for a Farm Bill

Farmers here in Tennessee and across the country are still hopeful Congress will consider and pass a Farm Bill.

We Must Never Forget

As we celebrate Memorial Day we must never forget those service men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Importance of House Ag Committee

Many people may not realize what the United States House Agriculture committee impacts, but their reach is far beyond policy.

WOTUS Rule Still a Threat

Even though WOTUS isn’t a hot topic right now, the threat isn’t gone, and action is still needed by many agricultural advocates to push...

Dairy Farmers Hear from Administrator

Recently the Tennessee and Kentucky Farm Bureau’s hosted a meeting in Knoxville for USDA dairy officials and farmers to address some of the industry...

Farm Bill Voted Down, Not Out

After multiple listening sessions and hearings across the country for the House Agriculture Committee, the full House voted down the Farm Bill.

Rural Innovation Conference

Tennessee Tech University’s Center for Rural Innovation is hosting its first ever conference to really showcase what it can offer to the community and...

No Farms, No Food, No Future

A new report from the American Farmland Trust shows alarming numbers on how much land is taken out of farm production because of development.

Billions Could Be Lost from China Soybean Tariff

While Tennessee farmers are busy planting more than a million acres of soybeans across the state this spring, many are wondering what might happen...

Dairy Farmers Form New Co-op

Recently several dairymen from southeastern states came together to form their own Appalachian Dairy Farmers Cooperative with Piedmont Milk sales to market their milk.

Working for His Farmers

Tennessee 8th District Congressman David Kustoff says all American’s and especially members of Congress need to understand the important contributions of our farmers and...

FFA Plant Sales a Great Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and a unique gift you may not have thought of will also help your local FFA chapter.

Favorite Field Trip of the Year

Learning all about farm life was the focus this week as more than 1100 elementary kids attended the annual Knox County Farm Day at...

Farmers Need Certainty From Trade Talks

Farmers and ranchers are looking for certainty in trade from talks on NAFTA and China. Micheal Clements has more.

A Dwindling Buzz

Staggering loses have been reported by Tennessee beekeepers once again and this should concern everyone.

Looking for New Markets

Yes, trade disputes with China may hurt U.S. ag sales there, but there are many other potential markets to explore. Stephanie Ho has the...

Madison County Farmer Named Farmer of the Year

36 year-old Johnny Verrell of Madison County has been named Tennessee’s Farmer of the Year by the UT Extension Service and he will represent...

Contact Lawmakers Now to Support the Farm Bill

Now is the time to let legislators know how important the farm bill is to rural America.

Finally Good Planting Weather

Its been a long time coming but it looks as if the weather will cooperate for a while for Tennessee row crop farmers as...

Perdue Says Farm Bill Likely This Year

As Tennessee farmers continuing planting this year’s crops, many are hopefull Congress will continue moving the Farm Bill through to passage.

Ag Broadband Connectivity Bill Will Close Connectivity Gaps

The Senate Commerce Committee recently passed the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018, WHICH IS designed to deliver broadband service, crucial for operating today’s...

30 Years of Service

Rep. Steve McDaniel, a long-time member of the state House of Representatives is looking forward to going home at the conclusion of this legislative...

Helping Our Neighbors

While Oklahoma is several hundred miles away, they’re still a neighbor in need and 18 firefighters from the Volunteer State and the Tennessee Division...

Extension Vital to All

The University of Tenn. Extension Service is still the one place that farmers and all consumers can go in each county to the information...

TPP Talks Return

Speculation grows about a possible U.S. return to the Trans Pacific Partnership and what that may mean for the American ag sector.

Farm Bill Moves Ahead

The American Farm Bureau Federation says this week’s party-line vote on the farm bill is a standard practice for agriculture legislation.

Sec. Perdue Covering the State

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue was back in Knoxville yesterday meeting with Farm Bureau and Coop leaders as part of a Tax Day event where...

Growing Food, Growing People

Cul2vate is a non-profit organization at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville with two goals, growing food for hungry people and growing people for those...

Sec. Perdue Back in Middle Tennessee

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue had the chance to meet with a group of diversified farmers in Tennessee last week as he toured the...

Finally Weather to Plant

Corn planters are finally starting to roll across the Volunteer State after a wet Spring has held many producers up from getting to their...

Getting Some Respect for Alfalfa

Alfalfa is now one of the top U.S. crops in terms of value, but some would say not in terms of attention. USDA’S Gary...

A Voice for Tennessee Farmers

Rep. Scott Desjarlais is Tennessee’s Congressman from the 4th District and he was hopeful that Congress would have already passed a new Farm Bill.

Tobacco Changes Continue

Tobacco was once the king crop of Tennessee agriculture but now it continues to see declines in acres of production.

State FFA Star Farmer

The Tennessee State FFA Convention was held recently and the state’s Star Farmer was announced, with Murray Perkins of the Paris FFA Chapter receiving...

Prepared to Win

Recently at the 90th Tennessee State FFA Convention, John Ryan Scarlett of the Jefferson County FFA Chapter was named the state winner in the...

Getting the Power Right

When it comes to power, the 23 electric cooperatives across the state that make up the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association handle quite a bit...

FFA Star in Agriscience

Recently during the Tennessee State FFA convention, Montana Wright of the Stewarts Creek FFA chapter was named the state Star in Agriscience.

Making An Impact in FFA

The Tennessee state FFA convention was recently held in Gatlinburg and FFA’s national Central Region Vice President Piper Merritt was able to attend the...

The Future Farmers of America

Over 3000 Tennessee FFA members just concluded their 90th Annual Convention and selected a new slate of officers to lead the organization for the...

90th State FFA Convention

The newest member of the Tennessee FFA family is Executive Director Josh Bledsoe and at a week on the job, he is at the...

I Can. We Will. FFA.

90TH Tennessee State FFA Convention is underway and for East TN Vice President Kenzie Bastian, it is both a joy and a little bittersweet...

Blue Jackets Flood Gatlinburg

Tennessee’s State FFA Convention is underway in Gatlinburg with students from all across the state descending on the town to compete, showcase and be...

4-H Congress Officers Elected

During the 71st Tennessee 4-H Congress, a new Governor, Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the House were elected to preside over next...

Celebrating Tennessee Agriculture

Ag Day on the Hill was held at the capitol in Nashville where lawmakers got to see firsthand why agriculture is our state’s number...

4-H Branching from their Roots

For the 71st year hundreds of Tennessee 4-Hers this week have been taking part in 4-H Congress.

Agriculture: Food for Life

This is National Agriculture Week, a time set aside to recognize what many of us refer to as our most important industry.

Looking to Help Dairy Farmers

Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton put together a meeting this week at the Department of Agriculture with other state agencies and organizations to...

Dairy Farmers Looking for Answers

Dairy farmer Caleb Watson and his brother, Josh, of Loudon County were one of ten Tennessee dairies that were recently given a 90-day notice...

Walking Back to the Future

Quite a show for nearly 2000, mostly elementary, kids gathered recently in Shelbyville’s Calsonic Arena for an Equine Education Day for the Tennessee Walking...

March is Extension Month in Tennessee

This is thr 4th year Tennessee has celebrated Extension month in March and it highlights all Extension does for Tennessee.

Spring Time Means Bee Time

With Spring gearing up, that means soon flowers will be blooming and crops will be in full swing. But it is also a time...

Supermarkets vs. the World

Our supermarkets are being challenged on a number of fronts by some unlikely competitors. USDA’s Gary Crawford has the story.

Getting Closer

It may not feel like it today, but Spring is fast approaching and farmers are gearing up for another crop season.

Secretary Perdue Visits West TN Farmers

Close to 150 farmers gathered at Richard Jameson’s farm shop in Haywood County this past Saturday for a special visit from U.S. Secretary of...

State of the Union for Ag

If the experts at USDA’s recent Outlook Forum are right, 2018 will be yet another year of belt tightening by farmers.

Respecting the Power

Middle Tennessee Electric recently gave a presentation to young farmers using their safety demonstration trailer to highlight the potential hazards with electrical lines in...

Agvocating at the Capitol

This week at the state capitol in Nashville, Farm Bureau leaders from across the volunteer state have been meeting with their lawmakers expressing their...

Leadership by Example

State Senator Mark Green of Clarksville gave a keynote address to young farmers gathered recently for the Tennessee Council of Cooperatives’ Young Leaders Conference...

Young Leaders Today

Cooperatively Building a Better Tennessee was the theme of the recent Tennessee Young Leaders Conference held in Franklin.

Snapshot of Farms and Land in Farms

What are some of the highlights from USDA’s annual look at how many farms are in our nation, and how much land is in...

Promoting Goodwill in the FFA

Its National FFA Week here in Tennessee and across the country and the state FFA officer team is traveling from Knoxville to Memphis visiting...

Leadership for Young Farmers

More than a thousand young farmers from 41 states have been attending the American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers Leadership Conference in Reno, Nevada, including...

Infrastructure Proposal Good News for Rural America

President Trump’s budget includes much needed funding for rural infrastructure projects.

Farm Income Expected to Fall More

In its latest farm income forecast for this year USDA is projecting another year of falling farm income.

Stepping Out of the Box to Agvocate

For the Peterson Farm Brothers of Kansas, they’re still seeing incredible response, almost viral-like, every time they put out a new parody video from...

Long-term Impact of Cover Crops

Most research projects last 3-5 years, but scientists with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently finished a 29-year study to find the...

A Balance for Farmers and Wildlife

Clay County farmer Brian McLerran is enjoying his appointment to the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.

WOTUS Application Date Extension a Win for Agriculture

The American Farm Bureau Federation says the latest action to extend the applicability date of the WOTUS rule provides a path forward for a...

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