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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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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...

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...

From High School to College

When you hear about 4-H or FFA, you typically relate both organizations to students in either elementary, middle or high school, but students from...

A Nuisance to Farmers

Recently an educational and evaluation session on black vulture sub-permits was held where local farmers gathered to learn more about their options when dealing...

Swine Fever Reshaping the Global Pork Industry

The African swine fever outbreak in China means the nation must import more pork to keep up with demand.

59th State Land Judging Contest

The 59th Annual State Land Judging competition was held this week in Oak Ridge as 4-H and FFA teams were competing for top honors...

ReConnecting Economic Opportunities for Rural Tennessee

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was back in the Volunteer State to announce the first grant recipients under USDA's Reconnect Pilot Program for expanding...

Focus on Sustainability

Farmers are some of the biggest advocates for sustainability. American Farm Bureau's Micheal Clements has more.

Representing the Volunteer State

Jerry Ray of Moore County recently traveled to Moultrie, Georgia for the Sunbelt Ag Expo as the 30th Tennessee Swisher Sweets Southeastern Farmer of...

Getting the Story Right

Members of the Tennessee Farm Bureau's Ag In the Classroom Advisory Council met to hear how the program is working to share the story...

The Push for More Trade

With the hopes of a soon signed trade agreement with China, there's a continued push for Congress to pass the bipartisan-supported trade deal with...

An Even Bigger China Trade Deal for Ag

President Trump and U.S. farmers are excited to hear the news of positive negotiations towards trade with China.

Celebrating National 4-H Week

4-H students and alumni across the country are celebrating an organization which has influenced many, including Tennessee State 4-H Council President Laura Grace Jenkins.

Excelling in Agriculture

Jason and Julie Head of Montgomery County were recently selected as this year's Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Winners.

Support for Trade and our Farms

Vice President Mike Pence and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue were in Tennessee to promote the US Canada Mexico Trade Agreement.

New State Vet Ready to Protect and Promote Animal Agriculture

Dr. Samantha Beaty has been preparing for her new role as Tennessee State Veterinarian since growing up in Fentress County. TDA Names Dr. Samantha Beaty...

Dry Conditions, Fire Threat Linger

The continued dry conditions are causing an increase in the number of fires being reported across the state as state officials urge extreme caution. Burn...

Time to Celebrate Porktober

Did you know that October is Pork Month? The entire month of October, Tennessee Pork Producers will be celebrating Porktober by educating consumers, with...

AFBF Applauds U.S. – Japan Agreement

Last week's announcement of the United States - Japan trade agreement is a positive step for agriculture. Michael Clements has more.

Shooting Hunger

Farm industry partners recently came together for their 5th annual Shooting Hunger event at the Nashville Gun Club that helps raise money and awareness...

Urban FFA Chapters Making a Difference

The Future Farmers of America has been around and an important part of vocational education in our high schools for nearly 100 years, and...

Favorite Field Trip of the Year

Every year Jefferson County holds their annual Farm Day where more than 500 students attend to learn more about where their food comes from.

Finally a Little Rain, But Still Extremely Dry

While some areas of the state finally got some rain, its still critically dry throughout Tennessee, and its been hard on cattle producers.

Driving Rural Prosperity

USDA's Rural Development is helping to build a youth center in Meigs County through a substantial grant from the Community Facilities Direct Loan program. USDA...

Southern 4-H’ers Making the Best Better

Close to 400 4-H'ers have recently attended the 15th Annual Southern Region Teen Leadership Conference at the Clyde York 4-H Center in Crossville.

One of Our Most Dangerous Occupations

This week is National Farm Safety and Health Week, where folks across the country are bringing awareness to some of the dangers of farming....

Farm Safety at Harvest and Year Round

This time of year throughout Tennessee a lot of extra traffic on our roadways should rmeind us all about safe driving practices.

Harvest on Go

Tennessee row crop farmers are taking advantage of the dry weather and getting their crops harvested, especially corn, soybeans, and even a little cotton.

WOTUS Repeal a Win for Farmers

The American Farm Bureau Federation says repealing the 2015 WOTUS rule is a victory for clean water and clear rules.

A Lot of Pull

During the Tennessee State Fair, state lawmakers participate with Nashville television personalities in the annual Cow Milking contest.

All About the Farm at the Fair

At the State Fair and Tennessee Valley Fair, over 2000 elementary kids got to experience the farm up close as they had field days...

The State Fair’s Future

Election day for the Mayor of Nashville and both candidates showed their support of the ag industry at a forum during the annual FFA...

An East Tennessee Hamburger Grill-Off

At the kickoff of the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville, Meteorologist  Cassie Nall and Todd Howell of WBIR TV took the honors of Best...

What a Ham!

The Tennessee FFA Country Ham breakfast was another big success this week at the Tennessee State Fair.

On the Mooove

The Tennessee State Fair kicks off with the 2019 theme "On the Mooove."

A Place to Turn

Farmers have had it tough over the last several years and the Farm Service Agency is a place they can turn to for information,...

Urban FFA Chapters Making a Difference

The Oakland High School FFA Chapter in Murfreesboro is one of many chapters with a predominantly urban setting.

Improving Trade Agreements Vital for Farmers

The recently announced U.S.-Japan trade deal and the potential for USMCA passage before the end of the year are bright spots on the agricultural...

Voices Heard

Tennessee congressman Dr. Scott DesJarlais has been traveling the 4th District over the Augus recess and he recently took time to meet with nearly...

Popularity Growing for Cell Culture

Like it or not, cell-cultured meat is here to stay, at least say those like Julie Anna Potts, CEO of the North American Meat...

A Crisis for Critical Care

There's no doubt rural areas of Tennessee are taking a blow with the closure of local hospitals. TFBF Rural Healthcare Policy bulletin Tennessean story on rural...

The ‘Polar Coaster’ is Coming

We still have some three weeks of Summer left but many of us have already felt a hint of Fall in the air.  But...

Be a Visual Thinker

World-renowned animal care specialist Temple Grandin was in Tennessee recently and she spoke to a full crowd in Cookeville for Tennessee Tech University.

Dealing With the Ups and Downs

Tennessee row crop farmers are entering the harvest season as corn is drying down, they just wish prices would go up.

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