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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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Tyson Investment a Shot in the Arm

Gov. Bill Lee and other state, local and federal officials were on hand for the grand opening of the Tyson Humboldt processing facility and...

Stepped-Up Basis

A proposal to eliminate the stepped-up basis in agriculture would have a costly impact.

Finally a Ribbon Cutting for Tyson Humboldt

Tyson Foods is a step closer to operational at their new Humboldt processing facility that's been three years in the making.

Connecting Rural Residents

The President's jobs plan would help rural residents and farmers to better connected with the world, virtually and physically.

Corn and Soybean Plantings Down Nationwide; Up in Tennessee

Corn and Soybean plantings are expected higher in Tennessee but USDA predicts farmers will plant less nationwide than anticipated. Micheal Clements shares what this...

Vaccinating to Protect Our Food Security

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall appearing virtually recently with Vice President Kamala Harris giving an update on the progression of vaccination's in rural...

Protecting the Crop

Here in a few weeks a lot of us enjoy the sweet taste of home grown strawberries and later in the spring those Tennessee-grown...

Appointed to Serve Our Most Important Industry

Tennessee State Representative Johnny Shaw of Bolivar was appointed by Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton to serve on the Agriculture and Rural Development...

Rain, Rain and More Rain

Over the weekend, parts of Middle and East Tennessee were hit hard with storms, causing massive amounts of flooding and detrimental damage.

Taking Home A Tractor

Hunter Grills of Dyer County was the winner of the Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award contest back in July and as the...


Every ten years, we go through the process of counting ourselves through the U.S. Census.  And afterwards, the state comptroller’s office studies and maps...

All About Ag

Farmers, 4-H and the FFA had the opportunity to address the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee this week in Nashville as part of...

Celebrating National Ag Week

The agriculture industry is celebrating National Ag Week. As Micheal Clements shares, the week highlights the hard work by farmers and ranchers to keep...

Cooking Up an Ag Day Celebration

This week at the Nashville Farmers Market team RFD-TV took home the "Best of Show" award in the National Ag Day Omelet Cook-Off.

It’s National Ag Day

Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed today as Agriculture Day in Tennessee as there's no doubt it's our number one industry, providing an economic impact...

Celebrating Our Most Important Industry

All this week, we're celebrating National Agriculture Week, and Tuesday is National Ag Day.

Farmers Markets Ready to Keep Growing

Tennessee is blessed to have an abundant number of farmers markets and since the onset of COVID-19, they have been elevated to perhaps an...

Emerging Ecosystem Credit Markets for Agriculture

Agricultural ecosystem credit markets are an emerging revenue stream, and Farm Bureau has recently begun to explore those markets through its Market Intel series.

Young Leader Development

Every year the Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers gather with folks from the Tennessee Council of Cooperatives to have their Young Leaders Conference, and...

Grain Bin Safety

First responders from seven lower Middle Tennessee counties just completed a course on grain bin awareness and rescue training.

To-Go Containers From the Farm

It has been years in the making and now it's a reality.  Vonore, TN-based manufacturer Genera is now producing takeout containers that originate from...

Thankful to the Serve the Ag Industry

After 38 years at Tennessee Farmers Cooperative, CEO Bart Krisle is stepping down to enjoy more time with his family, but his time and...

The Voice of Agriculture in Nashville

Representative Curtis Halford, state House member and Chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, understands agriculture is our most important industry and even...

Ag Industry on the Same Page

Recently, leaders of the state's ag and forestry industry came together in person in Lebanon for the third annual Ag Industry Partners meeting.

Leadership on the Farm

There's no doubt farmers make an impact on the people they are around and the people they are working for. That's why trained counselor...

Safety on the Farm

The Madison County Farm Bureau along Valley View Agri Systems has donated over $6,800 to the Madison County Fire Department for grain bin rescue...

Vilsack Returns with Greater Appreciation for Trade

USDA's returning Secretary of Agriculture is returning to the agency with a greater appreciation for issues like trade.

Redrawing the Lines

Every ten years, we go through the process of counting ourselves through the U.S. Census.  And afterwards, the state comptroller's office studies and maps...

A New Face to UT Extension

A veterinarian, beef industry partner and expert in teaching and community engagement, Dr. Ashley Stokes has officially taken the lead as the new Dean...

Ag Support from the Top

Governor Bill Lee continues his recognition and unwavering support for the state's ag industry.

Congressman Rose Still Advocating for Agriculture

Tennessee's 6th District Congressman John Rose, now in his 2nd term in Congress was recently recognized by the Tennessee Council of Cooperatives for the...

A Unique Position

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall told lawmakers farmers are part of the solution to climate change.

Virtual Legislative Visits

With the state capitol and legislative office still under Covid protocol, Farm Bureau leaders across the state are connecting to their lawmakers virtually.

Adapting to the New University Experience

University of Tennessee at Martin Chancellor Dr. Keith Carver talks about the student experience under the pandemic.

FFA Goodwill Tour

Even though the FFA Goodwill Tour is a little different with the pandemic, the message for support is still strong.

Wage Increases for H-2A Workers

Farmers must pay H-2A workers more in 2021, as defined by a report from the Department of Agriculture. Micheal Clements shares what this means...

Farm Income Projections Down, Outlook Up

A drop in government payments to farmers will cause a drop in overall farm sector income this year.

Winter Finally Hitting Hard All Over

What are the agricultural impacts of expanding extreme cold weather? Stephanie Ho has the story.

Farmers Protecting Their Livestock

West and Middle Tennessee farmers have been hit pretty hard this week with snow, sleet and extremely cold weather conditions and that means a...

More Research Needed

A new Farm Bureau analysis offers a look at carbon sequestration by agriculture in the United States. Micheal Clements shares how the data reveals agriculture needs...

Listening to the Concerns of Farmers

Tennessee's 7th District Congressman Mark Green says he's working to listen and support Tennessee farmers.

A New Tractor on the Farm

Its not everyday that a new tractor shows up on the farm, but that's exactly the case for 29-year old Kary Robinson of Franklin...

Investment for Rural Tennessee

This week Governor Bill Lee delivered his state of the state address to state lawmakers and part of his budget proposals submitted are earmarked...

Caution Still Needed

Farm bankruptcies declined in 2020. However, as Micheal Clements shares, that doesn’t necessarily mean the outlook for agriculture is improving.

Preparing for the Cold

Just looking at the upcoming forecast will make you shiver, as cold temperatures are expected throughout the week, and for farmers, this means extra...

Adapting to the Environment

This week hundreds of farmers would have attended the West Tennessee Grain Conference in Dyersburg as in years past in person, but because of...

Food Safety Measures for Super Sunday

One food safety expert says the food safety practices of many of us on Super Bowl Sunday might need further review. Gary Crawford has...

Similar Priorities for Farm Bureau, Vilsack

President Joe Biden’s nominee for Agriculture Secretary holds some of the same goals as the American Farm Bureau Federation. Micheal Clements shares what issues...

Many Farmers Looking to Spring

Regardless of whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, our farmers are gearing up for another planting season, but they will be mindful...

U.S. Farmers Remain Hopeful for South African Workers

Farmers like Jason Head of Montgomery County are concerned whether their H-2A workers from South Africa would be allowed to come to the U.S....

Trade with China

China purchased near record levels of U.S. farm products last year and that pace continues so far in 2021.

Mastering Our Tennessee Crops

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has launched its new Tennessee Master Row Crop Certification program across the state. Tennessee Master Row Crop Certification

Contract Growers Eligible for CFAP

The Department of Agriculture has updated the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to provide relief to more producers. Micheal Clements shares who can apply for...

Beef’s Refocus on the Retail Meat Section

The circumstances of a pandemic led the beef industry to shift its marketing and promotion focus on sales over the meat counter of grocery...

Reporting Back

The American Farm Bureau Federation released a report detailing how USDA NASS can improve accuracy and farmer confidence in survey results.

Meat Processors Hopeful Trends Continue

Last year at the onset of the pandemic, we all saw empty meat counters at local grocery stores, and that caused the demand on...

Building Stronger Relationships for Agriculture

The Biden Administration takes over in Washington and ag groups like Farm Bureau are hoping the transition is seamless for America's farmers and ranchers.

USDA Expands Eligibility for CFAP

The latest update to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program includes expanded eligibility for some commodities.

Still Farming to Feed America

The American Farm Bureau Federation is supporting Feeding America through sales of the #StillFarming to Feed America t-shirts.

Farm Bureau Sets Policy Objectives for the Year

Farm Bureau delegates voted on policy priorities for 2021 at the conclusion of the American Farm Bureau Federation Virtual Annual Convention. Micheal Clements shares...

A Virtual Success

The American Farm Bureau convention this year is almost complete and while farmers were hoping to be in-person at the 102nd annual meeting, COVID-19...

Sharing a Passion for Agriculture

Cannon County's Lou Nave has been elected once again to serve on the American Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee.

Closing the Gap

Normally farmer delegates from all across the country would be gathering for the American Farm Bureau convention but because of the pandemic it was...

Farm Economy Outlook in 2021

The farm economy outlook is improving thanks to trade, COVID-19 relief, and a market rally.

Farmers Hope to Expand Poultry in Henderson County

Farmers in Henderson County are looking to diversify and take advantage of a new market opportunity for poultry farming.

Join AFBF’s Convention This Weekend

The American Farm Bureau Federation will kick off its virtual annual convention this weekend.

Keeping That New Year’s Resolution

Why do many of us fail to keep our New Year's resolution to start exercising? Gary Crawford has an expert with the answer.

Building on Tennessee’s Top Industry

Weakley County farmer Andy Holt has taken a position with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture as Director of Business Development.

Farm Bureau Priorities for the New Congress

The American Farm Bureau Federation is looking ahead to the 117th Congress. Chad Smith has more on AFBF’s priorities in the new year.

New Year’s on the Farm

Today, a lot of us are hoping the start of the new year will bring better days as we all look towards containment of...

Hoping for a Better Year

If we've heard it once, we've heart it a thousand times - 2020 has been a tough year.

Register for Farm Bureau’s Virtual Convention

Registration is now open for the 2021 American Farm Bureau Federation Virtual Annual Convention.

What a Year for Agriculture in 2020

Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Charlie Hatcher reflects on the year in agriculture.

A New Bull for the New Year

If you're a cattle producer and looking for a better herd bull, the UT Bull Test Sale is coming up January 14.

Thankful at Christmas

This year, Christmas is definitely a lot more special for Robert and Shelia Earhart of Sullivan County.

COVID Package Includes Relief for Agriculture

The last-minute COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress includes some much-needed assistance for agriculture. Micheal Clements shares what the $13 billion bill has to...

Funds Available to Improve Tenn. Dairies

A new grant from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is available to help modernize and diversify Tennessee dairies. Tennessee Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives Grant    

COVID-19 Impact to Tennessee Ag

A new economic report has been published by the UT Institute of Agriculture as part of the state's overall economic report to the governor...

Introvert to Extrovert

Tim Held, Tennessee 4-H's State Council President from Bradley County, has been positively impacted by the youth organization ever since he began his involvement...

Goodies and Gifties for Gardening Gurus

Is there a lawn and gardening enthusiast on your gift list this Christmas? Need some cool gift ideas? There are a few in this...

A Voice for Animal Agriculture

Whether its cattle, sheep and goats, hogs or equine, farm families in all 95 counties are dependent on the income from these animals and...

Trade Activity Buzzing for U.S. Ag

As 2020 draws to a close, the United States is busy working to improve things on the trade front for American farmers. Chad Smith...

A New Chairman for Tennessee Young Farmers

Marshall County's Doug Giles has been selected to chair the Tennessee Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee for 2021.

Farm Bureau Standing Up for Dairy Farmers

The American Farm Bureau Federation says Dean Foods is targeting dairy farmers through the food and beverage company’s bankruptcy proceedings. Micheal Clements shares what...

New Dean of Extension at UT

Dr. Ashley Stokes has been selected to serve as the next Dean of Extension for the University of Tennessee.  

Still Making a Positive Difference

Erin Welch, serving as Tennessee FFA's State President and from Dyer County, recently brought comments to a group of Farm Bureau members at their...

Our Most Important Industry

Having grown up on a farm in Williamson County, Governor Bill Lee holds the agriculture industry near and dear to his heart, and as...

New Ag Exhibit Open at Discovery Park of America

The new Simmons Bank Ag Center is now open at Discovery Park of America in Union City to learn more about our most important...

Helping to Improve Health Care for Rural Residents

Many rural residents don't have as much access to quality health care as those in urban areas, but that's starting to change.

Congress Working on Passing 2021 Spending Bills

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C.  are working towards an agreement on the 2021 spending package. Micheal Clements shares what the package may mean for farmers...

Real Christmas Trees Going Fast

The family tradition of going out and choosing that special Christmas tree is something the pandemic can't take away.

Higher Inventory, Lower Placements

The latest Cattle on Feed Report shows a decline in placements and an increase in inventory.

Paying It Forward

We've had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.

Remember to Shop Local

Morgan Flowers and her husband Brian of Flowers Creamery in Giles County are counting on the general public to find their new farm products...

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! In a year that has been quite less than normal, it feels good to celebrate what we're thankful for, doesn't it?

Still Thankful

This year has been hard on all of us, but farmers in Tennessee are resilient and are still finding lots to be thankful for...

Thankful for the Ag Industry

As we all take stock of the time we're in, especially this Thanksgiving season, we should all be grateful for the things we sometimes...

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner to Cost Less This Year

The annual Thanksgiving price survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows lower prices for a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year.

Burn Safe Tennessee

Tennessee Division of Forestry officials remind us this time of year just how dangerous wildfires can be.

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