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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.

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...

Checking Corn in February

Tennessee corn growers are a little closer to seeing a referendum to vote on whether to have a checkoff in place for research and...

Getting the FACCTs Right

For the past several years, the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee, or FACCT, has been working across the state providing producers and consumers...

Shared Goals for Ag in 2018

During his State of the Union address President Trump didn't mention agriculture or farming specifically, but there are several shared goals for both.

Beef is Big Business

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is holding their annual meeting in Phoenix and their current President  Craig Yuden was here last week for the...

Working for a new Farm Bill

Tennessee's 4th District Congressman Scott DesJarlais is now into his 8th year in Washington and every year the one committee he's been a constant...

Cattlemen Name Gresham Legislator of the Year

The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association recognized Senator Delores Gresham as their legislator of the year.

Success for Tennessee Cattlemen

The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association just held their 33RD annual convention and trade show in Murfreesboro and by all accounts was a big success.

Treemendous Opportunity

John McFadden is CEO of the TN Environmental Council and this year they have a goal of planting 250,000 trees in one day on...

First Ever UT Basketball Ag Night

Tennessee Farm Bureau and TN Farmers Cooperative recently teamed up to host the first ever UT Basketball agriculture night and careers panel discussion on...

Trading Power

Farm Bureau members are looking to NAFTA talks to create even better trade opportunities.

Ag Committee Hears from Ag Department

Tennessee’s Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton appeared before the state House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee this week to give an overview of the...

Coming Together to End Opioid Epidemic

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has announced a comprehensive plan to end the opioid epidemic and the nation’s two largest farming organizations have announced a...

The Feed Must Go On

Governor Bill Haslam has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency that waives hours of service for livestock and poultry drivers.

Research Expanding for Organics At Agricenter

The 1000-acre campus of Agricenter International just outside of Memphis will soon include in its arsenal of tools, an Organic Resource Center.

Farmers Celebrate 2017 Victories

As a new year gets underway, farmers and ranchers have several victories to celebrate from 2017.

Jr Hog Success

The interest continues to stay strong for Tennessee’s Junior Livestock shows.  The latest success comes from the state Jr. Market Hog show held at...

A Strong Voice for Farm Bureau Retiring

After 31 years on the job, the American Farm Bureau’s Mary Kay Thatcher is set to retire at the end of this month.

Farm Bureau Policy Agenda Set for 2018

Besides the excitement around President Trump attending the American Farm Bureau convention in Nashville this week, there were other important business items to tend...

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