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Tennessee Home & Farm Radio is a two-minute agricultural highlight with co-hosts Lee Maddox, Melissa Burniston Bratton and Amy Beckham. 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. 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.

Melissa Bratton

Harvest Still Lingers

This time of year at Thanksgiving, the past couple of years anyway, Tennessee row crop farmers had completed most of their harvest.  But no...

A True Value for Thanksgiving Meal

The average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal for ten is down again according to the American Farm Bureau's 33rd annual survey.

Our Farms are Our Future

There's a reason the state seal of Tennessee has agriculture prominently displayed, it's our most important industry.

Farm Bureau Pushes for a New Farm Bill During Lame-Duck Session

Now that the 2018 elections are finished, the American Farm Bureau Federation is looking for a new farm bill to pass in the upcoming...

Still Working on Harvest

Another challenging year for Tennessee row crop producers as they battle Mother Nature to complete harvest of their fall crops.  It's ending much like...

Remembering Our Veterans

It is easy to lose sight of those heroes who have sacrificed years of their life, time with family and friends, and sometimes even...

Bringing the Farm to Davidson County

McGavock High School in Nashville is challenging the limitations of urban living and urban education.

The Election is Over…Now What?

It seems like all we have heard and seen for the last several months have been related to the election...well it is over, we...

Seeking the Rural Vote

Election day is finally upon us and many farm and rural residents will be casting their ballots in the race for governor and senate...

Rural Vote Matters

Down to the wire finally for the November elections and there's no doubt the rural vote will matter.

Ag in the Classroom Still Making an Impact

Tennessee's Ag in the Classroom program is vital to sharing our most important industry to those students off the farm.

The President, FFA and the Power of “Just One”

Every year the National FFA Organization invites the sitting president to bring remarks at the National FFA Convention and this year, President Trump accepted...

More Consumers Are Dining Out. What Does That Mean for Farmers?

Since 2010, U.S. consumers are spending more money dining out than for food prepared at home. AFBF’S Micheal Clements has the story.

President Will Speak to National FFA Convention

For the first time in 27 years a standing president will speak to the thousands of FFA members in attendance at the National FFA...

Livestock Haulers Seeking More Flexible Hours of Service Rules

Organizations representing livestock, bee, and fish haulers across the country are asking the Department of Transportation for more flexibility on Hours of Service requirements....

Tennessee Shines at National FFA Convention

The National FFA Convention is happening now in Indianapolis, Indiana with more than 65,000 expected in attendance, and Tennessee FFA has many students competing...

National FFA Star Finalist

National FFA Convention is happening this week, with more than 60,000 decending on Indianapolis, Indiana for leadership development, a career show and the chance...

A Legacy of Leadership

Willard Lacy Upchurch will always be remembered for his passion of faith, family and farming.  The former Tennessee Farm Bureau president passed away last...

4-H and FFA Members Take on Land Judging

The State 4-H and FFA Land Judging Contest was held recently with a team rising to the top to be named state champions for...

Recovering from Michael

Farmers in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia have had quite a few weeks of weather disasters.  First, from hurricane Florence and now...

Focus on Rural Tennessee

Jim Tracy, the state director for Tennessee's Rural Development office of USDA, says the agency is continuing to provide grants and loans to help...

Farming the City

Agricenter International, located just outside of Memphis, is in the perfect location to share the important story of agriculture to some folks that don't...

Farm Credit Invests in the Future

The Farm Credit Scholars Program is a leadership investment program Farm Credit Mid-America created for students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

A Forum for Our Most Important Industry

Ag industry leaders attended Farm Credit Mid-America's Tennessee Agriculture Leadership Forum in Murfreesboro.

The 4-H Impact

It's National 4-H Week, and we think that deserves a shoutout to a 4-H student who has been impacted by the program.  

YF&R Travels East

Each fall Tennessee's Young Farmers and Ranchers take a fall tour, and this year's tour was in East Tennessee's Sullivan County.

Fuel Up to Play 60

The NFL and the National Dairy Council continue to promote their successful wellness program to elementary students, Fuel Up To Play 60, and Watertown...

Eat Together. Eat Better.

This October the Dairy Alliance is making their annual effort to encourage families to eat together at least one meal a day.


The U.S. and Canada have reached an agreement that will benefit Tennessee and American farmers as part of the new USMCA.

A Waiting Game on Farm Policy

The deadline has come and passed for a new Farm Bill to be approved before the September 30 expiration of the old law.  But...

Shooting Hunger

Members of the statewide ag community came together for the 4th Annual Shooting Hunger sporting clays event to benefit 2nd Harvest Food Bank of...

Dry Time Needed

Tennessee cotton farmers, now ready for harvest, are hopeful the dry times are coming because for the past few days, its been anything but...

County Impact on Agriculture

A recent study by the University of Tennessee reveals the economic impact of agriculture in each of Tennessee's 95 counties.

Blessed to Serve

University of Tennessee President Dr. Joe DiPietro speaking at Milan No Till Field day about his job of overseeing the statewide university system.

The Ride of a Lifetime

Shelbyville's Jimmy McConnell rode Gen A'Mighty to the World Grand Championship at the Tennessee Walking Horse's 80th annual Celebration held earlier this month.

A Big Blow to Ag from Florence

Last week's path of historic Hurricane Florence has left farmers in North and South Carolina devastated.

Growing Food and Growing People

Cul2vate has been going strong since 2016 at Ellington Agricultural Center.

Harvest Takes Off

In this last week of Summer, farmers all across the state are in full harvest mode with good yields anticipated.

Supporting Our Own

Several state and local officials gathered recently on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University as MTSU's Creamery was the first processor in the...

Tennessee’s Largest Agricultural Classroom

More than 1300 students came to the Tennessee State Fair recently to the state's largest agricultural classroom.

Milking It for All Its Worth

At the Tennessee State Fair, lawmakers and Nashville news celebrities participated in the annual "celebrity milking contest."

Hamming it Up

The two top Blue Ribbon Country Hams at the Tennessee State Fair each were auctioned off for $5000 to benefit the Tennessee FFA Foundation.

“The Heart of Tennessee”

The Tennessee State Fair, now in its 112th year at the current site, is up and running this week in Nashville with lots of...

25th Tennessee Soybean Festival

The 25th annual Tennessee Soybean Festival is underway in Martin, TN and what a festival it has become.

USDA Farm Income Forecast Confirms What Farmers Already Know

The new USDA forecast for 2018 farm income confirms and fills out the details of what many farmers already know. USDA’S Gary Crawford has...

USDA Preparing to Assist Farmers

Tennessee state director of USDA's Farm Service Agency Dennis Beavers wants farmers to know the agency is prepared to begin distribution of the Market...

Ag Labor Reform Ready for Action

Action on a bill that would ease the regulatory burden of agricultural labor is possible as Congress returns this week.

Expanding the Broadband Reach

Expanding broadband service to rural areas is a priority for many and the recent announcement from Middle Tennessee Electric Cooperative will help several under-served...

It’s Hot Now, but Wait a While

According to the latest predictions from the Farmers Almanac, contrary to some stories we've seen on the internet, their forecast shows a very long,...

President, USDA Backing our Farmers

It seems the Trump Administration is following up on its promise to take care of the nation's farmers when it comes to trade and...

Interest Grows for the Walking Horse

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is taking place this week in Shelbyville for their 80th show.

Cooperative 101

The Tennessee Council of Cooperatives hosted their annual Cooperative 101 Training at the Farm Bureau headquarters in Columbia, where Dr. Bob Cohen, an ex...

Introducing a New Crop

Robert Elliott and his family farm in Robertson County, and thought it might be best to try out a new crop this year -...

Grassroots Leadership

Tennessee Farm Bureau policy development meetings have been happening across the state for the past month, where farmers gather to make their voices heard...

Packing Your Child’s School Lunch? Pack Some Nutrition in it

An expert says if we are packing a school lunch for our kids, we should make sure there's enough nutrition in that lunch. USDA’S...

Farming Economic Snapshot

USDA's annual reports focused on the value of ag land, what producers pay for expenditures, and the amount of cash rent, are now out....

Looking for an Edge in the Field

Several mid-state farmers attended the Farm Journal Yield Tour held at Hutchinson Farms in Murfreesboro.

Resiliency is the Answer

Marty Matlock is the Executive Director for the Office of Sustainability at the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center. Matlock recently attended our annual Presidents...

Sustainability in Beef

Sustainability is a buzz work used a lot these days, but how do you know if something is sustainable for generations to come?

Governor Candidates Seeking the Farm Vote

The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor made their appeal to farm leaders during the Tennessee Farm Bureau's Presidents Conference in Franklin.

Farm Leaders Hear from Senate Candidates

Hundreds of farm leaders attending the Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents Conference meeting in Franklin got to hear addresses from both U.S. Senate candidates.

Kitchen Divas a Hit at Summer Celebration

One of the largest gardening shows in the mid-south, the Summer Celebration, held on the grounds of the West Tennessee Research and Education Center,...

Looking for High Cotton

Tennessee's cotton crop is looking really well says University of Tennessee Cotton and Small Grains Specialist Tyson Raper.

National Roundtable for Livestock Producers

Members of Congress and other agricultural leaders are gathering in North Carolina today  to denounce frivolous nuisance lawsuits that threaten the livelihood of livestock...

New Growth for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture

David Arnold was appointed as the new Tennessee State Forester for the Department of Agriculture on August 1st.

A Marketing Advantage

The Tennessee Beef Alliance has been a successful marketing effort for Tennessee beef producers for over two decades.

Blessed to Serve

University of Tennessee President Dr. Joe DiPietro attended the Milan No Till Field day and reflects on his job of overseeing the statewide university...

Discussing Important Agricultural Issues

The Collegiate Discussion Meet was held for students from several universities across the state to compete in. The state winner was Coty Vannoy from...

Milan No-Till Field Day

It is the 30th anniversary of Milan's No-Till Field Day and new technologies for farmers is still the goal.

Tennessee 4-H Round Up

375 4-H members from across the state are gathered at the University of Tennessee at Martin for the Tennessee 4-H Round Up and All...

USDA Announces $12 Billion in Trade Assistance

AG Secretary Sonny Perdue announced plans this week to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation.

Teal’s Named Young Farmers of the Year

A.J. and Valerie Teal of Coffee County have won the Tennessee Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement award for 2018.  

Crops Better than Average

For Tennessee row crop farmers, summer rains have been plentiful for the most part.

Empowering Young Farmers

Tennessee young farmers between 18-35 are headed to Columbia this weekend to the headquarters of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation for the Young Farmer...

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.

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