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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.

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...

4-H, FFA Members Meet the President

Two Tennessee agriculture youth leaders got the chance of a lifetime to meet President Donald Trump.

Tennessee Farm Bureau Shines

Tennessee Farm Bureau and it's members were recognized with top awards during the American Farm Bureau convention in Nashville.

President Trump Praises our Most Important Industry

President Donald Trump is the first President in over 25 years to address the American Farm Bureau.

Huge Spotlight on Our Most Important Industry

Regardless of your politics, today is a special day for Tennessee and American agriculture as President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak with farmers...

Farm Bureau Leaders and the President Coming to Tennessee

Over 6000 farmers and ranchers from across the country are heading to Opryland this weekend for the American Farm Bureau's 99th annual convention, and...

Getting a Head Start

This next week, thousands of the nation's farmers will be coming to Tennessee for the American Farm Bureau's 99th Annual meeting and many row...

Extreme Measures

The arctic blast that's gripped most of the country continues and livestock owners are encouraged to continue taking measures to ensure their animals are...

Farmer’s Resolve

As we get right into a new year, perhaps more so than any other group, our farmers are looking forward to a better year...

Happy New Year

As the New  Year kicks off, it always seems appropriate to look forward and not only set goals for the upcoming year, but see...

New Year Just Around the Corner

With the New Year coming up fast, it seems like a great time to see what happens on the farm during this holiday.

Shooting for the Win

Robert and Lindsay Elliott are Tennessee's Excellence in Agriculture competitors at the American Farm Bureau Convention coming up here in a couple weeks and...

Tennessee Ag in 2017

When you look back on Tennessee agriculture in 2017, one of the top stories would have to be the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian...

Country Ham Winner

In our winter issue of Tennessee Home and Farm Magazine, we had a drawing for a country ham to be won by a lucky...

Christmas on the Farm

Today that magical day for many of us as we celebrate Christmas with friends and family, and out on the farm they'll tell you,...

A Tax Cut Gift for Farmers

The tax overhaul passed by Congress this week will result in lower taxes paid by the vast majority of farmers and ranchers. Micheal Clements...

President Trump to Address Farmers in Nashville

President Donald Trump is scheduled to address farmers and ranchers gathered at the American Farm Bureau's 99th annual meeting next month in Nashville.

Shop Local for Unique & Memorable Gifts

As Christmas rushes ever closer, you may be frantically looking for that special gift on your list - look no further than local farms...

Last Minute Gift for the Farmer in Your Life

If you have a farmer in your life,  you know how hard it is to buy them anything...but the Pick TN Conference has the...

The Roads for Success

We all know just how important our roads and bridges are to daily living, and perhaps no one more so than our farmers.

Earning the Farmer’s Trust

The mission of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance is to earn trust in farmers from consumers.

Avoiding Potential Potluck Problems

It's holiday time and many churches, businesses and other groups are hosting potluck dinners. Gary Crawford reports on how to keep them safe for...

Ag Trade Vital to All

The story of ag trade is quite a success for American and Tennessee farmers says Sara Lilygren, president of Farmers for Free Trade.

End of Year Check-up on the Farm Sector

What kind of financial health is the farm sector in at the end of 2017?

Passion for Sharing the Story of Ag

Farm Bureau leaders talk about why its important to have a united voice of agriculture.

Extension Still Vital to All

The University of Tennessee Extension Service is still the one place that farmers and all consumer can go to get the information they need...

Farm Leaders Ready for the New Year

Farm Bureau leaders from all across Tennessee have just completed their 96th annual meeting where they adopted resolutions and re-elected Jeff Aiken as president...

Support for our Number One Industry

Gov. Bill Haslam addressing farm leaders gathered in Franklin this week for their 96th annual meeting.

Farm Bureau Leaders Gathered in Franklin

The 96th Tennessee Farm Bureau Convention and Annual Meeting is underway in Williamson County as farm leaders from all across the state are attending.

The Impact of Opioid Abuse in Rural America

The American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union are calling for dialogue and action after a survey reveals the massive impact of the...

Christmas Tree Shortage This Year

There is a bit of a shortage of real Christmas trees this year, but chances are most of us won't notice it. USDA’S Gary...

A Strong Return on the Beef Alliance

Beef cattle producers reactions were very positive to the latest results from the Tennessee Beef Alliance sale held in Columbia.

Can We Put Up the Tree Yet?

How soon can you put up a real Christmas tree and how long will it last?

Trees Going Up

A very tall 76-year-old is heading to Capitol Hill, just in time for the holiday season. Stephanie Ho tells you who this guest of...

A Lot More Food Gifts at Christmas

More and more of our holiday gift spending is going to buy food gifts. Gary Crawford feeds us this report.

Thanksgiving on the Farm

Giving thanks on this special day as families across the Volunteer State gather together around the table and remember the many blessings we all...

Thankful on the Farm

As families across the state come together for Thanksgiving, we hear from our farmers, whom we should all be thankful for in the food...

Tyson Ups Their Commitment to West Tennessee

Humbolt, TN in Gibson County will be the new location for a chicken production complex for Tyson Foods.  When completed, the $300 million facility...

Tennessee National 4-H Winners

For six members of Tennessee's 4-H Skillathon Team, the rewards came pouring in at the their national competition during the North American Livestock Expo...

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