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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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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.

A New Era for Ag Research

Dr. Hongwei Xin is the new dean of Ag Research for the University of Tennessee.   Hongwei Xin begins new role

Ag Leadership Tour

About thirty Tennessee farm and ag industry partners recently took part in an Ag Leadership Tour throughout the Midwest visiting farms and agribusinesses.

Holding on Tight

Today's Tennessee and American farmers are battling through some tough times in farm country, and the message that American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall...

Solar Farm Powers Research

You may not know it, but there is actually a solar farm with a Tennessee Welcome Center right smack in the middle of it...

Distressed Counties Get Spotlight at Rural Opportunity Summitt

It is no secret that Governor Bill Lee is focused on making sure Tennessee, all of Tennessee, has a bright future.

New Chancellor on the Job

Dr. Donde Plowman has been appointed as the ninth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.   More on Chancellor Plowman

Anticipation Building for a Strong Crop

As Tennessee row crop farmers get set to begin harvest, the anticipation for a really good yield is coming into focus.

79th Tenn. Farm Bureau Presidents Conference

County Farm Bureau Presidents gather with other ag and political leaders to learn and discuss more about state's top industry.

Learning All Summer Long

Each summer, four students are chosen to spend the break from college with the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. Julia Knaggs, Makenzie Moorehead, Lindsey Parsley...

A Grassroots Effort

It's that time of year again - time when Farm Bureau members are gathering across the state at policy development meetings to discuss topics...

Protecting Our Farms for the Future

Sheldon Hightower is the State Conservationist in Tennessee for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Tennessee NRCS

Farm Bureau Fighting to Close the Digital Divide

High-speed internet access is needed to improve the sustainability of rural America. Chad Smith has more.

Wrangler Rooted in Tennessee

Wrangler kicks off new Rooted Collection of jeans and tshirts from cotton grown and sewn in the US. Eugene Pugh from Halls in the...

Row Crop Farmers Hopeful for a Good Finish

This year's crop season has been a wet one without a doubt, but for the most part, that's been good news as corn and...

FFA Travels to D.C.

Tennessee FFA state officers traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to spend time learning about leadership, agriculture and agricultural education.

Second Trade Mitigation Package for Agriculture Announced

The Agriculture Department Thursday released details of its latest trade mitigation package designed to help producers impacted by recent trade disruptions. Rod Bain and...

Rounding Up the Best

Close to 400 4-H'ers, volunteers and staff have been participating in the 96th annual Tennessee 4-H Round Up this week on the campus of...

2nd Place Honors

Congratulations to due to Andy and Terra Davis of White County, who went home as the 2nd place winner of the Achievement Award contest...

Clay County Couple Named Young Farmers of the Year

Nick and April Patterson of Clay County received the Tennessee Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award during the Young Farmers Summer Conference...

Guest Worker Proposal Positive for Agriculture

Farmers here in Tennessee and across the country that depend on migrant labor to help on their farms are encouraged by the new proposal...

YF&R Giving Back

When the 2019 TN YF&R Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee heard that King's Daughters' School in Maury County applied for a grant with...

Flood Waters Like Many Have Ever Seen

Along the Mississippi River counties in West Tennessee, farmers have been dealing with flood waters for several months now, actually since last fall.

The FACCTs of Livestock Production

The Farm Animal Care Coaltion of Tennessee (FACCT) has named Julie Giles as its new Executive Director. FACCT Website

Expo Strong

Gov. Bill Lee recalls fond memories of showing cattle at Tennessee's Junior Livestock Expo and how he's proud families are still involved today.

The Thrill of Expo

Hundreds of Tennessee FFA and 4-H members are in Murfreesboro this week for the Tennessee Junior Livestock Beef Expo. UT Extension Animal Science Youth Programs

Hoping to Dry Out

For farmers here in Tennessee and across the country, the past several months have been anything but dry, so much so, that USDA has...

USDA Plans to Resurvey Planted Acres

The United States Department of Agriculture will resurvey farmers to provide a more accurate estimate of the current crop size and planted area. Micheal...

The Best Keep Getting Better

Members of the state 4-H Council are taking part in their Ambassador Tour this week, giving donors across the state an update on how...

FFA Members Promote Beef

Students from McMinn County FFA teamed up to promote beef in their local area. Learn more about beef promotion here.  Get more information about the Tennessee...

Business Development a Top Priority for TDA

Tennessee Department of Agriculture's renamed Business Development Division is an effort to refocus and strengthen the state's overall ag economy. TDA's Business Development Division

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