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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.

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...

Thankful for a Bargain

The 32nd annual Thanksgiving Dinner price survey by the American Farm Bureau shows just how affordable our food is and how thankful we should...

Innovating Our Most Industry

It seems the trend these days is to find new innovations for just about any industry, and its certainly no different for agriculture.

Christmas Time Year Round

This time of the year is one of the busiest for Christmas tree farmers, but its hard work all year long.

Ag Literacy in the Classroom

This is Agriculture Literacy Week in Tennessee, the week the state has officially set aside each year to hopefully teach our school kids more...

Farmers Focus on Effective Tax Rate

As lawmakers debate changes to the federal tax code, the American Farm Bureau Federation says that it is important for farmers to focus on...

Harvest Starts to Wind Down

So far, So good for Tennessee row crop farmers.  September and October proved to be two good months for harvest of corn, soybeans, and...

Geoair for Farmers

Alex Adams of Knoxville didn't grow up on the farm, but a business model he's developing could save farmers lots of time and money.

New FSA Director Ready for Work

Tennessee's new state director for the Farm Service Agency is 44-year old Dennis Beavers.  A former 4-H member and state FFA officer says he's...

A New Chapter for Senator Tracy

State Senator Jim Tracy has been appointed by President Trump to serve as Tennessee's State Director for USDA's Rural Development.

Connecting Rural Economic Growth and Internet Connectivity

Demand is growing for increased internet connectivity in rural America, and a significant reason is economic growth.

Safely to Market

Before another federal mandate is due to take effect in mid December, Farm Bureau along with several other national ag organizations have petitioned the...

Rural Entrepreneurs In the Spotlight

Tennessee once again has a finalist in the American Farm Bureau Federation Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge and they will compete in the upcoming AFBF Annual...

Know the Land

The state 4-H and FFA Land Judging competitions were held recently with a team rising to the top to be named state champion for...

Tennessee Hardwoods Still Producing Well

Tennessee has been known for some time as one of the top producing hardwood lumber states, and Roach Sawmill of Savannah, TN continues to...

I Can. We Will. National FFA Convention

The 90TH National FFA Convention was held recently in Indianapolis, Indiana and Tennessee FFA had quite the experience, beginning with a national winning proficiency...

90th National FFA Convention Underway

Tennessee FFA members have descended on Indianapolis, Indiana for the National FFA Convention.

A New Tractor on the Farm

Kind of hard to beat getting a new tractor on the farm for free, but for Joe and Becky Smith of Overton County, that...

EPA Administrator Goodwill Visit to Tennessee Farm

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt made a trip out to a farm in Williamson County recently to address 150 farmers from across the...

Feed the Grass

In many areas of the country including here in Tennessee, it is not too late to plant new grass seed. In fact, fall is...

A Collective Voice of Agriculture

American Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall is working his way across the country visiting farmers and ranchers to hear first hand the issues facing...

Still Producing Hay

Usually this time of year, most farmers have gotten up all of their hay, but the season is going on a little longer than...

Sunbelt Ag Expo

North America’s Premier Farm Show is up and running this week as thousands of farmers from across the country are in Moultrie, Georgia for...

Food for the Future

A lot of lettuce quietly going to market everyday from rural Overton County.  Production for Tanimura and Antle's hydroponics facility that opened nearly ten...

October Crop Production Forecast Out

The USDA’S National Ag Statistics Services producers a crop production forecase each month from August through December and Tennessee's October report is out.

TN Ag Leadership Forum

For several years now, Farm Credit Mid-America, in partnership with CoBank and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, have hosted an agriculture leadership forum for those...

YF&R Fall Tour

Each Fall Tennessee' YF&R Program takes a farm tour of some part of the state and this year's tour was in Middle Tennessee's Putnam,...

YF&R State Excellence in Agriculture Winners Announced

Recently at the YF&R Fall Tour the Excellence in Agriculture competition was held and Robert and Lindsay Elliott of Robertson County were named the...

Defending the Flock

The fall migratory waterfowl season is well underway here and state and federal officials are hopeful that poultry producers remain vigilant against any biosecurity...

Fruits of Tennessee

When all the totals come in this year for the various fruit crops grown in Tennessee, there won't necessarily be any records to speak...

Sweet and Good for You

On 4th generation Bobby McAlister's farm in Lincoln County, one of the things they continue to do well is raising sweet potatoes.

Keeping Up with the Weather

The weather is always a topic of conversation for many of us, especially our farmers.  But perhaps none more so than meteorologists.

UT Ag Day for the Ag Secretary

University of Tennessee President Dr. Joe DiPietro and Chancellor Tim Cross of UT's Institute of Agriculture welcomed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to Ag...

Watching the Farm

From what began in Dyer County and Sheriff Jeff Box, The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Ag Crime Unit is working to try and implement...

Tax Reform Looks Good for Farmers

President Trump speaking to supporters in Indiana this week with a promise of drastic tax cuts to help the middle class, and in particular...

TN Farms set to a’Maze’ Us

Fall is definitely here and so too are the many agritourism operations across Tennessee ready to share the good times on the farm.

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