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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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A Virtual Success

The American Farm Bureau convention this year is almost complete and while farmers were hoping to be in-person at the 102nd annual meeting, COVID-19...

Sharing a Passion for Agriculture

Cannon County's Lou Nave has been elected once again to serve on the American Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee.

Closing the Gap

Normally farmer delegates from all across the country would be gathering for the American Farm Bureau convention but because of the pandemic it was...

Farm Economy Outlook in 2021

The farm economy outlook is improving thanks to trade, COVID-19 relief, and a market rally.

Farmers Hope to Expand Poultry in Henderson County

Farmers in Henderson County are looking to diversify and take advantage of a new market opportunity for poultry farming.

Join AFBF’s Convention This Weekend

The American Farm Bureau Federation will kick off its virtual annual convention this weekend.

Keeping That New Year’s Resolution

Why do many of us fail to keep our New Year's resolution to start exercising? Gary Crawford has an expert with the answer.

Building on Tennessee’s Top Industry

Weakley County farmer Andy Holt has taken a position with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture as Director of Business Development.

Farm Bureau Priorities for the New Congress

The American Farm Bureau Federation is looking ahead to the 117th Congress. Chad Smith has more on AFBF’s priorities in the new year.

New Year’s on the Farm

Today, a lot of us are hoping the start of the new year will bring better days as we all look towards containment of...

Hoping for a Better Year

If we've heard it once, we've heart it a thousand times - 2020 has been a tough year.

Register for Farm Bureau’s Virtual Convention

Registration is now open for the 2021 American Farm Bureau Federation Virtual Annual Convention.

What a Year for Agriculture in 2020

Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Charlie Hatcher reflects on the year in agriculture.

A New Bull for the New Year

If you're a cattle producer and looking for a better herd bull, the UT Bull Test Sale is coming up January 14.

Thankful at Christmas

This year, Christmas is definitely a lot more special for Robert and Shelia Earhart of Sullivan County.

COVID Package Includes Relief for Agriculture

The last-minute COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress includes some much-needed assistance for agriculture. Micheal Clements shares what the $13 billion bill has to...

Funds Available to Improve Tenn. Dairies

A new grant from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is available to help modernize and diversify Tennessee dairies. Tennessee Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives Grant    

COVID-19 Impact to Tennessee Ag

A new economic report has been published by the UT Institute of Agriculture as part of the state's overall economic report to the governor...

Introvert to Extrovert

Tim Held, Tennessee 4-H's State Council President from Bradley County, has been positively impacted by the youth organization ever since he began his involvement...

Goodies and Gifties for Gardening Gurus

Is there a lawn and gardening enthusiast on your gift list this Christmas? Need some cool gift ideas? There are a few in this...

A Voice for Animal Agriculture

Whether its cattle, sheep and goats, hogs or equine, farm families in all 95 counties are dependent on the income from these animals and...

Trade Activity Buzzing for U.S. Ag

As 2020 draws to a close, the United States is busy working to improve things on the trade front for American farmers. Chad Smith...

A New Chairman for Tennessee Young Farmers

Marshall County's Doug Giles has been selected to chair the Tennessee Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee for 2021.

Farm Bureau Standing Up for Dairy Farmers

The American Farm Bureau Federation says Dean Foods is targeting dairy farmers through the food and beverage company’s bankruptcy proceedings. Micheal Clements shares what...

New Dean of Extension at UT

Dr. Ashley Stokes has been selected to serve as the next Dean of Extension for the University of Tennessee.  

Still Making a Positive Difference

Erin Welch, serving as Tennessee FFA's State President and from Dyer County, recently brought comments to a group of Farm Bureau members at their...

Our Most Important Industry

Having grown up on a farm in Williamson County, Governor Bill Lee holds the agriculture industry near and dear to his heart, and as...

New Ag Exhibit Open at Discovery Park of America

The new Simmons Bank Ag Center is now open at Discovery Park of America in Union City to learn more about our most important...

Helping to Improve Health Care for Rural Residents

Many rural residents don't have as much access to quality health care as those in urban areas, but that's starting to change.

Congress Working on Passing 2021 Spending Bills

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C.  are working towards an agreement on the 2021 spending package. Micheal Clements shares what the package may mean for farmers...

Real Christmas Trees Going Fast

The family tradition of going out and choosing that special Christmas tree is something the pandemic can't take away.

Higher Inventory, Lower Placements

The latest Cattle on Feed Report shows a decline in placements and an increase in inventory.

Paying It Forward

We've had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.

Remember to Shop Local

Morgan Flowers and her husband Brian of Flowers Creamery in Giles County are counting on the general public to find their new farm products...

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! In a year that has been quite less than normal, it feels good to celebrate what we're thankful for, doesn't it?

Still Thankful

This year has been hard on all of us, but farmers in Tennessee are resilient and are still finding lots to be thankful for...

Thankful for the Ag Industry

As we all take stock of the time we're in, especially this Thanksgiving season, we should all be grateful for the things we sometimes...

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner to Cost Less This Year

The annual Thanksgiving price survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows lower prices for a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year.

Burn Safe Tennessee

Tennessee Division of Forestry officials remind us this time of year just how dangerous wildfires can be.

H2-A Stability for Farmers

New data released by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows a recent final rule regarding H-2A wages gives farmers and farm laborers much needed...

Time for Another Vote

Voting is underway across Tennessee and the rest of the country for members for FSA committees that help provide local information to USDA about...

Tim Phelps, Tennessee Division of Forestry

11-16-20  We discuss burn permits and wildland fire protection with Tim Phelps of the Tennessee Division of Forestry.

New Survey Finds Trusts for Farmers

A recently released survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau suggests that a majority of Americans believe farmers and ranchers are feeding the world...

Northeast Tennessee Gets New Congresswoman

Kingsport native Diana Harshbarger is all set to head to Washington in January for the 117th Congress.

Thanksgiving Ready

If you haven't already, you're probably going to start thinking about your Thanksgiving meal soon, and if you're planning on readying a frozen turkey...

Honoring Those Who Served

Today is a special day - a day of honor for those who served and sacrificed, and to celebrate Veterans Day, we wanted to...

Our Forests, Our Future

Since 1964, UT's Forest Resources Ag Education and Research Center at Oak Ridge has continued the mission of providing research and educational resources for...

A Hopeful Outlook

Daniel Greene, CEO of Burley Stabilization Corporation out of Springfield, provides his take on the burley tobacco markets this year.

Harvest Pushes On

While many of us are waiting to see who will be our next President, farmers all across Tennessee are taking advantage of the dry...

100 Years of Radio Broadcasting

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. commercial radio broadcast, and USDA’s Gary Crawford presents a VERY condensed 100 year review.

Getting the FACCT’S Right

Since 2015, the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee has been working to better educate law enforcement and Ag Crime officials, prosecutors, and animal...

It’s All Up to You

A lot of preparation by the election officials, candidates and the voters comes down to today as Americans will decide who our next leaders...

EPA Provides Certainty for Dicamba Users

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the registration of three dicamba herbicides this PAST week.

Wormville Capital in Grundy County

For French-born entrepreneur Bruno Durant the red worm farm he's build from scratch in Grundy County has become the largest operation of its kind...

China Increasing Purchases of U.S. Farm Commodities

Last week new data was released that shows China is continuing to purchase more farm commodities from the United States.

Farmers and the EPA

It used to be that whenever farmers or anyone heard something about the Environmental Protection Agency, that sometimes meant someone was in trouble.  But...

Good Stock Always Needed

For Warren County's Eric Walker getting the best genetics out of his registered Hereford cattle has been one of his to goals.

Visiting Your Local Farm

Lucas Patterson of Cedarwood Farms says despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, his family's agritourism operation in Warren County has been busy this...

A Unique Sector of the Industry

A unique sector of the industry many don't realize is actually a part of agriculture is turfgrass.

An Ongoing Issue

For many years now, farmers and others in the agricultural industry have been concerned over the estate tax.

AFBF Convention Goes Virtual

The American Farm Bureau Federation will hold its annual convention online in January 2021.

What Connects Us All

David Blackwood and his team with the West Tennessee River Basin Authority are working hard to ensure West Tennessee's waterways are working correctly and...

Improving Rural Connectivity

Nearly $17 million dollars was recently awarded by the Trump Administration to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Tennessee.

Its Where Our Food Comes From

Thirty years ago, the Tennessee Foundation for the Ag in the Classroom program began and today the efforts of continuing that program are more...

Excellence in Agriculture

31-year old Terra Davis of White County has been named the winner of the Tennessee Farm Bureau's 2020 Excellence in Agriculture award.

Learning-at-Home Resources

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has resources available for at home learning.

A Virtual Farm Day

Every Fall, the ag community in Gibson County comes together at the fairgrounds to hold their Farm Day for the county's 4th graders, but...

Fall Visits to the Farm Still a Go!

No one knew the pandemic would go this long, especially those farms across the state involved in agritourism operations.

Additional COVID-19 Protections for Farm Workers

The American Farm Bureau Federation and other farm groups are calling on the White House to provide additional COVID-19 protection for farm workers.

Working for Soybean Farmers

As harvest of soybeans continues across Tennessee, native Tennessean Virginia Houston stays busy lobby on behalf of producers for the American Soybean Association in...

More Opportunities for Tennessee Cattle Producers

For many years, the Lower Middle Tennessee Cattle Association Video Board Sale has been operated by Tennessee Livestock Producers, Inc.  That's now going under...

Farm Groups Support the HAULS Act

A bill introduced in the Senate this week provides agricultural producers much-needed flexibility for hauling agricultural commodities and livestock. Micheal Clements shares how the...

Harvest Trying to Catch Up

Corn farmers across the state are finally getting some favorable weather as they work to harvest this year's crop.

Making Cooking at Home Easy

A group of university experts are helping people regain the somewhat lost art of cooking at home.

Opening Up about Farm Stress

Farm groups are working  to break the stigma behind farm stress and seeking help. Micheal Clements tells us it's important that farmers don’t carry...

Concern Growing Over Private Property Destruction

Farmers like Jimmy Moody are growing more frustrated over the damage caused by trespassers with all-terrain vehicles on his farm.

Shooting for an Important Cause

It is the fifth year for Tennessee Shooting Hunger events and despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, agriculture groups were still able...

CFAP 2.0

The Trump Administration and USDA have announced the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program known as CFAP 2.0.

Every Farmer Counts

It's no secret that agriculture is one our most dangerous occupations and Agricenter International has developed a new Farm Safety training course.

Ag Enhancement Turns 15

The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) has supported farm production projects for 15 years.

New Marketing Opportunities for Tennessee Livestock Producers

United Producers Inc., or UPI, has announced that they will be assuming and expanding the business activities of Tennessee Livestock Producers, Inc. beginning October...

I Farm, I Vote

The American Farm Bureau Federation is helping voters navigate the challenges of making sure their voice is heard in the 2020 election. Micheal Clements...

Welcome News for Tennessee 4-H

Great news for Tennessee 4-H as Governor Bill Lee announced an incredible funding initiative for the country's largest 4-H program.

A Stronger, Faster Network

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is investing nearly $10 million to provide broadband service to unserved and underserved rural areas in Tennessee...

Farm-to-Retail Price Spread Widens

For months now, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a record gap between what consumers pay for beef and pork and what money is actually...

Still Researching

Just as farmers haven't stopped and have continued farming throughout this pandemic, so has agriculture research across the Volunteer state.

An Increased Demand

Terry Sellers of White Pine is not the only one receiving that kind of quantity of messages these days, several other meat processors are...

Harvest Season About to Take Off

Row crop farmers across Tennessee have started some of their corn harvest, but this week looks like it will finally start to take off...

County Government Strong

David Connor is the Executive Director of the Tennessee County Services Association, an umbrella association representing elected legislative bodies of Tennessee's 95 county and...

Winter’s Forecast a Mixed Bag

Every year lots of folks try and predict what kind of winter we'll have, like the Farmers Almanac has for the past 204 years. Farmers...

Let ‘Em Walk On

For the 82nd edition, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is up and going on the famous Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, TN.

Still Delivering That Vital Info

Day after day, even through the pandemic, our farmers, consumers and 4-H'ers have continued to depend on the University of Tennessee Extension Service.

Packing a Safe School Lunch for Your Child

In some areas, kids will be going to school, at least part of the week. Here are some tips for packing a safe school...

Protecting Our Forest Resources

Tennessee is blessed with an abundant forest resource and the role of the Tennessee Division of Forestry is to promote and protect that resource.

Grassroots Working Hard for Policy

This time of year means policy development meetings for county Farm Bureau leaders across the state.

Tracking China Trade Purchases

Increased new-crop sales to China have the attention of U.S. Agriculture. But as Micheal Clements shares, China needs to buy more to meet trade...

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