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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

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...

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...

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

The Challenges for Young Farmers

The future of our most important industry is definitely in the hands of our young farmers, but they have many challenges.

Happy 90th Birthday Camp Clements

This year marks the 90th consecutive year of FFA members enjoying the facilities and programs at Tennessee FFA Leadership Training Camp. Learn more about Camp...

Committed to Dairy

One of the toughest jobs out there is being a dairy farmer and Will Moss of Henry County hope they can continue. More info on...

USDA Relocating ERS & NIFA TO Kansas City Region

Two USDA research agencies are set to relocate to the country's heartland. USDA's Stephanie Ho has the story.

Taking in Summer Study

Thirty-four rising high school students from across the state are getting college credit and experience at the Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences at...

4-Hers on Rocky Top

Tennessee 4-H Academic Conference is summer learning in the best way.

Wheat Harvest Reaches Half-way Point

So far, so good.  Surprisingly, Tennessee farmers are seeing a pretty good winter wheat crop this Spring. Tennessee Winter Wheat.

Advocating for Dairy

June is Dairy Month and we have been celebrating all month long, but one unique way some dairy farmers celebrated was by going to...

Advocating for Our Most Important Industry

Getting your voice heard in Washington can be difficult, but a group of farm leaders from across Tennessee did just that recently during the...

Everywhere You Look, UT

The University of Tennessee has begun a new campaign titled "Everywhere you look, UT" and in West Tennessee's Weakley County, their message is on...

Feeding Hungry Tennesseans

Through efforts like Shooting Hunger, farm groups are helping to fight food insecurity here in Tennessee. Learn more how to help fight food insecurity in...

Stars Across Tennessee

For the 5th year the five Star winners of the year for the FFA have taken a tour across Tennessee to meet with industry...

Celebrating National Fishing And Boating Week

National forests and grasslands provide excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation enthusiasts to go fishing and boating, especially during National Fishing and Boating Week. Rod...

Commodity Folks Gather in Memphis

This week Farm Bureau commodity staff members from around the Southeast will gather in Memphis, Tennessee to learn about issues facing the industry and...

Celebrating June Dairy Month

In Tennessee, we're spending the month of June promoting and consuming milk. To learn more about June Dairy Month, visit the Dairy Alliance.

June Dairy Month Kickoff

June is Dairy Month in Tennessee and it was kicked off at Battle Mountain Farm with a big crowd of industry leaders, 4-Hers and...

Farm Bureau Welcomes Trade Aid, but Advocates for Trade Agreements

The American Farm Bureau Federation says the new trade aid package for farmers is needed, but wants to see trade agreements finalized to quickly...

Improving Dairy Practices

Dairy is an important part of a well-balanced diet and Tennessee's agricultural economy, but as we know, dairies are currently struggling. Dr. Jeffery Bewley,...

Gearing Up for 4-H Camp

It’s summertime and for Tennessee 4-H students, that means it’s about time for summer 4-H camp. More info on 4-H and Summer Camps

Unofficial Start of Summer

Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember and honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice defending our country, and many friends and families celebrate...

China Trade Tensions Negatively Impacting Farmers

American farmers are suffering from ongoing trade disputes between the U.S. and China. Chad Smith has more. View the full story here.

Ground Broken on a New Creamery

Jeffery and Elizabeth Turner of Wilson County are hoping their efforts to expand their dairy operation will soon pay off. Close to 100 friends,...

Shoring Up Our Trade Agreements at Home

The U.S. has reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico to remove the steel and aluminum tariffs, and Canada and Mexico will remove their...

That’s a Lot of Hay

Tennessee farmers produce a lot of hay each year, and May is one of the prime months for production.  USDA NASS TN Field Office  

National Poll Shows Impacts of Rural Economy on Farmer Mental Health

May is National Mental Health Month, and a new survey commissioned by the American Farm Bureau Federation reveals how farmers are holding up against...

Conservation Partners

Matt Lohr, a 5th generation Virginia farmer, is leading the efforts of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). @USDA_NRCS @MatthewJLohr  

Heading to Indy

Julia Knaggs of the Station Camp FFA chapter was just chosen as Tennessee FFA's National Officer Candidate, where she will go on to compete...

A Friend to Farm Bureau

Tennessee's 3RD District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann met with Farm Bureau leaders in Athens this week to discuss ag and rural issues and received his...

Podcast with Congressman Chuck Fleischmann

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, (R-TN, 3rd District) @RepChuck met with Farm Bureau leaders from his congressional district in Athens to discuss ag and rural issues.

An Alliance for All Farm Supporters

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) was formed nearly a decade ago with the intent on bringing together farmers and all of the...

Lab Grown Meat a Rising Concern

Lab-grown meat or cell-cultured meat is a topic that is becoming more talked about and the Tennessee Cattlemen's Association is monitoring closely.

Forests Forever

Tennessee is blessed to have a forest industry that impacts all citizens, and the Tennessee Division of Forestry is tasked with the stewardship of...

Market Facilitation Program deadline gives farmers more time to complete certification

Farmers now have until May 17 to certify acres to receive payments from Market Facilitation Program. AFBF's Michael Clements has the story.

7 Habits for Highly Effective Farmers

A new webinar series highlighting seven habits for highly effective farmers put on in conjunction with the University of Tennessee and University of Kentucky...

Lawmakers Showing their Rural Support

The Tennessee General Assembly is about to adjourn for their first session and new laws are being passed to benefit our farmers and agribusinesses. ...

Keeping It Fresh

When you start to purchase that next gallon of milk, our local dairy farmers are hoping you think about them first like Weigel's has.

Why is Agriculture Important?

The Tennessee Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Program holds an essay contest each year for 5th graders across the state to answer the question "Why...

Farm Bureau Women – the Heart of the Organization

The Tennessee Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Program recently held their annual conference where county leadership groups from all over the state came together in...

Hearing from the Grassroots

With Congress on recess, folks are taking advantage of their elected leaders being home to meet with them and share what issues are important...

Celebrating Cattle Producers and Partners

Tennessee Livestock Producers recently had an industry partner and customer appreciation day at the Columbia Livestock Center.

All In on Ag

Tennessee's Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Charlie Hatcher is embracing his new role of leading the Department of Agriculture.

Listening and Working for Our Top Industry

Representative Dr. Scott DesJarlais is a member of the House Agriculture Committee where he hears a lot about national policy and the importance of...

Representing Agricultural Interests

Congressman John Rose recently spent time in Smith County with Farm Bureau leaders from around the area, and shared updates on his first few...

Decorated Eggs – A Food Safety Story

Have you decorated some eggs this year for Easter? If you plan on eating them later, we have some tips on how to do...

Women in Agriculture

Amanda Robertson, Farm Service Agency Beginning Farmer Regional Consultant, attended a women in agriculture meeting recently where women gathered for networking opportunities.

Representing Rural Interests

New lawmakers in the 111th Tenn. General Assembly have been working to represent their rural constituents.

Following in His Father’s Footsteps

Being named FFA's State Star Farmer is perhaps the highest honor you can receive on the state level for agriculture in the FFA. For...

Honoring an Ag Legend

Lt. Governor Randy McNally and the Tennessee General Assembly paid respect to the late Lacy Upchurch with a resolution in his honor given to...

Another Needed Break for Farmers

The Tennessee General Assembly has approved legislation that would lift use and sales taxes for agricultural trailers.

A Rally for FSA Employees

Hundreds of Farm Service Agency county employees across the Southeast and Southwest will gather in Nashville this week for their All South Area Rally.

Developing Rural Areas

Jim Tracy serves as the Tennessee State Director of USDA Rural Development, where one of his main priorities has been and will continue to...

Ag Star Making Stronger Voices for Ag

Since 2002 hundreds of West Tennessee ag and business leaders have graduated from the Ag Star program.

Our Future for a State Fair

After 150-plus years of a Tennessee State Fair in Nashville and over 100 years in the current location, the status of a State Fair...

Cleaning up the Rules

The April 15 deadline is fast approaching, not just on getting your taxes filed, but also for providing comments on the new Clean Water...

Leaders for the County

The American Farm Bureau Federation is celebrating County Leader Week with online resources.

No Fooling, Time to Plant

The calendar has turned another page, and it means farmers across the state will be focusing on getting corn seeds planted.

From Oklahoma to Tennessee

FFA's National Western Region Vice President Ridge Hughbanks spent the week with Tennessee FFA members.

Celebrating the FFA

A lot of excitement this week with the 91st annual Tennessee FFA Convention in Gatlinburg where a new slate of state officers were installed...

Just One. 91st Tennessee State FFA Convention.

Just One is the theme of the 91st Tennessee State FFA Convention and the more than 3500 FFA members here have been taking just...

FFA Shining Stars

At the 91st Tennessee State FFA Convention state winners are announced and one of those is the state Star in Agriscience - this year...

FFA Just One

The 91st Tennessee FFA Convention kicks off today and 3000 plus FFA members from across the state will turn Gatlinburg's streets blue and gold...

Fusion Conference a Chance to Connect & Grow

Milwaukee, Wisconsin was recently the site of the American Farm Bureau's Fusion Conference, where Young Farmers and Ranchers and Women's Leadership Committees from across...

Making the Best Better

Gov. Bill Lee gave remarks to delegates attending Tennessee 4-H Congress in Murfreesboro remembering his time serving in the youth organization.

A Roadmap for Success

Hundreds of 4-H'ers from across the state are attending Tennessee 4-H Congress this week in Murfreesboro and Nashville.

Broadband Initiative Connecting Rural America

The American Broadband Initiative is helping rural America connect to rural broadband.

Partnerships for Ag

Several industry partners in Tennessee agriculture gathered at the Tennessee Farm Bureau headquarters office in Columbia for a first-of-its-kind meeting.

Ag Day on the Hill

A great day to celebrate Tennessee's top industry by perhaps agriculture's biggest promoter, Governor Bill Lee.

National Nutrition Month

March is national nutrition month and the Dairy Alliance is tackling dietary myths this month to debunk common diet disasters people make.

Celebrating Our Most Important Industry

This is National Agriculture Week, a week set aside to recognize this incredible industry that each one of depends on every day.

Tennessee Agribition Kicking Off

Agribition offers a unique chance for producers to see top quality show animals on Friday and then purchase them on Saturday and this event...

A Slight Jump in Farm Income Expected

Over the past five years, farmers here in Tennessee and across the country have seen income levels continue to drop, but finally, a more...

Farmers Looking for Drier Weather, Stronger Markets

Farmers attending the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis are all but ready for a new crop season.

Agriculture and Rural Areas a Priority for Tennessee

Tonight Tennesseans will hear from Governor Bill Lee in his first State of the State address.

Ringing the Bell for Ag

Governor Bill Lee addressed more than 600 farm leaders yesterday in Nashville as he attended the Farm Bureau's Bell Ringer Country Dinner.

Trying to Stay on Dry Ground

The recent floods forced cattle producers in boats to round up their animals.

Flooding Across the State

Roads and schools are closed and events have been cancelled all across Tennessee this week as folks continue to deal with the effects of...

Searching for Answers

Beekeepers in Tennessee and across the country continue to struggle with the health of one of our most important insects.

Chance of a Lifetime

High school students from across the state had the opportunity to attend an agricultural career panel as part of Ag Night at the University...

FFA Travels the Volunteer State

It's National FFA Week and that means the Tennessee FFA state officers are celebrating by traveling across the state during their annual Goodwill Tour.

Up to Here in Mud

The wet, cold and muddy conditions seem almost too extreme this year for our cattle farmers.

Connecting Farms to Wildlife

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue was back in Tennessee attending the National Wild Turkey Federation's annual meeting and talking about the strong connection of...

A Growing Threat to the Deer Population

Tennessee wildlife officials gave updates this week to state lawmakers about the situation in Southwest Tennessee where Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has now been...

Preparing Your Tax Returns

It may be odd to many, but most of us should have an easier time filing our taxes this year.

Adding Value to Tennessee Cattle

Tennessee Livestock Producers is Tennessee Farm Bureau's oldest service company, started in 1932 as a marketing cooperative.

U.S. Jobs Report Shows Continued Growth, Good for Agriculture

The most recent monthly jobs report showed an employment gain around the country. That's good news for the entire economy, including agriculture. Chad Smith...

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