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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

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

New Opportunities for American Beef Exports

American beef producers get new opportunity to market product to the European Union.

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

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...

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