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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.

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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...

Farm Bill Example

Recently, long-time Senator Pat Roberts, who is chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, told Farm Bureau leaders that he hopes his colleagues can work...

Dairy Farmers Fighting Strong

Dairy farmers across Tennessee and the country are experiencing tough times.

A Snapshot of Our Farms

Some characteristics of family farms from an economic and commodity perspective are part of the focus of an annual USDA report. Rod Bain tells...

FFA Traveling Far and Wide

Abigail McConnell of the Munford FFA Chapter is excited about her trip this summer with a program called "Go FFA."

Securing Ag Labor

The American Farm Bureau Federation says legislation introduced by a U.S. Representative from California would start a dialogue on Capitol Hill about agriculture labor...

Putting the Farm Bill to Work

Tennessee and American farmers were pleased that Congress approved a new Farm Bill just before Christmas, but a lot of time lost on the...

Future of the Tennessee State Fair

The Tennessee State Fair Association has filed a lawsuit to stop construction of a Major League Soccer stadium on the current fairgrounds site.

Seeking Rural Prosperity

Gov. Bill Lee, just over a week into office, has held true on his emphasis that he wants to place on helping rural Tennessee.

Committed to Serving Beef

From the ground up, Jennifer Houston has been a passionate promoter of beef.  And she's ready to become the next president of the nation's...

FSA Offices Opening Back Up

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices nationwide will reopen this week to provide additional administrative services to...

Earning Consumer Trust for our Food

The tireless work our farmers do on a daily basis in producing our food is not enough to maintain consumer trust in our overall...

Reaching for the Finish Line

America's farmers and ranchers are making a pledge to support a new campaign for clean water, clear rules.

Directing the Unified Voice

Dale Moore is the current Executive Vice President for the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The Value of Farm Bureau

Neil Delk, Maury County Farm Bureau President attended the 100th annual American Farm Bureau Convention and said he learned even more about the purpose...

Grassroot Efforts Leading the Way

The last action to happen at the 100th annual gathering of the American Farm Bureau is the Annual Delegate Meeting, where policy for the...

President Addresses Farm Bureau Leaders

For the second straight year, President Donald Trump addressed Farm Bureau leaders, this time at their centennial celebration in New Orleans

A Centennial Celebration for Farm Bureau

Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken and farmers from Tennessee and all around the country are in New Orleans for the American Farm Bureau's...

Discussing Her Way to the Top

Tennessee's national competitor in the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet is Laura Vaught, a lawyer with agricultural ties in Rutherford County.

Celebrating a Century at Farm Bureau

The nation's largest general farm organization is set to hold its annual meeting in New Orleans this weekend as the American Farm Bureau celebrates...

The 111th Now in Session

Franklin Republican Glen Casada was easily elected as the new Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly.

A New Voice for Farmers

Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn is back in Washington but this time on a different side of the Capitol.

Government Shutdown Causing Ag Concerns

The partial government shutdown is a growing concern for farmers and rural communities across Tennessee because they depend on many federal programs.

The 116th Off and Running

A new Congress is up and running in our nation's capitol and three new members of Tennessee's delegation were sworn in to serve, including...

Our Farms are Our Future

There's a reason the state seal of Tennessee has agriculture prominently displayed.

Hopeful for a Stronger Year on the Farm

As we kick off a brand new year, farmers across Tennessee always remain optimistic for a better year than the last.

New Leadership in the New Year

2019 will bring new leadership to many areas across the nation and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Board of Directors is no different.

American Farm Bureau President Reflects on 2018

While 2018 was a difficult year for the agricultural economy, it was a successful year for agricultural policy. American Farm Bureau's Chad Smith has...

Another Farmer Heads to Washington

8th generation farmer John Rose set to head to the nation's capitol to represent farmers and his other constituents from Tennessee's 6th District.

Will There be a Next Generation of Christmas Tree Farmers?

Christmas tree growers of today are worried that as they retire, there are no younger growers lined up to take over.

Christmas on the Farm

A special day for family and friends to celebrate the miracle of Christmas, especially on our farms across Tennessee.

Preparing to Lead

Tennessee's Governor-elect Bill Lee is preparing to take office in January as Tennessee's 50th governor as he takes his faith and support of agriculture...

Legacy of Commissioner of Ag Jai Templeton

Over the past two and a half years Jai Templeton has served as the Commissioner of Agriculture for Tennessee and he says it has...

A Good Week for Farmers

While most of 2018 has been a challenge for farmers, USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue speaking this week in Lebanon had good news to share.

A New Clean Water Rule

Good news for farmers, homeowners and other business owners as the EPA and Army Corp of Engineers have presented a new Clean Water Rule...

Deer Population Threatened

Chronic Wasting Disease in deer suspected in two Tennessee counties for the first time.

Hopeful Future for Farmers

During the 97th Annual Tennessee Farm Bureau Convention, attendees heard an analysis of the current state of farm economy from American Farm Bureau's Chief...

A Farm Bill for All

Despite down farm economy, farmers welcome passage of new farm bill.

Help for Rural America

USDA has teamed up with the Bureau of Justice Assistance to host a rural judges and sheriffs workshop to address opioid abuse in our...

TN Corn Growers Approve Checkoff

Right at 64 percent of those voting in last month's ballot referendum supported a 1-cent per bushel corn checkoff for Tennessee corn.

Truly Paying It Forward

One of the keynote speakers during the Tennessee Farm Bureau annual meeting recently was Tennessee native and successful businessman Donnie Smith.  The former CEO...

Final Push for 2018 Farm Bill

Lawmakers are poised to consider the 2018 Farm Bill next week, providing much needed certainty for agriculture. AFBF's Michael Clements has the story.

4-H and FFA Value Farm Bureau

Serving as the State 4-H Council Vice President, Caroline Brooks of Warren County had the chance to address attendees at the 97th Tennessee Farm...

High Praise for Farm Leaders

Gov. Bill Haslam gave a keynote address to Farm Bureau leaders as he prepares to leave office after two successful terms.

New Leadership Taking Shape

Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee announced his choice for Commissioner of Agriculture during the Farm Bureau annual meeting in Franklin, State Veterinarian Dr. Charlie Hatcher.

Farmers Gather for the 97th Farm Bureau Convention

Farmers from all 95 counties are in Franklin this week for the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation's 97th annual meeting.

Reaching for the Finish Line on New Farm Bill

A framework for a 2018 Farm Bill has been agreed upon by House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders, but what is next in getting...

The Real Christmas Experience

If you're looking for a real Christmas tree for the holidays, there should be plenty to choose from across Tennessee from the Tennessee Christmas...

Working for the Family Tradition

Traci Middleton of Henry County is the 4th generation in her family's hardware lumber business, Middleton Lumber Company.

Beagle Brigade Protection

USDA and the livestock industry are among partners in efforts to keep foreign animal disease threats out of our borders, with strategies such as...

The Push for a Corn Checkoff

This week corn farmers in Tennessee will have the opportunity to vote for a corn checkoff.

Supporting Local Businesses

Debbie Ball, TDA's Agricultural Business Development Consultant for Pick Tennessee Products, advises consumers to use the Pick Tennessee Products website or the Pick Tennessee...

Agriculture Literacy

Last week Tennessee recognized Agriculture Literacy Week where several folks took time to visit local schools and read agriculturally themed books to students.

Harvest Still Lingers

This time of year at Thanksgiving, the past couple of years anyway, Tennessee row crop farmers had completed most of their harvest.  But no...

A True Value for Thanksgiving Meal

The average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal for ten is down again according to the American Farm Bureau's 33rd annual survey.

Our Farms are Our Future

There's a reason the state seal of Tennessee has agriculture prominently displayed, it's our most important industry.

Farm Bureau Pushes for a New Farm Bill During Lame-Duck Session

Now that the 2018 elections are finished, the American Farm Bureau Federation is looking for a new farm bill to pass in the upcoming...

Still Working on Harvest

Another challenging year for Tennessee row crop producers as they battle Mother Nature to complete harvest of their fall crops.  It's ending much like...

Remembering Our Veterans

It is easy to lose sight of those heroes who have sacrificed years of their life, time with family and friends, and sometimes even...

Bringing the Farm to Davidson County

McGavock High School in Nashville is challenging the limitations of urban living and urban education.

The Election is Over…Now What?

It seems like all we have heard and seen for the last several months have been related to the election...well it is over, we...

Seeking the Rural Vote

Election day is finally upon us and many farm and rural residents will be casting their ballots in the race for governor and senate...

Rural Vote Matters

Down to the wire finally for the November elections and there's no doubt the rural vote will matter.

Ag in the Classroom Still Making an Impact

Tennessee's Ag in the Classroom program is vital to sharing our most important industry to those students off the farm.

The President, FFA and the Power of “Just One”

Every year the National FFA Organization invites the sitting president to bring remarks at the National FFA Convention and this year, President Trump accepted...

More Consumers Are Dining Out. What Does That Mean for Farmers?

Since 2010, U.S. consumers are spending more money dining out than for food prepared at home. AFBF’S Micheal Clements has the story.

President Will Speak to National FFA Convention

For the first time in 27 years a standing president will speak to the thousands of FFA members in attendance at the National FFA...

Livestock Haulers Seeking More Flexible Hours of Service Rules

Organizations representing livestock, bee, and fish haulers across the country are asking the Department of Transportation for more flexibility on Hours of Service requirements....

Tennessee Shines at National FFA Convention

The National FFA Convention is happening now in Indianapolis, Indiana with more than 65,000 expected in attendance, and Tennessee FFA has many students competing...

National FFA Star Finalist

National FFA Convention is happening this week, with more than 60,000 decending on Indianapolis, Indiana for leadership development, a career show and the chance...

A Legacy of Leadership

Willard Lacy Upchurch will always be remembered for his passion of faith, family and farming.  The former Tennessee Farm Bureau president passed away last...

4-H and FFA Members Take on Land Judging

The State 4-H and FFA Land Judging Contest was held recently with a team rising to the top to be named state champions for...

Recovering from Michael

Farmers in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia have had quite a few weeks of weather disasters.  First, from hurricane Florence and now...

Focus on Rural Tennessee

Jim Tracy, the state director for Tennessee's Rural Development office of USDA, says the agency is continuing to provide grants and loans to help...

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