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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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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...

Farming the City

Agricenter International, located just outside of Memphis, is in the perfect location to share the important story of agriculture to some folks that don't...

Farm Credit Invests in the Future

The Farm Credit Scholars Program is a leadership investment program Farm Credit Mid-America created for students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

A Forum for Our Most Important Industry

Ag industry leaders attended Farm Credit Mid-America's Tennessee Agriculture Leadership Forum in Murfreesboro.

The 4-H Impact

It's National 4-H Week, and we think that deserves a shoutout to a 4-H student who has been impacted by the program.  

YF&R Travels East

Each fall Tennessee's Young Farmers and Ranchers take a fall tour, and this year's tour was in East Tennessee's Sullivan County.

Fuel Up to Play 60

The NFL and the National Dairy Council continue to promote their successful wellness program to elementary students, Fuel Up To Play 60, and Watertown...

Eat Together. Eat Better.

This October the Dairy Alliance is making their annual effort to encourage families to eat together at least one meal a day.


The U.S. and Canada have reached an agreement that will benefit Tennessee and American farmers as part of the new USMCA.

A Waiting Game on Farm Policy

The deadline has come and passed for a new Farm Bill to be approved before the September 30 expiration of the old law.  But...

Shooting Hunger

Members of the statewide ag community came together for the 4th Annual Shooting Hunger sporting clays event to benefit 2nd Harvest Food Bank of...

Dry Time Needed

Tennessee cotton farmers, now ready for harvest, are hopeful the dry times are coming because for the past few days, its been anything but...

County Impact on Agriculture

A recent study by the University of Tennessee reveals the economic impact of agriculture in each of Tennessee's 95 counties.

Blessed to Serve

University of Tennessee President Dr. Joe DiPietro speaking at Milan No Till Field day about his job of overseeing the statewide university system.

The Ride of a Lifetime

Shelbyville's Jimmy McConnell rode Gen A'Mighty to the World Grand Championship at the Tennessee Walking Horse's 80th annual Celebration held earlier this month.

A Big Blow to Ag from Florence

Last week's path of historic Hurricane Florence has left farmers in North and South Carolina devastated.

Growing Food and Growing People

Cul2vate has been going strong since 2016 at Ellington Agricultural Center.

Harvest Takes Off

In this last week of Summer, farmers all across the state are in full harvest mode with good yields anticipated.

Supporting Our Own

Several state and local officials gathered recently on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University as MTSU's Creamery was the first processor in the...

Tennessee’s Largest Agricultural Classroom

More than 1300 students came to the Tennessee State Fair recently to the state's largest agricultural classroom.

Milking It for All Its Worth

At the Tennessee State Fair, lawmakers and Nashville news celebrities participated in the annual "celebrity milking contest."

Hamming it Up

The two top Blue Ribbon Country Hams at the Tennessee State Fair each were auctioned off for $5000 to benefit the Tennessee FFA Foundation.

“The Heart of Tennessee”

The Tennessee State Fair, now in its 112th year at the current site, is up and running this week in Nashville with lots of...

25th Tennessee Soybean Festival

The 25th annual Tennessee Soybean Festival is underway in Martin, TN and what a festival it has become.

USDA Farm Income Forecast Confirms What Farmers Already Know

The new USDA forecast for 2018 farm income confirms and fills out the details of what many farmers already know. USDA’S Gary Crawford has...

USDA Preparing to Assist Farmers

Tennessee state director of USDA's Farm Service Agency Dennis Beavers wants farmers to know the agency is prepared to begin distribution of the Market...

Ag Labor Reform Ready for Action

Action on a bill that would ease the regulatory burden of agricultural labor is possible as Congress returns this week.

Expanding the Broadband Reach

Expanding broadband service to rural areas is a priority for many and the recent announcement from Middle Tennessee Electric Cooperative will help several under-served...

It’s Hot Now, but Wait a While

According to the latest predictions from the Farmers Almanac, contrary to some stories we've seen on the internet, their forecast shows a very long,...

President, USDA Backing our Farmers

It seems the Trump Administration is following up on its promise to take care of the nation's farmers when it comes to trade and...

Interest Grows for the Walking Horse

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is taking place this week in Shelbyville for their 80th show.

Cooperative 101

The Tennessee Council of Cooperatives hosted their annual Cooperative 101 Training at the Farm Bureau headquarters in Columbia, where Dr. Bob Cohen, an ex...

Introducing a New Crop

Robert Elliott and his family farm in Robertson County, and thought it might be best to try out a new crop this year -...

Grassroots Leadership

Tennessee Farm Bureau policy development meetings have been happening across the state for the past month, where farmers gather to make their voices heard...

Packing Your Child’s School Lunch? Pack Some Nutrition in it

An expert says if we are packing a school lunch for our kids, we should make sure there's enough nutrition in that lunch. USDA’S...

Farming Economic Snapshot

USDA's annual reports focused on the value of ag land, what producers pay for expenditures, and the amount of cash rent, are now out....

Looking for an Edge in the Field

Several mid-state farmers attended the Farm Journal Yield Tour held at Hutchinson Farms in Murfreesboro.

Resiliency is the Answer

Marty Matlock is the Executive Director for the Office of Sustainability at the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center. Matlock recently attended our annual Presidents...

Sustainability in Beef

Sustainability is a buzz work used a lot these days, but how do you know if something is sustainable for generations to come?

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