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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

New Life for Your Christmas Tree

Even though Christmas is over, your Christmas tree still has a part to play in the environment.

Another Challenging Planting Season

Corn planting across Tennessee has been delayed again from more wet weather, but there’s still hope of getting the crop in.

Produce Farmers Slow Start

The same weather that’s been holding back row crop producers is having the same impact on produce farmers.

Farmers and Wildlife

CHUCK YOEST IS THE BIG GAME COORDINATOR FOR THE TN WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY AND HE’S ALSO A MEMBER OF THE HATCHER FAMILY DAIRY FARM...

New Dean of Ag at UT Martin

UT Martin’s new Dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences is Todd Winters.

Worth the Wait

Corn and soybean harvest is producing what could become the biggest crops ever in Tennessee, but taking some time to get out. 

Pork Production Could Surpass Beef Production In 2015

Nationwide, pork production is poised to surpass beef production next year as ranchers try to rebuild their herds from the lowest levels since the...

Santa still Tops in the Polls

If they held elections this time of year, Santa would win. His approval rating continues to be very high.

Trade Promotion Authority Moves Through

For more than 30 years, Congress has passed TPA laws to guide both Democratic and Republican Administrations in pursuing trade agreements that support U.S....

YF&R Program Builds Leaders

TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU’S YOUNG FARMERS AND RANCHERS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CREATING LEADERS FOR THE PAST 71 YEARS AND THOSE INVOLVED ARE PROUD TO BE...

Tennessee Valley Fair ‘Farm Day’

KIDS LEARNING ALL ABOUT THE FARM THIS WEEK AT THE TENNESSEE VALLEY FAIR IN KNOXVILLE.  IT’S FARM DAY COORDINATED BY THE UT EXTENSION SERVICE.  

Thanksgiving on the Farm

A SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR FOR OUR FARMERS AND ALL OF US AS WE STOP TO REFLECT ON THE BLESSINGS FROM THE YEAR.  

Farm Income Projections

AS 2015 WINDS DOWN, USDA ANALYSTS HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF JUST WHAT KIND OF INCOME FARMERS WILL HAVE GENERATED.

EPA Administrator Goodwill Visit to Tennessee Farm

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt made a trip out to a farm in Williamson County recently to address 150 farmers from across the...

President Trump to Address Farmers in Nashville

President Donald Trump is scheduled to address farmers and ranchers gathered at the American Farm Bureau’s 99th annual meeting next month in Nashville.

Contact Lawmakers Now to Support the Farm Bill

Now is the time to let legislators know how important the farm bill is to rural America.

Tennessee 4-H Round Up

375 4-H members from across the state are gathered at the University of Tennessee at Martin for the Tennessee 4-H Round Up and All...

Harvest Takes Off

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

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...

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.

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...

Ag Star Making Stronger Voices for Ag

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

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.

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...

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...

Mississippi River Vital to Economy

  THIS YEAR’S DEVASTATING DROUGHT AND THE ANTIQUATED LOCKS AND DAMS ALONG THE MISS. RIVER HAVE CREATED BARGE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS FOR SOME TIME AND...

Young Farmer Challenges

Tenn. Young Farmers face many challenges to stay profitable and remain on the farm.

Power to the People

October is Cooperative month, recognizing the benefits and importance of Tennessee’s some 200 Co-ops.

Christmas on the Farm

A special day for us all – to many farm families around the state today, it is truly a special day as they celebrate...

Don’t Give Your Turkey a Shower

USDA RECOMMENDS THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO RECONSIDER WASHING THAT TURKEY IN THE SINK BEFORE YOU PUT INTO OVEN.

2014 Farm Income Forecast

How much money will farmers make and what will they spend this year?  

Summer Forecast

IT’S ALWAYS HARD FOR WEATHER FORECASTERS TO TELL US WHAT THE SUMMER WILL BRING, BUT THIS YEAR IT’S EVEN MORE DIFFICULT. 

Standing Up for her Farmers

6TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN DIANNE BLACK SAYS ITS IMPORTANT TO HEAR FROM AND MEET WITH FARMERS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR ISSUES.

Let ‘Em Walk

EXCITEMENT IS STILL BUILDING IN THE TOWN OF SHELBYVILLE WHERE THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION IS BEING HELD FOR THE 77TH YEAR. 

Local Honey a Win, Win

DURING THE BUSY FALL SEASON, HONEY ISN’T SOMETHING THAT POPS INTO YOUR HEAD RIGHT AWAY, BUT LOTS OF FARMS IN TENNESSEE SELL THIS PURELY...

Young Farmer Success

Jay and Alice Ann Yeargin have been named the Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement award winners for 2016.

Tyson Ups Their Commitment to West Tennessee

Humbolt, TN in Gibson County will be the new location for a chicken production complex for Tyson Foods.  When completed, the $300 million facility...

Support for our Number One Industry

Gov. Bill Haslam addressing farm leaders gathered in Franklin this week for their 96th annual meeting.

House Passes Farm Bill

The House reconsidered and then proceeded to narrowly pass their Farm Bill with a vote of 213-211 Thursday afternoon.

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?

A New NAFTA

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

The Push for a Corn Checkoff

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

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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