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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

Farmers Urging Congress to End Estate Taxes

Farmers in Tennessee and nationwide are hoping to end the federal inheritance tax, also known as the “death tax” on family-owned farms.

Storing, Maintaining Disaster Kits

Keeping a disaster kit available for everyone in your family is critical.  Here’s tips on storing and maintaing those emergency kits.

WKRN Wins Omelet Cook-Off on Ag Day

The four major TV stations in Nashville competed in an Omelet Cook-Off during a promotion for National Ag Day at the Tenn. Ag Museum.

Comparing the Senate/House Farm Bills

The American Farm Bureau compares the House and Senate Ag Committees versions of the Farm Bill.

D-Day and Farmers

The nation’s farmers helped to make D-Day, and the entire World War II effort, a success. 

TWRA and Wildlife Problems

If you have wild animal problems on your farm contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for help.

New Facilities at UT

The University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center is opening three new facilities.

The Season for Shopping Around

If you didn’t do much of your holiday shopping on Thanksgiving weekend, you may actually end up getting bigger bargains. 

A New Beef Check-Off?

An impasse on how to resolve issues in the producer funded beef check-off program may mean formation of a second check-off. 

UAV Use in Ag

THE AGRICULTURAL USE OF UAV’S OR DRONES WILL DO MORE THAN JUST GATHER FARM DATA. 

Family Tradition

HAYLEE FERGUSON OF RUTHERFORD COUNTY RECENTLY EXHIBITED CATTLE AT THE 2015 TENNESSEE JUNIOR BEEF EXPO IN MURFREESBORO. FERGUSON HAS A STRONG PASSION FOR SHOWING...

Agritourism Season

WITH THE FALL SEASON, IT’S TIME TO VISIT THE FARM.  AND FROM ONE END OF THE STATE TO THE OTHER, THERE ARE MANY, MANY...

2016 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

TWO WEST TENNESSEANS HAVE BEEN NAMED FINALIST IN FARM BUREAU’S RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE FOR THEIR FLEXIBLE CRIMPER ROLLER.

New Garden Grants

WELL NOT MUCH GROWING OUTSIDE THIS TIME OF YEAR, BUT COME NEXT SPRING, TENN. ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS WILL HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PLANT...

Still Producing Hay

Usually this time of year, most farmers have gotten up all of their hay, but the season is going on a little longer than...

The Roads for Success

We all know just how important our roads and bridges are to daily living, and perhaps no one more so than our farmers.

Preparing the Future

While most kids are out of school for the Summer break, there are some teachers already prepping for the return to the classroom by...

New Growth for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture

David Arnold was appointed as the new Tennessee State Forester for the Department of Agriculture on August 1st.

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.

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...

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...

Ag in the Classroom

The Ag in the Classroom program has been helping Tennessee school children better understand the importance of agriculture for nearly 30 years.

He’s Checking it Twice

It’s Christmas Eve and the legend makes another ride tonight…as he does, USDA’s Gary Crawford gives us a background check on Ole St. Nick.

Immigration Reform a Big Deal for Agriculture

It has a long way to become law, but the introduction of a bipartisan immigration reform bill is a big deal for U.S. agriculture....

Poultry Industry’s Impact

Tennessee’s poultry industry has expanded in recent years to be valued at $4.8 billion and that’s helping family farms stay on the farm.

If You Like Peaches…

Fresh, juicy peaches. One of the most delicious things about summer. But South Carolina peach farmer Chalmers Carr explains that without the foreign workers...

Beef Cattle Numbers Decline

Dr. Andrew Griffith of the University of Tenn. talks about the declining inventory numbers for cattle and calves.

TN FFA Members Ready to Ignite

WILSON CENTRAL FFA PRESIDENT KEVIN ROBERTSON IS ONE OF SEVERAL HUNDRED FFA MEMBERS FROM TENNESSEE ATTENDING THE NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION AND EXPO IN LOUISVILLE...

Proposed Site for West TN 4-H Camp/Conference Center

The search committee chooses Lone Oaks Farm in Hardeman County for West Tenn. 4-H Camp and Conference Center.

Could Be Tough Choices for Ag Cuts

TN’S COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE JULIUS JOHNSON TALKING ABOUT PROPOSED CUTS THAT COULD COME NEXT YEAR AS GOV. BILL HASLAM HAS ASKED ALL STATE GOVT...

Ramping Up the Beef Herd

A COOPERATIVE EFFORT B/W THE UNIVERSITY OF TENN,, THE TN DEPT OF AGRICULTURE AND TN FARMERS COOP IS MOVING FORWARD TO HELP LAUNCH A...

Analyzing the WOTUS Rule

THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU HAS JUST FINSIHED ANALYSIS OF THE EPA’S FINALIZED WATERS OF THE US RULE AND IT SHOWS THE FINAL RULE IS...

Commodity Market Reaction to Global Selloff

  THE GLOBAL MARKET ROLLERCOASTER CONTINUES BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR AGRICULTURE?  

Trying to Stay Positive

RHEA COUNTY’S CLINT JEWELL AND OTHER DAIRY FARMERS RIDE A ROLLERCOASTER OF PRICES.  

Cost of Thanksgiving Meal Up Just a Tad

AMERICAN FARM BUREAU’S 30TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER COST SURVEY SHOWED A SLIGHT OVERALL INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF THE HOLIDAY MEAL. 

Helping our Bees and Pollinators

This week we are celebrating National Pollinator Week. USDA's Gary Crawford has more.

Innovating Our Most Industry

It seems the trend these days is to find new innovations for just about any industry, and its certainly no different for agriculture.

Farm Bureau Policy Agenda Set for 2018

Besides the excitement around President Trump attending the American Farm Bureau convention in Nashville this week, there were other important business items to tend...

Utilizing New Technology

As everyone in society continues to embrace technology to stay up-to-date on all the latest information and trends, farmers are doing the same.

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...

A Forum for Our Most Important Industry

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

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