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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

YF&R Fall Tour

The annual Young Farmers and Ranchers Fall Tour kicks off today in Greeneville, Tennessee where farmers from all over the state gather to learn...

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.

New Farm Income Forecast for 2012

It looks like the U.S. farm sector’s income for this year may be less than some had been predicting. Gary Crawford has this report

Black Bear Population Increasing

State officials are expecting even more black bears in Tennessee this Spring.  TWRA’s Dan Gibbs explains.

Back Yard Gardens

CLOSE TO TWO HUNDRED FOLKS ATTENDED THE ANNUAL FRUITS OF THE BACK YARD FIELD DAY AT THE MIDDLE TN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER IN...

Rain, Flood waters Impacting Farmers

AFTER LAST WEEK’S HEAVY RAINFALL EVENT IN MIDDLE AND EAST TN, FARMERS ARE STILL FEELING THE EFFECTS.  

Strategic Plan for Ag

Tennessee ag leaders are working on a strategic plan for the state’s ag and forestry industry.

FFA Land Judging

IN WEST TENNESSEE’S WEAKLEY COUNTY, THE STATE FFA AND 4-H LAND JUDGING COMPETITIONS WERE HELD AND WILSON CENTRAL’S FFA TEAM CAME OUT ON TOP.

The Gift of Gardening

If you need some last minute gifts for the gardener on your list, this report from Gary Crawford may help you. 

New Switchgrass Variety

A NEW SWITCHGRASS VARIETY CALLED LIBERTY PROMISES GREATER YIELDS FOR BIOFUEL PRODUCTION AND AS AN INCOME PRODUCER FOR GROWERS.

Ag Department facing Tough Budget Cuts

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is facing potential cuts of 7 percent for next year.

Celebrating June Dairy Month

TENN 4-H JUNE DAIRY MONTH CHAIRMEN IN SEVERAL COUNTIES WILL BE WORKING TO PROMOTE THE BENEFITS OF THE DAIRY INDUSTRY TO THE STATE ECONOMY...

The Race is On

DON VILWOCK, THE INDIANA FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT, IS SEEKING TO BECOME THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION.

88th National FFA Convention

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY IS HOSTING THE NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION ONE LAST TIME BEFORE IT SHIFTS TO INDIANAPOLIS FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND MORE THAN 60,000...

Zippy Seeking AFBF Presidency

GEORGIA FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT ZIPPY DUVALL IS SEEKING TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION.

Back at Home

Loudon County dairy Farmer Ryan Bright is feeling a lot better than he was six months ago.  That’s when an early morning fire basically...

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...

Prices Down. Positive Outlooks.

U.S. agriculture's financial health is dependent on exports. As a country, we export 50% of major crops, 70% of fruit and 25% of pork....

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...

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.

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...

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...

Ag Day on the Hill

A great day to celebrate Tennessee's top industry by perhaps agriculture's biggest promoter, Governor Bill Lee.

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...

Drought Relief Assistance from NRCS

  With the effects of this year’s drought, west Tennessee is receiving much-needed help from the NRCS. The organization is providing $16 million in...

Holiday Food Safety

When traveling this holiday season, plan ahead for perishable food safety with multiple coolers, ice, and gel packs.

River Exports

Members of the American Farm Bureau’s Trade Advisory committee recently toured parts of the Mississippi River and the Panama Canal to better understand the...

National Ag Day

Tenn. Ag Commissioner Julius Johnson talks about ag importance to local, state economy.

UT Extension Value

The economic impact of the University of Tennessee Extension Service is paying off big dividends for all citizens of Tennessee.

Expanded TPP is a Big Deal for Agriculture

New trade negotiations with one of the world’s biggest economies could lead to good things for U.S. agriculture and the nation’s overall economy.

Bringing the Heat

THE HEAT IS FINALY HERE FOR THE SUMMER AND THAT’S BEEN THE MONTH LONG CAMPAIGN SLOGAN FOR FARMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND HERE IN...

USDA Reduces Farm Income Forecast

Farm income may still be high this year, but it may not be as high as some had expected

Thanksgiving History

THIS WEEK WE’LL CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING AGAIN W/ FOOTBALL AND TURKEY, THAT WASN’T ALWAYS THE CASE.  GARY CRAWFORD GIVES US A HISTORY LESSON OF THIS...

12 Days of Pick TN Products

THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS USING ITS PICK TENNESSEE PRODUCTS PROGRAM TO GIVE AWAY TENNESSEE PRODUCTS FOR TWELVE DAYS ON FACEBOOK. 

Election Day

WHILE MANY HAVE ALREADY VOTED EARLY, STILL MANY OTHERS WILL TAKE TIME OFF THEIR FARMS TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS FOR THE REPRESENTATIVE THEY FEEL...

Rural Life Festival

THE HISTORIC RURAL LIFE FESTIVAL IS HELD AT THE ELLINGTON AGRCICULTURAL CENTER AND IS GEARED TOWARD STUDENTS 1ST THROUGH 5TH GRADE.

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.

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