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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

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.

New Conservation Effort

USDA SAYS PROJECTS UNDER A NEW USDA PROGRAM MARKS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

Trade’s Impact

Johnathan Cordone is USDA"s Under Secretary for Farm & Foreighn Relations and he recently updated Tenn. Farm Bureau leaders on the importance of global...

4th of July Picnic Tips

When we cook outside for the Fourth of July, what are the biggest mistakes many of us make? USDA's Gary Crawford has the story.

Celebrating and Promoting June Dairy Month

One of the largest June Dairy Day events in the southeast was just held at Battle Mountain Farm in Williamson County where about 200...

Zippy Making the Rounds

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall has been traveling across the country attending several state Farm Bureau Conventions.  He was at Tennessee’s this week.

One of Our Most Dangerous Occupations

This week is National Farm Safety and Health Week, where folks across the country are bringing awareness to some of the dangers of farming....

Farm Leaders Hear from Senate Candidates

Hundreds of farm leaders attending the Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents Conference meeting in Franklin got to hear addresses from both U.S. Senate candidates.

Too Much Mulch

A landscape expert says most of us go way overboard on applying mulch around trees and shrubs.

New App to ID Weeds

. Home gardeners and farmers have a new tool to find out what kind of weed that is in your flower bed, garden or...

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...

Better Prepared

Erin Bacon of Jefferson County was a multiple winner at this year’s state FFA convention.

Making Memories around the Christmas Tree

THE WAGONS ARE READY, THE HOT CHOCOLATE IS OUT, ALL IS NEEDED NOW IS FAMILIES.  THAT’S WHAT TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS TREE FARMERS ARE HOPING FOR...

New Chancellor on the Job

Dr. Donde Plowman has been appointed as the ninth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.   More on Chancellor Plowman

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...

Harvest for All

Twenty-eight million meals were served in 2012 thanks to Farm Bureau families across the country who donated a record breaking amount of food, time...

Farm Safety

Farm equipment-vehicle accidents have increased in recent years. But farmers can do their part to avoid these collisions by using safety tips.

Farm Computer Use Growing Steadily

FARMERS’ USE OF COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET IS GROWING STEADILY, BUT STILL LAGS BEHIND THE GENERAL POPULATION.

Preparing For The Future

Erin Bacon, senior at Jefferson County High School, won Tennessee FFA’s State Prepared Public Speaking Contest and will move on to represent Tennessee at...

Forestry Day on the Hill

THE TENN. FORESTRY ASSOCIATION HELD THEIR ANNUAL FORESTRY DAY ON THE HILL IN NASHVILLE TO INFORM LAWMAKERS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR FOREST INDUSTRY.

USDA Announces $12 Billion in Trade Assistance

AG Secretary Sonny Perdue announced plans this week to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation.

Grassroots Advocacy Key to Success of Critical Tax, Regulatory Reforms

The American Farm Bureau Federation says farmers and ranchers need to talk with lawmakers to ensure they understand the importance of regulatory and tax...

Clarifying Ag in Property Tax Laws

The Tennessee General Assembly has passed legislation that clarifies a consistent and legal definition of “farm property” and agriculture for property assessment purposes.

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