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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

Celebrating the Blue & Gold

THIS WEEK ACROSS THE COUNTRY PEOPLE ARE TELLING WHY THEY ARE FFA PROUD AND THE TENNESSEE STATE FFA OFFICER TEAM IS TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY...

Protecting the Future

Making sure agriculture's future has farmers coming on to tend to the land and livestock, Farm bureau at the local, state and national level...

Under Secretary Discusses Rural Water

USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager attended the National Rural Water Association meeting in Nashville and talked about the importance of having...

Top Dollar for Top Cattle

LAWRENCE COUNTY CATTLE PRODUCER KENNY SPRINGER RECENTLY SOLD HIS FIRST CALVES THROUGH THE TENNESSEE BEEF ALLIANCE, A PROGRAM THAT STARTED WELL OVER A DECADE AGO...

Final Release of 2012 Census of Ag

If you have questions about agriculture, the 2012 Census of Agriculture now has answers. 

A Nemesis to Livestock Farmers and the Public

One of the biggest predators for Tennessee’s livestock industry is the black vulture.

Goat Industry Continues Growth

Tennessee is the second-largest producer of meat goats in the nation, and now many farmers are starting to raise their own flocks of goats....

The Buffer Zone

THE TENN DIVISION OF FORESTRY AND OTHER AG ASSOCIATIONS ARE ENCOURAGING RURAL AND URBAN LANDOWNERS TO CONSIDER ESTABLISHING RIPARIAN BUFFER ZONES TO HELP PROTECT...

Backyard Birds

WITH THE APPROACHING FALL AND WINTER, STATE OFFICIALS ARE URGING POULTRY PRODUCERS AND FOLKS THAT HAVE A JUST A FEW BACK YARD BIRDS TO...

Ag Committee Hears from Ag Department

Tennessee’s Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton appeared before the state House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee this week to give an overview of the...

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. 

Ditch the Rule for Good

Farm leaders attending the American Farm Bureau annual meeting are calling on Congress and the new Trump Administration to put an end to EPA’s...

Favorite Field Trip of the Year

Learning all about farm life was the focus this week as more than 1100 elementary kids attended the annual Knox County Farm Day at...

Superbowl for Agriculture Teachers

800 Career and Technical Education teachers have gathered in Nashville for their annual Institute for CTE Educators. This is the first conference of the...

Secretary Perdue Visits West TN Farmers

Close to 150 farmers gathered at Richard Jameson’s farm shop in Haywood County this past Saturday for a special visit from U.S. Secretary of...

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.

Dairy Farmers Fighting Strong

Dairy farmers across Tennessee and the country are experiencing tough times.

TN Ag Leadership Forum

For several years now, Farm Credit Mid-America, in partnership with CoBank and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, have hosted an agriculture leadership forum for those...

Extension Still Vital to All

The University of Tennessee Extension Service is still the one place that farmers and all consumer can go to get the information they need...

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.

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...

Following the Farming Tradition

For many farmers, working on the land or with animals is a generations long tradition and they grow up knowing that is what they...

Developing Rural Areas

Jim Tracy serves as the Tennessee State Director of USDA Rural Development, where one of his main priorities has been and will continue to...

Farm Computer Use Growing Steadily

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

Direct Impact

Despite the direct financial impact the drought is having on Grundy County’s Steve Ahearn’s cattle operation, he’s still thankful he has the opportunity to...

That Sinking Feeling

IF YOU HAVE THAT SINKING FEELING LIKE YOU HAVE THE FLU, IT MIGHT NOT BE FROM A FLU VIRUS, IT MAY BE FROM YOUR...

Living to Serve

Allie Jo Shankle, from Henry County High School, and Ahmon Watkins, from Oakland High School, were recently elected as Tennessee FFA State Officers.

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