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Mr. Ford Started All Of This

The other day as I filled-up my new 4-wheel drive, V6, campaign-retirement-good feeling pickup truck with ethanol blended fuel and watched the digital cost...

It Comes Around Every Five Years

The Agricultural Statistics Service in Tennessee is a very important source in our state for agricultural information that keeps all of us informed on...

Drought Doesn’t Put Hold On Molasses

With the drought that seemed to go on forever this past summer, questions are still being asked concerning the current and upcoming harvest of...

I Am Learning To Endure

Recently, I turned 61 years of age, and after all of the cards were read and the cake eaten, I realized that this accomplishment...

Scratching Ain’t Polite

There's a story I heard the other day, over at Sewell's, about one of our Tennessee cousins having one of our other cousins from...

Two Boys And A Tennessee Sinkhole

Having grown up in rural Tennessee, I have seen my share of sinkholes. Sinkholes have been in the news lately and they can become...

Compromise Is Tough To Do These Days

On a cold and wintery day during the 94th annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau held in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel this...

True That There Are No GMOs In Cheerios

Sure will be glad to see nice weather come back to the Volunteer State. These up and down polar vortex changes have just about...

People Have Become Less Farm Savvy

  The majority of today's population in this country is as much as three generations removed from the farm and the knowledge about what...

Something Else To Begin

I have found out that when something ends something else begins, at least that has been the way it has worked in my life....

It Comes With Age If You Follow Doctor’s Orders

Once again, I found myself lying on my back in a surgical center waiting for a colonoscopy to be performed and getting to know...

New Things Ahead For The New Year

Well, I'm finally going to do it. With the prospects of it happening, there were those who suggested it, others greeted it with happiness,...

Does A Soybean Have Giblets

You have heard me say it before and I'm going to say it again, "What did they do with Thanksgiving?" These days it all...

Slap Dab In The Middle Of 2010

 When we all saw our first day of the year for 2010 way back in January and a sunny day welcomed the new...

Celebrate Earth Day In Your Own Way

When you write a column on a weekly basis and it is the type of column that I usually write, very often you find...

Watch Your Dog During Dog Days

As summertime begins to go into its hottest period of discomfort for southern man and beast alike, I'm reminded of the days when air...

Practical or Non-Practical Can All Depend On Where The Dog Is Lying

In just a few days, it will be that time of the year when women think of romantic things, men panic and florists hope...

New Inductee Into Tennessee Agriculture Hall Of Fame

When you think of someone being inducted into a Hall of Fame, you first think of sports figures known for major league accomplishments, like...

It’s Tough Doing It By Yourself

Through the years, I have found myself to be one to not ask for help no matter what. I have built decks where you...

The Little Kid In You Wants To Go

A couple of few years back, I expressed my feelings about how much fair season and this time of the year means to me....

Get Out The Butter and Biscuits

One of my mother's favorite times of the year is finally arriving! Of course, we all enjoy spring and the renewal of warm weather,...

Do Geese And Worms Really Know About Winter

On the first day of November, I saw two large V-formations of geese extremely high in the sky headed south. Seeing their migration movement...

Coming Soon To A Tree Near You

It has taken them 13 years to make their return to be seen by the public in Tennessee with their ugly, large red eyes,...

Farm Bureau Policy Redirects Farm Bill

  During the 93rd Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation held recently, Tennessee's voting delegates to the event had an opportunity to...

Get Involved Or You May Get A “Punkin” When You Vote

Can you believe it is that time again when we have the opportunity to be involved in elections for those who want to go...

Shoot Up Here Among Us

The late country comedian Jerry Clower's most famous story was his coon huntin' story told about the time he and his Mississippi friends made...

Winter Olympic Withdrawal Can Be Cured

The other night as I sat down to enjoy some TV, I realized that I really miss not being able to see the Olympic...

Three-Year-Old Event Still Causes Giggin’

As a farm writer, I often receive communications from readers who have opinions about my subjects and sometimes their opinions may not agree with...

Country Boy Survives Winter Storm

The recent winter weather, along with the state of emergency being issued in the Volunteer State, has sent many of us into a state...

Your Foot Will Never Get Well As Long As There Is A Horse Standing...

The late Erma Bombeck wrote a book entitled "The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank" and in years past that may have...

Good Luck For The New Year

  I hope your New Year's celebration was truly a site to behold. At my house it was sort of peaceful. No, Dick Clark's...

Giggin Has Hoppy Ending

During the years I spent in elementary and high school, each morning was begun with the entire class bowing our heads in prayer and...

Tennessee Cedar Tree Fragrance Helps Make Christmas

If there is anything that brings back Christmas memories for me, is the smell of freshly cut evergreens around this time of the year,...

Get Your Photo ID Early To Vote

When I first heard that legislation was being considered to require a government-issued photo ID to vote in Tennessee elections, a strange cold chill...

Asian Lady Beetles Are Real Stinkers

 I despise Asian lady beetles. They moved into my house last fall and have taken up housekeeping like an unwanted relative. They stink,...

Horse Hair Snake Shows Up After All These Years

I saw one the other day. It was swimming in a stream of water after a mid-winter rain near my drive and it looked...

New Trade Agreement Could Help Tennessee Farmers

  This year Tennessee could realize the highest production of corn on record since 1917 if forecasters are right, so says the USDA Agricultural...

Attic Treasures As Valuable As The Pyramid’s

I recently had the task of cleaning out the attic at my parents' farm as we prepared to turn the house over to someone...

When Is Natural Considered Natural

Trying to get acquainted with her first grade students at the start of school, a teacher recently asked them to tell her what has...

Good Time To Build A Fire Ring

I just recently completed a stone fire ring on my place that has with it history that dates back to the days before the...

The Year 2010 Is Up To all Of Us

All across Tennessee everyone is once again preparing for another new year. With 2010 on the horizon, parties are planned, resolutions are being made,...

Disney Bans Snack Foods ““ What’s Next? Warning Labels On French Fries

In a somewhat tongue-in-cheek column I wrote a few years ago, I joked about the possibility of someday seeing warning labels on hamburgers, desserts...

Country Store Farmer Talk Over Pizza

  You know there is a new day coming when you see four elderly farmers having pizza in a country store in southern Middle...

Farm Bill Affects Every American

Who would have ever thought that the year 2012 would have seen not only a Congress deadlocked over passing farm legislation due to electoral...

They’re Here

I have seen in movie reviews, that once again, another poltergeist movie is coming to the big screen, with this one being in 3D...

They Went Home Leaving The Death Tax Still Unburied

With election day looming on the proverbial November 2 date, the House of Representatives voted September 29 to head home to shake a few...

The Road We All Have To Travel

I've had the opportunity to live what some folks would call a "charmed life." I was born in a rural part of Tennessee on...

Each Generation Supports The Other

 Recently, while attending a college basketball game, I made a nonscientific observation of what people do during the game that seems to be...

It May Be Pretty And Green, But It Is Deadly To An Ash Tree

 Just when you thought we had made it through the summer without the usual "Lost In Space" warning from a robot waving his...

Walking Around Sense

It is amazing these days the number of people who do not have common sense or what my grandfather called "walking around sense." It...

Bug Takes Going Green Too Far On Ash Trees

Just as I reported way back in August of 2010, that it looked like we had made it through the summer without the usual...

It Only Takes 50 Licks To Celebrate

This year's Tennessee legislature debated a long list of subjects from handguns to honey bees, but none of them was as "refreshing" as the...

Why Does The Fattest Bug Hit The Middle Of The Windshield

 It was one of those late summer nights when the humidity was finally taking a turn to the better and a full Grain...

Uncle Sid Calls The Election

It was a beautiful Tennessee spring afternoon when I pulled in the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm. The hills...

First Weekend In May 2010 Will Be Long Remembered

If you were anywhere near Middle or West Tennessee in the last several days, you have been well schooled in the term "flood plain"...

Change The State Seal?

  While trying to leave the office late one evening my phone rang at that magical hour where if you answer it the results...

January Cold Got To Me Already

With the holidays all over and the weather being pretty much on the cold side the last few weeks in Tennessee, winter has been...

Why The Media Show By HSUS?

A video shot last year by an undercover employee of the Humane Society of the United States, better known as HSUS, showing Walking Horse...

Walking On Water Depends On You and The Boat

My job requires me to spend a lot of time on our Tennessee roads and when that time involves interstate driving, you find yourself...

Bird Of Courage

As the dust slowly settles from this country's most expensive elections ever, many are still attempting to analyze the results and just what the...

Get The State Fair Fever

Have you ever wondered what is the best of Tennessee? I know we have the music, the Smoky Mountains, Walking Horses, lots of great...

Why Don’t They Just Leave Things Alone

It never fails that when I find something that works the way I want it to, fits the way it should fit my body,...

Is It Worth It?

With new grandbabies showing up in my household, you would never think that the granddaddy would be the one getting the vaccinations, but that...

Rice Becomes Latest Victim

As a mere child, which seems like a long time ago, I was always told to clean my plate and eat all my vegetables...

You Never Know What You May See In A Tree

You would expect whenever you look up in a tree that you just might see a bird or a squirrel doing what they normally...

Sometimes You Never Know When You’re Better Off

I'll  never forget that warm September morning as I headed off to work when my cell phone rang with a call from my county...

Peer Pressure Helped Inoculations

Recently, while eating lunch at a local sandwich place, where if you eat their sandwiches you are suppose to get skinny, I overheard a...

Where Did The Man With The Star Go

The other day as I filled-up my Flexfuel car with E-85 ethanol fuel and watched the digital cost monitor spin like an out of...

Plenty More To Do This Summer

After a great July 4 holiday break, I was driving to work one morning when I passed a school that had a notice on...

That Family Was Never Satisfied Again

As fall turned quickly into winter recently, people all across the state hurried to switch on their heat and immediately started complaining about how...

Cousin Sed Comes To Stay With Postage Due

The other day as I pulled in the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm, the winter wind was blowing to...

You Have Got To Be Kidding

Everyday that you pick up the newspaper or turn on the TV, there is a story about climate change, carbon footprints and someone demanding...

What’s Over The Horizon?

For some reason, the month of July has always been special for me to take in the observation of the moon. No, I'm not...

Am I Getting Old Or Did 2010 Move Really Fast

All right, I know it was here just a little while ago, but where did 2010 go to in such a hurry? Did the...

Xerox The Dog

Last night, I was looking through a box of old photographs of my mother's and made a discovery I had been over-looking for years....

Proud To Be A Member Of The Round Scar Generation

Proud To Be A Member Of The Round Scar Generation The other night as I drove home from a church meeting, I was listening to...

From The Backseat Of An Old Desoto

I have been spending a lot of time lately working in a pick-your-own berry patch located almost in the heart of one of Tennessee's...

Slipping Off From Chores To Learn From The Best

The day after the Fourth of July, I spent the afternoon in our local theater watching a movie I had been waiting on for...

Well, Here They Go Again

The group that continually advertises on TV, showing sad puppies and kittens, while asking for your monthly donation of $19 to be a humane...

Where Did The Year Go

If you are reading this, I guess we made it past December 21. But, does anyone know where 2012 went? Did the days of...

Stealing A Halloween Pumpkin Can Change Your Life

It's almost that time once again to get the kitchen knife out and grandma's old dish pan and start carving away at a helpless...

A Story Truly Worth Repeating

After spending time recently in a meeting of the Tennessee House Agriculture Committee as they discussed things I consider important to me, as well...

Whatever Happened To “Hog Killin” Weather

The other day while leaving the Barnbank, another gentleman around the same age as myself, commented about how cold the north wind was coming...

What Winter Is It?

Once again, down at the store, the talk is centered on what kind of winter we are in the grips of, and the vote...

Time To Get Into Sales

As the storms rolled through Tennessee on the morning of April 27, I was one of those who watched as I saw trees and...

Time To Warm Up Your Cockles

  I love this time of the year. October has always been special for me and one reason could be because of the fact...

Fickle Weather Causes Read to Wane for ‘Maters and Berries

This spring has been one of some unusual weather in the Volunteer state, as well as the rest of the continental United States. Snow...

President Adams Said Check Out The Firework Stands

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,...

It Takes Conventional Agriculture To Feed A Nation

I have never been an active hunter or fisherman, but continue to be real supportive of those who do enjoy the sport of a...

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Only Increases By 56 Cents Over Last Year

It's that time once again to get those pants out of the closet that expand an extra inch on each side on the old...

My Hat Is Off To Teachers

With all the talk these days about teachers becoming a part of the line of defense against attacks and being allowed to carry guns...

Wet Paint Sign Causes Us To Touch

  Just recently, I was told by a highway official that they no longer place signs of that type on questionable curves and areas,...

Keeping Time Down On The Farm

As everyone was "springing forward" recently, our state legislature was debating whether or not to take Tennessee out of the Daylight Saving Time routine,...

If you don’t eat, don’t worry about farmers going out of business

I may be edging slowly into the early 60s of my age, but I'm not going to be left behind when it comes to...

Lawyer And Farmer Debate Cow

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to travel this great state and visit our rural areas. One of my favorite stops is...

Putting Money In A Mason Jar Is Not A Bad Idea

Putting Money In A Mason Jar Is Not A Bad Idea Each day as I check out the news, I hear the continued story line...

Anybody Want To Run For Public Office

I don't know if you have ever tried to trace your ancestry, but it can get really interesting at times. A lot of people...

Non-GMO Pledge Made Me Pick Another Spread

The other day as I pushed my grocery cart down the aisle of my favorite food store, I was stopped in my tracks as...