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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...

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...

Pull Up Your Britches And Quit Whining

While driving to the post office to send off my donation to the government the other day after completing my income taxes, I saw...

How About A Tennessee Christmas

It's beginning to look more like Christmas everyday. The neighborhood lawns have turned into what could be classified as a center for a source...

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...

Cold Day Wondering

As the final cold winds of February made their way across the cedar tree and ice covered Tennessee farmland of my Versailles homestead recently,...

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"...

New Dairy Teaches Students About Real Life

As the weather in our state during these next few months seems to turn more like conditions you would expect more so in the...

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...

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,...

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...

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Who would have ever thought that come this time of the year, yards would be growing like mid-spring, gardens would have to be weeded...

From a Pole Wired to a Fence Post

I have to admit that during the winter months I am a TV watcher addict. Yes, it is true that I enjoy settling down...

Get You A Sundrop Bottle

The other day as I waited in line at a traffic light, I noticed the car in front of me and the two beside...

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...

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,...

Yes There Will Be A Tennessee State Fair This Year

I know it has been a long hot summer, but as nighttime temperatures attempt to fall somewhat and country crickets start to sing a...

Sunday Drive Not What It Use To Be For Sid And Sadie

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

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...

Wife’s Pocketbook Often Becomes Husband’s Millstone

Three years ago this month, my wife and I got the word of her impending cancer. At that time the early reports were not...

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...

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...

The Day Is What You Make It

When a person retires, I'm told many people find themselves looking for things to do and wish that they had continued at the old...

Already Starting to Miss 2014

Just the other day, I picked up my annual Normal Rockwell calendar from the drug store for 2015, and as I thumbed through the...

Uncle Sid Goes HD

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

Time Again For Farm And City Cousins To Meet

Since November has arrived, most of us are starting to think about the next holiday coming up that will involve a lot of eating....

I Helped Pay For My Growing Up

In a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture news release, reporting the information from it's annual report, it states that a middle-income family with a...

The Ag Census Is Coming

  Back during the past holiday season, Aunt Sadie had stopped by the local post office to buy a few stamps for her Christmas...

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...

Don’t Worry, They Are Going Home

It looks like the state legislature is headed home early this year. All we have to wait for now is harmony and peace in...

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...

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...

Heads and Rocks Don’t Mix

Did you know that 95 percent of all available fresh water is in the ground? With the recent winter rains and snows, water has...

July 4th Will Be The Day The Politicians Will Meet And Greet

As we rapidly approach another 4 of July celebration and yet another election year, I can't help but wonder what our founding fathers would...

It’s A Dirty Job But Someone Has To Do It

During the last snow adventure, I spent my time in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, where snow or ice removal is not even considered...

Wild Hogs Root’n Up Tennessee

Over the past several years, the reintroduction of some wildlife into our Tennessee landscape has meant new adaptations in many areas of the state....

TAEP Spurs Investment In Our Farms

  I hadn't thought about a Volkswagen Rabbit, until a few weeks ago, when I saw one driving ahead of me with a For...

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...

What’s Up The Government’s Sleeve

If you have ever watched a magic act, somewhere during the performance the magician will pull a rabbit out of a hat or maybe...

Olympic Withdrawal

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

Harmonia Axyridis are Back and I’m Not Happy

It is October once again, and once again, I despise Asian lady beetles. For those of you who are not plagued by these impostures...

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...

What Do You Do With An Unwanted Horse

Horses have always been special to me, and a part of my farm life as I grew up. We always had a horse or...

Government Men Visits Still Bother Uncle Sid

A recent invitation to the Wilson County Fair Century Farm Luncheon brought back the memory of an old story about my Uncle Sid's visit...

For The Welfare Of Mankind And A Country Boy’s Family

That cold early spring afternoon that I pulled into the old building's parking lot, the structure seemed to have lost all of its protecting...

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...

A Good Time To Be Involved

It's that time once again when all the stores are filled with patriotic supplies making red, white and blue the colors of choice for...

Off-Roading Not Meant For Hay Fields

The other night while resting in my home and enjoying the football playoffs, someone in a four-wheel drive pickup truck used one of our...

Sorghum Crop Helped By Rain

The rain this summer may have been a problem for those who were looking for a good pumpkin crop this fall or even a...

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...

Open Up Commerce With Cuba Or Not

As the chartered four-prop plane touched down on the runway of the Josemarti-LaHarana Airport in Havana, Cuba, I, along with thirty other semi-anxious people,...

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...

A Drive Into The History Books On Sun And Water

As you tune into CNN these days, the news that is broadcast is centering around the final launch of one of the space shuttles...

Put Down The Calculator And Step Away From The Meat Counter

Okay, the average cost of 16 basic grocery items, that you buy at your local supermarket, increased by $2.10 over last quarter's cost during...

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...

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....

Springtime With Uncle Sid And Aunt Sadie

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

Santy Claus and Farmers Could Be One and The Same

Christmas out on the Read All About It Farm continues to be a favorite holiday and one that seems to cause me to enjoy...

And You Still Can’t Make a Mater Saminch

Here we are once again in the glory days of homegrown maters and I'm still finding folks who can't make a mater saminch. I...

Don’t Tell An Agriculturist There Are No Farmers

While stopping by the Quickity Sack the other day to pick up a bottle of water, a farmer saw some of his discussion buddies...

Old Dairy Barn Changed The Health World

The other day, I was actually sitting in the "Dairy Barn" on the campus of the University of Wisconsin. What's so great about that...

Too Much Regulation Adds To Food Cost

Just this morning, I heard on the news that OPEC wants more of our energy dollars and has plans to get it. As I...

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...

They Keep Us Fed And Mobilized

This year marks the forty-second observation of Earth Day in this country, with numerous special events scheduled on April 22. It began in the...

Feed The Hungry As You Help Balance Nature

A very common sight these days along Tennessee's rural roadways is the sudden image of flickering bright white tails of deer as they spring...

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...

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...

Aunt Sadie has a Yard Sign

On a beautiful Tennessee fall afternoon, I pulled in the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm. Their white frame house,...

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...

Media Says Economy Affecting Home Christmas Light Displays

Just a few days ago, I was riding on a shuttle bus to an event with a number of media folks from around the...

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...

The Size of the Crowd Depends on the Weather

On Monday April 4, 2011, when the word was first released on the passing of the state's 46thgovernor Ned Ray McWherter, statements were released...

Uncle Sid Discusses What It Means To “Occupy”

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...

Heat and Dry Weather Comes to Uncle Sid’s

As I pulled into the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's the other day, I was already looking forward to sitting...

Practical or Non-Practical Doesn’t Apply To I Love You

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

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...

Dairy Numbers Short But “Udderly” Vital To Tennessee Economy

With National Dairy Month quickly approaching in June, a major celebration is planned in the Volunteer State, and it's been that way for a...

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...

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...

Don’t Skip Thanksgiving

I just can't believe the Christmas lights I'm already seeing. I saw a Christmas tree in a window on November the first and heard...

Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie Visit LA (Lower Alabama)

Over the last few weeks in Tennessee, unusual heat has been a major discussion topic around every country store, church meeting and over at...

Taters Come From The Freezer And Not The Ground For Today’s Kids

"Trends around this country continue to indicate that we Americans are buying more expensive convenience food items for preparation at home, as well as...

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...

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,...

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,...

Mark Twain Is Still Quotable

Mark Twain is one individual whose writings and quotes I have always enjoyed, beginning at an early age. After all these years that his...

New Companion

A few weeks ago, I decided to take the plunge and get something that has been gone from my life for over six years....

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,...

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...

Will You Remember The Day Known As 9-11

  While driving to work Tuesday, September 11, 2001, my cell phone rang and I noticed on the digital screen that the call was...

Farming Community Calls Foul

I grew up on a family farm that relied heavily on our extended family's involvement to get the crops in, as well as the...

Atomic Tummy Pain

It was just about midnight, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, when the doctor returned to my ER room at the local hospital with the CT...

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...

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,...

Lucky Grandkids

My grandchildren sure are lucky and the reason is because their Granddaddy is just about as big of a kid as they are when...

Pearl Wants To Play Catch

The other night after attending Wednesday night prayer meeting, I returned home and parked my pickup in the garage. It was a pleasant June...

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,...

The Harvest Moon Sets The Stage For Fall

Fall has officially arrived and it is my favorite time of the year. It always has been since I was a child, but it...

Tennessee’s Farmers Keep Low Profile On Earth Day

This year marks the forty-first observation of Earth Day in this country, with numerous special events scheduled on April 22. It began in the...

Feed The Hungry As You Help Balance Nature

A very common sight these days along Tennessee's rural roadways is the sudden image of flickering bright white tails of deer as they spring...