Celebrating 100 Years of the Tennessee Farm Bureau

It’s Time To Start Digging

Recently, I passed a church sign that had some really good words of wisdom lettered upon it. It said, "Don't be caught leaning 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...

Century Farms On Facebook

A few weeks back, I received an invitation to be the speaker for the Wilson County Fair Century Farm Luncheon. It was one of...

Death May Be Coming To Death Tax In Tennessee

  "The death tax does nothing but punish small businessmen and farmers building for the next generation. Unlike Washington, Tennessee plans for the future....

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...

Learning From Fat Mice

The more I face change and attempt to explain it to others, the more I realize that wisdom and understanding are totally different things....

Careful Near The Water

As summer's soaring temperatures bring out water-lovers to cool themselves by splashing about in local swimming holes, concern also increases about water safety. I...

Heat Lightning Brings Back Thoughts Of Back Porch Wash Ups

While driving back to the farm the other night, I could see in the distant sky "heat lightning" flashing across the heavens in all...

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...

It Has Been So Hot”¦

For the last couple of weeks, the weather has been the perfect source for a continuous supply of those "it has been so hot...

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...

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,...

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...

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....

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...

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,...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Electronically Sick World By News Overload

  As I got up this morning, I turned on the TV to check out just what had happened over the hours I had...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

Federal Government Trying To Decide What’s Safe For Farm Kids

I must say I was taught the value of work, and becoming a contributing member of the family at a very early age, due...

It Is Hard To Break The Work Habit

  Having grown up on a dairy farm in Middle Tennessee, I was taught at an early age that work was something a person...

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...

Bragging and Braying Is Determined By The Length Of The Ears

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

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...

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...

Belt Tightening And Flying

We just witnessed a major discussion over our country's debt problems and it really put all of us in a time of concern that...

Farm Bill Fiscally Responsible

The groundhog up in Pennsylvania saw his shadow, I understand, suggesting that we are looking at six more weeks of winter. Since the first...

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...

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...

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...

Many Attend ““ Few Understand

Professional baseball season recently opened with all of its fanfare and everyone once again took to the parks to watch the cowhide meet the...

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...

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...

Tennessee Tradition Must Continue

Christmas is a special time of the year for most of us and especially those of us who have come from rural backgrounds one...

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...

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...

A Simple Cigar Box

You just never know how someone else will interpret what your intentions are until they are placed in the position to have to make...

When The Colonel Came To Visit And Stayed

On a cold January day, my dog, which I had rescued from the local shelter and instantly became a member of the family for...

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"...

Forget The Cold And Grow A Garden

  As the first of the year settles in and the celebrations subside, it is now that time of the season to turn our...

State Fair Belongs To Tennessee’s Citizenry

Growing up on a farm allowed me the advantage of experiencing life in somewhat of a simpler manner than those who have spent their...

Don’t forget the little things

Winter attempted to make a swipe into the hills and valleys of Tennessee during the week of Valentine's, and the people of the Volunteer...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Please Don’t Call Cornbread Dressin Stuffing

It's that time once again to get your elastic waistband clothing out of the closet and prepare for another Thanksgiving feast. Diets will be...

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...

What’s An Uber-Conservative Anyway

  Over the last few weeks and with the coming of the New Year, in Tennessee, winter has been the major discussion topic around...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

John Adams Predicted We Would Have Fireworks

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,...

Summer Means Going To The Farmers Market

As the summer days arrive, more and more people are making visits to their local farmers markets to sample fresh grown produce right from...

Organic Or All Natural With Uncle Sid

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

Follow The Example Of A Good Farm Dog

When the term farm animal is mentioned in conversation or in writing, most of us assume the obvious and think of a cow. Cows...

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...

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...

Time to Move Up The Healthy Chart

Over the last few weeks, I have been reading the United Health Foundation's report entitled "America's Health Rankings" which lists the healthiest states to...

Hoping Against A Blizzard At Halloween

As the days slowly turn much warmer and the trees change to deep summer greens, farmers across Tennessee prepare for this year's cropping season....

Your Bumper Sticker Made Me Do It

While preparing to turn right with the green light the other evening at a fairly busy intersection, I noticed another car coming from the...

What T-Shirt Should You Wear

I love my state this time of the year! You can tell you are in Tennessee when the days begin to warm and the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Who’s Keeping Score

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

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...

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...

Wrapped Up In Necessities

Each month I'm amazed at the new inventions that are introduced by news releases that come across my desk on a daily basis. Many...

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...

Understand Somewhat Decisions On Picture Releases

Just like everyone else on that Sunday evening when the breaking news came across my TV screen, I was proud of our country for...

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...

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...

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...

Following Procedure Depends On Who Has The Ball

Over in South Carolina, a few years ago, 200 catfish lost their lives. After careful investigation by local authorities and noticing that most of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Important Find In Your Mailbox

On the first day that the mail ran for the New Year, when I opened my rusty old mailbox, I was pleasantly surprised with...

A Visit On The Farm With Uncle Sid

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...