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Tennessee Future Farmers of America State Officers Elected

Tennessee Future Farmers of America State Officers Elected

During the 89th Tennessee FFA State Convention, March 26-29, the 2017-2018 Tennessee FFA State Officer Team was elected to serve the Association. The eight individuals elected are: President, Julia Knaggs, Station Camp; Secretary, Erin Bacon, Jefferson County; West Tennessee Vice President, Allie Jo Shankle, Paris; Middle Tennessee Vice President, Mary Lane Minatra, Eagleville; East Tennessee Vice President, Kenzie Bastian, David [...]

Organic Farmers Offered Reimbursement for Certification Costs

Organic Farmers Offered Reimbursement for Certification Costs

Tennessee farmers who grow organic crops and have become USDA certified can now qualify for a cost share reimbursement for the expense of their certification. Beginning March 20, 2017, certified organic producers and handlers can apply to USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for a 75 percent cost share up to a maximum of $750 [...]

Weed Control in Tall Fescue Pastures and Hayfields

Weed Control in Tall Fescue Pastures and Hayfields

After last summers and falls drought, I have been receiving lots of questions about what to expect from this springs hay and pasture fields. We may not have an answer to that question until this spring when warm temperatures allow our grasses to start growing again. One thing that will be important this year is [...]

USDA Farm Service Agency Urges Farmers and Ranchers to Vote in County Committee Elections Beginning Monday, Nov. 4

USDA Farm Service Agency Urges Farmers and Ranchers to Vote in County Committee Elections Beginning Monday, Nov. 4

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced that the 2013 FSA County Committee Elections begin today, Nov. 4, with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is Dec. 2, 2013. “The role and input of our county committee members is more vital [...]

State’s Agritourism Industry Continues Steady Growth

State’s Agritourism Industry Continues Steady Growth

Researchers at the University of Tennessee released new findings this week that show Tennessee’s agritourism industry — which includes any agriculturally-based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch — has more than doubled between 2006 and 2012, bringing in hundreds of millions of tourism dollars for farmers across the state. In [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, June 21, 2013

Weekly Livestock Comments, June 21, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle trade was slow to develop this week with asking prices firm compared to a week ago. Live ask prices were $121 to $122 and dressed prices were $195 to $196. Bid prices on a live basis were $117 to $118 and dressed bids were $192. The 5-area weighted average prices thru [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, June 21, 2013

Weekly Crop Comments, June 21, 2013

Overview Corn and wheat were up; soybeans and cotton were down for the week. Outside markets caused some fluctuations in the grain markets at the end of the week as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke announced the potential trim down of its asset purchasing program later this year and the potential to halt the program next [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, June 7, 2013

Weekly Livestock Comments, June 7, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold $2 to $3 lower compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were primarily $122 while dressed prices were not established at press. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $123.40 live, down $1.41 from last week and $195.80 dressed, down $3.26 from a [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, June 7, 2013

Weekly Crop Comments, June 7, 2013

Overview Soybeans and cotton were up, wheat was down, and corn was mixed for the week. Of note, this week’s crop comments were completed using closing market numbers for Thursday (June 6) instead of Friday. This was due to a personal scheduling conflict, I apologize for this inconvenience. Wet weather continues to delay corn and [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, May 31, 2013

Weekly Crop Comments, May 31, 2013

Overview Wheat, soybeans, and corn were up and cotton was down for the week. Planting / weather concerns continue to play a key role in the markets. Corn planting has improved dramatically the past two weeks however planting concerns continue in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Concern over planting delays has also become prevalent with [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, May 31, 2013

Weekly Livestock Comments, May 31, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly steady to firm compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were primarily $124 to $125 while dressed prices were primarily $199 to $200 on limited trade. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $124.81 live, up $0.36 from last week and $199.06 [...]

Trapping Gets Underway for Tree Pest Across Tennessee

Trapping Gets Underway for Tree Pest Across Tennessee

Purple three-sided insect traps that resemble a box kite can be seen in ash trees across Tennessee in the next few months as part of a surveillance program by state and federal agencies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA, APHIS) and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) are partnering [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, May 17, 2013

Weekly Crop Comments, May 17, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $1 lower compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were primarily $125 to $126 while dressed prices ranged from $200 to $201. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $124.79 live, down $1.43 from last week and $199.76 dressed, down $2.98 from [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, May 17, 2013

Weekly Crop Comments, May 17, 2013

Corn and soybeans were up wheat was down and cotton was mixed for the week. Weather continues to be a key factor in the markets. Rainfall in the 5-day forecast is sporadic throughout the Midwest with the majority of precipitation anticipated in the northern Corn Belt. Six to 10 day forecasts indicate precipitation on the [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, May 10, 2013

Weekly Livestock Comments, May 10, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $2 to $3 lower compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were primarily $126 while dressed prices were $202. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $126.22 live, down $2.80 from last week and $202.74 dressed, down $3.81 from a week ago. [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, May 10, 2013

Weekly Crop Comments, May 10, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 83.14 +1.03 Crude 95.85 +0.39 Dow 15,118 +145 Cotton was up, wheat and corn were down, and soybeans were mixed for the week. The US dollar increased 1.03, crude oil was up 0.39 for the week, and the Dow set new highs during the week closing over the 15,000 mark at [...]

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