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UT nominates Arrington as Large animal care shortage Institute of Ag chancellor Larry Arrington, professor of agricultural education and communication at the University of Florida, will be recommended by UT President Joe DiPietro for election by the UT Board of Trustees as the next chancellor of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. “The University of Tennessee owes much of its statewide presence to the Institute of Agriculture. It is a critical part of UT’s overall mission as our state’s land-grant institution, and many citizens across our state rely on the Institute for guidance through its programs in agriculture and agricultural research, youth development, education, veterinary medicine, family and consumer sciences and community development,� DiPietro said. “Larry is a gifted and nationally recognized administrator and an outstanding leader, and his prior experience will serve UTIA very well in his role as chancellor. I worked closely with him at the University of Florida, and I know his abilities first hand and know with certainty he will be a great fit. I am pleased for our University and for our state to have Larry joining us in Tennessee to help carry out this important mission.� Arrington served as interim senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences from 2009 to 2010. Prior to that, Arrington worked in the Florida Extension Service, serving as dean from 2004 to 2009. He has worked at the University of Florida since 1981. “We believe Dr. Arrington’s experience will serve us well at the Institute of Agriculture and throughout the state of Tennessee,� said Buddy Mitchell, interim UTIA chancellor and associate chancel-

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lor for development. “He is extremely knowledgeable in providing the best possible environment for our agricultural students, faculty and staff and in the best outreach programs to serve the people of Tennessee.� A native of Plant City, Fla., Arrington earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural and extension education at the University of Florida, his master’s in vocational education at the University of Georgia and his doctorate in agricultural and extension education at the Ohio State University. Arrington has been rewarded for his expertise and leadership in agriculture. He was awarded the Gene Trotter Agricultural Leadership Award in 2010 by the Wedgworth Leadership Institute, a state program to develop leaders in agriculture and natural resources. He also received the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Award for Service to the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy. Arrington was named a distinguished alumnus by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. �

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has identified four areas of the state that are now eligible for USDA assistance in filling a shortage of large animal veterinary practitioners. The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) will pay up to $25,000 each year towards qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians who agree to serve in an underserved area for three years. “Livestock production is a billion dollar industry in this state, and it’s critical that Tennessee farmers have access to quality veterinary services,� said state veterinarian Charles Hatcher. “This program is a great way for veterinarians to not only get financial assistance but to provide a valuable service to the agricultural community.� Areas eligible for the loan repayment program include Carroll and surrounding counties in West Tennessee; Hawkins, Greene and surrounding counties in East Tennessee; the Upper Cumberland; Bedford, Moore and surrounding counties in southern Middle Tennessee. Criteria such as availability of current veterinary services, the number of veterinarians at or near retirement age and number of livestock operations were used to identify underserved areas in the state. The deadline to apply for the VMLRP is July 8. For an application and more information about the VMLRP, visit www. an_health_if_vmlrp.html. �




Deputy ag commissioner appointed ing the rural portion of Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District. He also served as a delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and he is a graduate of Weststar, Leadership McNairy County and AgStar professional development programs. Templeton is a sixth generation farmer producing grain, cotton, hay, timber and cattle. He is a member of the 25 Farmer Network, a pilot effort to grow new and alternative crops to Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson has appointed McNairy County mayor and lifelong farmer Jai Templeton as the agency’s deputy commissioner. “Jai is a proven leader who has extensive experience in government and firsthand knowledge of agriculture and rural issues both as a farmer and as mayor of a rural county,� said Johnson. “He will bring an invaluable perspective to the department as we seek to build our rural economy and better serve the farm community. Gov. Haslam and I are pleased that he has agreed to join our staff.� Templeton joined the department June 1. He succeeds retiring Deputy Commissioner Terry Oliver, who has 20 years of public service including a stint as commissioner under former Gov. Phil Bredesen. As deputy commissioner, Templeton will oversee day-to-day operations of the department, helping to direct programs and services ranging from food safety, animal and plant health, pesticides and consumer protection to forestry and agricultural development. Templeton has served as mayor of McNairy County since 2006, leading that county’s successful efforts to reduce debt and increase fund balances without raising taxes during the economic recession. He is a former county commissioner and former president of the McNairy County Chamber of Commerce, where he helped form the McNairy County Regional Alliance to focus on economic development in the area. “I am grateful for the confidence that Commissioner Johnson has shown in appointing me to this position,� said Templeton. “I look forward to working with him and the department to grow Tennessee’s agricultural economy. It will be a privilege to serve in Gov. Haslam’s administration.� As county mayor, Templeton has also served on the UT MartinMcNairy County Center Advisory Board, the West Tennessee Railroad Authority, the West Tennessee River Basin Authority and the Southwest Tennessee Development District Executive Board. From 1994 to 2003, he served as a field representative for former U.S. Representative Ed Bryant, cover-

support the development of valueadded markets in the Mid-South. He is a member of the McNairyChester County Cattlemen’s Association, the McNairy County Forestry Landowner’s Association, the Tennessee Farm Bureau, the MidSouth Farmer’s Co-op, the Selmer Rotary Club and the Stantonville Ruritan Club. He and his wife, Allison, and their children, Mycaela, Canon and Eliza Smith, reside on their family farm in Stantonville, Tenn. and attend the First Baptist Church of Adamsville. �

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‘Antique kids’ helped pay for their 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 child born in 2010 can expect to spend about $226,920 ($286,860 if projected inflation costs are factored in) for food, shelter, and other necessities to raise that child over the next 17 years. Of course, that all depends if you have a kid who is low maintenance and is satisfied with just above average and not attempting to be a member of the overly popular group that demands the latest in everything. If that is the case, then you are out of luck with this USDA report. There is around a two percent increase from the 2009 report. The expenses with the greatest increases were transportation, childcare, education and health care, which are a big part of rearing a child. They showed small changes in housing, food, clothing and miscellaneous expenses on a child over that oneyear period. This was based on a family income between $57,600 and $99,730. It seems the more you make the more you spend raising your child, so if you are making more than $99,730, you can expect to spend $377,040. I guess that extra cost is for silver spoons or something like that, figuratively speaking. If you make less than the $57,000

figure, your child is only going to cost you $163,440. I guess this proves that the more you have, the more you will spend. USDA started this survey fifty years ago and back in 1960, when the first report was issued, a middleincome family could have expected to spend $25,230 to raise a child through age seventeen. In 1960, I turned 12 years of age and had only five more years to go to reach the 17-year goal that the survey sets when you should be finished paying for the rearing of a child. During those first 12 years from 1948 to 1960, it was pretty lean at our place and I think this survey would have been difficult to conduct on a Middle Tennessee farm family just getting by. As my preacher said last Sunday, “We were so poor, we ate cereal for breakfast and supper with a fork. The reason we used a fork was to save the milk.� My early years of life were spent in an air-conditioned house. Whatever the condition of the air was outside, it was the same inside.

YF&R REPORT Where is my husband?‌ If you’re a farmer’s wife this time of year I am sure that you have asked the same question. Wet planting conditions this spring slowed down planting and hot dry conditions in parts of the state during the months of May and June added stress to a farmer’s day. On a bright side, the wheat crop is coming out of the field and is showing great yields and above average quality. Corn prices have continued to stay really high. As busy as farmers are we still need to take time out of our day to stand up and voice our needs to local law makers. Sharing our farm story with non-agricultural citizens is also a very important job of farmers and their families. The Tennessww Young Farmers and Ranchers program helps farmers to

facilitate these efforts, as well as adding the opportunity for farmers to fellowship and take some time out of their busy and hard days to have a little fun! June is National Dairy Month and once again several YF&R groups celebrated Dairy Month and took the opportunity to share the story of agriculture with the general public. McMinn County hosted Moo Fest and YF&R members helped with events such as a 5K, milk drinking contests and petting zoos. The festival allowed the opportunity to highlight the advancements in the dairy industry, while reaching out to the general public. Lincoln County and Coffee County both hosted Dairy Princess contests, and while there were girls who had ties to the

However, the plumbing made up for that. You got plenty of exercise going to the well for water and going to the outhouse when needed. At an early age you developed bathroom discipline. Cost for all of this‌priceless. Every Saturday was spent “harvestingâ€? and picking a chicken for Sunday dinner, which may have included the preacher as a dining guest. I guess you could say a lot of our chickens went into the “ministry.â€? But our meals included homegrown vegetables and meats, which never would have been included in a survey. Our milk came from the same cow and went into the crock pitcher in the Frigidaire. Later we skimmed the cream off for cooking and cereals, which made for some real good eating. The milk was usually good except when old Ruth the cow would eat onions or yellow bitterweed and then you had to hold your nose to get it down. That’s when we discovered Bosco chocolate drink, but sometimes you couldn’t even

get enough Bosco to kill the taste of bitterweed. I still have memories of raw milk with onions and bitterweed, which is one reason I will stick to my pasteurized milk from the stores these days. And yes, I am above my raising. The good thing about my raising starting as a 1948 model child compared to the cost of a 2010 model child, is that my model wasn’t really involved that much in the competition of child rearing back in those days. Most of us boomers had about the same things and pretty much dressed alike. A couple pairs of blue jeans, a pull over shirt, white socks and a pair of penny loafers was all you needed to get by. You had home clothes and schools clothes, which neither the two varieties did twine. Bored was not a word you dared to use around parents for fear of finding yourself moving hay bales from one side of the barn loft to the other and then back again or maybe even cleaning out a fence row which never seemed to ever get clean. There is something to be said about us “antique kids.� We may have been cheap to create as kids, not costing a quarter million dollars to rear, but we are now costing a pretty penny to operate and keep running. What goes around comes around, I guess. �

Christy Rogers Brown, 2011 YF&R Reporter farm that participated, most of the girls and their families didn’t have farm backgrounds. This opened up the opportunity for YF&R members to share a little of the story of agriculture and the dairy industry to a crowd that otherwise is uninvolved. These contests also offered the opportunity to raise money for agricultural scholarships. Coffee County’s proceeds are donated to the John Willis scholarship fund. Franklin County YF&R hosted an antique tractor show and pull in Belvidere on May 14. This has become an annual event that also raises money for an agriculture scholarship program. The Loudon County YF&R put on a huge rodeo which is not only a lot of fun, but also raised money for a scholarship

program in their county. We hope to see everyone at the Young Farmers Conference July 22-23 in Columbia. There is a great program in place and a lot of fun planned. Keynote speakers will be FFA Alumni President Robert Meadows and Joe Huffine, Tennessee 4-H Foundation president. Tradition calls for the annual Young Farmer Olympics, Young Farmer Achievement Contest, Environmental Stewardship Contest, and the Collegiate Discussion Meet. The Achievement Award had twentyone applicants this year, and will be an exciting and great contest. We all anticipate the young farmer videos put together by the talented Lee Maddox and Melissa Burniston. We hope to see you there or at future YF&R events. Â?




Recovering from ‘The Flood of Record’

The Ag Agenda By Bob Stallman American Farm Bureau President

Weather is a house of cards for agriculture Mother Nature has played her hand against farmers and ranchers in recent months. Both flooding and drought— sometimes right on the opposite sides of the river—have devastated crops and hurt livestock producers. But, as all farmers and ranchers know, we must play the cards we are dealt. LUCK OF THE DRAW Farmers gamble against the weather every day. Some days you win big, others you just have to fold. Unfortunately, both tornadoes and extensive flooding in the South and Midwest have given many farmers pause. Sadly, in many cases, they’ve seen their livelihoods literally blown or washed away. In Alabama alone, an estimated 25 percent of the poultry houses were destroyed by tornadoes. But, as tough as farmers and ranchers’ losses have been, it’s important that we stay focused on moving forward to quickly rebuild their operations and make sure they stay viable. As for the flooding, there are two national concerns we have to begin thinking about: rebuilding the levees and ensuring the rivers stay open for navigation. The past has shown us that if levees aren’t rebuilt immediately, once thriving farmland will likely turn into economic wastelands. Gone is production agriculture, as well as the tax base

for those rural communities. While we work through this temporary crisis, it’s also important that we keep the rivers dredged and navigable for traffic to move up and down the channels. Farmers far and wide are affected by current navigation restrictions and the resulting back-up of farm products. THE WILD CARD On the other end of the spectrum, drought is taking its toll on many states. In Texas alone, my home state, ranchers are facing astronomical losses of more than $1.2 billion due to crop losses, increased feeding costs and lack of forage. Oklahoma, Kansas and others are also feeling the frustration of drought. American Farm Bureau economists expect the size of the national cow herd to shrink as ranchers are forced to sell animals they can no longer feed. Wheat and corn farmers are in trouble, too. The hard red winter wheat crop has particularly been hit hard and our economists are expecting a loss in the nation’s corn crop because of the drought. It’s important that we keep our chins up and start a new day. We farmers and ranchers can’t change the weather but we can determine our future. Many just need the opportunity to play with a fresh deck. �

Haslam requests federal assistance for 15 counties Gov. Bill Haslam has requested a secretarial designation of natural disaster for agriculture in 15 counties as a result of severe storms and historic flooding that occurred in April and May. The counties include Dyer, Giles, Greene, Hancock, Hardeman, Hardin, Hawkins, Henderson, Knox, Lake, Madison, Obion, Shelby, Tipton and Washington. “This year has been especially tough on farmers who have been battling two fronts – severe storms and historic flooding,� Haslam said. “We want to help our farmers get back into business as soon as possible. I’m glad to make this request for federal assistance, and I’m prepared to make requests for additional counties as damages are more fully known.� Haslam made the request in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. As the FB News went to

press, the designation had not yet been approved. A secretarial designation would make farmers in these and adjoining counties eligible to apply for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payment Program to help eligible producers recover lost income. Other assistance such as low-interest loans and livestock loss assistance may already be available through local USDA Farm Service Agency offices. Farmers in affected counties have reported crop losses ranging from 30 to 60 percent, and higher in some cases, primarily for corn and wheat, but also for hay, pastures and specialty crops such as fruits and vegetables and nursery stock. Farmers have also reported widespread debris, livestock losses and extensive damage to buildings, equipment and conservation structures. Â?

Farmers along the Mississippi River and its tributaries that were hit by historic floods this spring are working overtime to try and salvage a crop this summer. “We’re going to plant until we can’t plant anymore,� said Dyer County farmer Jimmy Moody. He and many other farmers in the area have seen flood waters cover land this year that has never gone underwater in their lifetimes. And while the flood waters that surrounded Memphis came just short of the record flood of 1937, a new high water mark was set in northwest Tennessee. “This is the flood of record,� said Moody. “The gauge at Caruthersville (Missouri) was 47.6, a foot and 6 tenths higher than it was in ’37. And I told someone right at the crest that when this water goes down, it’ll look like a bomb went off and I didn’t miss it.� According to estimates from the Tennessee Farm Service Agency, flood waters covered at least 650,000 acres of farmland in West Tennessee. Severe damage has been reported throughout the area. Widespread debris, livestock losses and extensive damage to buildings, equipment and conservation structures led to Governor Bill Haslam requesting a secretarial designation of natural disaster for agriculture in 15 counties. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom

Vilsack was in Tennessee in mid-May to promote the importance of homegrown energy but he took time to meet with affected farmers and state officials about the flooding and tornado disasters that occurred and he confirmed that USDA would do all they could to help in the recovery process. “In some cases, farmers are still unable to get into their fields due to flooding, infrastructure damage or debris, and they’re running out of time to plant a crop this year,� Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said. “Federal assistance for debris removal and to help repair fences and conservation structures will be particularly important for helping farmers get back on their feet.� The spring flooding came at a time when farmers were anticipating perhaps a record year of production as commodity prices across the board were at all-time highs. Some farmers were able to get some cotton planted after the waters receded up until June 4, but for most the only choice has been to plant soybeans and that will continue well into July. “We had a chance to really recover some equity this year from some old disasters and get up on our feet,� said Moody. “But it just wasn’t to be. I’m just thankful I had crop insurance and that’s why the Farm Bill is so important. “ �



Agricultural Education By Melissa Burniston Assistant Director of Communications

Saying farewell to the ‘Wise Old Owl’ of Tennessee FFA I’ll never forget the first time I met Kenneth K. Mitchell. I was a freshman in high school at the State FFA Convention, getting ready to compete on stage in the FFA Creed Career Development Event and was extremely nervous. Up to me comes this man I’ve never met and proceeds to shake my hand and say, “Don’t worry about messing up, just remember to be loud enough that they can hear you in the back.� As I continued on in my journey with the FFA and realized just who this man was and what he had contributed to our state’s association, I always smiled as I heard him say at the beginning of every speech, “Can you hear me in the back?� and remembered his words to a scared little freshman. Even though he may no longer be physically present here on Earth, he will always remain in the hearts of those lucky enough to consider themselves “Mitchell-trained.� Kenneth K. Mitchell was born on October 18, 1922 and died on May 18, 2011. He was 88 years old and his

impact on the FFA and this state can’t be measured. His career started at Norris High school, where he taught institutional-on-the-farm training part-time to World War II Veterans. After serving in the United States Army during World War II in the 787th Military Police Battalion, Headquarters Company of the First Airborne Army and 84th Infantry Division from the European Theater of Operation, Mitchell finished his degree at the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s in agricultural education. In 1951 he began teaching at Dickson High School, where the FFA chapter thrived under his guidance, receiving many state and national awards during his time there. It was in 1961 when he joined the State Department of Education and received his Masters in agricultural education the following year. Mr. Mitchell was instrumental in helping set up the Tennessee FFA Alumni and the Tennessee FFA Foundation, as well as helping design the leader-

\P,Q[\ZQK\+WVOZM[[UIV^Q[Q\[.IZU*]ZMI]WNÅKM[ – Dr. Scott DesJarlais recently visited the Tennessee Farm Bureau headquarters to meet with TFBF staff and leaders to discuss current agricultural issues. The congressmen is shown here on the left talking with TFBF CAO Joe Pearson during his visit. Congressman DesJarlais also serves on the House Agriculture Committee and regularly visits his district seeking input dealing with agricultural issues.

ship development program that still exists today at FFA’s Camp Clements. While at the State Department of Education, both FFA and ag education were recognized at the national level for meeting the educational needs for students preparing for careers in agriculture, and Mitchell himself played a major role in the development of innovative programs in agricultural science at the college level. He also served as advisor to numerous state FFA officer teams during this period, and those “Mitchell-trained� teams were known for their ability to speak at a moment’s notice on any given topic and for arriving to meetings on “Mitchell-time� (15 minutes early is on time for those Mitchell-trained). Even those state officer teams after Mr. Mitchell retired often visited with the “wise old owl� to gain knowledge and wisdom, as well as entertainment, from his stories and advice. Mr. Mitchell is probably best known by today’s FFA members from a tradition started by West Tennessee Vice President Marty Tubbs in 1979. Mitchell’s “Sensational, Educational, Motivational and Highly Inspirational� (SEMI) thought for the day, in which the whole room held their arms up to make quotation marks with their hands, made an impact on every student attending that camp or convention with sage advice on everything from “which came first, the chicken or the egg� to being a true leader to what the future holds for

agriculture and much more. In 1990, he was presented with the “Outstanding State Supervisor of Agricultural Education in the United Statesâ€? award; in 1991 he was Progressive Farmers “Man of the Yearâ€? and was also presented with National FFA’s VIP Award. Other honors he received include the Honorary State American Farmer Degree, FFA Lifetime Achievement Award and The Torch Award presented by the General Conference of Methodist Men. But I can guarantee Mr. Mitchell won’t be remembered for all his awards and magazine articles, he will be remembered by those whose lives he impacted‌and from their stories to the future generations of agriculturist’s ears, and through that, Mr. Kenneth K. Mitchell will live forever in the hearts of those who bleed national blue and corn gold. Â?

Governor’s School visits TFBF headquarters – This group of outstanding high school students have been spending their summer attending this year’s Tennessee Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences at UT Martin and recently visited the offices of the Tennessee Farm Bureau in Columbia. They took a tour of the organization’s offices and service companies’ facilities along with a chance to talk to FB officials.





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2011 Farm Bureau Women’s Summer Conference What is a Farmer? Winning Essay by Aisia Robbins Johnson County Middle School Johnson County Pondering the topic of this essay contest, I became increasingly discouraged. Although I have lived in rural Tennessee all of my 13 years, as have generations of my family before, I am not a farmer. My parents are not farmers, nor were my grandparents in my lifetime, nor any of my immediate family. I have gazed at cattle and crops from the car window without a second thought, and I will be the first to admit I have no knowledge of, or experience in, farming. So how would I be able to write about a Farmer? Although I could cite facts and statistics about farming, I decided I would try to understand what type of person it takes to be a farmer. I have based my thoughts on what I consider to be a rural farmer, the one that I would most relate to. This person could be the man eating breakfast at our local Hardees, or the woman that teaches Sunday school. I suppose years ago when our country was founded that almost everyone was a farmer. You grew your own vegetables, and raised your own animals for meat and dairy products. This was a way of life, and farming at that time was a necessity for the majority of Americans. In addition, some aspect of the family farm was most likely performed by each member of the family. I would assume that this work ethic continues today with modern rural farmers. A farmer must be willing to

sacrifice everything for the benefit of his farm. A farm is a precise machine. Everything must be done at just the right time and frequency. Crop farmers are a slave to the calendar. A change of season equals different tasks that must be completed in a certain order. A livestock farmer must be considerate of his animal’s needs, as they get hungry and sick just like us. Mother Nature plays a large role in the probable success of certain farmers. Their work must continue regardless of the temperature, precipitation, or lack thereof. I think most people like me would naturally assume that farming is hard work. Extensive planning, research and manual labor is needed to be successful. However, I have also come to realize that farming is a lifestyle commitment. These men and women farmers have dedicated their daily lives to the products of their choosing. For many adults their work ends at five o’clock Monday through Friday, but for farmers it never “ends.� They don’t get time off for Christmas or a spring break. It must take the most dedicated person to be a farmer, and they cannot do it alone. Help is needed either from family members or employees. The farmer is the backbone of our society and the foundation of our heritage here in Tennessee. My hope is that when I enter into a career, I will be as passionate and my career as rewarding as the local farmer. �

Speaker Harwell listens – Tennessee’s Speaker of the House Beth Harwell was this year’s keynote speaker at the FB Women’s Summer Conference and was a highlight on the program. She is shown here listening to some farming issues from a conference delegate after her address.

Checking out the scrapbooks – Each county works on a scrapbook for the conference highlighting their programs of work each year and they are placed on display for everyone to enjoy. Here some of the ladies are seeing what other counties have been involved in.

Reach for the sky! – No, everyone is not volunteering at once, but the delegates did participate in a lot of fun activities during this year’s conference.

Essay contest winners – These three young people were selected as this year’s top winners in the Tennessee Farm Bureau Women’s annual essay contest. From left: First place winner Aisia Robbins from Johnson County; second place winner Grayson Chandler from McNairy County and third place winner Hannah Nave from Cannon County.

Poster contest winners - These students were named as the top three in the statewide poster contest during the Farm Bureau Women’s Summer Conference held in June. From left: Morgan Tinkler Barker from Sullivan County won first place; Lauren Carter from Greene County won second place and third place winner Amber Isbell from Dickson County.




2011 State June Dairy Month Kickoff Luncheon Commissioner Johnson addresses luncheon – Tennessee’s 36th Commissioner

of Agriculture Julius Johnson was the keynote speaker for the 2011 Tennessee June Dairy Month Kickoff Luncheon. Johnson challenged the young attendees to always strive for the win, but to remember that you also learn a lot by just being involved.

Bob Basse honored as Tennessee Dairy Promoter of the Year – The late Robert (Bob) Basse was recognized at this year’s June Dairy Month Kickoff Luncheon by being named as Tennessee’s Outstanding Dairy Promoter of the Year. Basse passed away earlier this year and was a devoted dairy industry and rural youth promoter. The award was presented to his wife Judy and daughters Janet and Karen.

Junior Dairy Quiz Bowl winners – Marshall County 4-H had both the champion and reserve champion teams in the Junior High Dairy Quiz Bowl this year. From left: The reserve team winners were Sophie Raffo and Tygr Taylor; and the champion team members were Andie Strasser, Cainan Whaley and Dillan Todd.

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exhibited this year’s winning June Dairy Month poster.

Senior High Dairy Quiz Bowl winners – Henry County had the winning team this year for the Quiz Bowl competition during the 2011 June Dairy Month Kickoff. From left: Josh Gallimore, Andrew Shankle, Ty Wilson and Kinsey Kollmann.

Abigail has a winning poster – Claiborne County’s Abigail Ferguson exhibited this year’s third place winning June Dairy Month poster. Second place was won by Janesa Wine from Dickson County, who was unable to attend the June Dairy Month Kickoff event.

Marshall County Senior High Dairy Quiz Bowl runners-up – The Marshall County 4-H team was second in the Senior High Dairy Quiz Bowl competition. From left: Dustie Strasser, Dalton Todd and Ben Jordan.


National honey bee health initiative formed

Beef Cattle Outlook By Emmit L. Rawls UT Professor Agricultural Economics

Feedlot losses and higher corn temper summer feeder prices Stocker calf prices dipped lower in May and continued lower in June which is the normal trend as the spring grass loses quality. Prices for 500 to 600 pound M & L 1 steers on Tennessee auctions averaged $132.74 per hundred, down from the $143.35 in April but much higher than the $116.34 average a year ago. Heavier yearlings weighing 700 to 800 pounds averaged $120.30, down slightly from the $122.87 in April, but higher than the $103.08 a year ago. The recent decline we have seen is due largely to a sharp break in cash and futures prices for fed cattle. Cash prices averaged $110.72 in May, down from the $119.73 in April. In mid-June prices were $105 to $107 per hundred. Higher corn prices have also raised cost of gain which means feeders need to be bought at lower prices. USDA lowered the expected corn production for this year and corn prices surged higher approaching $8 per bushel in mid-June. Live cattle futures followed on the naive notion that higher corn will make for a smaller supply of beef. While that may be true in the longer pull, it is not likely to be the case for cattle currently on feed which will be coming to market over the next 4 to 6 months. Yes, if cost of gain exceeds market prices, which may be the case now for some locations and situations, some cattle might get marketed early and at lighter weights. Feedlot losses on current marketings coupled with the higher corn will probably pressure feeder prices through summer. What could offset that? Higher than expected fed cattle cash and futures prices and/or a perfect corn growing season


with no further reduction in acres. The official planted acreage report comes out June 30. We normally get a rise in yearling prices in August as cattle feeders are buying cattle that will later come to market in the December to April period. Live cattle futures are usually higher for those months in August and historically cash fed cattle prices are higher in the spring. While things may look a bit dismal now, beef production is expected to be down about 5 percent in the fourth quarter and feedlot placements should be lower in coming months. Given stable demand, this should give rise to higher fed cattle prices at least in the fourth quarter and into 2012. Could it be as explosive as the first half of this year? Possibly, especially if exports continue strong and there is any spark in domestic consumer demand. Stocker operators who generally buy calves late in the year, may want to consider purchase of feeder cattle call options as a hedge against having to pay higher prices for calves. Call option premiums increase when futures price increase. Pasture conditions are quite variable across the state, which will determine marketings in the weeks ahead. Creep feeding is usually only suggested when grass is short, but feed prices are rising with the corn market. Producers need to evaluate marketing plans, considering special sales and the cost to grow cattle until those sales occur, generally in the August to November period. Current prices are still high compared to last year, even though they are down from earlier this year. Â?

A nationwide network to monitor and maintain honey bee health is the aim of the Bee Informed Partnership, a five-year, $5 million program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Penn State University is the lead institution, with the University of Tennessee providing IT support for the partnership. The Bee Informed Partnership will use an epidemiological approach to identify bee common management practices and use them to develop best practices on a regional and operationally appropriate level. The partnership will include many institutions already involved in pollinator work, but will also strive to include citizens involved in beekeeping or other aspects of the problem for data collection and integration. “We would like to reduce honey bee mortality, increase beekeeper profitability and enhance adoption of sustainable management systems in beekeeping,� said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, senior extension associate, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, who will lead the project. “At the same time we want to increase the reliability of production in pollinator dependent crops and increase the profitability of pollinator-dependent producers.� Project partners will create and maintain a dynamic honey bee health database with an interactive webbased interface. Dr. John Skinner, UT Extension professor of entomology,

and Michael Wilson, an IT specialist and graduate student working on his M.S., are coordinating the web-based interface for the partnership. Skinner says their portion of the grant should exceed $100,000. Skinner and Wilson formed and maintain the BEE Health Community of Practice on the national Extension network of information for beekeepers. You can find the Partnership online at Penn State and partners will also survey colony mortality, pathogens and parasites, as well as beekeeping management strategies, costs and outputs. They will create a pollinator quality and availability reporting system and an emerging-issues alert system. Some of the surveys planned by the Partnership include the continuation of the colony winter loss survey, an annual survey of management practices and a survey of pollinator availability. Other surveys will focus on determining colony mortality, parasite loads and socioeconomic factors. “By surveying beekeepers about their management practices as well as their colonies’ overwintering success, we can use epidemiological methods to tell beekeepers which practices work and which do not.� The multistate team hopes that their work and especially their educational efforts to introduce the best management practices will reduce national losses in honeybee populations by 50 percent in the next five years, according to vanEngelsdorp. �

Annual Tennessee pork delegate election The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2012 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2011 in conjunction with an Executive Committee meeting of the Tennessee Pork Producers Association in the Holeman Building Conference Room at the Ellington Agriculture Center, 440 Hogan Rd., Nashville, TN 37204. Any producer, who is a resident

of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted. For more information, contact the Tennessee Pork Producers Association, 13994 Versailles Rd. Rockvale, TN 37153, telephone 615-274-6533. Â?

Pick Tennessee Products celebrates its 25th anniversary We’re celebrating Pick Tennessee Products 25th year with a statewide tour of farmers markets in June and July. Pick Tennessee Products is the promotional campaign through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture that works to connect consumers with locally made food products. “Pick Tennessee Products has been connecting farmers to consumers since 1986, and its message is even more relevant today than it was 25 years ago,� said state Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson.

“Governor Haslam has made clear he wants to help Tennessee’s rural economies, and we’re taking that message to heart,� said Johnson. “Choosing locally grown and made foods is one way everyone can join him in the effort, so the upcoming farmers markets events will focus on teaching shoppers how to choose and use the local foods they buy.� Tammy Algood, spokesperson for the Pick Tennessee Products promotion and author of “The Complete Southern Cookbook,� will have a “25

Things to Remember at Your Farmers Market� session at each tour stop, sharing tips on choosing and storing fresh produce, and offering easy recipes for fresh produce. For more information about the tour, visit www.picktnproducts. org and click on the 25th anniversary logo. Visitors to www. can find statewide directories to farmers markets, seasonal farm product recipes, orchards and pick-your-own farms and retail stores where local products are sold. �



Listen to this great benefit As a youngster, one of the things that I enjoyed was going to the country store just a short distance down the road from my grandparent’s farm. There was always a group gathered up telling stories that I had heard a 100 times before, but somehow they still seemed funny. I suppose every community has a group of unique characters, but it sure did seem as if Center Point had the market cornered. As a boy I thought that a lot of the fellows just liked to talk loud but the truth is that they couldn’t hear very well and the people that they were talking to couldn’t either. Looking back, I suppose that this made some of the stories even more humorous with two fellows hollering at one another. Over the past few years, I have come to realize that hearing loss is a big problem for rural Tennesseans, especially for those who have spent their life working on the farm around tractors, implements, chainsaws, and the like. In fact, excessive noise exposure is the leading cause of hearing loss and age is the second leading cause. I sat down with Dr. Kent Webb a few days ago to discuss the impact of hearing loss and he gave me some very interesting statistics. Did you know that 30 percent of people over

the age of 60 have hearing loss and 14.6 percent of people ages 41 – 59 have hearing loss? One other fact that Dr. Webb mentioned is one that hit home with me, hearing loss increases the risk of the onset of dementia, which makes sense. If we can be engaged in conversation with others our minds stay active, but if we are not engaged in conversation our minds may wander and depression can set in as well. Now here’s the good news, over 95 percent of all people experiencing hearing loss can have significant improvement with hearing aids or medical treatment and Tennessee Farm Bureau members receive discounts on hearing aids through Dr. Webb’s company Clear Value Hearing. If you have been thinking about getting your hearing checked out, give the folks at Clear Value Hearing a call at 1-888-497-7447 and they will put you in contact with a provider in your area. I’m out of space and time, but the next time I will tell you about the bologna sandwiches that they made at the store at Center Point. �

Bryan Wright Associate Director of Organization Tennessee Farm Bureau

Camp Woodlee celebrates 60 years On Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 Camp Woodlee will host a celebration to recognize 60 consecutive years of camping for Tennessee’s rural youth. Following a traditional chicken barbeque lunch, a program by Murray Miles will highlight the rich history of Camp Woodlee. Everyone with an interest in Camp Woodlee is invited. For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.tnfarmbureau. org/campwoodlee.


AFBF Annual Meeting - Jan. 6-14, 2012



Tennessee’s Agri-Events Grainger County Tomato Festival July 29-30, Rutledge Friday, July 29, Grainger County “Opree� opens at 7 p.m., ticket required. Saturday, July 30, Mater Madness 5K run 7:30 a.m., Festival opens - 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Art and Humanities Show - 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. in the Middle School

children’s activities 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Famous Tomato Wars - 10 a.m. behind Vo-Tech Building. Tomato Festival Beauty Pageant - Middle School - registration at 11 a.m., pageant at 1:00 p.m. Live music - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. �

10th Annual Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference, August 3, UT Martin Featuring renowned agricultural experts and speakers, David Kohl, Joe Outlaw of Texas A&M University and Thomas Elam of FarmEcon LLC. Opportunities and risk are growing in the agricultural economy in terms of production costs, commodity prices, land values, credit availability, interest rates, international trade agreements and government policies. Agricultural lenders, producers, and service providers will not want to miss this informative conference focusing on credit cost and availability, input and output prices, government supports, and the global economy. Our

renowned experts will provide lenders and producers with specific tools and best practices in ag management and financial planning. The conference will provide information needed to help good ag operations become great ag operations. The event is an excellent business development opportunity for lenders and ag service providers. Ag producers are encouraged to bring family members and business partners. Conference registration information is available at agconference or by contacting Tom Payne at (731) 881-7324 or tpayne@ Â?

County Farm Bureau Annual Meetings Bedford County Farm Bureau Friday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the local Farm Bureau Building. A catered meal will be provided there will be door prizes. Coffee County Farm Bureau Saturday, August 13 at 5:00 p.m. at the Coffee County Farm Bureau Meeting Room in Manchester. All business pertaining to the annual report will be reviewed. A barbecue dinner will be served by the Coffee County Farm Bureau Women and door prizes will be given away. Guest speaker will be Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director of Congressional Relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation. All voting members are invited to attend. For more information call 728-4637. Crockett County Farm Bureau Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Office Building in Alamo. Cumberland County Farm Bureau Saturday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Complex Exhibit Building. All members invited. Warren County Farm Bureau Saturday, August 20 at 5:00 p.m. at Farm Bureau office building. All members welcome. Reservations only! Call by August 12 at 931-473-4481

$500 DEPOSIT DUE BY AUG. 31 – BALANCE DUE BY OCT. 31 $1999 per person, double occupancy plus air fare $2915 single occupancy plus air fare Includes roundtrip airport transfers from Honolulu Airport to Hilton Hawaiian Village, 5 nights accommodations at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, AFBF Convention registration fee, Maui No Ka Oi tour, Upcountry Maui Gad About tour, roundtrip transfers to Sheraton Maui Resort, hotel taxes and porterage at both hotels, 3 nights accommodations at the Sheraton Maui Resort.

Estimated air costs: Nashville: $995, Memphis: $995, Knoxville: $1150

Includes: Roundtrip Tennessee to Honolulu and Honolulu to Maui *Estimated rates. Additional charges may apply for fuel surcharge, checked bags, etc.

For more info call Charlotte Adams or Sonya Adams at 1-888-694-7001 or e-mail at or or visit RESPONSIBILITY CLAUSE: Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation (TFBF) and A Total Travel Agency (ATTA) are responsible for all services furnished in connection with this tour, except services as cannot be supplied due to delays or other causes beyond our control. The participant waives any claim against us for any damages to or loss of property or injury to or death of persons that is due to any act of negligence of any hotel or other person rendering any services or accommodations on the tour. TFBF and ATTA shall not be responsible for any delays, substitutions of equipment or any act or omission whatsoever by the carrier.






Agricultural Websites - let the agricultural specialists build your farm website. Starting at $8.00 per month. 865-230-8993 07-19 For Sale: Angus Chiangus Limousin Bulls. HALL FARMS, Stan Hall, 615-633-6037

Angus (Black) FOR SALE: Registered Black Angus Bulls - 13 months 865-740-7303 FOR SALE: Angus bulls - 20 months old and ready for service. Low birth weights and milk in their genetics. Good selection to choose from. Norman Amonett, 99 Amonett Lane, Byrdstown, TN 38549. 931-864-6481 FOR SALE: Registered Black Angus bulls and heifers, excellent bloodlines. Rock Haven Angus, Lewisburg, TN Day Time 931-703-9894; 931364-3670 after 6PM For Sale: Registered open replacement Heifers, young bred cows, gentle, excellent EPDs Mulberry, TN 931-993-7401

FOR SALE: Registered Black Angus bulls and Heifers. Sires, Ultimate Blue Moon, In Focus, Bismarck, Predestined, Foresight and others. Jimmy Mathis & Sons 931-729-3864

Angus (Red) Bulls & heifers - weaned or breeding age, popular AI sires. Located near Watts Bar Lake, Hwy. 58. Mercer Farm, Ten Mile, TN. 423-334-3649 or 334-5433 For Sale: AI and naturally sired registered Red Angus young bulls and heifers. Also 3 year old proven herd sire. 931-858-2429 Registered Red Angus- Service Age Bulls and bred Heifers available. Low birth weight, gentle, lots of milk. Shady Bottom Ranch, Crossville, TN 931-200-0036

Beefmaster Polled Bulls/heifers. Our guarantee since 1972: If after the sale of his first calf crop you are not satisfied, return any bull purchased from us for full refund. HUDSON BEEFMASTER, 3140 Buffalo Road, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464. 931-829-2637; 931-629-5246 cell Good, gentle BBU bulls & heifers for sale. Visitors welcome. James & Carolyn Vaughn, 9512 Bates Trail, Lyles, TN 37098. 931-670-4605

NEXT ISSUE IS SEPT. AD DEADLINE IS AUG. 10. Name ________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________ City_________________________________ State _______ Zip _________________

Charolais Chiangus bulls and heifers. 865-856-3947

Good selection of bulls, heifers, breds. Black and red. 615-948-3533 Limousin Bulls: Registered purebreds and commercial. Proven pedigrees, balanced EPD’s. Seedstock. Dreamtime Limousin Farm, Mosheim, TN 423-422-6099,


Santa Gertrudis

FOR SALE: Gelbvieh & Balancer Bulls, Heifers - black, polled, excellent bloodlines, gentle disposition, TAEP qualified. 931-433-6132; cell 931625-7219

DOUBLE-POLLED gentle Santa Gertrudis, registered bulls and heifers.; 256-566-7878 Santa Gertrudis - Myers Farms - Poll bulls & heifers for sale. 144 Sub-Station Road, Unionville, TN 37180. 931-294-5653

Charolais Bulls and. Woodbury, 615-684-3833


Hereford (Polled) FOR SALE: Registered Polled Hereford bulls and heifers. Good selection. Practical cattle for practical cattlemen. Earl Moore, 3594 Craig Bridge Road, Williamsport, TN 38487. 931-583-2353 Registered Polled Hereford bulls and females for sale, priced reasonably. Stan Webster, Chestnut Mound, 615-897-2333 Registered Polled Hereford bulls, bred cows and heifers. EPD’s available great disposition Offspring of leading AI Sires. Matt McClanahan Crossville TN 931-210-8674 Registered Polled Hereford bulls. Quality Sires, great EDP’s, Herd improving genetics. KBee Herefords, Shelbyville, TN 931-684-6582;

Limousin FOR SALE: Registered Limousin and Lim-Flex bulls and heifers, black and homozygous black. Calls and visits welcome. Prichard Limousin Farm, Brush Creek, TN, 615-683-8310; CEPB@; FOR SALE: Limousin bulls and heifers - black, red, polled and homozygous black. Riverside Valley Farm, Hohenwald, TN, 931-628-6730

Shorthorn Herd Reduction Sale: Bred cows weaned, Bull and heifer calves. 10% Discount on 4 or more head. Wilson Farms, 615-822-4172 Registered Shorthorn bulls and heifers for sale - top international blood lines, EPDS available. Charles Curtis, Rickman, TN. Home 931-498-2847; office 931-388-7872, ext. 2215

Simmental Registered Bulls and Heifers. Greenbrier TN 615804-2461;


Certified Farrier serving Western KY and Middle to West Tenn. Graduate OSHS Years Experience, Hot, Cold Corrective. 731-415-0392 Miniature Horses, Stallions, Mares, Colts, Fillies. 423-753-9484

Mules & Donkeys Guard Donkeys protection for sheep, goats & young calves. Delivery available. 615-642-2195

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Somerville Livestock Market Hwy. 59, Somerville Sale Every Tuesday Sheep/Goat 2nd Friday

Bobby Eslick, Manager 931-433-5256/931-433-4962

Don Terry, Manager 901-465-9679/731-695-0353

Columbia Livestock Center 1231 Industrial Park Rd. Cattle Sale Every Thurs. Sheep/Goat 2nd & 4th. Fri. Frank Poling, Manager 931-223-8323/931-212-9962


Management provided for Lower Middle Tennessee Cattle Assoc. Consignment information contact: 2011 Sale Dates Frank Poling 931-212-9962 9 AM Central Richard Brown 931-239-9785 Aug. 5; Sept. 2; Oct. 7; Nov. 4; Dec. 2


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COLUMBIA - Every 2nd & 4th Friday July 8, 22; Aug. 12, 26 Sept. 9, 23; Oct. 14, 28

X 50¢ or $1.00 = ____________ X Number of issues ____________ = TOTAL COST OF AD____________


THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF CLASSIFIED ADS: 1. FARM BUREAU MEMBERS - selling items that they make, produce, or raise themselves; or surplus equipment. Each member ad costs 50¢ per word. 2. NON-MEMBERS or COMMERCIAL MEMBER ADS - in which the member is acting as an agent or dealer (real estate, health products, mail order business, etc.). Each ad costs $1.00 per word.


SOMERVILLE - Every 2nd Friday July 8, Aug. 12 Sept. 9, Oct. 14

ORDER BUYING H.M. Eslick Frank Poling Bobby Eslick David Alexander Ronnie Trump

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Graded Sales every Tuesday in Fayetteville Weaned Sale, Columbia - 1st & 3rd Thursdays Aug. 2, Sept. 27 - TN Beef Alliance Oct. 24 - TN Hereford Feeder Sale Oct. 29 - TLP Genetics Heifer Sale, Columbia Nov. 29 - TN Beef Alliance SEE WEBSITE FOR CURRENT LIST

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+TI[[QĂ…ML)L[ Registered Miniature Spotted Jack Colt 10 months old $300, Registered Miniature grey Jack 2 years old $300, Registered Miniature grey Jennett bred back to regular Miniature Spotted Jack $750 All very gentle, delivery possible. 931-381-2317


For Sale Purebred Kiko goats, bucks and does available. 931-987-2826 Culleoka, TN Dairy Reg and Grade Sannan Alpines Nubian, Sannan Reg Bucks. 615-444-5294, belacres@ Gilliam Boer Goat Farms. Quality fullblood registered bloodlines including CODI/PCI. Bucks and does for sale. Walland TN, 865-982-2129. www. GOAT/SHEEP SALE: 2nd & 4th Friday each month. Tennessee Livestock Producers, Columbia, TN. 931-388-7872 x 2235


FOR SALE: Purebred Poland China boars and gilts. Oldest Poland hog herd in the U.S. Bill Ligon, Old Hickory, TN. 615-758-0806 FOR SALE: Purebred Duroc, Yorkshire and Landrace boars and gilts. Bart Jones, Lafayette, TN, 615-666-3098

BIRDS Poultry POULTRY HOLLOW HACHERY, located 45 miles east of Nashville, can fill all your poultry needs starting with over 57 breeds of chickens, bantams, turkeys, guineas, ducks, geese, rare breeds. Day-old-sexed-pullets start at $2.25 NPIP CERTIFIED! Visit our website at or call 615-318-9036 or 615-477-7936



Black & mute Swans, Oriental Pheasants. Woodbury 615-684-3833 White Carneaux Pigeons. Palmetto Strain. $25 not sexed. You pay shipping/handling. 423-552-5339;

Bermuda Sprigs, High protein hay and pasture, plant June & July, Vaughn’s Hybrid, produces 100 sq bales per acre, per cutting, cut 4 to 5 times each year. Carl Paschal, 615-529-2444 Vaughn’s #1 Bermuda clippings for planting June-July. Francis Horne, 330 Shanks Gap Road, Rogersville, TN 37857. 423-345-2929


Australian Cattle Dogs “Heelers� Pet to show Quality.423-626-7519;; Border Collie Pups: Excellent stock dogs and pets. Males 250.00, Females 350.00 Dan Vickers 931939-2426; 931-607-2426 Border Collies - registered, trained and started dogs. Individual training available. Imported blood lines. View at Call Mike for prices 615-325-0495 Ladybug Kennel Big Sandy TN. Border Collie and Dachshund puppies Registered W&S, $200 each. 731-593-3807. For pictures e-mail: bettyewatkins@ Lab puppies - almost white, AKC registered, good pedigree, $450 each. For availability call James Adams, Copperhill 423-496-7154

EXOTIC/OTHER ANIMALS Legal Pet Raccoon babies. State and USDA Licensed. Email - ringoscrossingpetfarm@yahoo. com 931-268-0739 Make Great Pets, Ringo’s Crossing Pet Farm



For Sale Sericea Lespedeza Seed. 931-934-2745


Top Quality Horse & Alpaca Hay. Square bales, barn kept Bermuda, Tiffany Teff, mixed grass. Sun Fresh Farms. Located in Lebanon/Carthage/ Hartsville area. Contact Jim 615-390-2787; 615-374-4029


ANTIQUE APPLE TREES - Summer, Rambo, Virginia Beauty. Yellow Transparent. Catalog $3.00. Write: Urban Homestead, 818-G Cumberland Street, Bristol, VA 24201. www. 07-12


Morton’s Horticultural Products, Inc. Free Catalog - Greenhouses & Growers Supplies. Drip Tape, Irrigation Supplies. We Manufacture our Greenhouses. Online Catalog - 800-473-7753; mortonprod@ 07-06


Export Logging Wanted tracks of Standing timber Master Logger certified 63 yrs of land managing and timber harvesting Satisfaction guaranteed. We pay Cash. 931-212-9274

Panther Creek Forestry: Forestry, Timber, Wildlife Managers. Receive top timber prices. Hunting leases available - Cumberland Plateau & Land Between the Lakes. 931-668-7280; benmyers@ 07-16


2 New Holland Choppers, 717, 718, 1500.00 each. 2 New Holland Silage Wagons 1 good 1 for parts 1500.00 both. 423-345-2048 Badger 9 inch Chain Conveyor 30 foot long. Badger BN54 Silage Blower. Four Vandale Silo Unloaders 14’ to 20’ 865-856-3947 e-mail Grassworks 10ft Weed Wiper Tow-behind $2,225 931-212-8196 Hydaulic Tailgate Maxon 2500 Capacity SelfContained Excellent Cond, $600.00 Kingston 865-376-0885


1970’s Model 706, 806 International Engine Tricycle Front End Twin PTO’s Front End Lift with Forks and Bucket $3500.00 1-901-603-8509; 300 Farmall Tractor with 2 row new Idea Mounted Corn Picker Tractor 2 point hitch plow, manuals for each $6600.00 731-586-7895 For Sale: 124 Massey Ferguson Baler. Wartburg, Tenn. 423-324-4462 Leon 8’ Heavy Duty Front Blade with cyl. $1,000. 10’ International 510 Grain Drill $1,000. Arts-Way 450 Grinder Mixer. $1,650. 19’ Heavy Disk hyd fold, needs work. $1,250. 731-422-5282; 437-0196



The Elevator

A recent survey of U.S. soybean farmers showed less than one in six believe maintaining the poultry and livestock industries is most important to his or her long-term profitability. As a result, the United Soybean Board (USB) and the soybean checkoff launched a “Beyond the Elevator� effort designed

to help soybean farmers recognize the importance of the poultry and livestock industries both here and abroad. To learn more about the effort, its goals and how these industries affect your profitability, visit Š2011 United Soybean Board (41103-sw-6/11)

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Old New Idea Corn Picker, 1 row pull type. $700. Massey Ferguson 1 Row Mounted Corn Picker $550. Gravity Wagon $750. 731-422-5282; 437-0196 New Holland 256 Dolly Wheel Rake $1,800. 10’ Wheel Disk with Scrapers, cyl Ball Bearing. $1,000. 38� Axle Mounted Duals for Ford. $775. 12’ Medium Duty Wheel Disk, Scrapers, cyl, Ball Bearing. $1,550. 731-422-5282; 437-0196 Original Owner TW20 Ford Tractor 135hp, Cab, Heat, Air, Duals, 5539 Hrs with 2 year O.T. 3226 Bush Hog Loader, Hay Spear, 7’ Bucket never used, 19’ Heavy Burch Disk, hyd Fold. $22,550. 731-422-5282; 437-0196 White 2-85 2750 hrs., JD hyboy 6000, 20ft Cattle Trailer, JD 1630 Disk. 423-605-9210


72 Dodge D600 Grain Truck 318V8, 4 and 2 with Twin Cylinder Dump all Metal Grain Bed, 56827 miles $5,500. 731-422-5282; 437-0196


0-0 Frick Sawmill - 54� Simon Saw blade, edger, Plainter diesel engine. 865-740-7303 Used portable sawmills! Buy/Sell. Call Sawmill Exchange 800-459-2148; US & Canada; www. 07-01



1,280 sq.ft. One B.R. one bath Country Apartment 4- lane 1 mile, Walmart 3 miles, vehicle tornado shelter, stand by generator, zero maintenance, pet friendly. 731-645-8951 296 acres between Nashville and Clarksville with a 1,550 square foot home, 2 bedroom mobile home, three dark barns, stock barn, two ponds and over 10,000 feet of road frontage for $1,300,000. Stephen Carr Realty & Auction, LLC (615)746-0800/ www. 07-22 401 acres, house, barn, shop, 9 ponds, 2 creeks, timber, pastures Summertown, TN 931-9642622; 931-212-0006 50 acres Beautiful 1800 sq. ft. House, 2 creeks, pastures, timber. Good hunting near Shiloh Park Michie, TN 931-964-2622; 931-212-0006 Contact Stephen Carr Realty & Auction, LLC today for all your Real Estate and Auction needs in Middle Tennessee. Stephen has over 20 years experience in Real Estate and he is ready to go to work for you. Office: (615)746-0800; Direct: (615)642-1545; E-mail: and website: Firm #5637 07-21 View online listings for farms, homes, mountain land in North East Tennessee. East Tennessee Realty Services, Greeneville TN 423-639-6395 07-20 PRIME TENNESSEE RECREATIONAL AND HUNTING LAND FOR SALE BY OWNER. 318+ acres of mountain land located 15 miles south of Crossville, Tennessee. Approximately 25 acres cleared, with remainder covered in valuable timber. Three creeks and a beaver pond. Great for hunting, horseback riding, or as a mountain retreat. Less than an hour drive from Catoosa Wildlife Management Area. $750,000.00 Call Charles at 865-603-8633




+TI[[QĂ…ML)L[ Farm Duck River TN. Private 88.5 ac. on dead end road. 75 ac. pasture or crops, 2011 planted in corn. Year round spring, farm house circa 1887 with original logs, barn, electric, city water. $300,000.00 Call 615-504-1815 121 acres, two creeks, five ponds, 6 BR, 5000 + sq. ft., 3 barns , $499k 615796-7879 Hunting: 575 acres, cabin. 1-931-722-9238


Beautiful Smoky Mountain log cabins - near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge. Jacuzzi, hot-tubs, porches and rockers, on trout stream, stone fireplaces, cable TV, fully furnished, hiking, $85 nightly and up.; 423-487-5615 07-10 CABINS ON COSBY CREEK - Gatlinburg, Smokies area. Hot tub, Jacuzzi, fireplace, kitchen, porches, CATV. Comfy! Cozy! Clean! 423-487-2646; www. 07-07 Farm House - near Rock Island Park - furnished, daily-weekly rates. 931-668-4554; 931-235-8054; 07-11 Farm House near Fayetteville, furnished, dailyweekly rates, utilities. 931-433-2256 email: 07-23 GULF SHORES CONDO- 2BR, pool/beach access. Spring $600/week, Summer $800/week, Fall $500/week. 931-296-4626 07-17 PIGEON FORGE cabins, chalets, cottages, units sleeping 1 to 36 people. Near Dollywood. Middle Creek Rentals, 1-800-362-1897; 07-13 SMOKY MOUNTAIN vacation chalets and cabins in Pigeon Forge near Dollywood, spacious, fireplace, views, $75/$85 nightly. 1-800-382-4393; 07-09

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Hunting Lease Wanted: 2 experienced, middle aged hunters need to lease farmland or timberland for deer and turkey hunting. Prefer Middle TN area. 865-659-8816 Responsible hunter would like to lease land for deer & turkey hunting. 423-479-4149; 423-715-8936



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Buying TN Farmers Life and Assurance stock. 731-285-1424 For Sale: 1200 Shares T.F.L.S. Stock 36.50 each. 423-534-2143 PAYING 3 1/2% $1,000,000 for 1 YEAR Collateral F.B. Life Stock 731-285-1424 Wanted to buy TN Farmers Life and Assurance Stock. 931-381-3580

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CASH! Holding a mortgage on property you sold? Sell it for CASH! 615-898-1400 Murfreesboro; 1-800-862-2744 nationwide 07-04 Earn $4,000/mo Part-Time in the livestock or equipment appraisal business. Agricultural background required. Classroom or home study courses available. 800-488-7570 07-03


Blue Ridge- “Crabapple�, 20 piece sets: (4) 10� plates, 6� plates, cups, saucers, fruit bowls. 615771-7011 $220. 25,000 mile oil change: 07-18 CURRENTLY FARMING WITH A DISABILITY? The Tennessee AgrAbility Project is a state-wide non-profit service that provides assistance to agricultural workers with disabilities. For further information, please call 731-855-7656

Chairs, Tables, Steeples, Baptistries. CISCO, 615-3513120;; elibraryshelving. com;; 07-15 BUYING old comics & old toy collections. 615897-2573 “PLAY GOSPEL SONGS by ear!� Add chords. 10 easy lessons $12.95. “LEARN GOSPEL MUSIC�. Chording, runs, fills - $12.95. Both $24. “LEARN CHORD PLAYING�. Piano $12.50 Davidsons, 6727HT Metcalf, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66204 913-262-4982 07-02 Mikasa Limited Edition, “Nature’s Garden� dishes. 12, 3 pc. settings. Each plate and cup has the flower of the month & verse of poetry on the plate back. 615-771-7011 $420.

SAWMILLS- Band/Chainsaw - Cut lumber any dimension, anytime. MAKE MONEY and SAVE MONEY. IN STOCK ready to ship. Starting at $995.00 1-800-578-1363 Ext: 651 07-14 LEAKING OIL??? Positively STOP any rubber oil seal leak in engines, transmissions, power steering or hyd. system with SealLube Seal Expander. Guaranteed! Works in hours - lasts for years! An 8 oz. bottle treats up to 10qt. of oil. $14.95 + $5.25 S&H. Call now... 800-434-9192; www.seallube. com. VISA/MC/Amx/Check. NEW TECH INTL., Box 26198, Fraser, MI 48026 07-08 Storage and Road Trailers: For Sale or Rent. Delivery Available. 615-714-3894

Strasburg by Gorham-Silverplated Coffee/Tea Service - large tray#777, coffee#3130, tea#3131, sugar#3132, creamer#3133. 615-406-1555 $750. WANTED: I collect World War I and II military relics - American, German, Japanese. Helmets, metals, knives, bayonets, guns, swords, daggers, etc. 423-842-6020 WANTED: Old millstones, cash paid, will pick up. 423-727-6486 WANTED: Old Tennessee license plates. Motorcycle (1915-1965); car, taxi, dealer, national guard, THP (1915-1956). Special plates: yellow on black, state shaped, name of city, county or event (no date) big bucks paid. 931-455-3368



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July 2011, Tennessee Farm Bureau News  
July 2011, Tennessee Farm Bureau News  

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