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Volume 92 Number 2 • March 2013

WHAT’S INSIDE: PagE 7 Finalized 2012 crop results

Page 8 AFBF Convention highlights

Page 9 Meeting new lawmakers

National Ag Day: March 19, 2013

Arbor Day in Tennessee is celebrated on the first Friday in March to create a better understanding of nature and the importance of protecting wildlife, planting and cultivating flowers, and setting and protecting trees.

Of course you think American agriculture is amazing. But many Americans don’t know ag’s true story... how farmers will help us feed a growing population in the years ahead. You can help. Get involved. Remind our leaders. Speak to a classroom. Tell the nation how our farmers feed, clothe and fuel the world. For more ideas about promoting Ag Day visit

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Tennessee Farm Bureau News - March 2013

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Pettus Read, Editor Lee Maddox, Assistant Editor Melissa Burniston, Feature Writer Stacey Warner, Graphic Designer Misty McNeese, Advertising P.O. Box 313, Columbia, TN 38402-0313 (931) 388-7872

Dan Strasser has joined the staff of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and will assume the duties of associate director of Special Programs. In that role, he will be involved in supporting the work of Young Farmers and Ranchers, Farm Bureau Women, Agriculture in the Classroom and special assignments from TFBF.

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Strasser Strasser comes to the Tennessee Farm Bureau from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture where he served as director of Market Development since 2007. Before directing the division, Strasser was

first brought to the state agriculture department in 2004 as TDA agritourism coordinator, a new position. Strasser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education from The University of Tennessee at Martin. Strasser was reared on a family dairy farm in Marshall County, which is still operated by his siblings and where he and his family currently reside. His wife, Cara June, is a full time volunteer, homemaker and mother to their daughters Emma, Ellarose, Josie, and son Jude. The Strassers volunteer as directors of Religious Education in their church and serve the community in numerous roles. Dan is a member of the Oscar Farris Agricultural Museum, 4-H and FFA Alumni. Adding to his service on the Marshall County Farm Bureau Board of Directors in various roles since 2008, Dan serves on the Tennessee Council of Cooperatives and the Tennessee Legislature’s Viticulture Advisory Board. The Strassers have been actively involved in the Young Farmers and Ranchers program on a county, state and national level, including winning the national YF&R Excellence in Agriculture award in 2009. t


Board of Directors Lacy Upchurch Jeff Aiken President

Vice President

Directors-at-Large Charles Hancock David Richesin Catherine Via District Directors Malcolm Burchfiel Dan Hancock James Haskew David Mitchell Eric Mayberry Jane May Advisory Directors Jimmy McAlister Dr. Larry Arrington Other Officers and Staff Joe Pearson Chief Administrative Officer

Rhedona Rose

Executive Vice President

Wayne Harris

Tim Dodd



Organization Bobby Beets

Communications Pettus Read


Bryan Wright


Lee Maddox

Associate Director

Associate Director

Special Programs Charles Curtis

Melissa Burniston


Associate Director

Chris Fleming

Public Policy Stefan Maupin

Kristy Chastine

Ryan King

Associate Director Associate Director


Associate Director

Dan Strasser

Associate Director

Regional Field Service Directors Matt Fennel, Jim Bell, Melissa Bryant, Eddie Clark, Kevin Hensley, Joe McKinnon Service Companies Tennessee Farmers Insurance Cos. Matthew M. (Sonny) Scoggins, CEO Tennessee Rural Health Anthony Kimbrough, CEO Farmers Service, Inc. Tim Dodd, Director of Operations Tennessee Livestock Producers, Inc. Darrell Ailshie, Manager

Grand Champion Market Hog – Above is Caleb Latham from McMinn County with the Grand Champion Market Hog this year at the Tennessee Junior Market Hog Show in Murfreesboro on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog – Below is Jed Coley from Macon County who exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog. Over 300 4-Hers exhibited 400plus hogs in this year’s event.

Record food, funds raised for hungry The farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau raised a record $971,235 and donated a record of more than 24 million pounds of food to assist hungry Americans as part of Farm Bureau’s Harvest for All program in partnership with Feeding America. Combined, the monetary and food donations also reached a record level of the equivalent of more than 28 million meals. Now in its 10th year, Harvest for All is spearheaded by members of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers program, but Farm Bureau members of all ages from across the nation contribute to the effort. In all, a record 21 state Farm Bureaus heeded the call to action. The joint effort between Farm Bureau and Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, is a national community action program through which farmers and ranchers can help ensure every American enjoys the bounty they produce. In addition, farmers and ranchers tallied 11,333 volunteer friend hours assisting local hunger groups in 2012. “The Harvest for All program is a tangible and visible way for Farm Bureau members to serve their communities,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman. “I am proud of our young farmers and ranchers and each of the state Farm Bureaus who literally helped us feed our great nation and achieve record contributions in the process.” Harvest for All is one of the most important community service efforts undertaken by Farm Bureau members. While the U.S. economy is beginning to show some encouraging signs, many Americans still need the help provided by Feeding America and its national network of local food assistance organizations, according to Stallman. “Feeding America greatly appreciates the American Farm Bureau and its Young Farmers & Ranchers for last year’s record-breaking results and for our 10-year partnership that has provided much needed assistance for the 1 in 6 Americans who are struggling with hunger,” said Bill Thomas, chief supply chain officer at Feeding America. “By joining together and sharing our bounty, America’s farm and ranch families are helping to feed and nourish those who need help the most,” said Zach Hunnicutt, who chairs the AFBF YF&R committee. He and his wife, Anna, raise popcorn, corn and soybeans near Giltner, Neb. “America’s farmers and ranchers are stepping up to the table in a coordinated effort to serve our fellow Americans,” Hunnicutt said. “No American should be allowed to go without food, and because of Harvest for All the equivalent of 28,068,389 meals made it to the tables of those who needed it the most in 2012.” t

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Producers to benefit from new Japan beef trade rules The United States and Japan officially sealed an agreement recently that will allow exports of U.S. beef from cattle less than 30 months of age to enter that Asian market starting February 1. The agreement was a long time in the making and its positive influence on U.S. beef markets could mean more than an immediate increase in trade volume with Japan, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The true bonus could be the fact that an influx of U.S. beef could lower consumer prices in Japan, and, as a result, lead to higher consumption levels in that nation, according to AFBF economist Veronica Nigh. The initial rules, imposed by Japan in 2005, permitted U.S. beef imports only from cattle up to 20 months old, after a total ban in 2003 that followed an outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Japan’s imports of U.S. beef plunged by 60 percent to some 120,000 metric tons from 2001 to 2011, Nigh said. Australian beef producers were the main beneficiaries in an import market worth more than $2 billion. But, now that could all change. Late last year, Japan’s food safety organization helped pave the way for this week’s announcement by reporting that the risk from importing beef from cattle aged 30 months or younger from the United States, Canada, France and the Netherlands would be negligible to human health. The Japanese government has since held a series of public consultations and bilateral talks on how the new safety requirements would be met in the supplying countries. This is a big win, and it’s the result of seven-plus years of resolute work by both the Bush and Obama administrations, said AFBF President Bob Stallman. This is great news for American cattle producers and it should have positive ripple effects for other U.S. food and

agricultural sectors. According to Stallman, Japan’s action highlights the importance of sticking to sound, validated science; using multi-pronged efforts that included U.S. and Canada pushing for common-sense BSE guidelines; Congress supporting funding for the overall BSE effort; and multi-agency cooperation. We saw a sustained grassroots push to make sure officials knew how important this milestone is, Stallman said. It truly sets the stage and establishes a process for other efforts on breaking down non-tariff barriers. According to Nigh, the United States produces large amounts of specific meat cuts and offal that bring higher returns in Japan than in domestic markets. She said Japanese beef prices rose significantly following the 2003 trade restrictions, which severely limited supplies of those cuts. But now, an increased presence of U.S. beef in Japan could bring higher returns for U.S. producers and lower prices for Japanese consumers. Nigh pointed out a 2010 study by the Agriculture Department¹s Economic Research Service, which estimated that every decrease of 1 percent in beef prices in Japan actually leads to increases in consumption greater than 1 percent. The positive effects for U.S. beef producers go beyond the actual export volume, Nigh explained. This gives U.S. beef an opportunity to lead resurgence in beef consumption. Analysis by USDA indicates Japanese consumers are very price sensitive when it comes to beef purchases, and the increased presence of U.S. beef in the Japanese market will lower their retail beef prices and lead to increased beef consumption, and therefore demand. This would be good news for U.S. producers, as much of this increased demand would likely be captured by U.S. beef. t

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Deputy Commissioner Jai Templeton and U.S. Senator Bob Corker met recently in Washington, D.C. to discuss current challenges facing the agriculture community and the importance of agriculture in Tennessee. Photo courtesy of U.S. Senate Photographic Service


Smithsonian, AFBF partner in new initiative

Tennessee dairyman Pat Campbell talks about his donation to the Smithsonian.

This spring, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is reaching out to farmers, ranchers and American agri-business to build a collection that reflects modern agricultural practices. Curators are seeking stories, photographs and ephemera to record and preserve the innovations and experiences of farming and ranching. In partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, the museum announced this initiative to the farming community during the AFBF’s 94th annual meeting in Nashville. The first donation will come from Tennessee Farm Bureau member Pat Campbell, of Cleburne Jersey Farm, a multigenerational dairy farm founded in the 1870s in Spring Hill, Tenn. Campbell will give a selection of photographs, a computer cow tag and reader unit to show the change in dairying from a handlabor intensive process to a modern computer-run operation. The donation will also include his personal recollections about how changing technology has altered his work life and has led to greater efficiency and safety. “American agriculture has gone through a tremendous transformation in the last seven decades, becoming a high-tech industry, deeply affecting not just farmers themselves but every American and the American experience in general,” said Peter Liebhold, museum curator and chair of the Division of Work and Industry. “Agriculture has played a vital role in the development of America’s business sector, from innovation and enterprise to the entrepreneurial spirit that has always been a major focus of America’s farm and ranch families,” said Julie Anna Potts, executive vice president and treasurer for AFBF and chair of the exhibition Agriculture committee. “As the nation’s largest farm and ranch organization, it made sense for Farm Bureau to partner with the museum.” Coinciding with National Agriculture Day on March 19, the museum will unveil a new Web portal where the public can upload stories about technologies and innovation that have changed their work lives; stories about precision farming, traceability,

environmental concerns, governmental practices, irrigation, biotechnology and hybrid seeds. For details, visit http:// “The story of agriculture is important and complex,” said John Gray, director of the museum. “In Jefferson’s time, 96 percent of Americans were farmers; today, that number is less than 2 percent. Despite this drop, productivity has skyrocketed and agriculture has evolved into a technology-driven profession with the cab of a tractor akin to a traditional CEO’s office.” This new collection will inform the upcoming exhibition with the working title “American Enterprise,” an 8,000-square-foot multimedia experience that will immerse visitors in the dramatic arc of the nation’s story, focusing on the role of business and innovation in the United States from the mid-1700s to the present. “American Enterprise” will tell the story of the nation’s business, centering on themes of opportunity, innovation, competition and common good with examples drawn from five areas: agriculture, consumer finance, information technology/communication, manufacturing and retail/service. It is scheduled to open in 2015 in the Mars Hall of American Business. Chronological in organization, “American Enterprise” will use objects, graphics and interactive experiences to examine how the United States moved from a small dependent nation to one of the world’s most vibrant and trend-setting economies. The exhibition will explore the development of American agriculture through objects such as Eli Whitney’s cotton gin, a 1920s Fordson tractor, Barbara McClintock’s microscope and Stanley Cohen’s recombinant DNA research notebook, which represent machines and innovation that increased productivity and science that gave insight to the genetic structure of plants. American agriculture has employed science and technology to dramatically increase production and choice while lowering prices, but these changes have also altered the experience of farmers and the public in unexpected ways. t


Tennessee Farm Bureau News - March 2013

Read All About It By Pettus Read Editor

Compromising surely 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, I had the honor to sit right up front during the closing general session to hear two men speak on two totally different subjects that caught my attention in two totally unusual ways. I know that is a lot of “twos,” but each man covered their subjects in ways that captivated my attention to the point of making me want to do something after they spoke. One gave me concern and the other gave me encouragement. I must say I appreciated the encouragement much more than the concern. The two speakers were retired astronaut Mark Kelly and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Each man did an outstanding job in delivering their addresses, which were totally in different arenas of discussion, but allowing each the responsibility to bring their audience a lot of information. Secretary Vilsack was warmly received by the more than 5,000 farmers from across the nation who had traveled to our capital city to meet and formulate policy on agricultural issues that would affect the agricultural communities in every hamlet around our land. Of course, the Secretary’s number one topic dealt with the passage of a fiveyear farm bill. Vilsack said he and the department would continue to push for passage of a new farm bill replacing the extended 2008 bill with hopes of retaining a strong and viable safety net. He said these were key components of the legislation and are provisions related to reforming credit, conservation programs and continuing the country’s commitment to enhancing trade. He went on to say that equally

critical to the future of farmers and ranchers is regaining the clout rural America once had. One way to do that is by building strategic alliances in rural America, but not limiting relationships to those in agriculture. “We have to extend beyond talking to ourselves,” Vilsack said. “We must embrace diversity.”

interest to avoid fifty different referendums, fifty different sets of rules. So they sat down with folks and they reached common ground. After all, isn’t that what we’re asking our Congress to do? Isn’t that what we’re asking our political leaders to do? To sit down and make common cause? I think the egg producers

All of this I agree on with the Secretary and so did the other Farm Bureau folks sitting in that room that afternoon. The Secretary used several examples on how we can reach out to other groups, but one example he used I think he could have left on his desk up in Washington. The example he used, that I had in question, dealt with the American Egg Board and HSUS. He said, “And frankly those who are engaged in constructive engagement, they shouldn’t be faulted for doing so. Now I know that there are not too many fans of the Humane Society in this room. But egg producers thought it was in their best

have the right idea. Now, the issues may be different for different types of producers. But we need to be constructively engaged at all times and conversations. We may not find agreement. But I think we will substantially reduce those who oppose farming and substantially reduce the reach of those and hopefully be able to get enough proactive activity that results in a five-year bill.” The agreement made between those two groups wasn’t common ground or a compromise in my opinion and the example was not a good choice for the group he was speaking to. He could have just as easily said something unflattering about our

mothers and gotten less head shaking by those in attendance. A lot of those present wondered why that example was used at all. I keep wondering why is it always the farmer who has to compromise and give in when someone doesn’t like what farmers have been doing. I agree, we have to embrace diversity, but we don’t have to roll over and play dead either. Sometimes you would like to see the other side offer a compromise rather than demands. After the secretary, retired astronaut Captain Mark Kelly spoke to the group as the keynote speaker and reminded his audience to “deny the existence of failure.” That was a little different direction from compromising. Kelly is one of America’s most experienced pilots and has logged more than 6,000 flight hours aboard more than 50 different aircraft. His experience includes 375 aircraft carrier landings, 39 combat missions, more than 50 days in space and service as commander of the space shuttle Endeavor’s final mission. He is a prostate cancer survivor and the husband of former Congressman Gabrielle Giffords who survived an assassination attempt in 2011. “How good you are at the beginning is not a good indicator of how good you can become,” Kelly said in his speech. The former astronaut summed up his talk best when he said, “Be passionate, be courageous, be strong, and be your best.” Those words seemed to describe today’s agriculturalists. They are passionate in what they do, they have to be courageous to battle what they have to fight for, being of smaller numbers they must remain strong and they are the best in the world. Compromise is the term they really have trouble with and feel it is over used. t

Beef Agribition celebrates 25th anniversary March 8-10 The 25th annual Tennessee Beef Agribition will be held in Lebanon March 8, 9 and 10 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. “For beef producers, Agribition is like no other event in the state,” says Wendy Sneed, livestock marketing specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. “Agribition offers producers the opportunity to see top quality animals show on Friday and then, on Saturday, be available for purchase.

The benefit of watching breeds being shown and judged just before sale is something few buyers ever experience in Tennessee except at Agribition.” Nine charted breeds will be represented in shows and sales, with breed shows beginning Friday at noon, and sales for each breed beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. The Junior Show, one of the event’s most popular features, will take place Sunday. “4-Her’s looking for

show animals can actually buy a calf on Saturday, then turn around and get show experience with that animal in the junior show on Sunday,” says Sneed. More than 3,300 youth have shown at Agribition over the past 25 years. Additionally, the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association sponsors an Agribition public speaking contest for juniors. The three-day cattle show and sale event also features a large trade show, giving participants a look at new prod-

ucts and the direction of the industry. This year, organizers expect to have about 60 trade show vendors on site, including representatives from every facet of the livestock industry. To learn more about Tennessee Beef Agribition, contact Quintin Smith at 615-207-0830. Contact Sonya Smith at 615-207-0819 for more information about the junior shows. For trade show information, contact Diane Major at 615-286-2539. t

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UTIA joins international committee on animal issues

The Ag Agenda By Bob Stallman American Farm Bureau President

Planting seeds for ag’s future Spring is in the air. When I think of springtime, my mind conjures up such words as “renewal,”“optimism,”“new day”… Coincidentally, these same words come to mind when I think about the younger generation of farming. Whenever critics have expressed their doubts about the future of agriculture, I’ve paid them no attention. Traveling around the countryside I’ve seen our current crop of young farmers and ranchers who are excited, energized and optimistic about their industry. I can tell you personally that agriculture’s future is in good hands. So, when it comes to farming, spring is definitely in the air. Nature’s First Green Just last month, Farm Bureau held its annual Young Farmers & Ranchers meeting, where more than 750 young agriculturalists from across the nation gathered. These young farmers are taking proactive leadership roles within their farms, communities and the overall farming industry. They definitely have their fingers on the pulse of agriculture. No longer are all young farmers just carrying on the family business. I am meeting more and more first generation farmers who have transitioned into agriculture because they see a real future in it. For example, on the flight back from the YF&R conference, I had the chance to meet such a first-generation


farmer who produces hay. He gave up his non-agriculture career for farming, not only because it offers him the type of lifestyle in which he wants to raise his kids, but because of the many business opportunities it holds. Bloom Where You are Planted And those farmers and ranchers who are carrying on their family’s farm are becoming more creative in their business approach, using social media to market their goods and finding niches where they can stand out. They are designing business plans based on consumer demand and adapting to the ever-changing world around them. Former Health and Education Secretary John Gardner once said, “All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.” At Farm Bureau we strive toward this goal both literally and figuratively. Through Farm Bureau’s YF&R and Partners in Agricultural Leadership programs, young farmers are learning valuable lessons of leadership, consumer engagement, grassroots advocacy and savvy business techniques. Whether they are first generation or fifth generation farmers, we are preparing them for a demanding, yet exciting future in agriculture—a future that holds much promise. We are planting the seeds, now let’s watch them grow. t

The UT Institute of Agriculture is teaming with universities from around the world in research efforts regarding animal production and welfare – particularly related to the swine, poultry and dairy industries. As part of the “International Research Center for Animal Environment and Welfare” (IRCAEW), UTIA will work with universities and agricultural research centers in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United States. UTIA was recently asked to join this group, with UT Extension Assistant Dean Robert Burns serving on the IRCAEW international board of directors. Burns was asked to be part of the group because of past working relationships with some of the universities involved and his expertise in animal production environments and manure management. IRCAEW is headquartered at the Chongqing Academy of Animal Sciences in Chongqing, China. Participating universities here in the U.S. also include Iowa State, Purdue, and the Universities of Illinois and Missouri. International participants include Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Aarhus University in Denmark, the University of Manitoba in Canada, the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, China Agricultural University, Heilongjiang Bayi Agricultural University and Nanjing Agricultural University. Dr. Burns says the committee formed in 2011 to address issues in China in swine and poultry production, with Chinese leaders asking for help from experts in other nations,

including the U.S. The IRCAEW will focus on developing advanced animal housing and production systems, with an emphasis on improving animal environment and welfare. Burns says this includes improved ventilation management and reducing dust and ammonia levels in the animal production environment. “The universities who organized the center have a long history of working together cooperatively on animal production environment and welfare issues,” Burns says. “The things we learn will help the Tennessee poultry industry and the pork industry in the U.S. We also believe there will be future helpful research on dairy production – an industry that is growing rapidly in China.” “The UT Institute of Agriculture is honored to have been elected as a member of this international committee,” says Chancellor of Agriculture Dr. Larry Arrington. “The invitation was extended because of the strong faculty expertise we have in these areas. This international collaboration will increase our ability to bring emerging technology to the agricultural producers in Tennessee.” Plans are still being developed for faculty involvement, but Burns anticipates experts in animal science, agricultural engineering and veterinary medicine will take part. Foreign experts are expected to visit UTIA research facilities, and Tennessee faculty may also be able to study animal environment research in China. Burns also expects there may be future grant opportunities for UTIA regarding this international committee. t

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FFA State Officers stop by Farm Bureau on Goodwill Tour - “Grow” is the

theme of the National FFA this year and during National FFA Week, February 17-23, the Tennessee State FFA officer team travels across the state visiting business and industry leaders, chapters and universities – sharing the message and leadership they’ve gained through their years as FFA members. From left: West Tennessee Vice President Maryanna McClure from Dyersburg; State Treasurer Grant Saum from McNairy Central; State Reporter Christy Chicas from Hendersonville; State President Stephen McBride from Coffee County; State Secretary Mitch Baker from Baxter; Middle Tennessee Vice President John Adam Turner from McMinnville; East Tennessee Vice President Jessie Campbell from Sweetwater; and State Sentinel Hannah Dugger from Johnson County.


Tennessee Farm Bureau News - March 2013

Innovative Agriculture By Melissa Burniston Associate Director of Communications

Farmers fill pantries with more than just food It seems every time you turn around, prices are rising on something – gas, clothes, food, you name it and it feels like you blink and the price is higher than it was. While this may be true, it is undeniable that in the United States we have more food choices and spend less disposable income (around 10 percent, compared to China at 33 percent and Italy at 14 percent) on food than practically anyone else. We also live longer and that must be partly attributed to the quality and safety of our food production system. However, with all of the choices out there today, it can still be a strain on our wallets when visiting the grocery store or farmers market to purchase food for our families. During National Food Check-Out Week, February 17-23, many of the Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committees across the state traveled to grocery stores in their local

communities to talk with consumers about how to cut costs while putting nutritious meals on the table for their families. “Stretching Your Grocery Dollar With Healthy, Nutritious Food,” is the official theme of Food CheckOut Week and reflects on the fact that many Americans continually look for ways to buy good food for their families during this economic crunch. Shopping for food to prepare more meals at home and dining out less frequently are two strategies you can use to cut costs and watch what you eat. “We all understand as consumers that we have to stretch our grocery dollars during these trying economic times, and it was so rewarding to be able to share with grocery shoppers about how to purchase healthy, nutritious foods on a budget. But we are

also so very fortunate that our farmers raise such affordable, safe foods and we were proud to share that as well,” said Jane May, Tennessee Farm Bureau state women’s chair. The state event this year for the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation was held at the Kroger store in Bartlett, where volunteer leaders from West Tennessee handed out stickers and recipe cards and spoke with shoppers on tips for better nutrition on a tight budget, understanding food and nutrition labels and using USDA’s MyPlate guidelines to make better decisions. “We also shared canning and freezing tips and suggestions for people as they shopped, which went over very well,” said May. “And after spending some time at the store, we spent $500 on groceries to donate to the local Memphis Ronald McDonald House to help share the good fortune.” Ronald McDonald House provides a “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill children receiving

medical treatment at area hospitals, and the partnership with Ronald McDonald House charities and Food Check-Out Week has spanned more than a decade. Nation-wide, Farm Bureau members have donated more than $3 million in food and monetary contributions to Ronald McDonald House and other charities during Food Check-Out Week. “It’s so rewarding to be able to come and share food with people who need it and to see these children are so well taken care of,” said May. “Knowing we had even a small part in making their stay a little bit more comfortable is such a blessing.” Don Smith, facilities manager at Ronald McDonald House, said volunteers and donations from organizations like Tennessee Farm Bureau mean the world, “Donations are what we live on – organizations like the Farm Bureau come out and donate food, toiletries, etc. and the families here have absolutely everything they need just like if they were in their

normal house and in some cases even more. I just can’t say enough about how strong our volunteers are – they are here on a nightly, weekly basis, for special events…our volunteers are the cat’s meow.” Smith, who has been with Ronald McDonald House for 10 years now, went on to say their 51 rooms available on that Ronald McDonald 11-acre campus are almost always occupied with families (four can stay to a room) and, again thanks to volunteers and donations, those families are able to concentrate on what’s important. “They don’t have to worry about anything at the house; they are able to concentrate on what’s going on with their child. We want to make sure they don’t have to worry about anything being cracked, bent, broken, anything at all – the pleasure is all ours,” said Smith.

There are five Ronald McDonald Houses in Tennessee – Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Johnson City and each year the state event rotates to a different city to help spread the message of Food CheckOut Week, as well as help each Ronald McDonald House instead of focusing on one region or city. National Food Check-Out Week is just a highlight week that showcases what farmers do on a daily basis year round to grow and produce our food in order that we may continue to have such a safe, affordable and tasty food supply in this state and country. Family-owned farms make up more than 97 percent of our nation’s farms, and they don’t often take time out of their schedules to remind us of all they provide…so I hope the next time you go to the grocery store or farmers market or even out to dinner at a restaurant that you take time to appreciate the hard work and determination it took the farmers to raise the food we eat every day. Thank a farmer today! t

March 2013 - Tennessee Farm Bureau News

Final 2012 crop yield results It was a tough year for Tennessee farmers, especially for corn growers. The bright spots were the soybean and cotton crops that exceeded earlier expectations and finished with above average per acre yields. In fact, the average cotton yield for the state closely approached the record high set in 2006. Disappointment loomed all season for the prospects of a decent corn crop and final results indicate average output per acre worse than previously forecast. Dark tobacco types yielded respectable while burley yields ended slightly below the 10-year average. Hay yields, thanks to late summer moisture, were about average. The final yield estimates for 2012 revealed the following: corn, 85 bushels per acre, down 46 bushels from 2011’s yield of 131 bushels; cotton, 934 pounds per acre, up 138 pounds from the previous year; soybeans, 38 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from 2011; burley tobacco, 1,810 pounds per acre, up 200 pounds from a year earlier. Cotton Yield Second Highest on Record Tennessee’s cotton production was estimated at 730,000 bales, down 83,000 bales from 2011. The state’s final average yield averaged 934 pounds of lint per acre, up 138 pounds from the previous year and second only to 2006’s record yield of 945 pounds. Harvested area was 375,000 acres, down 115,000 acres from 2011. Timely, late summer and fall rains were vital to the cotton crop development. Production was down due to decreased acreage. 2012 Corn Yield Worst Since the Drought of 1993 Corn for grain production was estimated at 81.6 million bushels. The final yield, at 85 bushels per acre, was down 46 bushels from a year earlier and down 4 bushels from the final November forecast. This was the lowest yielding crop in almost twenty years. Conversely, growers planted 250,000 more acres in 2012, the most since 1961. Tennessee corn producers harvested 960,000 acres for grain, an increase of 225,000 acres over 2011. The 2012 corn drought resulted in producers abandoning about 35,000 acres. Also, acres harvested for silage increased to 45,000, in part due to some of the acreage intended for grain was cut for silage. The silage yield, at 12 tons per acre, was down 5 tons from the previous year. Silage production totaled 540,000 tons. Soybean Production a Bright Spot in 2012 Soybean production was estimated at 46.7 million bushels, up 16 percent from the previous year. The state’s final soybean yield was estimated at 38 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from 2011. Producers harvested 1.23 million acres for beans, down 30,000 acres from the previous year. Excellent harvesting conditions allowed growers to gather the crop by mid-November. Soybean yields were better than average due to

plentiful late summer and fall rain. Highest Burley Production Since 2006 Burley producers increased production to 29 million pounds, up 28 percent from 2011 and the highest since 2006. The state’s final burley yields averaged 1,810 pounds per acre, up 200 pounds from a year earlier. Growers harvested 16,000 acres, up 2,000 from the previous year. Tennessee’s dark fire-cured tobacco yields were estimated at 3,100 pounds per acre, up 210 pounds from 2011. Dark air-cured yields reached 2,650 pounds per acre, up 30 pounds from a year earlier. Burley tobacco yields improved over the past two seasons’ dismal ones, but were still less than expected in late summer. Scarce labor supplies challenged growers in some areas, causing harvest delays. Curing conditions to date have been acceptable. Most Winter Wheat Seedings Since 2008 Total winter wheat acreage for the 2013 season is estimated at the highest level since 2008 at 540,000 acres, up 120,000 acres from 2012. Mild autumn weather with adequate moisture across Tennessee allowed for timely seeding. Winter wheat seeding started in late September and continued at a normal pace through mid-November. Weather conditions during December, including above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation, have been beneficial for the winter wheat crop. As of the week ending November 18, virtually all of the state’s wheat acreage had been seeded with over two-thirds emerged. The crop is currently rated in good-toexcellent condition. 2012 Hay Production Down Due to Decreased Acreage Hay production, at 3.55 million tons, was down 11 percent from the 2011 crop. Acreage, at 1.765 million acres, was down 115,000 acres from a year earlier. Hay yields averaged 2.01 tons per acre. Alfalfa production totaled 51,000 tons. Alfalfa producers harvested 15,000 acres down 5,000 from a year earlier. Alfalfa yields averaged 3.40 tons per acre, down 3 percent from the previous year. Growers seeded 2,000 acres of alfalfa during 2012, down 3,000 acres from 2011. Pastures and hay fields suffered from the combination of above average temperatures and severe drought during late spring and summer. Fall weather was moderate, with ample rainfall and cooler temperatures. This helped pastures and hay fields recover. As a result, some farmers were able to get a second cutting that had not been anticipated. Hay stocks on Tennessee farms totaled 2.7 million tons on December 1, 2012, down 13 percent from 2011. Stocks represented 76 percent of this year’s production, compared with 78 percent on December 1, 2011. Lower hay production in combination with early feeding resulted in decreased on-farm hay stocks as of December 1, 2012. t


Expansion underway at Tyson Goodlettsville plant Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, Inc., recently announced the company has made capital investments of more than $40 million in four of its plants that could create as many as 490 jobs. Expansion projects are under way at plants in Sherman, Texas, and Goodlettsville, Tenn.; an expansion in Glen Allen, Va., was recently completed; and The Bruss Company, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, recently opened for business in Jacksonville, Fla. Both the Texas and Tennessee plants produce case-ready beef and pork, meaning the meats are cut, packaged and made ready for retail grocers to place directly into the meat case. The plant in Virginia makes rotisserie chickens, breast filets, tenders and thighs for national foodservice customers. The Bruss Company is a manufacturer of portion-controlled steaks and chops for the foodservice industry. “These are major investments we believe will help us maintain our position as a leader in the case-ready business at two strategic locations, and in chicken and steaks with some of our key foodservice customers,” Smith said. “All of these are prime locations because of the existing facilities and access to an excellent workforce.” The Goodlettsville and Sherman locations will involve the installation of

new equipment and production lines as part of Tyson’s strategic effort to meet customer demand for case-ready beef and pork. Expansions, equipment installations and hiring for the new positions are expected to be complete by the end of April. The Goodlettsville plant, where Tyson anticipates investing $7.7 million and hiring as many as 100 new people, produces pork cuts, ground beef products and beef cuts, including closely trimmed steaks, chops and roasts. The Sherman, Texas, plant produces beef, ground beef and pork products, including closely trimmed steaks, chops, roasts and spareribs. Tyson anticipates hiring about 70 new workers and investing $5.6 million there. Each of the case-ready plants employs about 1,500 people. The Goodlettsville plant had a 2012 payroll of more than $45 million and the Sherman plant had a 2012 payroll of more than $49 million. “Tyson continues the strategy of adding value to our commodity products for retail customers and consumers,” said Gary Sheneman, senior vice president of case-ready beef and pork. “We’re pleased to be able to create jobs in both cities. They’ve been great supporters of Tyson Foods throughout the years.” t

Proposed farm program cuts raise strong concerns “While initially we are encouraged that a new $110 billion fiscal policy proposal from Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) would help put our nation on the long road toward greater fiscal responsibility, the details on how he proposes to do so raise strong concerns. It appears the lion’s share of budget reductions will come from cuts to agricultural programs that will create much harm in farm country. More than $27.5 billion in net spending reductions are earmarked for farm programs – with all the cuts coming from the elimination of direct payments with no provision to allow use of some of the savings for reinvestment in new safety-net or risk-management concepts. The magnitude of these proposed cuts will hamstring the House and Senate Agriculture committees from crafting a farm bill that includes the safety-net and risk-management provisions that our farmers need. We also believe it is very unfair that only the Defense and Agriculture programs are tapped to reduce spending in this bill. “While last year’s farm bill was leading us toward a path without direct payments, at least that path did include significant reinvestment of some of that funding to other farm

programs and crop insurance tools. It is vital that a realistic portion of the proposed funding cuts to agriculture be reinvested to support risk-management programs that are so vital to farmers and ranchers. We recognize that the proposal provides for some of the savings to be redirected to extend key disaster programs left in the lurch by the New Year’s tax deal and several other expiring provisions in the farm bill. But in order to address the constant perils of market instability and potential yield loss, farmers need a stable risk-management program. “We recognize there are many steps on the road toward restoring fiscal responsibility to our federal government and that some will be painful. That pain, however, should be a shared experience and not take such a heavy toll from any one sector. Once again, agriculture is being asked to step up to the cutting table and hand over substantially more than its fair share. We sincerely hope our lawmakers are not eating the seed needed to sow a viable risk-management program to help secure our nation’s crops and livestock.”

Statement by Bob Stallman President, American Farm Bureau


Tennessee Farm Bureau News - March 2013

Tennessee proudly hosts 94th AFBF annual Meeting

Getting ready for the crowd - Prominently situated on the tradeshow floor, TFBF’s booth caught everyone’s attention with their larger-thanlife logo that welcomed everyone in to see what Tennessee Farm Bureau is all about. Passing out Little Debbie snack cakes, a Tennessee product, also helped bring in the crowd.

Honored for achievement - The Pinnacle Award, the highest award a state can earn for program and membership achievement, was presented to TFBF President Lacy Upchurch.

Not your average space cadet - Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, last commander of the space shuttle Endeavor, recounted his time as an honored pilot during the closing general session.

Tennessee’s Young Farmers of the Year honored - Josh and Julieanna Ogle of

Attention! - The Tennessee Army National Guard posted colors to begin the annual meeting festivities during the opening general session.

Ag Secretary greets attendees - USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talked to the

Attending AFBF business session - Tennessee’s voting delegates listen to policy and

Policy being made - Members of TFBF’s board of directors are all ears during the business

issues being discussed during the business session.

Lincoln County are introduced as top ten finalists for the national YF&R Achievement award.

crowd about issues facing farmers today.

session while policy is being formed for the coming year. 14 Tennessee Farm Bureau News - May 2010


March 2013 - Farm Bureau News

Grassroots leadership gets to know new lawmakers Besides going out and voting, getting to know your lawmaker is one of the most important actions you can do as an everyday citizen. This has become even more important in recent years as more and more lawmakers are coming from urban areas and may not have hands-on knowledge of farm life. A first in Tennessee legislative history happened recently when Tennesseans voted in 31 freshman members to join the 26 new legislative members from last session. When you total those numbers, 43 percent of the members of the 108th General Assembly have been in their position for two years or less. These lawmakers are from all over the state and may or may not be familiar with the farmers in their districts‌or the agricultural issues that are near and dear to all of our hearts. Getting to know these new leaders and ensuring they know who you are is vital to the continued success of agriculture in our state. Immediately following the election, leadership in our county Farm Bureaus began contacting the newly-elected officials and setting up meet and greets for those lawmakers with the county board, Farm Bureau women, young farmers and other Farm Bureau leaders. Our Farm Bureau’s grassroots leadership was highlighted as new legislators got to meet and discuss issues important to their constituents in an informal setting, while learning more about Farm Bureau and its strength as an organization. t

NEW Senate Members

Janice Bowling

Warren, Van Buren, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Sequatchie

Steve Dickerson Part of Davidson

Todd Gardenhire Part of Hamilton

Mark Green

Montgomery, Stewart, Houston

Ferrell Haile

Sumner, Davidson, Trousdale

Joey Hensley

Maury, Lewis, Lawrence, Giles, Perry, Wayne

Frank Niceley

Jefferson, Grainger, Union, Claiborne, Hancock, Hawkins

John Stevens

Obion, Gibson, Weakley, Carroll, Henry, Benton


Kent Calfee

Loudon, Roane

Dale Carr Sevier

Mike Carter Hamilton

Barry Doss

Lawrence, Giles

Jeremy Durham Williamson

Pictures above from top:

Rep. Debra Moody and Tipton County board member Larry Rice. Danny McGregor, Montgomery County board member, with new Sen. Mark Green. Davidson County board member Ned Crenshaw speaking with Rep. Harold Love Jr.

Andrew Farmer Jefferson, Sevier

Tilman Goins Hamblen

Timothy Hill

Johnson, Carter, Sullivan

Darren Jernigan Davidson

Bo Rivers, George and Edwene Clay of Grundy County with Sen. Janice Bowling in red.

Gloria Johnson

Pictures on left from top:

Roger Kane


In back, Roger Radel, Sevier County president talking to Kevin Hensley, regional field director. In front, Don Finchum, Jefferson County board member talking with Rep. Andrew Farmer.


In back from left: TFBF board member Jack Sanders, Chuck McSpadden and Rex Calfee, all from Bradley County and Tom Crawley from Hamilton County visit with Sen. Todd Gardenhire.

Harold Love

In back, Marshall County board member Henry Dowlen and Marshall County President Jimmy Ogilvie. In front, Brent Carter, Lincoln County board member speaks with Rep. Billy Spivey.

William Lamberth Sumner

Mary Littleton

Cheatham, Dickson Davidson

Susan Lynn Wilson

Bo Mitchell Davidson

Debra Moody Tipton

Jason Powell Davidson

Courtney Rogers Sumner

Billy Spivey

Marshall, Lincoln, Franklin, Marion

Ron Travis

Rhea, Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Roane

James Van Huss Washington

Dawn White Rutherford


Tennessee Farm Bureau News - March 2013

National events showcase Young Farmer talents YF&R REPORT Elissa McLerran - 2013 YF&R Reporter

Tennessee’s YF&R Excellence in Ag couple are runners-up - David and Meghan

Corvin were named one of three runners-up for the Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 94th annual meeting. Presenting the Corvins with their plaque is AFBF President Bob Stallman along with CASE IH representative Zach Hetterick and Roger Phelps with STIHL.

Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers started off 2013 full steam ahead! It began with Tennessee hosting the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in the heart of the Volunteer State. American Farm Bureau annual meeting is an excellent opportunity for Tennessee Young Farmers to network and learn from other young farmers and ranchers all across the nation. Chaney Mosley made it to the Sweet 16 round of the Discussion Meet competition and was a top notch competitor. He represented Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers extremely well. During the final general session, David and Meghan Corvin of Weakley County were named the national runners-up of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Contest. Josh and Julieanna Ogle of Lincoln County placed in the top ten of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers

and Ranchers Achievement Contest. We also heard the inspirational words of retired astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, commander of the space shuttle Endeavor’s final mission, who said to keep on dreaming and keep on doing. Tennessee Young Farmers continue to show their strong leadership, excellent communication, and diligent work ethic. We are extremely proud of all of our competitors. Get excited for our annual Young Leaders Conference which will be February 22-23 in Franklin. Your Tennessee YF&R State Committee hopes to see you at each event this year! Join Jimmy McAllister and the State Committee as we continue to promote agriculture across Tennessee! We hope everyone is off to a great start in 2013 and encourage you to contact your elected officials, be very involved in legislative decisions, and be a voice for agriculture. t

Young Farmers lift their voices - The very talented Tennessee YF&R Choir, led by Josh Ogle, lifted their voices melodiously for the crowd during AFBF’s vespers service.

Point made - Davidson County YF&R’s Chaney Mosley made it all the way to the Sweet 16 in the national Discussion Meet during AFBF’s 94th annual meeting.

Tennessee places in final four at National Leadership Conference - University of Tennessee student Doug Giles made it through three rounds of competition to compete in the final four of the national Collegiate Discussion Meet Contest in Phoenix during the joint National Leadership Conference.

Find out more about TFBF’s Young Farmers and Ranchers @

Farm Strong - YF&R’s newest duo Brandon Whitt and Josh Ogle performed their own original song “Farm Strong” during the closing general session at AFBF’s 94th annual meeting. 14 Tennessee Farm Bureau News - May 2010

Beef Cattle Outlook

Tennessee’s Agri-Events Nashville Lawn & Garden Show returns February 28 - March 3

By Andrew P. Griffith Assistant Professor Agricultural and Resource Economics

They have relocated to different states or someone’s dinner plate The last article I wrote for Tennessee Farm Bureau News asked the question, “Where have all the cattle gone?” Well, the answer is the title of this article, “They have relocated to different states or someone’s dinner plate.” If the last article was not convincing enough of the drastic reduction in cattle numbers, then maybe this one will do the trick as the January 1, 2013 cattle inventory report was released by USDA-NASS on February 1, 2013. All cattle and calves in the United States declined 1.6 percent (1.47 million head) since January 1, 2012 from 90.77 million to 89.30 million. This is the lowest January 1 cattle inventory since 1952 when inventory stood at 88.1 million. All cows that have calved decreased 2.2 percent (872,200 cows) over the past year from 39.39 million to 38.52 million which is the lowest point since the January 1 report in 1941. Beef cows were the primary reason for the decline in the all cows that calved category. Beef cows that have calved declined 2.9 percent (862,600 cows) from 30.16 million on January 1, 2012 to 29.30 million this year. Milk cows that have calved only declined 0.1 percent and are holding steady around 9.22 million head. However, if milk prices do not find some support pretty soon then we might witness some changes in the dairy numbers as is evident in the milk cow replacement data (heifers 500 pounds and greater). Milk cow replacement declined 1.5 percent from 4.62 million head to 4.55 million head over the past year. The one positive spot is beef cow replacement. As market prices have been calling for herd building for a couple of years now, beef cow replacement increased by 1.9 percent (99,000 heifers weighing 500 pounds and greater) from 5.26 million to 5.36 million. Closer to home, all cattle and calves in Tennessee declined by 140,000 animals (7.1 percent) from 1.97 million on January 1, 2012 to 1.83 million on January 1, 2013. All cows that calved in Tennessee declined


March 2013 - Tennessee Farm Bureau News

40,000 head (4.0 percent) from 1.0 million cows to 960,000 over the past year. Beef cows that have calved declined 38,000 head (4.0 percent) from 950,000 head to 912,000 head, while milk cows that have calved declined by 2,000 head (4.0 percent) from 50,000 head to 48,000 since January 1, 2012. Beef cow replacements declined by 5,000 head (3.3 percent) from 150,000 head to 145,000 head. Milk cow replacements declined by 5,000 head as well (16.7 percent) from 30,000 head to 25,000 head. So where did the cattle go? Many of the calves, steers and heifers alike, were forced into the feedlot due to drought conditions which resulted in many being harvested sooner than would be normal. Cows were culled deep in 2012, placing much of the breeding stock on someone’s dinner plate. States such as Oklahoma and Texas who culled deep in 2011 due to drought had to cull a little deeper this year. However, their cull rates were greatly reduced compared to 2011. Some of the animals just relocated to different states. Northwestern states (Idaho, Montana, and Washington) and Northern Plain states (South Dakota and North Dakota) had inventories increase by 4 to 7 percent the past year while Kentucky and Virginia inventories increased by 4 and 8 percent respectively. The implication of a reduced cattle supply outlined by this data is significant price support for cattle producers the next few years. Weather conditions will play a major role in what short and long term prices will do. A return of rain to both grain and cattle producing states will lower feed costs and thus increase cattle prices. If rain does not return then feed costs will remain elevated and further declines in cattle inventory can be expected. Expectations are based on normal weather patterns and agricultural production. It will take a while to rebuild inventory, but cattle prices are sending the signal to build the herd. t

The endless variety of plants and designs found in gardens around the world will be celebrated at the 24th annual Nashville Lawn & Garden Show on Thursday, February 28, through Sunday, March 3, 2013, at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The theme for this year’s show is Jardins du Soleil, French for ‘Gardens of the Sun’ and will feature gardens of internationally inspired designs.

The show also offers the opportunity to hear free presentations by horticultural, landscape design, and gardening experts. This year’s featured speaker is Frédéric Nancel, operations and events director for the Chateau de Chantilly near Paris, France. Nancel will discuss ‘It was a Garden Before a Castle’ and ‘Today’s Use of a Historical Garden’ on Friday and Saturday at 1:00 p.m. t

University of Tennessee hosts Junior Bull Test Sale, March 7, Spring Hill The University of Tennessee’s Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center will host the Junior Bull Test Sale on Thursday, March 7, 2013. More than 60 bulls will be sold at the public auction, which begins at noon. The bulls come from some of the top breeding programs in the region. All have recently passed UT’s performance test, which measures the bulls’ weight gain, frame score and reproductive soundness. The high-gaining bull in the Junior

test was a consignment of L. A. Farms in Kingston Springs, who finished the test with an average daily gain of 6.20 pounds with an adjusted yearling weight of 1472 and a frame score of 6.4. Second place went to a UT Knoxville consignment that gained 6.07 pounds per day with an adjusted yearling weight of 1535 and a frame score of 6.7. Complete test reports and sale catalogs are at UT Extension offices located in every county in the state or online at t

Dickson Chamber presents first Farm, Home and Garden Show, March 9-10 Nipping at winter’s heels, the Dickson Farm, Home and Garden Show will usher in the shoots of the spring season at the Dickson County Fairgrounds, March 9-10. The threeday event, presented by the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce, is the first of its kind in the area. The one-stop shopping experience for “everything outdoors” will host a sweeping spectrum of exciting retailers, with hundreds of products for the home and garden. Visitors can expect to see and have an opportunity to purchase hunting gear, patio décor, gardening supplies, farming equipment and more.

Industry professionals will also be on hand to discuss services including landscape design, outdoor recreation, agriculture, equestrian and horticulture, among others. The show takes place Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Dickson County Fairgrounds, at 1053 Highway 47 East. The fair is open to the public, and admission is $2 per day. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, rules and vendor applications, go to or email pat@ t

WCCA 4th Annual Spring Heifer and Bull Sale, April 12, Kingsport The Washington County Cattlemen’s Association (WCCA) will be having their 4th annual Spring Heifer and Bull Sale on April 12, 2013 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Kingsport Stockyards in Kingsport, Tenn. Producers are encouraged to come early to view the cattle and register for a buyer number. The Association is offering 112 heifers that are either bred or have a calf by side and 6 registered bulls that all meet TDA cost share guidelines. The bulls include Angus and Simmental. The cattle have been screened and are excellent cattle for anyone who is interested in improving their herd. Information pertaining to vaccina-

tions of the cattle will be provided on sale day. The heifers will be pregnancy checked the day of the sale by a licensed veterinarian. The bulls have passed a breeding soundness exam and will be 2 years old or younger. All cattle will need to be paid for and loaded out on the same day of the sale. The WCCA Spring Heifer and Bull Sale will also have concessions by local FFA organizations as a fundraiser. All proceeds benefit scholarships that are given annually to two outstanding youth who are interested or involved with agriculture. For more information contact the Washington County Extension Office at (423)753-1680. t


Tennessee Farm Bureau News - March 2013

Classified Ads Animals


BULLS: Registered CHAROLAIS, RED ANGUS, BLACK ANGUS, YEARLINGS- 2 Year Olds, Top Bloodlines- Natural/AI HEIFERS: Commercial RepL. Quality Yearlings. Black Angus, Red Angus, F-1 Smokies & BWF/ Brockle- Face Complete Herd Health Program. BRIDGES CHAROLAIS/ BRIDGES ANGUS FARM Manchester, TN 931-728-6301 after 7 p.m. 931-334-8657 mobile Charolais, Black Angus Cross Heifers. Woodbury, 615-684-3833 PULASKI STOCKYARD: Your Full Service Stockyard. Cattle Auction - Tuesday 12:30. Replacement Cow Auction - 1st Friday 6:00. More Info: Billy Wallace 256-303-7097, Derek Black 931-638-5392 Red Angus, Simmental & SimAngus Bull and Female Sale, March 16, 2013, meet TAEP requirements. Bart & Sarah Jones, Lafayette, TN 615666-3098; TN Livestock Producers Genetics Bred Heifers For Sale. 200 Head, A.I. First Service (Approx. 55% Settled A.I.) most black and black white face. Contact Richard Brown 931-239-9785

Angus (Black) Angus Bulls For Sale. AI Sired by KCF Bennett Performer. TAEP Qualified. Ready for service. Garrett Farms. Home: 931-879-2970; Cell: 2394437 Jamestown, TN For Sale Registered Angus bulls 13 to 17 months old. Two Registered Angus Heifers 13 months old. Jerry Boyd, Cookeville, TN 931-261-0184 (cell) 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 Visit our website at FOR SALE: Registered Black Angus bulls and heifers, excellent bloodlines. Rock Haven Angus, Lewisburg, TN Day Time 931-703-9894; 931-3643670 after 6PM For Sale: Registered Black Angus Bulls. Sons of CC7 Pendleton, Upward, Impression, Objecting Freedom, Onward and others. All qualify for TAEP Program. Mathis Angus Farms. Duck River, TN 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 865804-8156

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For Sale: AI and naturally sired registered Red Angus young bulls and heifers 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

Middle Tennessee Hereford Association Annual Spring Sale - April 27, 11:30 AM, KY-TN Livestock Market, Cross Plains, TN. Selling Polled, Horned and Hereford influenced cattle. For more information call Dale Stith, 918-760-1550; Billy Jackson, Assoc. Secretary, 615-672-4483 or 615-478-4483 03-14


Hereford (Polled)

Good, gentle BBU bulls & heifers for sale. Visitors welcome. James & Carolyn Vaughn, 9512 Bates Trail, Lyles, TN 37098. 931-670-4605 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

Charolais Registered Charolais Bulls Service Age. The Quality Charolais Place. Punkin Center Farm. Crossville, TN 931-788-2159

Chiangus Chiangus bulls and heifers. 865-856-3947

Gelbvieh Black Balancer Bulls. Polled Gentle TAEP Qualified 12-16 months. 865-310-7973 FOR SALE: Gelbvieh & Balancer Bulls, Heifers - black, polled, excellent bloodlines, gentle disposition, TAEP qualified. 931-433-6132; cell 931625-7219

Hereford Woolfolk Farm’s Profitabull Sale. Tuesday March 12, 6:00 p.m. Columbia Livestock Center, Columbia, TN. Horned & Polled Hereford Bulls and Open Baldy Heifers.

FOR SALE: Registered Polled Hereford bulls. 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. Quality Sires, great EDP’s, Herd improving genetics. KBee Herefords, Shelbyville, TN 931-684-6582; West Tenn Sale March 16th UT Martin Open Heifers. Also Herd Bulls Cow/Calf pairs Bred Heifers. Gene Carter Dyersburg, TN 731-286-1296

Jersey Reg. Jersey 1st & 2nd lactation cows DHIA tested. Sunbow Jerseys, Cottage Grove, TN 38224 731-782-3463

Limousin FOR SALE: Limousin bulls and heifers - black, red, polled and homozygous black. Riverside Valley Farm, Hohenwald, TN, 931-628-6730 FOR SALE: Limousin Bulls and Heifers Black, Homozygous black, Homozygous polled. Prichard Limousin Farm, Brush Creek, TN 615-683-8310, Limousin Bulls: Registered Purebred Bulls, Heifers. Proven Predigrees, Balanced EPD’s. Easy Calving, Super Gentle Seedstock. Dreamtime Limousin Farm, Mosheim, TN 423-422-6099

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Somerville Livestock Market Hwy. 59, Somerville Sale Every Tuesday Cattle & Sheep/Goats Don Terry, manager 901-465-9679/731-695-0353

Columbia Livestock Center 1231 industrial Park rd., Columbia

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Sheep/Goats 2nd & 4th Mon. Darrell ailshie, manager 931-223-8323/931-212-8512


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Classified Ads Santa Gertrudis 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

Shorthorn Registered, Red, Polled Shorthorn bulls by our calving ease, low birth wt. Jake’s Proud Jazz, son. Double C Farm. Charles Curtis & Family Rickman, TN 931-260-1596

Goats & Sheep

Dairy Goats Saunens Alpines Purebred and Experimental. 615-444-5294; belacres@dtccom. net For Sale: Purebred Kiko goats. 931-987-2826 Culleoka, TN GOAT/SHEEP SALE: 2nd & 4th Monday. Tennessee Livestock Producers, Columbia, TN. 931-212-9962; 931-982-9086

Birds Poultry Phoenix, Lakenvelder Chickens, Swans, Doves, Pea Fowls, Ornamental Pheasants, Wood Ducks, Mandarin, Pintail Duck. Woodbury, TN 615-6843833

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. Dayold-sexed-pullets start at $2.25 NPIP CERTIFIED! Visit our website at or call 615-318-9036 or 615-477-7936 Quail, Pheasants, Mallard Ducks, Flight Conditioned. 731-695-1231


Border Collie Pups Registered Excellent Stock dogs and pets. Also three older males $250.00; $350.00 Dan Vickers 931-939-2426; 931-607-2426 Ladybug Kennel Big Sandy TN. Border Collie and Dachshund puppies Registered W&S, $200 each. 731-593-3807; For pictures e-mail: bettyewatkins

Exotic & Other

Legal Pet Raccoon Babies. State and USDA Licensed. Website index.htm 931-268-0739 Make Great Pets, Ringo’s Crossing Pet Farm


For Sale Sericea Lespedeza Seed. 931-934-2745 Get Vaughn’s #1 Bermuda Grass from the original farm where developed. High Yields- High Digestibility- High Quality- High Palatable. Finish freezer beef without grain, grassfed and get proven excellent taste- Permanent stands with proper management- Have planter will travel to your farm and plant from April to August. Call for additional information. 931-657-2584

Hay & Straw

FOR SALE: Vaughn’s #1 Hybrid Bermuda Hay. Premium Quality Hay available in small squares or 4x5 rolls. Jerry Roach, Linden, TN. 931-593-2673

Vegetables & Fruits



ANTIQUE APPLE TREES - Summer Rambo, Virginia Beauty, Yellow Transparent. Catalog $3.00. Write: Urban Homestead, 818-G Cumberland Street, Bristol, VA 24201. 03-06

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Panther Creek Forestry: Forestry, Timber, Wildlife Managers. Receive top timber prices. Hunting leases available - Cumberland Plateau & Land Between the Lakes. 931-474-6203; benmyers@ 03-11

Antique Corn Shredder McCormick Deering. 865933-3528 Cherokee Stock Trailer, 7’x16’. 423-337-7447 For Sale 18 ton Feed Bin with Auger and Stainless Steel bottom, never been used priced reasonable $7,000.00 Firm. For Sale 17,500 gallon Steel tank, 3 compartment, good condition. $4,500.00 OBO 731-614-1033 For Sale 30 KW 6cyl. white diesel generator 120 to 480 volts, single or 3 phase 2200 hours, on trailer. $6,000.00 OBO 731-614-1033 For Sale 60 KW generator, 6 cyl. Allis Chalmers diesel, 830 hours, on trailer. 120 to 480 volts single or 3 phase. Excellent condition. $12,000.00 OBO 731-614-1033 For Sale Gleaner A- 438, black, 4 rowe corn header $1200. OBO 731-614-1033 For Sale Lowboy dozer bed for truck $3,000.00 OBO. 731-614-1033 For Sale Woodmizer Sawmill LT40 Super Hydraulic 40hp diesel. $17,000.00 731-614-1033 For Sale: New Ideal Manure Spreader. Small Ground Driven model. Excellent for Horse Barn use. 800.00 Jerry Roach, Linden, 931-593-2673 Parting Out: F-2 Gleaner 6cyl. diesel 731-6141033 $3,000.00

Quintin Smith Family/Craigmore/Lanning/Destiny and Guests Angus Sale Sunday •

April 28, 2013 • 1 p.m.

At the Horn Springs Sale Facility • 2135 Lebanon Road • Lebanon, TN Plus, the Complete Dispersion of the Copper Creek Angus Herd


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Lawn & Garden

Morton’s Horticultural Products, Inc. Free Catalog - Greenhouses & Growers Supplies. Drip Tape, Irrigation Supplies. We Manufacture our Greenhouses. Online Catalog - www. 800-473-7753; 03-04




Tomato Plants - 65 varieties including Heirlooms. Also pepper and vegetable plants, garden seed, flowers and herbs. Sweetlips Greenhouses, 3705 Sweetlips Rd, Henderson, TN 38340. 731-989-7046 Open April and May



Cow/Calf Pairs, Bred and Open Heifers, Service-Age Bulls, Embryos

UT BULL TEST STATION SALE Thur., March 7, 2013 • 12 Noon CST

Middle Tennessee Research & Education Center Spring Hill, TN SELLING APPROX. 55 BULLS ANGUS, SIMMENTAL, SIMANGUS & HEREFORD

DF Forever Lady 7591

Featuring the progeny of this famous All-American Grand Champion Female. BW WW YW SC Doc MILK CW Marb RE +4.0 +67 +117 +1.20 +12 +28 +49 +.12 +.72 EPDs as of 1/31/2012


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FOR CATALOGS CONTACT: Dr. F. David Kirkpatrick 2640 Morgan Circle, B012 McCord Hall • Knoxville, TN 37996-4588 865-974-7294 • Email:


Tele-Video site at Greeneville 4-H Camp & Knoxville Livestock Center



Quintin & Vicki Smith 5171 Cainsville Road Lebanon, TN 37090 (615) 444-8701 H (615) 207-0830 C

Auctioneer: Mike Jones, TN Lic# 1807

Champion Hill Georgina 1949

Featuring the progeny of this famous Atlantic National Grand Champion Female.

For your free reference sale booklet, contact anyone in the office of the Sale Managers, TOM BURKE/KURT SCHAFF/JEREMY HAAG, AMERICAN ANGUS HALL OF FAME at the WORLD ANGUS HEADQUARTERS, Box 660, Smithville, MO 64089-0660. Phone (816) 532-0811. Fax (816) 532-0851. E-mail: •


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Classified Ads Tractors & Implements

7ft New Idea Disc Mower (like new); Ford Rake; 9ft Tetter; all $8,500. Lenoir City, TN 865-206-3513 850 New Holland Round Baler, new floor chain and rails, Manual Tie. $1,050. 19’ Heavy Burch hyd-fold Disk $4,000. New Holland 9’ 488 Mower Conditioner $3,500. New Holland 5 Bar #57 3pt P.T.O. Rake $1,500. 11 Prong Bush Hog Chisel Plow, 3pt, Gauge Wheels. $1,500. 8’ Heavy Leon front Blade with Cylinder $1,000. 18’ Do-all hyd fold $2,000. Ford 532 Square Baler, $2,500. 8’ Sitrex Disc Hay Mower, new Blades, one owner $3,500. 13’ John Deer AW Disk with cylinder, new tires. $1,750. 1 row mounted Massey Ferguson Corn Picker Model 61 with Manual $600. Good Gravity Wagon, good tires. $1,250. 731-422-5282; 437-0196 D8H Cat Dozer For Sale. Root rake and other extras. Finished Clearing 180 acre farm. Dozer is ready to work. Reduced price $29,900. Call 931788-2159 For Sale: 15 Cell Great Plains No Till Drill $4,000 615-654-3710 For Sale: 4630 John Deere Tractor, round cab. 731-614-1033 One Owner TW20 Ford Cab Tractor, 135hp, Duals, 5500 hrs with OT Bush Hog Loader, Hay Spear, Bucket never used, Loader used 2 years since new. $18,500. Interested in Chevy or Ford Late Model Pickup, one owner, low miles. 1978 Ford F350, V-8, 4 speed, 12’ Parkhurst Steel Bed, 66,000 Actual Miles, one owner. $3,500. 1983 Ford pickup, Long Wheel Base, 300 6cyl, straight shift. $1,500. 731-422-5282; 437-0196

Trucks & Trailers

Gooseneck Livestock Trailers. At prices you want believe. Different sizes and options. Wholesale Trailers, Lebanon, TN 615-714-3894

Other Equipment

Used portable sawmills! Buy/Sell. Call Sawmill Exchange 800-459-2148; US & Canada; www. 03-01

Old Creek Lodge, Gatlinburg. Private Balconies over Mountain Stream and Gas Fireplaces. 866-418-7116 PIGEON FORGE cabins, chalets, cottages, units sleeping 1 to 36 people. Near Dollywood. Middle Creek Rentals, 1-800-362-1897; www. 03-12

Hunting Leases Hunting Lease Wanted: 2 responsible, experienced hunters need to lease farmland or timberland for deer and turkey hunting. Prefer Middle TN area. 865-659-8816


Real Estate

11+ Acre Rutherford Co. Call for more information. 615-653-1579 View online listings for farms, homes, mountain land in North East Tennessee. East Tennessee Realty Services, Greeneville TN 423-639-6395 03-09 Maryville 21 acre pasture. 2 streams, 2 homes. 400K, Firm. 865-984-3247

Vacation Rentals

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.; 423487-5615 03-15 Farm House - near Rock Island Park - Furnished, CHA, daily-weekly rates. 931-235-8054 www.vrbo. com/89925 03-05 GULF SHORES CONDO- 2BR, pool/beach access. Spring $600/week, Summer $800/week, Fall $500/week. 931-296-4626 03-08 LOG CABIN RENTALS, GATLINBURG. Call Parkside Cabin Rentals 1-866-808-7715;


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Classified Ads Responsible hunter would like to lease land for deer and turkey hunting. 423-715-8936 Safe responsible hunter needs to lease land in Middle East Tennessee Area for deer and turkey hunting. Will respect your privacy and your property. Prefer Loudon or surrounding counties. 865-995-1056 Would like to lease land in Central East TN counties to train pups and to hunt raccoons. My dog will not bother livestock and will not run deer. 865-659-8816

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25,000 mile oil change: rust 03-10 BUYING old comics and old toy collections. 615897-2573 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 Like New rubber tire Covered Wagon $3,500.00 For Sale 423-298-6620 “PLAY GOSPEL SONGS by ear!” Add chords. 10 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 03-02 SAWMILLS from only $3997 - Make Money & Save Money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & DVD: 1-800578-1363 - Ext:651 03-07 Tables, Chairs, Seating, Steeples, Lockers, Baptistries. Free Quotes. 615-351-3120 WANTED: I collect World War I and II military relics - American, German, Japanese. Helmets, metals, knives, bayonets, guns, swords, daggers, etc. 423-842-6020

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