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May’s record rainfall creates ag disaster The floods that fell on the first weekend in May devastated more than just lives, homes and roads across the state of Tennessee. Many crops and fields were also impacted as the rivers and creeks rose out of their banks as had never been witnessed before. See related story on page 2. Find out how you can help with flood recovery on page 12. Official newspaper of Tennessee Farm Bureau



Tennessee Farm Bureau News - July 2010


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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 Issued bi-monthly by the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation located at 147 Bear Creek Pike, Columbia, Tennessee 38401. Nonprofit periodical postage paid at Columbia, TN and additional entry offices. Send address corrections to: Tennessee Farm Bureau News Offices, P.O. Box 313, Columbia, TN 38402-0313. Subscription rate for Farm Bureau members (included in dues) $1 per year. Advertising Policy: Advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. Advertisers must assume all liability for content of their advertising. Publisher maintains right to cancel advertising for non-payment or reader complaint about advertiser service or product. Publisher does not accept political, dating service or alcoholic beverage ads, nor does publisher pre-screen or guarantee advertiser service or products. Publisher assumes no liability for products or services advertised in the Tennessee Farm Bureau News. TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU FEDERATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lacy Upchurch Danny Rochelle President

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SERVICE COMPANIES Tennessee Farmers Insurance Cos. Matthew M. (Sonny) Scoggins, CEO Tennessee Rural Health Lonnie Roberts, CEO Farmers Service, Inc. Tim Dodd, Director Tennessee Livestock Producers, Inc. Darrell Ailshie, Manager

Tennessee farmers continue to assess damage, rethink planting decisions As storms continued to move through parts of Tennessee in late May, growers were making the most of the few days they’ve had for field work since historic flooding buried thousands of acres and many farms, homes and roads under water and silt. Although it’s been over a month since heavy rain drenched more than 50 counties in the western and mid-state areas of Tennessee, state Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens said it could be a long time before the fields still under water dry out. According to the May 24 weekly crop survey published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Tennessee farmers are reporting moderate to severe damage to 39 percent of the state’s corn crop and 21 percent of winter wheat. Damage to fruit and vegetable crops and nursery stocks is also substantial. Despite the seemingly dire news, Givens said crop losses could have been worse. “Although corn was certainly impacted and may not be replanted in some cases, only a small portion of soybeans and cotton were planted at the time of the flooding,” he said. It’s not just drenched fields that Tennessee growers are dealing with. USDA says farmers are also reporting significant damage to farm infrastructure including access roads, levees, fences, conservation practices, buildings and equipment. The CSX rail line from Memphis to Nashville is damaged, as are the rail spurs that deliver fertilizer to farmers. Trucking

in the fertilizer, which is the only other option, will drive up costs considerably for growers. The total amount associated with agriculture-related destruction from the May 1 flooding could top $150 million, but as Robert Hayes, director of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s West Tennessee Research and Education Center, pointed out, the

long-term effects on soil, siltation and organic matter remain to be seen. Among the work growers have been able to do is plant cotton, corn and soybeans in upland ground, cut hay, repair flood-damaged fences and transplant tobacco. According to USDA, most of the state’s corn crop has been planted, with the exception of those that will be planted for silage across Middle and East Tennessee. Hayes said many growers are still up in the air about what to do, but they’ll have to make decisions soon. “If it dried out quickly, then some farmers would’ve even replanted corn,” Hayes said. “Then it got too late for corn, and then they said they’d try to plant cotton, but if it gets too late for

that, they’ll probably plant soybeans.” Larry Rice, a farmer in Tipton County in the western part of the state, said he’s never seen rain like this and hopes he doesn’t see much more because at least four levees have broken on his farm and he doesn’t have time now to fix them. “We’ll never get all of our stuff repaired this year before we get a crop in,” he said. “There’s so much damage we won’t have time to fix it all before we have to get busy planting. I hope we don’t get any more major floods because [the levees] kept the water—even a twoinch rain—off our fields.” Rice said he had just planted 200 acres of soybeans before the rainstorms. He plans on replanting. Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen requested that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designate 16 counties as agricultural natural disaster areas, which would allow farmers in designated and adjoining counties to apply for supplemental farm payments. Bredesen is expected to ask for additional designations as damages are assessed. Monsanto Company on May 11 announced it was donating $50,000 to the Tennessee Farm Disaster Response Fund. Monsanto’s donation is dedicated to flood recovery. For more information on the flooding, or to donate to the Tennessee Farm Disaster Response Fund, go to t - Reprinted from American Farm Bureau’s FB News, May 31, 2010 edition

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Celebrate another day of gardening Blue skies, golden sunshine, friendly people, and, oh yeah, one of the most exquisite gardens in West Tennessee‌ sounds like a setting for a good time. At the annual University of Tennessee Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show, the mood is always festive. With thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers on display, plus exciting presentations, unique vendors and good food, it’s easy to see why people love to come to this event, and why it’s become a West Tennessee favorite. Summer Celebration 2010 kicks off at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. As in years past, visitors will be able to tour the beautiful UT Gardens-Jackson. You will also be able to attend workshops presented by UT experts. Plus speakers from the botanical gardens in Memphis and Huntsville will be on hand, as well as members of the American Daylily Society. Other highlights include a special presentation and sale of newly released disease-resistant dogwoods, ideas for garden art that will make your landscape pop, and the “Kitchen Divasâ€? return with more homegrown recipe ideas. In addition to informative workshops, visitors can also peruse and purchase fascinating plant varieties at the Master Gardeners Plant Sale. These plants have been researched and tested in West Tennessee conditions, and have proven themselves as great additions to local landscapes. If you have specific plant questions, you can get them answered at the Plant Diagnostic Center, which will be staffed by plant pest and disease experts. And if you need a break, enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by local 4-Hers, or take a relaxing wagon ride around the AgResearch and Education Center and learn more about the breakthroughs in agricultural research that are happening right here. The day concludes with a “Walkaboutâ€? with UT Horticulturist Carol Reese. As Carol leads a guided tour of the grounds, get her take on the best plants for your landscape. The cost for this complete day is $5.00, but as one visitor said last year, “You’ll get more than $5.00 worth of education and fun!â€? Summer Celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2010. For more information, including directions to the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, you can visit t


Pinnacle contributes to Tennessee FFA Foundation - Scott McCormick, Pinnacle area executive for Wilson County, along with Joe Comer (shown on the far left), a financial consultant at Pinnacle and former state FFA officer, joined together recently in making a check presentation in the amount of $2,500 to state FFA President Emily Buck and FFA Foundation Chairman John Rose to help support agricultural education and youth development across the state.

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Tennessee Farm Bureau News - July 2010

Read All About It By Pettus Read Editor

Floods of May 2010 long will be remembered If you were anywhere near Middle or West Tennessee in May, you were well schooled in the term “flood plain” and probably experienced the results of what can happen if you are in one when rain falls at a rate more than the average for a given period of time. The Nashville area saw not only a 100-year flood event, but also a 500- and maybe even a 1000-year event that put the Cumberland River on the stage of the historic Grand Ole Opry and in the best seats of LP Field. Saturday and Sunday of May 1 and 2 were a rain event the area will long remember with up to 15 inches of rain falling in one day. The first weekend in May of 2010 is one that has made Tennessee history and is a weekend that continued to add to the state’s troubles as the waters receded. In Nashville alone, more than one billion dollars in damage is estimated as being created by the floodwaters and rural West Tennessee saw flooding in counties like Dyer County that had never been seen before. Even as the water continued to rise on people’s property, many found time to help others in need. I was really proud of our citizens in the Volunteer State. They came to the aid even when many themselves were in trouble. Some shelters remained empty at times due to folks opening their homes to help others. I’m honored to say we can still be called the Volunteer State. We have seen homes, businesses, hotels and even sporting venues damaged by the floods, but we should also be reminded that millions of dollars of Tennessee’s farmers’ crops were also destroyed

in the weekend storms. Thousands of acres of corn were covered with floodwaters that had to be replanted or just replaced with another crop to meet the needs for this year’s growing season. Some crops did have crop insurance coverage, but the return will only be a fraction of the cost of what it will actually cost the farmer to replant or recover from his loss. The federal government authorized a major disaster declaration for several Tennessee counties after

state’s corn crop receiving damage of about 39 percent and 21 percent damage to the winter wheat crop. Due to the fact that only a small portion of the soybean and cotton crop had been planted at the time of the flood, the damage could have been even worse if these crops had been placed under water much like the newly planted corn in some areas. As the rain fell, folks kept comparing the storm to Noah’s dilemma, as we all often do during big rains,

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen asked President Obama to declare the counties federal disaster areas following the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck the state. However, the FEMA assistance does not help the agricultural loss of crops, fences, barns, cattle and other needs that farmers have experienced. The total agricultural–related damage was placed around $150 million from the flooding with the

and it reminded me of a writing a farmer gave me several years ago down in West Tennessee called the Noah Plan. I don’t know the author, but it is some good advice that works pretty well for the situation we just experienced. Here’s the plan: 1. Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark. 2. Don’t listen to critics. Do what has to be done, even if it

means finding gopher wood when supplies are low. 3. Remember to build on high ground. 4. For safety’s sake travel in pairs. 5. Two heads are better than one. 6. Speed isn’t always an advantage and haste makes waste. The cheetahs were on board, but so were the snails. 7. If you can’t fight or flee - at least float! 8. Take good care of your animals as if they were the last ones on earth. 9. Don’t ever forget that we’re all in the same boat. 10. When the manure gets really deep, don’t sit there and complain, get busy and shovel! 11. Always remember that amateurs built the Ark and professionals built the Titanic. 12. If you have to start over, have a friend by your side. 13. Remember that the peckerwoods inside are often a bigger threat than the storm outside. 14. Above all, don’t miss the boat! 15. No matter how bleak it looks, there is always a rainbow on the other side. 16. Last, but surely not least, stop what you’re doing, and do what God says! The Noah Plan may be what we should have been looking at all along. It sure wouldn’t hurt to try it, especially when the storm clouds are forming over the agricultural community. t

Federal farm assistance for three more counties requested Governor Phil Bredesen has requested a Secretarial designation of natural disaster for agriculture for three additional counties – Giles, Lake and Obion – as a result of rainfall and flooding in May. “I’m pleased that USDA acted promptly on my initial request for farm assistance, and I expect federal officials will move on subsequent requests just as quickly,” said Bredesen. “A Secretarial disaster designation will help make more assistance available to farmers who suffered significant losses as a result of the storms and flooding.” Bredesen made the request in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack. A Secretarial disaster designation would make farmers in these and adjoining counties eligible to apply for supplemental farm payments through their local USDA Farm Service Agency. For those counties already covered under a Presidential declaration, farmers are also eligible to apply for low-interest emergency loans. Assistance for livestock losses and emergency conservation assistance to help rehabilitate damaged farmland is also available to eligible farmers. On June 10, USDA approved Governor Bredesen’s request for a primary natural disaster designation for 13

counties, including 19 adjoining counties designated as secondary disaster areas. These include Benton, Chester, Dickson, Fayette, Hardeman, Hickman, Humphreys, Lauderdale, Lewis, Maury, McNairy, Perry and Stewart. Eight other counties, including Cheatham, Dyer, Hardin, Haywood, Madison, Montgomery, Tipton and Williamson, are pending USDA approval for a primary designation. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Tennessee farmers reported moderate to severe damages to 39 percent of the state’s corn crop and 21 percent of

winter wheat following the flooding. Damages to fruit and vegetable crops and nurserystock were also reported as well as significant damage to farm infrastructure including access roads, levees, fences, conservation practices, buildings and equipment. “Federal assistance is important for helping farmers who are continuing recovery efforts in flood affected areas,” said state Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens. “Farmers are still dealing with a considerable amount of infrastructure damage and we’re seeing more acreage being shifted to soybeans as a result of lost corn acreage.” t

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Gold River Feed Products plans Shelbyville location

The Ag Agenda By Bob Stallman American Farm Bureau President

The weather forecast is... Mark Twain once said, “Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.” No one knows this to be true more so than farmers, whose livelihood depends on the right combination of rainclouds and sunshine. Weather presents a risk to agriculture at a level not experienced by most other sectors. The productivity of our fields – the bulk of our production capability – is tied directly to the weather. I’ve never known an automobile company to not roll-out its latest SUV because of drought or an entire line of computer software wiped out because of a freeze. But there are many producers who have lost an entire year’s worth of crops and even livestock to extreme temperatures, excessive or inadequate moisture or high winds. RED SKIES AT NIGHT, SAILOR’S DELIGHT... When I was a youngster on the farm we had a lot of old sayings we’d use to try to gauge the weather. “A wind from the south has rain in its mouth,” or “If the rooster crows on going to bed, you may rise with a watery head.” But, in all seriousness, nothing can be more nerve-racking for a farmer than waiting on that rain to come. As I’ve often said, I’ll never forget the joy of seeing the heavens open and rain pour out of the Texas sky after one of the longest droughts known to our state during the 1950s. But, as they say, sometimes when it rains it pours. Take Tennessee for example. The state has been hit recently with historic rainfall and devastating flooding, resulting in significant damage to its corn and wheat, among other crops.


At one point, Tennessee’s agriculture commissioner estimated there were tens of thousands of acres under water. Tennessee is not the only area with excessive rainfall. Many producers in Indiana, Oklahoma and other states have had to replant crops ruined by flooding. Unfortunately, many folks don’t realize the cost and labor of planting again—and that’s if areas can even be reseeded. Take the freeze that hit Florida at the beginning of the year, which ruined the tomato crop and caused national shortages. Only now are new plantings starting to emerge and consumers can once again get tomatoes on their Wendy’s burgers without having to ask or without paying extra at supermarkets for the popular fruit. A COW WITH ITS TAIL TO THE WEST MAKES THE WEATHER BEST... It’s not only crops and livestock that can get damaged by the weather. Just last month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $12 million in Emergency Conservation Program funds were being made available to farmers and ranchers in 14 states to repair farmland damaged by natural disasters this year. Typically in many instances, while producers are coping with the loss and damage of crops and livestock, they are also dealing with infrastructure issues like removing debris, restoring fences, and repairing buildings. In one fell swoop, a tornado, hurricane or even wildfire can devastate an entire farm. But with a little faith and a lot of resolve, farmers always tend to pull through. As they say, “A sunny shower won’t last an hour.” t

Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber joined leaders of Gold River Feed Products June 9 in celebrating the company’s decision to open a new location in Shelbyville, Tenn. The Kentucky-based Gold River Feed Products’ $7.25 million investment in Bedford County will create 34 jobs over the next five years. The announcement was made at an event at the proposed plant site in Shelbyville. Representatives from Gold River Feed Products, ECD and the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce were in attendance. The Kentucky-based company is a provider of complete feeds, commodities, mineral products, and farm hardware with

distribution all across the United States and Canada. Company officials cite the cooperative partnership between city, county and state officials as a key reason for choosing Shelbyville as the home of their new location. Gold River Feed Products’ new location is the home of the former DESA building in Shelbyville, located at 783 Eagle Boulevard. The company also considered locations in Kentucky for the new venture. Applications for sales positions at the new facility will be accepted immediately, and applications for production positions will be accepted beginning July 15, 2010. Interested parties should e-mail info@ t

Lauren Kriminger and Hanna Costi of Cheatham County are preparing to show at the Tennessee 4-H Horse Championships in Shelbyville. Over 450 4-Hers from 64 counties competed during the week-long event.

Obion County judging team wins top honors - The Obion County 4-H livestock judging team took top honors in state 4-H Livestock Judging competition, held in Murfreesboro recently. From left: Keith Harrison, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative (donor); Phyllis Ferguson, Tennessee Pork Producers Association (donor) ; Darrell Ailshie, Tennessee Livestock Producers (donor); Lauren Berner; Tyler Berner; Ben Powell, Tennessee Sheep Producers Association (donor); Derek Griffin; Adam MCall, UT Extension agent; Garrett McDaniel; and Jim Neel, UT Extension livestock specialist (donor).

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Innovative Agriculture By Melissa Burniston Assistant Director of Communications Photos courtesy of TDA

Ag Enhancement Program makes positive impact Six years ago, Governor Phil Bredesen and the General Assembly approved and began a program that would have a positive, far-reaching impact on our state agricultural industry and our

economy. The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) was founded with the goal of providing cost share dollars for farmers across the state in order that they could make improvements on their farm they couldn’t have made otherwise. Participation allows producers to maximize farm profits, adapt to changing market situations, improve operation safety, increase farm efficiency and make a positive economic impact in their communities. In fact, for every TAEP dollar invested, $4 - $5 is generated in additional economic activity. The original money in the TAEP fund came from tobacco buyout monies and totaled $26.3 million, and although that money has been cut several times since the inception of the program, this year TAEP had $16.3 million available for farmers to apply for. Commissioner of Agriculture Ken Givens says the program has been wildly successful and continues to make a positive impact on farmers

across the state, “It’s been a good year; I’m very pleased with what the General Assembly ended up approving, and we’d like to thank Governor Phil Bredesen and our legislators for being so supportive. We actually have the same level of funding this year as we had last year at $16.3 million. In addition to that, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Stratton Bone and Representative John Litz and other rural lawmakers, as well as Senator Lowe Feeney on the senate side were active to get these dollars increased with $10 million in what we call nonrecurring dollars. If there is a federal stimulus package passed, the second one, we will get an additional $10 million so that would take our program back up to a level of $26.3 million.” There are seven program areas farmers can apply for cost share dollars in and each area has a program goal to measure success. Cattle Genetics – to increase the marketability and reputa-

Storage – to improve long term feed storage, cost efficiency and feed quality; Grain Storage – to improve quantity, quality and marketing through proper storage and management; Producer Diversification – to encourage agricultural producers to expand or improve their operations through the production of diversified agricultural products in these industry sectors: agritoursim, aquaculture, fruits and vegetables, honey bees, horticulture, organics, value-added products and viticulture; and Verified Incentive Program – to increase the value and marketability of Tennessee feeder cattle. Each year the TAEP program accepts applications for a specified period, this year the first week of June was the window farmers had to get their applications in, and the monies are distributed on a first-come, firstserve basis until the fund runs out. Overall, the program has been a huge success, with so many applications

average has almost two projects that folks request. We’re hopeful we can fund all of those, and we’re pleased with the success we’ve had with the ag enhancement program. Just one pro-

gram for example, with the hay storage we have built upwards of around 3,000 hay storage barns since the beginning and farmers can get anywhere from 35 percent cost share on those storage buildings,” Givens said. The program’s continuing success can be attributed to the unswerving commitment of Tennessee and its lawmakers to supporting Tennessee’s agricultural community. Thanks to the efforts of the General Assembly and the support of the Governor, the Tennessee Agriculture Enhancement Program is still going strong and more and more farmers are taking advantage of the opportunity to get cost share money to make needed improvements to their farming operations. t tion of Tennessee’s cattle; Livestock Equipment – to improve long term livestock husbandry and management capabilities and enhance farm safety; Hay Storage – to improve quantity and nutritional quality by using proper storage and management; Livestock Feed

coming in that not all of the projects could be approved before the money allotted for that fiscal year ran out. “It’s just been a wonderful program. To date for this year we are upwards of around 3,300 separate applications, and each application on

TENNESSEE AG ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (FY 2006-2010 which is still in progress. Information is current as of 6/11/10.)

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Fruits of the Backyard Field Day has something for everyone

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

Markets continue being rattled Markets continue to be rattled by “outside” markets and demand issues that we thought were improving. Since early May fed cattle prices have declined from $101 per hundred to the low $90s. A normal decline is about $12 from the spring high normally in March or April to the summer low which usually occurs in July. Fed cattle futures, which along with corn drive feeder cattle prices, have also declined, but have been offset to some extent by a declining corn market. An excellent planting season has created expectations of a large corn crop which has weakened futures and nearby cash prices. USDA has raised the amount of corn used for ethanol production and the amount of ethanol used in gasoline could be raised later this year. These factors leave some element of uncertainty as to what feed cost will be. There has been a modest decline in stocker calf prices and heavier feeder cattle prices. Historically, we see a decline in stocker cattle prices as grass fever subsides. Yearling cattle purchased in mid June will be marketed in the fall, and current prices place their breakeven coming out in the mid $90s, well above current October futures. In mid-June prices for 700 to 800 pound steers averaged $105 compared to $103 in May and $91 a year ago. Yearling cattle supplies could be tighter than usual late summer to early fall as many calves went to market at the very strong prices we had this spring. We do not know how many left the state, but grass availability across the country has been the best in years. The decline in wholesale cutout


values which drive fed cattle prices have experienced a free fall since early May. Through mid-June there had been 18 consecutive days in which beef packers had been forced to take lower prices for boxed beef. Retailers and food service buyers were shifting to more moderate priced meat proteins to attract customers. Beef prices normally bottom in July as hot weather drives more folks inside and there is less cookout activity. Fed cattle prices have improved 60 to 70 percent of the time from July into August and September. I expect the feeder market to continue to be somewhat volatile as commodity markets react to European and weather factors. Even though feeder prices have come off their spring highs, prices are still high relative to the past two years. Livestock Risk Protection insurance is one means to protect from lower prices due to unknown events causing prices to decline. It offers downside protection, while leaving the opportunity for higher prices. Fed cattle are expected to strengthen this fall back into the $90s. Unless corn prices rise sharply, feeder prices could decline less than the normal fall bottom in the October - November period. Some areas of the state are beginning to become dry, so remember that calves must be in a gaining condition to hold the money together if prices are falling. Remember to take advantage of opportunities to market your calves in larger groups through graded sales or similar opportunities through your local market. t

The third annual Fruits of the Backyard Field Day was in mid-June at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill. Despite the heat, several hundred were in attendance. The event serves people from not only Middle Tennessee but from all over the state and in fact, some came from as far away as Colorado. Three seminars covered a variety of issues facing both homeowners and producers. There were vendors there to provide education, valuable information on their products, how they can be used to help and different techniques in which to use their products. The program was put together to help make your backyard a more productive and enjoyable place to spend time with family and friends. Center director, Kevin Thompson says, “With the changing economy we are seeing the urban sector that are very interested in producing for profit, fruits from their back yard. This field day really focuses on that aspect.” The topics discussed were Grapes, Blueberries and Other Fruit Crops – Edible Landscaping at its Best! by Dr. David Lockwood; Gardening in Small

Spaces, by Wendel Smith and Fire Ants and Fire Ant Control in the Backyard, by Dr. Karen Vail. There was also plenty of time for attendees to ask questions and talk one on one with these field experts. Dr. David Lockwood comments, “For those who haven’t grown fruits before there are crops that are much easier to grow and their chances of success are much higher, it’s one of those you have to learn to walk before you can run situations, the ease and success of growing blueberries will hopefully build enthusiasm to try growing something a little more difficult like bunch grapes.” Dr. David Lockwood is the professor of Plant Sciences at UT and he encourages people to try growing some of these backyard fruits and thinks you might be surprised. “We want to give people an idea of what they can do and expect a reasonable return on the effort and the investment.” This event is open to the public and appeals to all ages so make plans to attend next year and bring a friend or backyard neighbor. t Colby Paul is the summer intern for TFBF Communications Department

2010 UT Livestock Judging Team enjoys very productive spring

The 2010 Junior Team - From left: Amanda Carlile (Putnam County), Heslie Powell (Sequatchie County), Lee Rose (Williamson County), Evan Bartley (Bedford County), Levi Holt (Overton County), Richard Cutshaw (Greene County) and Brooke Carter (McMinn County). They are coached by David Roper and assistant coach Will Mayfield.

The 2010 UT Livestock Judging team recently completed a busy yet competitive spring. The team began their collegiate judging careers shortly after the completion of finals in December with a trip to Yukon, Okla. to participate in the Express Ranches Winter Workout. The team remained in Texas and Oklahoma visiting industry leading operations in preparation for the Exposure Cattle Judging Contest in Stillwater, Okla. The team finished 9th out of 21 teams, with Levi Holt and Heslie Powell finishing in the top 20. The second contest was located at the historic Southwest Livestock Show and Rodeo in Ft. Worth, Texas. They had a challenging day but survived their first large contest that consisted of 12 classes and 8 sets of reasons. A week later the team traveled to the Dixie National Beef Judging Contest in

Jackson, Miss. They bounced back and performed well, netting a Top 5 Steer Judging, with Evan Bartley finishing 8th high in the Steer Division. The next stop was on home soil at the 2010 UTSLA Roundup in which they finished first. Additionally, 6 team members finished in the top 10 with Evan Bartley 1st, Levi Holt 3rd and Heslie Powell 5th. Over spring break, the team headed to Texas to compete at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Amanda Carlile was 14th high in placing. They finished the spring season by competing in the Purdue Block and Bridle Spring Contest in West Lafayette, Ind. The team received 5th overall honors to round out the season. The team will have the summer off before returning to school the week before classes start to begin preparations for the fall. t


Tennessee Farm Bureau News - July 2010

Farm Bureau Women’s Summer Conference

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: Abigail Ferguson from Claiborne County who won third place; Nautica Dotson from Dickson County who won second place and first place winner Brittany Nixon from McNairy County.

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: Third place winner Faith Van Ruden from Fentress County; second place winner A. J. Daniel from Cannon County and first place winner McKayla Henley from Franklin County.

What is a Farmer? McKayla Henley North Middle School Franklin County

Over $6000 raised for Ag in the Classroom - Here is just one of many items sold during the auction held at the annual Summer Farm Bureau Women’s Conference.

4-H Troop entertains – The Tennessee 4-H Performing Arts Troupe closed out this year’s annual Summer Farm Bureau Women’s Conference. The troop is made up of 4-H members from all across Tennessee and sings a medley of tunes both patriotic and entertaining that closed out the conference in a grand way.

The Webster’s dictionary defines a farmer as a person who owns or works on a farm. I think farmers are much more than that. Farming is more than an occupation, it is a lifestyle, a commitment to the land. I know because my father is a farmer. My father is a third generation farmer on our farm in the Alto community. He farms crops such as corn, soybeans, and wheat; he also raises cattle. Farming has changed dramatically in the past century. My father tells me of his grandfather coming back from World War I and farming only a few acres with limited inputs. Most of the work was manual and very hard. The hours were long and he managed to make a living and raise five children. From the crops they raised to the cattle, hogs and chickens, most everything was used on the farm. He butchered hogs and cattle on the farm and sold the meat mostly to the school at Sewanee. They grew a large garden and were self-sufficient as most families were during this time. Now with the advances on the farm, my father farms over 1,000 acres and his production is mainly sold to large companies. Statistics show that one farmer now feeds around 155 people worldwide (in 1960, that number was 25.8). The cattle we grow on the farm are now shipped to the Midwest to be processed and entered into the food chain. The days of one

man following a mule are gone. Now the farmers have the capacity to plow over 100 acres a day and with recent advances may not even touch the steering wheel. Today, farmers use satellite technology for precision farming which boosts crop yields and reduces waste by accurately applying seed, fertilize and crop protectors to local soil conditions. The Tennessee Farm Bureau website stated that two million people or about 1 percent of the population are farmers. However, more than 15 percent of our population is involved in farm related jobs such as marketing, processing, and sales. These are three components of farming that help move the commodities produced on the farm to consumers around the world. So, what is a farmer? He or she is a person committed to the land, who sacrifices time and energy to make sure we have food such as meat, dairy products and vegetables; clothing such as cottons and wool; and medicines such as insulin. Today’s farmer ensures crayons for our children and entertains us with corn mazes and hay rides. You see, the farming industry has changed over the years making it highly competitive and very expensive to farm. Therefore, the farmer has diversified his farming practices, implemented technology, but still loves the land… and I love my farmer.

Farmer Charlie meets with FBW – Farm Bureau Insurance TV commercial star Charlie visited with the ladies during this year’s conference and gathered for a group picture with the delegates. He can be seen in the middle on the top row.

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June Dairy Month Kickoff Luncheon

Senior High Dairy Quiz Bowl winners – Bedford County had the winning team this year for the Quiz Bowl competition during the 2010 June Dairy Month Kickoff. From left: Georgia Ralston, Cheyenne Ralston, Travis Richardson, Bernadette Murillo.

Junior Dairy Quiz Bowl winners – Bedford County 4-H was the winning Junior High

Rutherford County Senior High Dairy Quiz Bowl runners-up – The Rutherford

Claiborne County Junior High Dairy Quiz Bowl runners-up – The Claiborne

County 4-H team was second in the Senior High Dairy Quiz Bowl competition. From Left: Jonathan Belcher, Samantha Sprowl, Keaton Myers and Extension Agent Michael Shirley.

County 4-H team was second in the Junior High Dairy Quiz Bowl competition. From left: Blaine Coffey, Bryan Loop, Megan Crawford, Travis Martin and Kelley Frady.

Winning poster – Putnam County’s Emily Welte exhibited this year’s winning June Dairy Month poster.

Dairy Quiz Bowl team this year. From left: Godwin Murillo, Carlton Ralston, Savannah Nash and Allison Massey.


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YF&R REPORT Christy Rogers Brown 2010 YF&R Reporter I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream... In celebration of June Dairy Month several YF&R chapters have held activities to promote the dairy industry and have hosted other events throughout the state. Athens, Tenn., recently hosted the 3rd Annual MooFest. Many former and active YF&R members from the East Tennessee area participated in the weekend long event held on the square in downtown Athens. McMinn County 4-H agent and YF&R member Sarah Rogers stated, “The 3rd Annual National MooFest is a great opportunity to highlight the dairy community in East Tennessee and surrounding areas. It is also a great opportunity to share information through educational booths and vendors with people who are not affiliated with the agriculture industry on a regular basis.” The Coffee County YF&R chapter also conducted their Annual Dairy Princess Contest. Ashley Weaver and Valerie Teal did a fabulous job of organizing and promoting the event. Phyllis Ferguson, of the Tennessee Pork Producers Association, served as the master of ceremonies for the event. Crowns were sponsored by Hoover’s Jewelers of Manchester, and were awarded in several age categories. Kristy Brown was crowned as the 2010 Coffee County Dairy Princess. Hoover’s Jewelers was also awarded the Coffee County YF&R Agribusiness Award. During May many YF&R Chapters from across the state conduct successful Farm City Days. Farm City Days allow farming communities to host elementary age students from across their counties and introduce them to important processes that are conducted on family farms in order to provide a safe and abundant food supply. Coffee County hosted approximately 800 kindergarten students from eleven schools who rotated through eleven stations. The stations consisted of hands on learning centers including soybean, wheat, and corn products, gathering eggs, milking a cow, a petting zoo, climbing on farm equipment, the Tennessee Wildlife Mobile Unit, and a booth called “A Farmer Wears Many Hats”. Carol McBride of Coffee County stated, “I am really proud of the fact that there were over 201 volunteers that helped to coordinate the 19th Annual Coffee County Farm City Day.” The volunteer core at Farm City Days across the state are made up of community business owners,

YF&R members, 4-H agents, electric cooperative employees, farmers, teachers, and FFA and 4-H members. Entire communities come together to make these events possible and it touches the lives of so many children and families that are two, three, and four generations removed from the farm. It is so important that farmers continue to promote agriculture and tell their stories through events like Farm City Days. The set up of each county Farm City Day maybe different, but the purpose is the same – to spread the story and importance of agriculture. McMinn County’s YF&R Farm City Day was highlighted on the Channel 10 News out of Knoxville, so not only did it positively impact 500 fourth graders from throughout McMinn County, homes from all over the East Tennessee area got a taste of the events of this past May. July is always a reunion of sorts for the Tennessee YF&R community as YF&R members from all over the state convene in Columbia for the annual YF&R Summer Conference to be held July 23-24. This year’s conference will begin with a tour to Delvin Farms, a family run organic vegetable farm located on the Harpeth River. Delvin Farms produces eighty varieties of heirloom vegetables and has been voted the best community supported agriculture program in the Nashville area, and they currently have over 14 drop-off locations. More information about Delvin Farms can be found at There will also be a Collegiate Discussion Meet and participants in the highly anticipated event are Wesley Lyons, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Matthew McClanahnan, Tennessee Technological University; Jeremy Fair, University of Tennessee at Martin and Chad Hardy, Middle Tennessee State University. This year there are 19 applicants for the coveted Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award. The John Willis Memorial Scholarship will also be awarded. There will be plenty of ice cream at the evening socials and lots of fun during the Young Farmer Olympics. Summer Conference is a great way to get involved in the Tennessee Young Farmer and Rancher program if you are not involved already. Contact your local Farm Bureau office for more information. We look forward to seeing everybody at this fun and informational event. t

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Young Farmers & Ranchers is the bridge to your future You’ve always loved agriculture, from participating in 4-H and FFA as a kid to getting involved with Collegiate Farm Bureau and other agriculture organizations in college. But now that you’re a young adult, how do you jump into professional activities on the next level? Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers program can be your bridge. YF&R helps producers between the ages of 18-35 prepare for their future with leadership development and personal growth. Opportunities such as leadership conferences, held annually at the state and national levels, allow young agricultural leaders to serve the industry, build their skills and have fun. More than 700 young farmers and ranchers gather during the national conference every year to network and learn from other young leaders. And if that doesn’t tempt you, how does the chance at winning a new Dodge Ram pick-up truck sound?

Three national winners this year will receive a Dodge Ram, courtesy of Ram Trucks, to showcase the best of the best in the Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Ag competitions. National winners will also receive paid registration to the 2011 YF&R Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida February 5-7. National runners-up in the Achievement Award will receive a CASE IH Farmall 31 tractor courtesy of Case IH. National finalists in the Discussion Meet and Excellence in Ag each will receive a $6,000 savings bond and a Stihl Farm Boss, courtesy of Stihl. Go ahead and take the next step. Allow YF&R to be the bridge towards your future as a leader in the agriculture industry. t Farm Bureau is a federally registered collective membership and a registered service mark of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Dodge is a registered trademark of Chrysler LLC.

Annual pork election notice The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2011 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body scheduled for March 3-5, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona will take place at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 26, 2010 in conjunction with an executive committee meeting of the Tennessee Pork Producers Association in the Ed Jones Auditorium at the Ellington Agriculture Center at 440 Hogan Road in Nashville, Tenn.

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 a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted. For more information, contact the Tennessee Pork Producers Association at 13994 Versailles Road in Rockvale, Tenn., telephone 615-274-6533. t


$900 per person, double occupancy $1400 per person, single occupancy Includes: Bus transportation and tips, five nights hotel at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta; Friday Atlanta City Tour; Saturday AG CONNECT EXPO; Tuesday Cyclorama, Atlanta History Museum, Jimmy Carter Museum, Lunch; Sunday Tennessee Breakfast; Convention Registration

*All prices are approximate and will be finalized in July. For more information call Rhonda Humphrey or Bobby Beets at 1-866-400-5902

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Annual Meeting Notices

Tennessee’s Agri-Events

Bedford County Farm Bureau Friday August 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the local Farm Bureau. A catered meal will be served and door prizes.

2010 Tennessee Small Farm Expo Tennessee State University will move its Sixth Annual Small Farm Expo to the Tennessee State University Otis Floyd Nursery Research Center located at 472 Cadillac Lane in McMinnville, because of the flood damage incurred at its Agricultural Research and Education Center. Sponsored by the School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, the event will take place on July 15th beginning at 8:00 a.m. and culminate with the Tennessee Small Farmer Recognition Program which begins at 12:00 noon. “In spite of the flood damage and the related problems we are dealing with, we wanted to continue with this important program,” said Chandra Reddy, Ph.D., TSU Dean and Director of Research and Administrator of Extension for the School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences. “We will also have many state and federal agencies dealing with the flood damage on hand to discuss the disaster assistance programs.” This year’s expo will include educational sessions on organic crop production, plant diseases and insects, new forages, marketing small farm products, new hydrangeas, grafting and budding, grants and other funding for small farm operations, exhibits by various agricultural agencies and laboratory tours. A special after-lunch session will highlight correct storage of pesticides and a demonstration of the new green-

house plastic recycling program at the Nursery Research Center. Awards will be presented at the recognition program in three categories based on two farm income brackets. Two awards for Best Management Practices, Innovative Marketing, and Alternative Enterprises will be given along with a statewide Overall Small Farmer of the Year Award. The winners will be announced during the awards luncheon at 12:00 noon. The event is free and open to the public however, registration is required. To have an educational display booth for your organization at the Small Farm Expo, please contact Chris Robbins, Extension associate for Farm Operations at (615) 792-5744 or crobbins@ The event is sponsored by Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee, USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. The deadline date for registration is Monday, July 5. To register, please contact Bridgette Collins at (615) 963-5705 or e-mail For more information about the 2010 Tennessee Small Farmer Recognition Program, please call (615) 963-1561 or visit www. . t

Tri-State Stocker Conference Tri-State Stocker Conference will be at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon, Virginia on August 17 and 18. This will be the second stocker conference held in recent years. It will include a tour of local stocker operations on the afternoon of August 17 with an evening meal and speaker. The main educational program will be on August 18 with speakers on managing the health of purchased stocker calves, market outlook, livestock risk protection insurance, managing pastures for stocker cattle, considerations in buying stocker cattle and how to work with an order buyer. There will also be a panel

of stocker operators who will share information about their operations. A trade show will include representatives of agribusiness firms supporting the stocker business from animal health and equipment companies, feed suppliers, marketing agencies, lending institutions and related businesses. The meeting is being sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, University of Tennessee Extension and North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Beef Magazine. Registration information will be available through local county Extension offices after July 1. t

UT Martin Ag Finance Conference Register now for the 9th Annual MidSouth Agricultural Finance Conference at the University of Tennessee at Martin on August 4 featuring renowned agricultural experts and speakers, David Kohl, Bob Young and Matthew Roberts. The agricultural and world economies are experiencing extraordinary uncertainty about interest rates, credit availability, financial stability, commodity prices 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 experts will provide lenders and producers with specific tools and best practices in ag management and financial planning. These tools will help good ag operations become great operations as they weather the economic storm. The conference is an excellent business development opportunity for lenders and ag service providers. Registration information is available at or by contacting Tom Payne at (731) 881-7324 or t


Cheatham County Farm Bureau August 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ashland City Farm Bureau office. Coffee County Farm Bureau Saturday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion 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. All voting members are invited to attend. For more information call 728-4637. Cumberland County Farm Bureau Saturday July 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Complex Exhibit Building. All members invited.

Grainger County Tomato Festival July 23-25 in Rutledge One of East Tennessee’s largest free festivals. Events include Tomato Wars and Mater Madness 5K run on Saturday, art show and living history, antique equipment, car show, beauty pageant, regional authors and continuous music, plenty of good food, fresh Grainger County tomatoes and other produce. For more info visit www. t


Sullivan County Farm Bureau October 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building in Blountville. Annual reports will be given. All members are invited. Refreshments will be served. Warren County Farm Bureau Saturday August 21 at 5:00 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building. All members are welcome. Reservations only! Call by August 13 at 931-473-4481 White County Farm Bureau Tuesday July 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sparta Civic Center. All members are invited to attend.

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Want to know how you can help with flood recovery? Tennessee Farm Disaster Response Fund

Show your support for rural areas impacted by the flood by purchasing this “Flood the Fields with Hope” poster which captures the resiliency of Tennessee’s farming communities, its commodities, and its people. Proceeds from the sales will go directly to the Tennessee Farm Disaster Response Fund.

To be prepared to respond when farm communities are hit, the Tennessee Farm Bureau established the Tennessee Farm Disaster Response Fund in 2008. When disaster strikes, grants from this fund are directed to help rebuild the agricultural infrastructure and are intended to help those who have incurred substantial damage. The Tennessee counties that earn presidentially declared disaster status will be eligible for help from the fund, and anyone may make donations to the foundation. Visit disaster.asp to make a donation, buy a poster, see photos and videos of the flood, as well as helpful links with important flood recovery information. Donations can also be mailed to Tennessee Farm Disaster Response Fund, P.O. Box 440225, Nashville, TN 37244. t

Monsanto, Farm Credit Services, Tennessee Farmers Coop, CoBank, Journal Communications, Tennessee Farmers Insurance Companies and TRH all joined Tennessee Farm Bureau in giving to the Tennessee Farm Disaster Response Fund to help rural Tennessee counties during the recent flood. Shown here are Farm Credit and Monsanto making their donations during special presentations to Farm Bureau.

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Classified Ads ANIMALS CATTLE Divide size, pasture, hay, feed, freezer space, required by 2. Double flavor and tenderness. Bulls cows calves 423-253-7820;

Angus (Black) 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: Reg. Black Angus heifers excellent bloodlines. N&T Angus, Mulberry, TN 931-993-7401 Registered Black Angus bulls, Heifers, Cows - easy calving, high milk. Ronnie Taylor, Hohenwald TN, 931-628-6946 Registered Bulls 12-24 months good bloodlines, gentle dispositions. Brown Haven Farm, Lebanon, TN 615-812-5868

Angus (Red)


Bulls and heifers; weaned or breeding age; popular AI sires. Located near Watts Bar Lake - Hwy 58. Mercer Farm - Ten Mile, TN 423-334-3649; 423-334-5433 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

Chiangus bulls and heifers. 865-856-3947

Santa Gertrudis - Myers Farms - Poll bulls & heifers for sale. 144 Sub-Station Road, Unionville, TN 37180. 931-294-5653



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

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

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

Charolais Charolais Bulls and Heifers. Woodbury, 615-563-8996.

NEXT ISSUE IS SEPT. AD DEADLINE IS AUG. 10. Name ________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________ City_________________________________ State _______ Zip _________________ Phone (_________)______________________________________________________

Hereford (Polled) For Sale: Registered Polled Hereford bulls and heifers service age, E.P.Ds available Legend and John Wayne. Claude Little Crossville, TN 931484-6268 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 - herd certified and accredited, priced reasonably. Stan Webster, Chestnut Mound, 615-897-2333

HORSES Paso Fino 11 yrs 14.6 Hnds. Trail ridden gelding $2,000 OBO. Phone 423-884-6235;

Mules & Donkeys Guard Donkeys for Sheep and Goats. Spotted Jacks. 615-890-3257 Mammoth Jennys For Sale. All ages very reasonable prices. 423-562-2652; cell 423-912-3297 LaFollette



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, 931-796-1638; 931-628-6730 Limousin - good selection of bred cows, bulls, heifers, black and red. 615-672-4923; 615-948-3533

Dixieland Ranch - Full South African and percentage Boers. Bucks include Rapid Fire, Remington, Jeremia. Semen available. Marshall & Janet Griffith, 5347 Trousdale Ferry Pike, Lebanon, TN 37087. Office: 615-449-2583; For Sale Purebred and percentage breeding stock Kiko Goats, bucks and does available. 931-2150134 Culleoka, TN 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

Santa Gertrudis DOUBLE-POLLED gentle Santa Gertrudis, registered bulls and heifers.; 256-566-7878

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Please print the copy for your ad in the spaces provided. Clip this form and mail with correct payment to: Tennessee Farm Bureau News • P.O. Box 313 • Columbia, TN 38402-0313

AUCTION MARKET SERVICES Tennessee Livestock Producers Hwy. 64E, Fayetteville Sale Every Tuesday

Somerville Livestock Market Hwy. 59, Somerville Sale Every Tuesday

Columbia Livestock Center 1231 Industrial Park Rd. Cattle Sale Every Thurs. Sheep/Goat 2nd & 4th. Fri.

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

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

Frank Poling, Manager 931-223-8323/931-212-9962

VIDEO CATTLE SALES Management provided for Lower Middle Tennessee Cattle Assoc. Consignment information contact: 2010 Sale Dates Darrell Ailshie 931-388-7872 9 AM Central Frank Poling 931-212-9962 Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3 Number of words in ad ____________ X 50¢ or $1.00 = ____________


COLUMBIA - Every 2nd & 4th Friday

Every 2nd Friday

Graded Sales every Tuesday in Fayetteville Weaned Sale, Columbia - 1st & 3rd Thursdays Tennessee Beef Alliance, Columbia & Cookeville Aug. 3, Sept. 28, Nov. 30 Premier Heifer Sale, Columbia - Oct. 30 SEE WEBSITE FOR CURRENT LIST



July 9, 23; Aug. 13, 27 Sept. 10, 24; Oct. 8, 22

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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.


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Richard Brown John Woolfolk

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Classified Ads HOGS FOR SALE: Purebred Poland China boars and gilts. Oldest Poland hog herd in the US. 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

VEGETABLES & FRUITS ANTIQUE APPLE TREES - Limbertwig, Rambo, Horse and Yellow Transparent. Catalog $3.00. Write: Urban Homestead, 818-G Cumberland Street, Bristol, VA 24201. 07-14



Exotic & Other Birds

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

Swans, Peafowls, Ornamental Pheasants, Phoenix, Japanese, Seabright, Chickens & African Geese. Woodbury, 615-563-8996

DOGS AKC/CKC Australian Cattle Dogs- Heelers Reds Blues working to show quality. 423-626-7519;; Border Collie pups Registered- Excellent stock dogs and pets. $250.00 Dan Vickers, 931-9392426; 931-607-2426 Border Collies - registered, trained and started dogs. Individual training available. Imported blood lines. Priced from $200 to $1500. View at Call Mike 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 Old Fashioned German Shepherds AKC, oversized, straight back, broad chest, OFA lines, bred for families, calm temperments $650+ 931-2775032;


FORESTRY Panther Creek Forestry: Forestry, Timber, Wildlife Managers. Middle and East TN. 931-474-6203; 07-21

EQUIPMENT 270 Gal Deisel Tank 6’ Stand Hose Filter, Nozzle filled 2 times $350.00 423-332-6521 For Sale 28” Cut-off Saw 3pt Hitch Belt drive. Have Pulley for Ford8N $350.00. 6ft Sickle Mower 8N $275.00 865-435-2878 New farm gates: 4’ to 8’ $40; 10’ $55, 12’ $65; 14’ $75; 16’ $85. New corral panels: 10’ $50; 12’ $60; 16’ $70; 14’ $65. Feeders: 10’ palstic $100; 10’ all metal $200; horse stalls, rubbermatting, 10x12 dog pens, hay rings. Contact Daniel Miller 931703-5830 Very Good New Holland #57 P.T.O. Hay Rake 3pt. $1,500. Very Good New Holland 488 Hay Conditioner 9’ with cyl and new extra Blade. $3,500. Very Good Hay-Tedder Rake $1,500. 731422-5282, cell 437-0196

ALPACAS 20 years in business - breeding stock and pet quality; Some bargains available now. FROSTGLEN 865-458-5194, leave message; bill@



4000 Ford Diesel Tractor, good condtion $4,500.00 Walton Officer, 504 Agee Street, Monterey, TN 38574. 931-544-0225 8’ Leon Heavy Duty Front Blade with cyl fits most 100 Tractors $1,000. 18’ Burch Hyd Fold Disk with cyls, 10 1/2 spacing Need some work. $1,250. Will trade? 731-422-5282, cell 437-0196 Antique Tractor 1960 Case, good condition $6,500. 615-746-5528 1845 Moaley Ferry Road Chapmansboro, TN. For Sale: M&W 5x5 Hay Roller with net wrap, Like new, Bargain 6,000. Kuhn 17ft Hay Tedder. Athens 3 point Bog disc. 615-444-7727 Ford Tractor, 6610-S, w/ 7210 Loader, 1600 hrs, real nice, $15,500.00 615-529-2444 Heston hay roller, 5x6 rolls, Automatic, 565A, In field rolling today, $4,900.00 615-529-2444 John Deere 147 Hay Cutter 9 foot $6,000. Pandora 10 wheel Hay Rake $1,500 731-8524202 or 731-549-4783

GRASSES For Sale: Vaughn’s No 1 Hybrid Bermuda Grass winter hardy, high yield plant. June-July Visitors Welcome. Travis Kennedy, 731-609-3730

Bermuda Bermuda sprigs, high protein hay and pasture, plant June & July, Vaughn’s Hybrid, on my farm, produces 100 or more 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

Lespedeza For Sale: Sericea Lespedeza seed. Call 931-934-2745

HAY & STRAW FOR SALE: Vaughn’s Hybrid Bermuda Grass Hay. Horse quality, small squares or 4x5 round bales. Jerry Roach, Linden, TN. 931-593-2673 Round Bales Hay 5x5 1/2 weighing approximately 1700 pounds Orchard grass mix $35, 10 or more $30. Square bales Timothy and Orchard grass mix, Orchard grass, Alfalfa tight heavy bales $3.50$5.50 per bale 931-863-4791 Top Quality Horse and Alpaca Hay. Square bales, barn kept Bermuda, Tiffany Teff, mixed grass. Located in the Lebanon/Carthage/ Hartsville area. Contact Jim 615-390-2787; 615-374-4029 Vaughn’s Hybrid Bermuda Hay, small squares, round rolls, barn kept. Weatherly Farms, Newsbern, TN 731-676-7166

TRUCKS & TRAILERS 16 Foot Flatbed Trailer excellent condition. Call after 6PM, $600. 615-597-6820 1972 Dodge D600 Grain Truck 56760 miles, 318 Motor, 4Speed, 2Speed Axle, twin cyl Dump, with Steel Bed and Sides. $5,500. Firm 731-422-5282, cell 437-0196 Cattle Trailer, Goose Neck brand, 20’x6’ 8” wide, used less than 600 miles, $5900.00 615-529-2444

OTHER EQUIPMENT 0-0 Frick Sawmill 54” Simon Saw 3 blade Frick Edger Plainter diesel engine. 865-740-7303 Used portable sawmills! Buy/Sell. Call Sawmill Exchange 800-459-2148; US & Canada; www. 07-01 Woodmizer Sawmill LT40 Super Hydraulic 40HP Diesel, Trailer Package only 2012 hours 16,995.00 Can deliver and demonstrate. 731-614-1033

PROPERTY 152 acres in Dekalb County. Joins 1500 acre TWMA. Great hunting $2100 per acre. 615-796-5649 Cattle Farm 59 or 159 acres, fenced, Big Spring, Public water, road frontage on 2 roads, remodeled frame home, Smith County, TN 85% cleared, call 615-529-2444 For Sale by owner 44.58 acres Smith County, excellent hunting, $65,000 Firm owner terms. 615-452-8924; 615-642-8449 For Sale: Weekend house, acre land near 1000 acre lake. Huntingdon, TN. 731-986-8189

REAL ESTATE House for Rent in Monterey. Two bedrooms, one bath, central heat & air, washer & dryer hook up, 10’x20’ out building, no pets $400.00 per month, $400.00 deposit. Walton Officer 504 Agee Street, Monterey, TN 38574 931-544-0225 Hunting Property 35.9 acres, Perry County. Older Camper with two rooms added located on property, $1200.00 ac. 865-986-5226

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 07-11 CABINS ON COSBY CREEK - Gatlinburg, Smokies area. Hot tub, Jacuzzi, fireplace, kitchen, porches, CATV. Comfy! Cozy! Clean! 423-487-2646; www. 07-08 Condo Pensacola Beach: $875.00 weekly, $145.00 daily. Colorado Rockies house, furnished, sight see, ski, interstate. $490.00 weekly, save monthly. 931-648-4949; cell 931-436-3443 07-22 Farm House - near Rock Island Park - furnished, daily-weekly rates. 931-668-4554; 931-235-8054; 07-12 GULF SHORES CONDO- 2BR, pool/beach access. Spring $600/week, Summer $800/week, Fall $500/week. 931-296-4626 07-23 PIGEON FORGE cabins, chalets, cottages, units sleeping 1 to 36 people. Near Dollywood. Middle Creek Rentals, 1-800-362-1897; www. 07-15

SMOKY MOUNTAIN vacation chalets and cabins in Pigeon Forge near Dollywood, spacious, fireplace, views, $75/$85 nightly. 1-800-382-4393; 07-10 VACATION in the Smokies. 615-828-3059; www. 07-13

HUNTING LEASES 417 Acres for lease. Deer and Turkey hunting. Marshall County, TN 931-364-3091 Fall Creek Falls Hunting Clubs, Cane Creek Area. TN Leases available from 100 to 1,000 Acres. 931474-6203; 07-20 Hunting Lease Wanted: 2 responsible hunters need to lease farmland or timberland in Middle Tennessee for deer and turkey hunting. 865-982-4522 Responsible hunter would like to lease land for deer and turkey hunting. 423-479-4149 Want to lease property in Lincoln or Giles for 2010 deer season. 423-413-8430 Two good Christian families wanting to lease land 200+ acres for hunting in middle or West Tennessee 865-206-7889 or 865-983-2707

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You remember when he was a little boy, always ready to help his dad.

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Now he’s a strong young man who believes he can do it by himself.

MISCELLANEOUS 2009 Walnut Hand Built Roll-Top Desk approx. $2,200 negotiable. 423-743-3909 25,000 mile oil and filter change: 07-18 BUYING old comics. Charles Gross, POB 52, Chestnut Mound, TN 38552. 615-897-2573 Chairs, Tables, Steeples, Baptistries. CISCO, 615351-3120;;steeplesand 07-17 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 West TN 866-248-1747; East TN 423-452-0130; Middle TN 931-477-0133. Golf Cart easy-go, gas, 2 seats 1 faces front 1 faces back, good tires $1,750.00 615-529-2444 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 07-09 “LEARN CHORD PLAYING”. Amazing, new book. Piano, organ, keyboard, $12.50. Davidsons, 6727 HTT Metcalf, Shawnee Mission, KS 66204 07-03 New Norwood SAWMILLS- LumberMate- Pro handles logs 34” diameter, mills boards 28” wide. Automated quick-cycle-sawing increases efficiency up to 40%! www.NorwoodSawmills. com/651 Free Information: 1-800-661-7746 Ext: 651 07-16 “PLAY GOSPEL SONGS by ear!” Add chords. 10 easy lessons $12.95. “LEARN GOSPEL MUSIC”. Chording, runs, fills - $12.95. Both $24. Davidsons, 6727 HT Metcalf, Shawnee Mission, KS 66204 07-02 Save 40% to 50% off Lasik Eye Surgery. Free Consultations. 15 Tennessee Locations. Call 866979-9574 07-19 Storage and Road Trailers: For Sale or Rent. Delivery Available. 615-714-3894 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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