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WHAT’S INSIDE: PAGE 2 Your right to hunt and fish

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Ag in the Classroom Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 Windtree Golf Course in Mt. Juliet For more information call: 931-388-7872 Ext. 2215 or 2217

Maintaining a balance in wildlife populations is vital to a healthy agriculture and hunting in our state helps to keep those numbers in check. As it stands now, hunting or fishing could conceivably be banned in our state through a simple bill in the state legislature, or through a misguided lawsuit causing major problems for production agriculture and nature in general. This fall, voters will have an opportunity to amend the state constitution to protect the right of hunting and fishing in our state, which can also be very important to the future of agriculture. See page 2 for more information on this vote coming up November 2 at the polls. Official newspaper of Tennessee Farm Bureau



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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

Vice President

Directors-at-Large Jeff Aiken Charles Hancock Catherine Via District Directors Malcolm Burchfiel Dan Hancock James Haskew David Mitchell Eric Mayberry Jane May Advisory Directors Joe DiPietro John Chester OTHER OFFICERS AND STAFF Julius Johnson Chief Administrative Officer

Wayne Harris

Tim Dodd



Commodities Joe Pearson

Communications Pettus Read


John Woolfolk


Lee Maddox

Associate Director

Associate Director

Tiffany Howard

Melissa Burniston

Assistant Director

Organization Bobby Beets Director

Bryan Wright

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Public Affairs Rhedona Rose Director

Stefan Maupin

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Special Programs Charles Curtis

Regional Field Service Directors Hugh Adams, Jim Bell Melissa Bryant, Eddie Clark, Ryan King Joe McKinnon


Chris Fleming Associate Director

Kristy Chastine Associate Director

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

The right to hunt and fish in Tennessee Voters to decide on constitutional amendment this fall By Jay Sheridan Since 2004, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF) has been working with the Tennessee General Assembly and the Tennessee attorney general’s office to secure a public referendum on the personal right of Tennesseans to hunt and fish. This fall, voters will elect our next governor and will have an opportunity to amend the state constitution by adding the following language: “The citizens of this state shall have the personal right to hunt and fish, subject to reasonable regulations and restrictions prescribed by law. The recognition of this right does not abrogate any private or public property rights, nor does it limit the state’s power to regulate commercial activity. Traditional manners and means may be used to take non-threatened species.” The not-for-profit TWF feels strongly that now is the time to act on such a measure to protect these timehonored traditions from the legal and legislative challenges that anti-hunting and anti-fishing activists around the nation are bringing. “As Tennessee’s population grows and becomes more urban, we’re finding that people are becoming more and more disconnected from the land,” says TWF Chief Executive Officer Mike Butler. “This disconnection is seen in the General Assembly where more and more elected officials simply can’t relate to rural values or lifestyles. These realities are setting the stage in Tennessee for what has been witnessed in other states where animal-rights organizations are targeting hunting, fishing and agriculture interests for abolition.” Additionally, TWF says that how this right is established is just as important, noting that the current

effort will not interfere with property rights (private or otherwise) or the regulated nature of current hunting and fishing seasons. “Folks may not realize it, but there are groups out there who want to ban all hunting and all fishing, and they’ve had some success in other states. These same groups are also working against agriculture interests across our nation,” says Butler. “Hunters, fishermen and farmers all have one vitally important thing in common. We all have a solemn responsibility to be strong stewards of Tennessee’s natural resources, and we all have a responsibility to the wildlife and livestock entrusted to us for our use.” Another important aspect of this initiative is the great importance that hunting and fishing have to rural economies across Tennessee. A 2007 Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation report showed that America’s 34 million hunters spent more than $76 billion on outdoor pursuits, and directly supported nearly 1.6 million jobs. Federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment go directly to the states to fund wildlife and fisheries management agencies that ensure we all have a place to get outdoors – not only for sportsmen, but for all citizens. Lastly, it is important to note that this amendment does not create a “right” to increase populations of wildlife. As we know many species of wildlife are booming, and becoming more concentrated. White-tailed deer, for instance – nearly extinct a half-century ago – are a common sight these days. But when you consider the approximately 5,800 deer-car collisions each year, along with the damage to agricultural crops and residential land-

scaping, it’s clear that we must retain hunting as a strong management tool to help regulate these populations. Managing wildlife populations via the tools of hunting and fishing is also important in controlling wildlife diseases. Hunting and fishing can help reduce the density of fish and wildlife populations, which helps prevent outbreaks of disease which can appear when wildlife populations are allowed to grow unchecked. In order to pass the amendment, more than 50 percent of voters in the state’s general election must vote YES on November 2. Early voting runs from October 13-28. “Hunting and fishing is important to our rural members,” said Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation President Lacy Upchurch. “Our farms across this state are where the majority of our wildlife can be found and hunting is vital to maintaining a balance of wildlife numbers.” As it stands now, hunting or fishing could conceivably be banned through a simple bill in the state legislature, or through a misguided lawsuit. Once passed, any such initiative would require a multi-year process, and another vote of the people. “The bottom line is that we have an opportunity to preserve and protect our traditions in perpetuity through this amendment, and we may never have the chance again,” Butler says. “This issue affects all of us – not just from a wildlife standpoint, but from an agriculture standpoint and economic. I encourage every citizen of our great state to stand with us by voting YES on November 2.” For more information, visit www. t

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Memphis Farmers Market to expand Former Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens recently announced a $100,000 matching grant to the downtown Memphis Farmers Market to help expand vendor space for locally grown farm products. The total cost of the project is estimated at $360,000. “Supporting the Memphis Farmers Market fits right into our mission of increasing farm profits while providing consumers and the urban community with better access to healthier and affordable locally grown fresh produce,� said Givens. “On behalf of Governor Bredesen and the Shelby County legislative delegation, I’m proud to announce this important investment, and we’re glad to support the great work being done by the market in the downtown area.� Funding for the $100,000 matching grant is from the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program. The grant is being made available to the Memphis Farmers Market through the Memphis City Center Development Corporation and is being matched by the market and with donations from local foundations, businesses and individuals. “Our market has grown significantly over the years, and currently more than a dozen vendors are without cover—a great feature that really sets us apart from other markets,� said Susan Kitsinger, president of Memphis Farmers Market. “This generous grant will allow the Memphis Farmers Market to grow to the next level by increasing our covered, open-air market space and by better serving our local farmers and artisans.� Kitsinger added that the improvements will also provide Memphis Area Transit Authority with covered parking spaces, as well as access to covered passenger drop-off during inclement weather. The market currently leases the property from MATA. The pavilion will be constructed in the parking lot located adjacent to the current pavilion. The new pavilion is expected to help generate an additional $600,000 in annual sales for local farmers and is targeted for completion in March 2011. The Memphis Farmers Market is a weekly non-profit outdoor market that features local farmers and artisans, as well as locally produced arts and crafts. It also serves to educate the local community about eating local, nutrition and food choices. More than 65,000 people visited the market in 2009 which featured more than 70 vendors. The market is open Saturdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. mid-April through October and is located at South Front Street at GE Patterson in the historic South Main District. For more information about the Memphis Farmers Market visit online at or call 901-575-0580. t


Maddox and Burniston named national winners - The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation’s Department of Communicatons Associate Director Lee Maddox and Assistant Director Melissa Burniston were named national winners this year in Madison, Wisconsin at the American Farm Bureau’s annual Information Conference held this summer. They won the category Best Audio Feature Story that told about an elementary class from Winchester explaining their outdoor classroom. The winning radio program appeared on the daily Tennessee Home & Farm Radio broadcast on the TFBF website at

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Those at the capitol won’t let Death Tax die Over a baloney sandwich and cold drink Uncle Sid was talking to the gang down at the country store, when Billy Bithers for some reason right out of the clear blue sky, questioned his patriotism. It was during a discussion about taxes and I’m sure Uncle Sid has been questioned a number of times on many things, but to question his patriotism to this country is fighting words in my part of the country. It seems Uncle Sid was talking about the current shenanigans going on up in our nation’s capital over the estate tax rates changing at the first of the year and Billy didn’t like Uncle Sid using the term “Death Tax” to describe estate taxes. “Well, that is just what they are,” Uncle Sid said while pouring a bag of nickel peanuts that now cost fiftyfive cents into his cold drink. “We pay property taxes on all of this all our lives and then before we even get good and cold the government is here with their hand out getting more taxes from our children because we died. Looks like to me that is double taxing. Why should they have to pay anything if I want to give it to them? They worked about as hard as I have out there making the crops and deserve to be left alone. The government is going to get their share soon enough when the kids start paying property taxes. If the Death Tax is too high they may have to sell it and that is going to be a shame. To have to sell a farm that has been in our family for

so long just to keep the government happy is just a crying shame.” “Paying taxes is our patriotic duty,” said Billy while putting his grimy hand over his heart. “Taxes help pay for all the things we have here and keep our country safe.”

patriotic. It is red, white and blue patriotic. You turn red talking about them, you turn white when you get the tax bill in the mail and then you are just plain blue after you pay them. Plus, the next peckerwood that comes along calling me unpa-

Uncle Sid pulled his red bandana out of his back pocket and wiped his mouth. He then pushed his wide brimmed straw hat with its green plastic window in the front up a bit so he could get a better look at Billy. He picked up his cold drink and pointed the bottle straight at Billy and said, “Paying taxes sure is

triotic may just see stars to go along with all of it.” Uncle Sid is not the only one getting a little testy down at the farm gate when it comes to the possible changes that just may happen come January 1 if something is not done in Washington about estate tax reform. In 2009, the estate tax

rate was 45 percent, with a $3.5 million exemption and if something is not done now, it will change on January 1, 2011, with a top rate of 55 percent and a $1 million exemption. When it returns to that rate, almost 10 times the number of farms and ranches would be subjected to the estate tax than there were in 2009. That’s also 10 times the number of surviving family members who may have to consider selling off part of their farm. There is a solution to the problem, however. Our farmers are calling for a permanent estate tax provision that would increase the exemption level to $5 million and adjust it for inflation and reduce the maximum rate to 35 percent. A higher exemption and lower rate will give family farms a better chance to remain in operation when they are transferred from one generation to the next. The better solution would be to kill the Death Tax altogether, but that is one tax that lives a life of indestructibility. The death of a loved one often requires the remaining family to make some hard decisions. When the deceased is a farm owner, those decisions will determine the future of the operation. Hopefully, taxes will not cast a darker shadow over the decisions than is already there, but unless our elected officials do something pretty quick, many farm families may have to make tax decisions that could cost a family farm’s future. t

Registering bee colonies helps protect a valuable resource The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is encouraging all beekeepers to register their colonies in compliance with state law and in order to be alerted of diseases and actions that may affect hive health. State law also requires all apiarists or beekeepers re-register with TDA every three years. “Bee pollination is estimated to contribute as much as $118 million in additional value to Tennessee crops, so it is critical to keep our bee colonies healthy,” said state apiarist Mike Studer. “By registering Tennessee beekeepers,

we are helping protect a very important resource to the state.” Beekeepers can register online. Once registered, the state apiarist is able to contact beekeepers in the event of a disease outbreak or aerial pesticide spraying in their area. Registration also gives the beekeepers the opportunity for free inspections to make sure their colonies are healthy. The current outbreak of American Foulbrood in the Upper Cumberland region is an example of why registration is so important. Colonies

within a five mile radius of a positive colony must be inspected. American Foulbrood is a highly contagious bacterial disease of honeybee larvae and pupae. Diseased colonies usually die and there are no known treatments to cure the disease. “We typically find eight cases a year of American Foulbrood in Tennessee,” said Studer. “This week alone, I’ve seen 44 cases of this very contagious disease, so being registered and staying informed is critically important for protecting our

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bee population.” Honeybees play an important role in increasing the quantity and quality of many agricultural crops, as well as assuring the reproduction of countless species of plants including wildflowers. Also, honeybees provide several other products that are enjoyed by Tennesseans such as honey and bees wax. For more information on TDA’s apiary section or to register, visit apiary.html. t

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Oliver named to lead Department of Agriculture

The Ag Agenda By Bob Stallman American Farm Bureau President

We must never discount a woman’s voice Someone once said that women get the last word in every argument and anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument. Being outnumbered by two daughters and my lovely wife, I can attest to this sentiment. It is this persuasiveness, persistence and passion that have brought women to the forefront of politics. They can swing elections, bring awareness to issues and sway the toughest critics. Because of their believability and influence, women help shape and broaden organizations like Farm Bureau. HELL HATH NO FURY Research shows that women are trusted more so than men. This is particularly true when it comes to issues like healthcare, education and the community in which they live. Women identify with these issues because their families are personally affected by them. Because of this, women tend to speak from a first-person point of view, which lends more credibility to any issue. Just take a look at the significant role “soccer moms” played in President Clinton’s elections. Women also swing the vote in many state and local campaigns. A key tool at women’s disposal is the Internet. A recent study shows that women spend more time than men on social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter—averaging 5.5 hours a month compared with 3.9 hours for men. It is these sites that consumers, reporters and decision-makers go to


for information, which helps explain why women are a growing force to be reckoned with. With significant issues currently facing U.S. agriculture and rural areas—like estate taxes, teacher shortages and the downturned economy—Farm Bureau’s female members play a major role in getting our messages heard. A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH The American Farm Bureau recently wrapped up its annual Women’s Communications Boot Camp, which is an intensive training session where participants learn how to communicate effectively for agriculture and Farm Bureau. They train in public speaking and working with the media, as well as learn how to run for public office and testify in legislative forums. I’m really proud of the group of women who just graduated, as well as the graduates that came before them. Farm Bureau needs strong women leaders, both within women’s leadership programs and elsewhere in the overall structure of the organization. My challenge to Farm Bureau women is this: figure out where there are opportunities in leadership, step up to the plate and use your unique talents and abilities to fill in the gaps. The involvement of women in agriculture is important. Their involvement in Farm Bureau is vital. And whether they are running for public office, talking with their local chamber or PTA, or using Facebook, women’s active engagement can be the factor that tips the scales. t

Governor Phil Bredesen recently announced Terry J. Oliver as the next commissioner of the Department of Agriculture. Oliver, who served as deputy commissioner, assumed his new role on August 16, 2010. “I have personally known Terry and have sought his advice and counsel through the years on agricultural issues,” said Bredesen. “Always dependable and a man of his word, Terry made a great team with former Commissioner Ken Givens in leading our efforts to address the needs and opportunities of farmers and rural communities. He is the right person to assume leadership of the Department of Agriculture at this time, and I’m very pleased to announce his appointment.” The Tennessee Department of Agriculture provides a variety of consumer protection services, promotes farm products and encourages the sustainable management of forest and farmland resources. Farming and forestry not only preserve a time-honored way of life, but they also fuel the state’s economy. Agricultural production generates more than $3.1 billion annually in farm cash receipts and another $329 million generated by timber sales. “I very much appreciate the opportunity to serve Governor Bredesen and the state of Tennessee as commissioner,” Oliver said. “The Department of Agriculture touches the lives of Tennesseans every day through the food we eat, the fuel we pump, the clothes we wear, the wood products we use and the land we enjoy. It will be an honor for me to serve Tennesseans in this new role.” A West Tennessee farmer and businessman, Oliver has nearly 20 years of public service and experience in state government and has served four com-

Oliver missioners of Agriculture as deputy commissioner. He returned to state government in February 2003 having served previously in the same capacity from 1987 to 1995. Oliver has led efforts to improve the effectiveness of the Division of Forestry and also played a significant role in the development and implementation of the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program, a cost share program established by Bredesen to spur farm innovation and agricultural development in Tennessee. A native of Gleason, Tenn., Oliver holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is a member of the advisory council for the Governor’s School of Agriculture Sciences at UT Martin – one of only three enrichment programs in the nation for high school agriculture students. He is also a former member of the USDA Farm Services Agency state committee. Oliver, a sixth generation farmer, and his wife Marsha reside on their family farm in Gleason and have two daughters and three grandchildren. t

Mike Rowe to deliver keynote address at AFBF annual meeting Mike Rowe, the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, will deliver the keynote address to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 92nd annual meeting on January 10, 2011, in Atlanta. More than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation will gather in Atlanta January 9-12 to hear from distinguished leaders and participate in a grassroots policy setting process that will guide the American Farm Bureau through 2011. A champion of farmers and ranch-

ers and other hard-working Americans, Rowe has spent years traveling the country, working as an apprentice on more than 250 jobs that most people would go out of their way to avoid. Rowe knows how to get his hands dirty and has worked in just about every industry, including agriculture jobs. Some of Rowe’s Dirty Jobs have included apprenticing as a big animal veterinarian, cow feed lot worker, dairy cow midwife, rice plantation worker, egg producer, and a farmer for goats, pigs, turkeys, potatoes, and sugar cane. While Dirty Jobs showcases some

of America’s toughest occupations, Rowe’s work doesn’t stop at the job site. He’s launched a website called, where skilled labor and hard work are celebrated in the hope of calling attention to the steady decline in the skilled trades and dwindling enrollments in trade schools and technical colleges. In further support of farming, Mike is doggedly highlighting the issues facing America’s farming community through his website and specifically on his blog “The Future of Farming” (www. mikeroweworkscom/2010/08/thefuture-of-farming/). t


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Innovative Agriculture By Melissa Burniston Assistant Director of Communications

Getting your goat takes on a whole new meaning Do what you love, love what you do was a popular slogan a couple of years ago, but, day in and day out, how many of us actually get to do what we love? At Noble Springs Dairy in Williamson County, Dustin and Justyne Noble are doing just that. Taking what was a childhood project for both of them, raising and showing dairy goats, the Nobles decided to take it to the next level and make cheese to sell to the public from their goat herd. “We’ve been talking about this for years and we got a good opportunity here. In 2009, we finally finished construction of our buildings, got everything in place and were permitted by the state in August of 2009. So far we’re doing really well; we sell at a lot of farmers markets in the greater Nashville area and have several restaurants and retail outlets around Nashville that sell our products,” Dustin Noble said. In fact, it was the goats that led Dustin and Justyne to each other, as well as becoming their occupation. Justyne is from Kansas, while Dustin is a native of Williamson County, and they met in 2003 at the American Dairy Goat Association National Show, where they both happened to be showing their goats. Married this summer, the Nobles are loving the life they’ve chosen for themselves.

something you enjoy. Being able to make a living doing it is just an added incentive,” Noble said. Now goat cheese isn’t a widely popular market, but the Nobles, who’ve been making cheese for themselves for years, felt once people tried it the misconceptions of it being a potent cheese or that it didn’t taste good would dissipate. And that feeling has proven true as their market grows and more and more people are buying Noble Springs Dairy goat cheese. “There are a lot of people who aren’t familiar with goat cheese and have heard things about it, but we’ve met a lot of people who sampled our products and kind of saw the light I guess. I think there’s a difference between the products we provide to the public and what you get in a grocery store. I think the quality of milk that goes into the cheese and the quality of the work that goes into making the cheese makes a big difference in the outcome of the product. Justyne and I handle everything from start to finish, from the animals, to managing the farm, to milking the goats, to processing all the milk and cheese and we do it all to the best of our ability,” Noble said. Noble Springs Dairy sells three types of cheese: chevre (which is the French word for goat) a traditional soft goat cheese, as well as feta and Gouda. Noble says Gouda is always a good

“We’ve turned our hobby into an occupation, so it’s a dream come true. There aren’t many people who get that opportunity. We’re really happy with what we’re doing, it takes a lot of long hours but if you are doing something you enjoy, it doesn’t really feel like you’re going to work, it’s going to do

seller because people aren’t used to having goat Gouda as an option. Other top sellers include their flavored chevre cheeses, like garlic herb and tomato basil. In all, they sell 14 different types of chevre or chevre logs for people to purchase in addition to the feta and Gouda.

Now to make the cheese, the Nobles milk around 40-50 goats, with Alpine, Saanen, Toggenburg and

something they love and are able to make a living out of it. When asked what his favorite

LaMancha the breeds of dairy goat they raise. They chose those four because that’s what they raised as children and because of advantages in quality of milk and volume of milk they produce. Dustin and Justyne are in on every aspect of the operation, from the managing of the farm, to raising the goats and milking them, as well as making and selling the cheese. When they began marketing their products, they brought in several organizations to help them make the right decisions for their operation. “Justyne is finishing up her degree in public relations and marketing at MTSU so she had a lot of ideas, and we had some help from the Center for Profitable Agriculture, Tennessee Farm Fresh and Pick Tennessee Products as far as where to go to promote our products. We’ve had a lot of help along the way, some good organizations and good friends who’ve pointed us in the right direction,” Noble explained, “They do a good job promoting the local products. We’ve had a lot of people contact us because they’ve seen our information on the Tennessee Farm Fresh website or displayed at tradeshows or something like that – it’s been a really beneficial thing to be involved in.” The Nobles must be doing something right, because in the year they’ve been in operation their products have been flying off the shelves and more and more people are finding that goat cheese is a fun way to have something new and unique on their plates. But, as the slogan in the beginning of the article said, the most important part for the Nobles is that they are doing

aspect of the job was, Dustin couldn’t pin down just one, “The goats were what we did first, as a larger scale thing, so we really enjoy the goats. We enjoy making the cheese, because it’s neat to make something and then have something you can eat yourself or take and sell to the public and see their reactions. It’s exciting to take our milk that we used to throw out when we did this as a hobby and turn it into a finished product for people to consume. It’s also a lot of fun to go to farmers markets and interact with the people who eat our products and get reviews. People seem to really like our products and appreciate what we’re doing, so that’s always neat to do. And the farm tours are fun as well, because you actually get to inform people how it gets from our farm to their table.” All in all a great product, operation and people to get to know and enjoy! To find Noble Springs Dairy goat cheese, or to schedule a farm visit, log on to and click on find a farmer, then go to Williamson County. t

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Beef Cattle Outlook


39th Tennessee Junior Livestock Exposition “An Investment in Youth is an Investment in the Future.”

By Emmit L. Rawls UT Professor Agricultural Economics

Stronger prices are yet to stimulate growth in the herd Prices for all classes of cattle have exceeded expectations this summer as reduced beef supplies and stronger exports have kept fed cattle prices in the low $90s. In July fed cattle averaged $93.18 versus $82.74 a year ago. Steers weighing 700 to 800 pounds on the Tennessee auctions averaged $105.16 compared to $91.85 last year and 500 to 600 pounders averaged $115.09 versus $101.54 last year. Utility cows sold $8 per hundred higher. Many producers sold in the Spring when prices were higher than expected and where grass had been short, that may have been the best move for them. However, August prices have surpassed Spring highs and the expectations of most. In a very unusual year average prices in July for cattle over 600 pounds have exceeded the monthly highs for the year. Will prices at these levels be sustained into the Fall? That certainly would be contrary to historical trends. Several factors are working in favor of strong prices for the intermediate and longer term. The mid-year cattle inventory report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service indicated the cattle herd in July was one percent smaller than a year ago. Beef and milk cows were also down one percent, while beef replacement heifers were two percent fewer in number. Projections are for the 2010 calf crop to be one percent smaller than last year. The feeder cattle supply outside of feedlots is a residual number taken by subtracting the cattle on feed from the cattle inventory. That number is down 2.6 percent from a year ago. All of these indicators point towards a smaller supply of beef in the next two to three years. So much for the supply side, what about the demand side of the picture.

Exports have been quite strong with shipments to Japan and Canada up 27 and 32 percent for the year. Shipments to South Korea are twice those of a year ago year to date. Mexico continues to be our leading customer. The U.S. Meat Export Federation continues to do good work getting our products into other countries. Domestic demand has not yet recovered and may not until the level of unemployment declines. Income and population are two primary drivers of demand. Population growth is pretty flat, but incomes need to improve before we are likely to see much change in demand at home. With all these positives, is there anything to worry about? Our Tennessee feeder cattle are residually priced and can be negatively impacted by higher corn prices. While a large crop is expected, increased usage for ethanol and exports is expected. Issues are not totally resolved between the U. S. and Russia regarding us selling them broiler meat (mostly dark meat). If we do not sell it in the export market, then we eat it at home. Plus it appears the poultry folks are ramping up production. Families hard pressed for dollars welcome that cheaper alternative source of meat protein, even thought burgers are still selling well. In summary, expect prices to stay relatively strong with some fall weakness when the heavy runs occur in October and November. Lack of available trucking could be an issue at times. If you have the feed and or forage, our research indicates marketing weaned preconditioned calves early the next year is most always profitable. However, I do not find fault with anyone taking the “bird in the hand” when prices are at these levels. t

Grand champion again! Just like last year, Hannah Forbes from Wilson County once again showed the grand champion market sheer during the 2010 Tennessee Junior Livestock Exposition Market Steer Show held on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in July. This was the 39th consecutive year for the show with exhibitors from approximately 70 counties across the state. Hannah’s steer was bought by Tennessee Tech University for $3.55 a pound at a total price of $4,665.

A family affair - Campbell County 4-H members and brother and sister team John and Taylor Edwards show their winning supreme and reserve supreme grand champion market lambs during this year’s Tennessee Junior Livestock Exposition Sheep Show held at Tennessee Tech University. Happy family members in the background are also enjoying the youngster’s rewards for a lot of hard work. More than 250 youth were involved in this year’s show.

30 Years of No-Till Success – An estimated 3000 people attended this year’s Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day. The latest in no-till crop production, bioenergy, and other agricultural management practices were featured during the biennial event. Since the first field day held 30 years ago, the number of farmers using no-till on their fields has increased dramatically. In Tennessee, more than 70 percent of farmers use no-till practices and an additional 20 percent use some type of conservation tillage. The results clearly show benefits to better production efficiency, cleaner water and air and drastic improvements in soils.


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70th Annual Presidents Conference highlights

TFBF President Lacy Upchurch discusses the issues to the county leadership at the 70th Annual Conference held in Franklin August 10-11.

Republican candidate for governor Bill Haslam presented his platform for the luncheon crowd.

Shelbyville Humane Association Director Diane Forbes was honored for her help in the winter livestock rescue that took place in Bedford County. The agricultural community joined together with the local humane association to take care of a bad problem. TFBF Commodities Director Joe Pearson, shown on the left, along with TFBF President Lacy Upchurch, made the special presentation during the conference.

Young farmers John Chester, Ben Moore and Mark Klepper brought some very informative looks at the future of Tennessee agriculture with TFBF Associate Communications Director Lee Maddox moderating.

Former Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Ken Givens was honored by Tennessee Farm Bureau for all of his years of service to Tennessee agriculture during the conference. He is shown here receiving a special cut glass award.

Mandy Barnett from “Always Patsy Cline” fame and her band entertained in a grand fashion during the conference’s annual reception and barbecue dinner at the Factory in Franklin. More than 600 leaders and guest were on hand to hear her sing.

Columbia Central High School Navy ROTC presented the colors for this year’s Presidents Conference.

Democratic candidate for governor Mike McWherter addressed the morning breakfast group.

Hamilton County Farm Bureau President Kenneth McCallie was the winner of the door prize of tools.

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Young Farmers & Ranchers Summer Conference

A pile of farmer toys for the winner – These were just a few of the future prizes for this year’s winner of the state Young Farmer of the Year Achievement Award winners.

Brian Flowers of Giles County was named Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winner. The rewards for being named the state winner are many. Flowers received a year’s free use of a brand new Case IH tractor up to 150 hours. He also received $500 from Tennessee Farm Bureau, $500 from Dodge, a fully loaded RTV to keep from Tennessee Farm Bureau, $500 in qualified Farm Bureau services, a year’s contract for a cell phone from American Cellular, an insurance policy to cover the tractor for one year from Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee and a trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in Atlanta in January, where he will compete with other state winners for national awards from Dodge and Case IH. The national winner will receive a new 2011 Dodge 3500 Heavy Duty Quad Cab 4x4 SLT truck to keep. Each of the four runners-up will receive a new Case IH DX compact tractor to keep. Shown with Flowers is TFBF President Lacy Upchurch on the left and Tim Mills of Case IH.

Lincoln County farm couple Joshua and Julieanna Ogle were named this year’s runnersup in the state competition for the Outstanding Young Farmer Achievement contest. They are shown here with TFBF Director of Special Programs Charles Curtis on the left and TFBF President Lacy Upchurch.

Andy Holt from Weakley County was named this year’s winner of the Environmental Stewardship Award. Andy is being congratulated by Dr. Shawn Hawkins from the UT Extension Service, who judged the contest, with his wife Ellie and Extension agent Jeff Lannom.

Even the “real” young farmers took a turn at getting cool during the conference.

The John Willis Memorial Young Farmer Scholarship award is a much sought after honor and this year’s recipent was Weakley County student Chris Fowler who attends the University of Tennessee at Martin. Shown here making the presentation is Bob Willis, father of the late outstanding young farmer member John Willis for whom the award is named.

And they came by the hundreds… the young farmer delegates that is, for this year’s conference.

Tennessee Tech University student Matthew McClanahan was the 2010 Collegiate Discussion Meet winner during this year’s summer conference.

An extra hot summer caused the torch barer for the Young Farmer Summer Olympics to have to be cooled down whether he wanted to be or not.


Tennessee Farm Bureau News - September 2010

YF&R REPORT Christy Rogers Brown 2010 YF&R Reporter What a hot summer it has been! The recent Young Farmer and Rancher Summer Conference in Columbia at the Tennessee Farm Bureau headquarters gave young farmers from across the state some much need reprieve from the heat. YF&R members enjoyed fellowship with fellow farmers and agriculturalists from all across the state and soaked up information given by John Woolfolk titled “Cattle Marketing for the Successful Cowboy”, and cooled off with water games in the annual YF&R Olympics. Additionally, Joe Pearson and Stephan Maupin discussed animal care issues facing farmers and animal owners in Tennessee. Renee Thompson of the Second Harvest Food Bank presented the highlights and successes of the Second Harvest Food Bank programs, and young farmers passed the hat and collected $1500, which was then matched by Tennessee Farm Bureau and donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Nashville. The 2010 Environment Stewardship Award was presented to Andy and Ellie Holt, of Weakly County. Matthew McClanahan, a student at Tennessee Tech University outtalked a talented group of college students from across the state to win the 2010 Collegiate Discussion Meet. The announcement of the 2010 Young Farmer of the Year was the highlight of the summer conference. Brian Flowers of Giles County was announced as this year’s winner. He began a dairy in 1996 and is currently milking around 80 head. Flowers raises his own replacement heifers and beef cows,

as well as corn and soybeans on his 1,000 acre farm. Brian has also been through the certification process and training to produce cheese and plans to expand his operation in the near future. Tennessee YF&R wishes Brian Flowers the best of luck as he represents us at the national contest in Atlanta in January. Josh and Julianna Ogle, of Fayetteville, were announced as the 2010 Young Farmer runners-up. The YF&R Fall Tour will be here before we know it – September 24 and 25. Please make plans to attend a great tour of the West Tennessee area. Plans have been made to visit the Dyersburg Grainery, Sorghum Valley, view cotton fields and harvest, and river barges. Reservations for the weekend should be made at the Holiday Inn Express in Dyersburg, by calling 731-286-1021. The deadline to make reservations is September 15. The Excellence in Agriculture Contest will also be held during the Fall Tour. The Excellence in Agriculture Contest is a great opportunity for agriculturalist to showcase their farming operation and agriculture and Farm Bureau leadership activities through an application and Powerpoint presentation. The electronic application and rules can be found at under the YF&R tab. Entries must be post marked by September 1, 2010. As always there are excellent prizes for this contest including a John Deere Gator donated by Farm Credit, a trip to AFBF Convention, and the AFBF/YF&R Leadership Conference. Cash prizes will also be awarded through fifth place. t

Policy development meetings in full swing - As of press time, Tennessee Farm Bureau policy development meetings were under way discussing issues affecting Tennessee agriculture. Items discussed by county Farm Bureau leaders will make their way to the annual meeting in December where they will become the resolutions of the organization and the policy of the program of work for TFBF for 2011.

County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Notices Hawkins County Farm Bureau October 15, 2010 at Cherokee High School at 7 p.m. Alice Rhea, area specialist from UT Extension office will be the featured speaker. The title of her presentation is “Planning today for tomorrow’s farms”. All Hawkins County Farm Bureau members are invited and encouraged to attend. Meeting will adjourn with door prizes and refreshments. Houston County Farm Bureau October 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Farm Bureau office in Erin. A change to the by-laws will be voted on regarding fiscal year beginning in January. All voting members are welcome to attend. Monroe County Farm Bureau October 21, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at Monroe County Farm Bureau office. All members are invited. This is a covered dish. Montgomery County Farm Bureau October 21, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at Highland Ridge Kiwanis Lodge at 1601 Old Russellville Pike in Clarksville. All members invited. Tiffany Howard, assistant director of Tennessee Farm Bureau Commodities Department will speak on “Tennessee Farm Fresh”. Proposed changes in by-laws dealing with the election of directors will be considered. There will be dinner and door prizes. Sumner County Farm Bureau October 25, 2010 at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. All Sumner County members are invited.

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Tennessee’s Agri-Events Cotton Field Day

Cotton farmers across the mid-south should make plans to attend the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Cotton Field Day on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. Held at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, the Cotton Tour offers nine educational presentations designed to improve cotton production for the region’s farmers. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the main parking lot. Field tours begin at 8:30 and conclude at noon. Presentations will focus on several issues currently facing cotton producers. All sessions will be led by UT experts. Pesticide CEU’s and CCA points are available. Admission to Cotton Field Day is free and open to the public. For more information, go to west.tennessee. edu/events.

UT Ag Day 2010

On Saturday, September 25, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will celebrate one of its most-loved events – Ag Day, the annual street fair for alumni and friends. “To us, it’s a chance to share our people, programs and passion with some of our most important supporters,” says Dr. Joseph A. DiPietro, chancellor of Agriculture for UT. “With the theme ‘Lean and Green,’ the institute will present information on our activities related to health, wellbeing, efficiency and sustainability. Look for news about the new Center for Renewable Carbon, an area where the institute is leading in the vitally important arena of green, environmentally sustainable fuel and energy sources. Our friends in UT Extension will have displays associated with the centennial celebration of Extension and its 4-H Youth Development Program,” DiPietro says. The fun starts on the agricultural campus in Knoxville four hours before game time, as the Vols take on University of Alabama, Birmingham. Ag Day takes place on the agricultural campus on E. J. Chapman drive, north of Joe Johnson Drive. A block of 500 football tickets has been reserved. Tickets are $40 each. To purchase, visit Scroll over VOLS TIX and click on GROUP TICKET. Follow the instructions from there. The sign-in ID is agday10 and the password is agriculture. Please note the sign in information is case sensitive. For more information, contact the UTIA Development Office at 865-974-1928.

Pumpkin Field Day

While the pumpkin is most closely associated with Halloween, the date

Mid-South pumpkin producers need to keep in mind is September 30, the day of the 3rd annual University of Tennessee Pumpkin Field Day hosted by UT AgResearch and UT Extension. Held at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, Pumpkin Field Day features seminars on an assortment of topics involving pumpkin production. Visitors can hear information on varieties ranging from the standard jack-o’-lantern to the outrageous gourds that keep customers coming back. You can also get the latest updates on insect, disease and weed control in the pumpkin patch, plus pick up valuable marketing tips for your agribusiness. New this year, the UT Extension Kitchen Divas will prepare tasty pumpkin and squash dishes. Those in attendance will get to see the Divas in action and sample the delicious treats they whip up. The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is also home to the largest, most diverse pumpkin display in the South. Typically, more than 5,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash that are grown on the center’s grounds for research purposes are compiled to create this stunning work of art. Visitors to the field day can peruse the display and get great fall decorating ideas for roadside stands or agritourism operations. Pumpkin Field Day is a free event. It begins at 1:00 p.m. on Thusday, September 30. The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is located at 605 Airways Boulevard in Jackson. For directions or more information on the field day visit the web site:

Journey Stories

The Granville Museum in Granville will be hosting the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Journey Stories from October 2 - November 14. This exhibit covers the journey of our country since the beginning up to present and is an exhibit that appeals to all ages. It is a wonderful opportunity for a Smithsonian exhibit to come to Middle Tennessee. There is no admission for the exhibit and it will be open from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday of each week. Groups may make special reservations as well by calling 931-653-4151. The museum tells the story of Granville, as well as all parts of our American history. The museum recently dedicated a new Agricultural Museum which has a great display on the history of tobacco, corn, eggs and farm implements. It also has a farmer of the day program for children to learn about the farm. Granville Museum also operates the Sutton General Store which dates back to 1880. In 2007, the museum was given the restored store with all the original fixtures and contents with the provision that it would operate as

a general store and develop Sutton Ole Time Music Hour. We also have a Arts & Cultural Center which has over 40 local artist of the Upper Cumberland selling their merchandise. Please visit our website: granville

Heritage Festival

Whether you’re a history buff, a folk art enthusiast, or just looking for a fun outing for the whole family, the 13th annual Heritage Festival has something for everyone. Take in a day of West Tennessee tradition at the historic Ames Plantation on October 9, when more than 125 folk artists, demonstrators, re-enactors and musicians gather to share the legacy of this region. The event takes place at Ames Plantation’s Heritage Village, an authentic replica of a 19th century rural settlement. Visitors can see a blacksmith in action, be captivated by tall tales in a one-room schoolhouse, and pick and spin heirloom cotton. You can even milk a goat! There are performances of Native American dances and Civil War re-enactments. Some of the area’s best bluegrass and gospel bands will perform throughout the day, and you can shop for handmade and unique crafts. Plus, there are plenty of great refreshments on hand, including authentic pioneer meals cooked over an open fire. Another highlight of the day will be the nationally renowned Stencil House. Built in the 1830s, its name stems from the elaborate stencil designs covering the home’s walls, a popular decoration for 19th century families. The stenciling represents one of the most impressive surviving examples of this form of folk art in the region today, and is believed to be one of the oldest surviving displays of stenciling in the South. Learn more of the amazing story behind this restoration project and learn how to apply stencil designs to your own project during a special stenciling demonstration led by artist Riley May. Admission is only $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 5 – 16, and free for ages 4 and under. Parking is free. Enter Ames Plantation at Buford Ellington Road off Tennessee Highway 18. No pets, please. For more information regarding Heritage Festival visit the web site or call 901-878-1067.

Fall Folklore Jamboree

If you’re looking for a family outing that’s unique, educational and also fun, mark your calendars for Saturday, October 16. That’s the day of the 12th annual Fall Folklore Jamboree held on the grounds of the University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Milan. This all-day event

takes visitors back to a time of horsedrawn plows, spinning wheels, and old-fashioned bluegrass pickers playing on the porch. With more than 130 friendly folk artists demonstrating traditional farming, cooking and home life skills, plus a long lineup of awardwinning gospel and bluegrass bands visitors can truly get a glimpse of 19th century life in Tennessee. “Fall Folklore is a great place to relax and enjoy a Saturday with family,” says Dr. Blake Brown, director of the UT AgResearch and Education Center at Milan. “It’s also a very educational event. Fall Folklore provides an excellent opportunity for children and adults to learn about the heritage of our ancestors and the historical significance of agriculture in West Tennessee.” Throughout the day, skilled craftsmen will demonstrate traditional weaving, knitting, woodcarving, blacksmithing, plus more. Visitors can see horse plowing and logging, as well as a working grist mill, and ride in a horse-drawn wagon. You can delight in the melodic sounds of time-honored music, and if you’re hungry, you can sample fresh apple cider and oldfashioned kettle corn made right on the grounds. Another highlight…a special presentation on organic gardening. Learn tips handed down from early settlers on how to compost, fertilize and grow your own fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs naturally. Each year the Jamboree is held at the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, located on Highway 70/79 in Milan. The museum houses a vast collection of agricultural artifacts that tell the history of rural development in Tennessee. During the Jamboree, visitors are free to tour the museum to learn more about the agrarian lifestyle of the past. The Fall Folklore Jamboree runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. rain or shine. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under the age of two. For more information on the Fall Folklore Jamboree and the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, including a map to the event, visit the website or call 731-686-8067 or 731-686-7362.

Save the Date 2010 Tennessee Farmland Legacy Conference, Pigeon Forge, Music Road Hotel The second Tennessee Farmland Legacy Conference is scheduled for Nov. 11-12. The conference will give farmers, community planners and elected officials the opportunity to come together and discuss the many ways to preserve working farms for future generations. For more information, visit www. t


Tennessee Farm Bureau News - September 2010

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Program: Your farm may need one Tennessee farmers who store more than 1,320 gallons of above ground oil need to be aware that a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC) may be required if certain conditions exist on the farm. The Environmental Protection Agency recently amended their oil spill pollution prevention rules to clarify certain requirements on anyone who stores, handles or transports large quantities of oil. During EPA’s process of public outreach regarding these changes, the agency has made it clear farms are also subject to the SPCC regulations based on amount of storage and location of storage. Farms in existence on or before August 16, 2002 should already have a plan. If you do not have a plan you should prepare and implement a plan immediately. Farms in existence since August 16, 2002 have until Nov. 10, 2011 to develop and implement a plan. These regulations will likely require farms to upgrade their storage facilities to prevent oil spills and to have a cleanup plan ready in case a spill occurs. WHAT COUNTS? • Oil or oil products includes diesel fuel, gasoline, lube oil, hydraulic oil, adjuvant oil, crop oil, vegetable oil, or animal fat.

by Andriana Jones, Public Affairs Intern

• Over 1,320 gallons of accumulative above ground oil storage on the farm. Only oil containers that hold 55 gallons or more should be counted when determining if the 1,320 gallons is met. (Containers on separate parcels do not need to be added together in

fications, a SPCC plan is needed. Self-certification is possible if total oil storage capacity is between 1,320 and 10,000 gallons. Total oil storage capacity over 10,000 gallons requires a plan certified by a professional engineer. After developing a plan,

Conservation. These storage tanks should comply with all regulations of the Division of Underground Storage Tanks. Underground storage tanks are regulated differently than above ground storage tanks. The University of Tennessee Extension Service is currently preparing a publication outlining further details, requirements and guidance for complying with these rules. t

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tennessee Farm Bureau Department of Public Affairs Rhedona Rose, Director Stefan Maupin, Associate Director P.O. Box 313 Columbia, TN 38402-0313 931-388-7872 ext. 2220 determining whether the 1,320-gallon applicability threshold is met.) • The oil is stored in a location such that a spill could reasonable be expected to discharge oil to waters of the U.S. (cause a sheen on surface water). A SPCC IS NEEDED. NOW WHAT? If the farm meets the quali-

you will need to implement the SPCC plan by upgrading oil storage facilities to include spill controls such as secondary containment and overflow prevention procedures and/or devices. Please note that underground storage tanks exceeding 1,100 gallons are regulated by the Tennessee Department of Environment and

EPA – SPCC INFORMATION FOR FARMERS: oil/spcc/spccfarms.pdf

September 2010 - Tennessee Farm Bureau News


+TI[[QÅML)L[ ANIMALS CATTLE Scotch Highland bulls, bred and unbred heifers. Carroll Rose, Tazewell, TN. 423-626-5941

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: Reg. Black Angus bulls and heifers, excellent bloodlines. Rock Haven Angus, Lewisburg, TN. Days 931-703-9894; 931-364-3670 after 6PM For Sale: Reg. Black Angus heifers excellent bloodlines. N&T Angus, Mulberry, TN 931-993-7401 For Sale: Three pure bred black angus cows 3-4 years old. Easy calving, very gentle, $1000 each. 931-359-2262, nights Registered Black Angus bulls, Heifers, Cows - easy calving, high milk. Ronnie Taylor, Hohenwald TN, 931-628-6946

FOR SALE: Yearling Commercial Angus, Simmental and SimAngus Bulls. All from Top A.I. bulls. High performance, good dispositions, high milk and calving ease. Reasonably priced. Stanley Scott, Culleoka, TN 38451 931-698-4949 Registered Bulls 12-24 months good bloodlines, gentle dispositions. Brown Haven Farm, Lebanon, TN 615-812-5868

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

FOR SALE: Limousin bulls and heifers - black, red, polled and homozygous black. Riverside Valley Farm, Hohenwald, TN, 931-796-1638; 931-628-6730


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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

Divide size, pasture, Hay, feed, freezer space, required by 2. Double flavor and tenderness. Bulls cows calves 423-253-7820; clevetedford@

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

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


Chiangus bulls and heifers. 865-856-3947

Gelbvieh FOR SALE: Gelbvieh & Balancer Bulls, Heifers - black, polled, excellent bloodlines, gentle disposition, TAEP qualified. 931-433-6132; cell 931-625-7219

Hereford (Polled) FOR SALE: Registered Polled Hereford bulls and heifers. Good selection. Practical cattle for practical cattlemen. Earl Moore, 3594 Craig Bridge Road, Williamsport, TN 38487. 931-583-2353 Registered Polled Hereford bulls - herd certified and accredited, 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;

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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@;

Santa Gertrudis

Shorthorn 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

HORSES Mules & Donkeys For Sale: Weanling Draft Mule Colts and Weanling Mammoth Jack and Jennet Colts. Richard Choate, Jamestown, TN 38556 931-879-6853 Guard Donkeys for Sheep and Goats. Spotted Jacks. 615-890-3257

GOATS & SHEEP 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. Ofc: 615-449-2583; www.dixielandranch. com For Sale Purebred and percentage breeding stock Kiko Goats, bucks and does available. 931-2150134 Culleoka, TN

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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 Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3 Number of words in ad ____________



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

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+TI[[QÅML)L[ 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 Haired Sheep for sale. Dorper Cross Wether, Ram and Ewe lambs. Registered percentage and unregistered available. or 931424-3043 Registered Suffolk Rams and Ewe Lambs for sale. 423-539-6003

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

DOGS AKC/CKC Australian Cattle Dogs- Heelers Reds Blues working to show quality. 423-626-7519;; www.lindseysrocky 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;

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

PLANTS GRASSES Fescue For Sale: K-31 Fescue cleaned and germed, 50¢/ lb; Combine run Fescue bagged and germed, 38¢/lb Tom Calvert, 308 Pleasant Valley Road Ethridge, TN 38456 931-242-6717

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

VEGETABLES & FRUITS ANTIQUE APPLE TREES - Limbertwig, Rambo, Horse and Yellow Transparent. Catalog $3.00. Write: Urban Homestead, 818-G Cumberland Street, Bristol, VA 24201. 09-14

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; 09-07

FORESTRY Panther Creek Forestry: Forestry, Timber, Wildlife Managers. Middle and East TN. 931-474-6203; 09-21

EQUIPMENT 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 For Sale: One single row No# 72 Allis Chalmers plants unit mounted on heavy AC tool bar complete with parts book and manual, $900.00. Durabilt 12’ Aerator - less than 200A, $4500.00. 18.4 - 42 R1 Tires and Tubes, 50% tread - $400. Dan Sanders, Dickson, TN 615-351-3848, 615789-5474 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 Semimount Rhino 8’ Bushhog. Pull Type Mono 5’ Bushhog. Corn Elevator. Clarksville 931-645-9203

TRACTORS & IMPLEMENTS Antique 1956 John Deere 420-W Tractor Collector Item, only 1,114 made. Good condition $3,500.00 423-586-2648 Morristown, TN 37814 Good 1 row Massey Ferguson mounted Corn Picker $525. Good Hay Tedder Rake $1,000. 4 Bottom Massey Ferguson Plow $400. 731-4225282; 437-0196

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. 09-01

PROPERTY REAL ESTATE For Lease: 150 Acres Farm, Williamson County, fenced frontage, hay, pasture, loading pen, water. Call: 615-799-9491 For Sale by owner 44.58 acres Smith County, excellent hunting, $65,000 Firm owner terms.6151-452-8924; 615-642-8449 For Sale: Weekend house, acre land near 1000 acre lake. Huntingdon, TN. 731-986-8189

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 09-11 CABINS ON COSBY CREEK - Gatlinburg, Smokies area. Hot tub, Jacuzzi, fireplace, kitchen, porches, CATV. Comfy! Cozy! Clean! 423-487-2646; www. 09-08 Farm House - near Rock Island Park - furnished, daily-weekly rates. 931-668-4554; 931-235-8054; 09-12

GULF SHORES CONDO- 2BR, pool/beach access. Spring $600/week, Summer $800/week, Fall $500/week. 931-296-4626 09-22 PIGEON FORGE cabins, chalets, cottages, units sleeping 1 to 36 people. Near Dollywood. Middle Creek Rentals, 1-800-362-1897; www. 09-15 SMOKY MOUNTAIN vacation chalets and cabins in Pigeon Forge near Dollywood, spacious, fireplace, views, $75/$85 nightly. 1-800-382-4393; 09-10 VACATION in the Smokies. 615-828-3059; www. 09-13

HUNTING LEASES Fall Creek Falls Hunting Clubs, Cane Creek Area. TN Leases available from 100 to 1,000 Acres. 931474-6203; 09-20 Hunting Lease Wanted: 2 responsible hunters need to lease farmland or timberland in Middle Tennessee for deer and turkey hunting. 865-982-4522 Hunting Lease: Macon County, 250 acres. 615-452-8924 Responsible hunter would like to lease land for deer and turkey hunting. 423-479-4149

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FINANCIAL SERVICES CASH! Holding a mortgage on property you sold? Sell it for CASH! 615-898-1400 Murfreesboro; 1-800-862-2744 nationwide 09-05 AGRICULTURAL OPPORTUNITY - We have appraisers earning over $80,000/yr part time. If you have an agricultural background you may be qualified to become a certified livestock or farm equipment appraiser. Classroom or Home Study courses available. For more information call the American Society of Agricultural Appraisers 800-488-7570 or visit 09-04

MISCELLANEOUS 25,000 mile oil and filter change: 09-18 BUYING old comics. Charles Gross, POB 52, Chestnut Mound, TN 38552. 615-897-2573 Chairs, Tables, Steeples, Baptistries. CISCO, 615351-3120;; steeple; 09-17 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. 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 09-09 “LEARN CHORD PLAYING”. Amazing, new book. Piano, organ, keyboard, $12.50. Davidsons, 6727 HTT Metcalf, Shawnee Mission, KS 66204 09-03 Millwork Tools For Sale: Shaper with bits 220 V, 26 in. Woodmaster sander with paper and vacuum. Saw filing equipment, 12 in. Planer with crown mould, chair rail bits. 615-794-4385 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 09-16 NO MORE HEAT BILL - OUTDOOR WOOD FURNACE BURNS SMOKE FOR FUEL! Central Boiler’s new 92.6% efficient E-Classic 2400 burns smoke for fuel, uses 50-75% less wood than common outdoor furnaces! Heats your home, shop, pool, water. Our indoor wood stoves also burn smoke - clean, safe, over 75% efficiency. Tax credit eligible up to $1500. Call 800-264-8181 or e-mail for details. Custom Fireplaces & More, Cookeville, TN. Since 1981. 09-23 “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 09-02 Save 40% to 50% off Lasik Eye Surgery. Free Consultations. 15 Tennessee Locations. Call 866979-9574 09-19 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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