When thousands of farmers gather this week in West Tennessee, they’ll be learning what drones could do for the agricultural industry, but only in the near future.
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The time for growing hemp in Tennessee has come, according to leaders of the state legislature who have recently opened their minds to the agricultural potential. The cousin to cannabis has been legalized for industrial use in nine other states.
While farmers in the corn belt continue to pray for rain, Tennessee’s agriculture industry is benefiting from July’s meteorological about-face from June.
State agriculture officials are urging farmers with hay to sell to list their crop on Tennessee’s online database. They say supplies are short and livestock producers are already looking to buy the feed for their animals.
Climate data released today shows much of Tennessee is considered abnormally dry or in some degree of drought. And although winter is usually this area’s rainy season, the dry conditions are expected to worsen over the next few months.
Farmers have reported damage to some 40 percent of the state’s corn crop and 20 percent of winter wheat.
CSX Transportation is re-opening its rail line from Memphis to Nashville ahead of schedule after closing down because of flood damage. Some rails washed out. Rushing water twisted two bridges spanning the Harpeth River.
A fungus that kills bats by the thousand is spreading faster than expected through Tennessee’s caves. And that’s bad news for farmers, who depend on the bats to keep many flying insects in check.
Tennessee is stepping up efforts to control feral hogs – wild pigs that eat crops, sometimes carry disease, and are prolific breeders.
Nashville’s Metro council has sent back to the drawing board a controversial plan to build a new urban center in rural Bells Bend.
The candidates running to be Tennessee’s next governor appear to be on the same page when it comes to helping Tennessee farmers and ranchers. All six say they think preserving the family farm is important. As is protecting state dollars earmarked for improving farmland.
There are winners and losers in the most recent Farm Bill, and Congressman Lincoln Davis says Tennessee cattlemen are on the losing end right now.
Twelve Tennessee farmers are among the first wave of Americans working to restart Afghanistan’s once-thriving agricultural economy.