Kelly Appliance & Vacuum 931-244-7200
D.E. Hill & Son 762-9584
J & G Tire Center 931-762-0078
ELECTRICAL & PLUMBING
Rick's Electrical & Plumbing 931-242-5325
Lynn Electronics 762-0401
EXCAVATING / GRADING
Newton Backhoe Service 931-242-0305
Lawrenceburg Glass 766-1004
Salt Glow 931-279-4780
Aarons Insurance 931-629-8065
Baker Agency 762-4550
Wall-Modrall Insurance 762-6528
Dixon's Fine Jewelry 762-9979
NATURAL FOODSNature's Nuggests 762-2895
Randy's Cycle & ATV 762-2450
PARTY / SUPPLIES
Mo's Pawn Shop 762-2529
By Pass Pools 931-762-7904
Fox Sporting Goods 931-766-0313
Envy Tanning & Spa 931-762-3689
Groucho's Tires 931-762-1707
“Century Farm” Nominations Sought As Part of Salute to Agriculture Week
The Chamber of Commerce and the UT/TSU Extension Office, in cooperation with several local agriculture businesses and agencies, will be once again sponsoring a “Salute to Agriculture Week”. The 2017 date has been set for June 4---June 10.
As part of this special week honoring the positive impact of farming on Lawrence County’s economy and quality of life, a “Century Farm” will be selected and recognized.
To qualify for consideration, farms must still be in the family and have been in continuous operation for at least 100 years. In addition to the nomination form the applicant will need to provide a brief historical account of the farm and mail this summary in along with the form. Previous nominations are kept on file for future consideration.
UT-TSU Extension Office Open House
In recognition of Extension Month, the Lawrence County Extension Office will be hosting an “Open House” on Monday, March 27th from 11-1pm. The Lawrence County Extension Office is located at 2385 Buffalo Rd. Program partners and volunteers will be providing lunch time refreshments.
Extension offers programs and information in areas of Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Community Resource Development and 4-H Youth Development. Extension is a part of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and Tennessee State University and the goal of Extension is to provide Real. Life. Solutions. Stop by to learn more about this organization that has been helping Tennessee families for over 107 years.
Spring Nitrogen Fertilizer Options for Pastures and Hayfields
As the temperature continues to climb and spring draws near, pastures and hayfields are beginning to show signs of growth. Nitrogen is one of the major nutrients required by forage grasses for proper growth and development. The most common nitrogen source used in Lawrence County pastures is Urea. Understanding how to efficiently and effectively apply Urea or other nitrogen sources to forages is critical. UT Extension has scheduled a series of meeting in Southern Middle Tennessee to help producers become more knowledgeable on Spring Nitrogen Fertilizer Options. Lawrence County will host a breakfast meeting on Tuesday, March 14th beginning at 7am. at the Lawrence County Extension Office Community Meeting Room. UT Soil and Fertility Specialist, Dr. Huge Savoy will be the guest speaker. RSVP to the Lawrence Count Extension Office by Monday, March 13th by calling 762-5506 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The meeting will begin with coffee and donuts.
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand the farm financial management database FINBIN to include Tennessee farms, making Tennessee the only Southeastern state currently contributing data. FINBIN is a well-established, publicly available, secure farm financial database that provides benchmark financial information for producers, Extension educators, lenders, and other agricultural professionals.
Because Tennessee is agriculturally diverse, the state will be contributing data on enterprises not previously represented, such as cotton, tobacco, a variety of vegetables, hay, meat goat production and more.
The project will include both Extension and research faculty and staff in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. “The goal of this project is to make Tennessee farmers more money,” states Chris Boyer, project director. “Benchmarking financial information such as net farm income and cost of production can improve the profitability, competitiveness, risk management, and overall financial health of farms in Tennessee.”
Along with producers, stakeholders such as Farm Credit Mid-America can use benchmarking to guide their lending decisions and educate agricultural lenders. “This project will provide much-needed resources to aid our farmers and customers in making better-informed financial decisions for their farming operations,” said Mark Wilson, senior vice president financial services at Farm Credit Mid-America. “Having the ability to compare their operation’s financial data to benchmarked data from both inside and outside Tennessee will prove invaluable, especially during this time of tightening profit margins.”
Furthermore, one of the recommendations in the Governor’s Rural Challenge is to enhance farm net income and cash receipts for the state by improving marketing and production of agricultural products in the state. Thus, the development of benchmarking for farms in Tennessee will be of great interest to state policy makers and could play a key role in gauging the progress of the 10-year strategic plan.
The success of this project relies a great deal on Tennessee farmer participation and UT Extension but has the potential to have a large impact on the Tennessee producers’ bottom line. “Throughout my career I have witnessed how effective benchmark analysis can be in improving farm business management decisions and producers’ profitability,” said Delton Gerloff, interim dean of Extension. “This project is a great opportunity to support farm financial management in the state of Tennessee.”
Farmers wanting to know more about this project and how they can participate, please contact Chris Boyer at 1-800-345-0561 or email@example.com or contact UT Extension Farm Manage Specialist, Les Humpal at 931-375-5301.