As the weather continues to tease Greene County residents, community members are already hard at work preparing for the summer season. The Depot Street, Greeneville and Fox Park Fair farmers markets are anticipating another busy season at each of their respective locations.
Greene County dairy farms continued to face a challenged industry throughout 2018, some surviving through innovation in how they market their product and some getting out of dairy completely.
Any list of major Northeast Tennessee agricultural change areas over the past several decades would have to include tobacco high on the list.
Walking through the hallways of the University of Tennessee Research and Education Center at Greeneville, photographs of tobacco line the walls. There, much like the abandoned tobacco warehouses in downtown Greeneville, the decline of a once prosperous industry is evident.
In looking at beef prices over recent months, Greene County Extension Service Agent Milton Orr said in a recent interview that “Beef prices are not as good as everybody would like, but certainly not bad.”
In a family-style setting, the 30th annual Farm-City Banquet presented by the Greene County Partnership Agribusiness Committee featured a wholesome meal friends and families enjoyed together.
For the first time in almost 100 years, Greene County is not labeled “extreme” or, more severely, “exceptional.” This is according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which combines federal, state and academic data to describe drought conditions in the United States.
Sometimes it feel as if there are more cows than people in agriculturally rich Greene County, and that’s because there actually are.
Milk companies are terminating contracts with farmers across the state due to market saturation, and those cuts apply to some dairy farmers in Greene County.
While technological progressions like "clean meat" — beef grown by geneticists in a lab instead of on a farm by cattle farmers — pop up in certain pockets, the beef market still requires old fashioned know-how and tradition.
Discussion that began in earnest last year to consolidate the area's three farmers markets and receive the support of the Town of Greeneville is still alive.
Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder, enjoying a wholesome meal, those in attendance at the 29th annual Farm-City Banquet presented by the Greene County Partnership Agribusiness Committee, epitomized the meaning of community.
When Hannah Reeves, a senior at Greeneville High School, joined 4-H in fourth grade, little did she know she would meet a former president or achieve the state’s highest honor.