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Andrew P. Griffith
Assistant Professor
Livestock Marketing, Commodity Markets



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The Story of Cotton 
A look at the history, production and uses of cotton.

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Beef Cattle 
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s number one farm commodity - and herd reproductive health is critical. UT’s Institute of Agriculture is working on research to boost cattle pregnancy rates.

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Livestock Research 
It's a problem for Tennessee farmers who produce our top commodity -- beef cattle. Insects such as flies cause serious health problems for their animals, and reduce product quality for consumers.

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Stocker Cattle 
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s top agricultural commodity. Some producers provide a valuable service by running “stocker” or “backgrounding” operations.

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Cotton Outlook 2011 
Like much of Dixie, Tennessee is -- once again -- the land of cotton. Our state will produce nearly twice as many acres of the crop as it did just a couple of years ago.

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Cotton's Comeback? 
Cotton remains a staple in southern agriculture, but in recent years the number of acres in Tennessee has dropped by a significant amount. But is 2010 the year of cotton's comeback?

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High Input Costs 
Food prices have been going up, but so are the production costs for farmers who grow what we eat. Farm expenses are at record highs for Tennessee row-crop producers.

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Cattle Facility 
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee's top agricultural commodity - generating nearly 600 million dollars each year.


Recent Publications

Breeding for improved oil quality in high yielding soybean lines using molecular markers for selecting fAD3A and FAD3C mutant alleles.  A. Willette, H. Bhandari, C. E. Sams, F. Chen, V. R. Sykes, C. Smallwood, and V. R. Pantalone.  2017.  World Soybean Research Conference 10, Poster completed and displayed in Plant Biotechnology Bldg. Conference cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. [More]

Commodity Prices Mixed As Season Progresses.  Smith, A.  2016.  Mid America Farmer Grower., Vol. 36. No 28.

A Summary of Commodity Program Enrollment & 2014 ARC-CO and PLC Payments in Tennessee.  Smith, A., R. G. Bowling, and T. Johnson.  2016.  University of Tennessee Extension Publication, W355.

Weather, China’s Economic Condition Drives Commodity Price Bottom Smith, A.  2015.  Mid America Farmer Grower, Vol. 35. No 37. September 11.

Stock Market May Continue To Create Commodity Volatility Smith, A.  2015.  Mid America Farmer Grower, Vol. 35. No 36. September 4.

Weather Provides Fuel For Commodity Price Rise Smith, A.  2015.  Mid America Farmer Grower, Vol. 35. No 27. July 3.

Commodity Options as Price Insurance for Cattlemen.  Griffith, A. P., R. C. Lacy, and J. C. McKissick.  2014.  Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Assessing Multimetric Aspects of Sustainability: Application to a Bioenergy Crop Production System in East TN.  Parish, E. S., V. H. Dale, B. C. English, S. W. Jackson, and D. D. Tyler.  2014.  Poster presented and abstracts published for, Integrated Biomass Supply System Annual Meeting, Knoxville, TN. October 8-9, 2014. [More]

So what is the role of commodity programs? Can they even be justified? Ray, D. E., and H. D. Schaffer.  2014.  MidAmerica Farmer Grower, 35(1). January 3, 2014.

Commodity policy choice: Treat the symptoms or address the cause of low crop prices Ray, D. E., and H. D. Schaffer.  2014.  MidAmerica Farmer Grower, 35(48). November 28, 2014.

Planting Progress Sends Commodity Prices Down.  Smith, A.  2014.  Mid America Farmer Grower, Vol. 34. No. 22.

Assessing the pre-REDD policies of countries with substantial forest area growth.  Xin, H, D. G. Hodges, and G. Shi.  2014.  Forestry Studies, 60: 34–43. [More]