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Statement by Lacy Upchurch, President Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Regarding Withdrawal of the Overreaching Child Labor Proposal
The Labor Department’s decision to withdraw its proposed rules that would have prevented young people from working in agriculture is great news for Tennessee and the United States’ farmers.
The purpose of SB 3603 is to bring some certainty by establishing a state commission to continue the existence of a Tennessee State Fair. This bill deals only with establishing a state fair commission and authorizing it with the necessary duties and responsibility to ensure the continuation of a Tennessee State Fair. Rest assured our interest is not only in preserving the state fair, but in revitalizing it into a cultural event that makes all TENNESSEANS proud.
Lou Pitts Nave, a native of Cannon County and sixth generation livestock producer, has been named the Executive Director of FACCT. Nave will be working with livestock producers across the state developing networks to support the work of the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee. FACCT was established by animal agriculture supporters across the state to be a reliable resource for the public and farmers regarding humane care, well-being issues and best management practices for farm animals.
The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, H.R. 1633, passed the House of Representatives on Dec. 8 by a vote of 268-150. The Farm Bureau-backed bill received strong bipartisan support, with 33 Democrats voting in favor of the bill along with 235 Republicans.
Tennessee Farm Bureau delegates attending their 90th Annual Convention at Franklin’s Cool Springs Marriott, re-elected Cumberland County beef farmer Lacy Upchurch as their president of the nation’s largest state Farm Bureau organization.
The Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) is composed of leading Tennessee agricultural organizations, individual farmers, and others — all working together to assure the sustainability of the Volunteer State's diverse animal agriculture community. They are seeking an executive director to help accomplish their goal of being a reliable resource for the public and farmers regarding humane care, well-being issues, and best management practices for farm animals.
Dresden farm couple Ben and Jennifer Moore were named Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winners during special ceremonies held Saturday evening at the Tennessee Young Farmer Summer Conference.
Larry Arrington, professor of agricultural education and communication at the University of Florida, will be recommended by UT President Joe DiPietro for election by the UT Board of Trustees as the next chancellor of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.