The Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) has named Julie Giles of Lewisburg as their new Executive Director. FACCT was established in 2011 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 coalition aims to reach out to producers, consumers, lawmakers, the media and the public with facts about farm animal welfare.
“I look forward to continuing to be an advocate for agriculture.” Giles shared. “I want to share information about livestock animals that aid in the successful future of our industry.”
Julie grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Nolensville, Tenn. and was active in agriculture youth organizations like 4-H and FFA. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness. While at MTSU she served in numerous leadership roles including the National Block and Bridle Chair, where she planned and organized a convention for chapters from across the nation. Julie continues to be active in agriculture organizations including Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers where she has competed nationally in the Collegiate Discussion Meet and the Excellence in Agriculture competition. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Agriculture Leadership, Education and Communication.
Julie lives in Lewisburg with her husband Doug and daughter Baylann. They operate a cow calf and stocker operation and also raise hogs for local 4-H projects and for family members to show. She previously worked for the University of Tennessee as a 4-H Extension agent in Marshall and Williamson Counties where she served as chair for a number of livestock shows and taught youth life skills through participation in livestock projects.
Giles will start her job July 1st and will operate out of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association office in Murfreesboro. She can be reached at email@example.com or 615-970-8065.