Left to right: Crystal Norwood, Henry County; Carole Willis, Coffee County; Brenda Baker (Chairman), Obion County; Lou Nave, Cannon County; Faye Coble (Vice-Chairman), Lincoln County; Gloria Larrance, Jefferson County.
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Get to Know the Committee
Brenda Baker – Chair
Farm Family: Baker Farms – Brenda’s husband, Sam, and his brother, O’Neil, and their son, Robbie
Crops & Livestock: Corn and soybeans
Farm Legacy: 8th generation
Farm Location: Obion County
Farm Bureau Membership: 40 years
My husband, Sam, and I live in Obion County where we’ve been married for almost 60 years. We have four children: Marcia, Jenifer, Carol and Robbie, seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Baker Farms consists of more than 3,000 acres of row crops and a poultry operation, where I do all the bookkeeping. After my family, farm and church, my loves are Farm Bureau, the Obion County Public Library and the Obion County Fair. I also serve as the election officer during elections for the Obion precinct. All in all, I love the farm, and I am so glad that we had the opportunity to raise our family here. I don’t think there is a better way of life or a better place to live than in Tennessee.
Crystal Norwood – District I
Farm Family: Norwood Farms – Crystal’s husband, Grant and his parents
Crops & Livestock: Corn, soybeans and winter wheat
Farm Legacy: Fifth generation
Farm Location: Henry & Carroll Counties
Farm Bureau Membership: 38 years
My husband, Grant, and I live in Mansfield with our three children: Karamaneh, Caleb and Lauren. We farm the same land Grant’s family settled on in 1894, and our operation is 100% no-till row crop operation with more than 3,000 acres of yellow corn, soybeans and winter wheat. I stay home with our children and work on the farm full-time. I have held several offices in our YF&R group, Women’s Leadership Committee and our county Farm Bureau board. I am honored to hold this position and grateful to the ladies of my district and the state. I enjoy doing Ag in the Classroom activities and promoting agriculture.
Faye Coble – District II
Farm Family: Phillip (husband), her sons (Justin and Jeff) and grandchildren
Crops & Livestock: Beef cattle, hay and timber
Farm Legacy: Fourth generation
Farm Location: Yukon in South Central Tennessee
Farm Bureau Membership: 50 years
My husband Phillip and I live in southern Lincoln County where we raised our three boys, Chris, Jeff and Justin, and now enjoy spending time with our seven grandsons, one granddaughter and two great-grandsons. We raise beef cattle, hay and timber. We attend Coldwater United Methodist Church where my joy there is doing Children’s Moment during service. We have served as directors in our county Farm Bureau since the early ‘70’s, and I have served many years as chairman. Aside from my Farm Bureau volunteering, I enjoy reading, cooking, crocheting and digging my hands in the fresh tilled soil of my vegetables and flowers.
Carole Willis – District III
Farm Family: Her husband, Bob, and son, Don
Crops & Livestock: Corn, soybeans, wheat and beef cattle
Farm Legacy: Third generation
Farm Location: Hillsboro at the foot of Monteagle Mountain
Farm Bureau Membership: 30 years
Bob and I live in Hillsboro at the foot of Monteagle Mt. where we farm corn, soybeans, wheat and several herds of beef cattle. Together we have four children and eight grandchildren. I have spent all my life in schools – 50 years teaching, the past 30 of which have been at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro supervising student teachers and as an adjunct professor in education. I’m also a consultant for Ag in the Classroom, serve on the Coffee County Planning Commission, Hillsboro Homecoming Association and teach Sunday school class. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, especially anything to do with history or historical fiction, drawing, painting and quilting.
Lou Nave – District IV
Farm Family: Glenn (husband) and daughters (Hannah and Emily)
Crops & Livestock: Market lambs, breeding sheep, beef cattle and Tennessee walking horses
Farm Legacy: Sixth generation
Farm Location: Cannon County
Farm Bureau Membership: More than 30 years
My husband, Glenn, and our daughters live on a farm that’s been in my family for more than 150 years. I serve as field representative for Tennessee Congressman John Rose. I have worked with the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Virginia Department of Agriculture, Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, MTSU Alumni Relations Office and as a public school teacher. I serve on the Cannon County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Cannon County Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and Cannon County Rescue Squad Board of Directors. I have served as Southern Region representative on the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and am a graduate of Farm Bureau Women’s Communications Boot Camp. I am a member of the Rutherford Farmer’s Cooperative, Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and the National FFA.
Gloria Larrance – District V
Farm Family: Her husband, Nick and three sons, Beau, Nate and Drew
Crops & Livestock: Beef cattle and hay
Farm Legacy: 3rd generation
Farm Location: New Market in Jefferson County
Farm Bureau Membership: 30 years
I was raised on a dairy farm in Jefferson City where I was responsible for the milking duties, and now I life on a farm in the Rocky Valley community where we primarily raise beef cattle and hay. We are active members of New Market Baptist Church where Nick and I have attended our entire lives. I am a Certified Public Accountant and work for Duane Cline, CPA, LLC in Morristown. I am also the part-time City Recorder for New Market City. I serve as Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee Chairperson and plan and coordinate our annual farm day as well as other activities within our county. Agriculture is a very important part of my life, and I enjoy every opportunity to spread the word about the benefits of being able to feed the world safe, affordable food.