Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers in Tennessee are coming together and supporting one another while #StillFarming. Take a look at the videos below to get a glimpse of the hard work our farmers are doing to ensure our state and our country continue having the safe, abundant and secure food supply we’ve had for so long.
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AJ & Valerie Teal, Coffee County:
AJ and Valerie Teal farm row crops and dairy cattle in Coffee County, Tenn. They have been involved in Farm Bureau for many years, and were the 2018 Achievement Award winners. They are working hard daily to get a crop in and provide a good harvest, “Lord willing.”
Jason Doggett, Giles County:
Jason and his family own a small registered Simmental cattle farm in southern Middle Tennessee. Newly elected Giles County County president, Jason says they’ve had a change in how they operate, but they continue to work hard daily for their herd.
Stan Threet, Lawrence County:
Stan and his family have a row crop farm, raising corn, soybeans, wheat, hay and cattle. They’ve been in the business for many years now, and says they will continue despite what’s going on. He admits the markets have decreased, but they continue to work hard for the harvest.
Bryan Flowers, Giles County:
After owning and operating our dairy for more than 20 years, the Flowers are about to boast a brand new, state of the art, USDA & FDA inspected processing facility where artisan cheesemakers hand craft cheeses from custom recipes. He assures his customers that they are in fact, #stillfarming.
Ben Moore, Weakley County:
Weakley County Farm Bureau President and his family raise corn, soybeans, wheat, beef cattle and hogs. The Moore family hopes you know you can rely on this state’s food supply. “We hope you are comfortable knowing there are farmers just like us all across our state and our nation working hard during this virus to ensure you have a safe, affordable and abundant food supply.”
John Cody Moore, Chester County:
John is a row crop farmer in Henderson, Tennessee. He farms cotton, corn, soybeans and winter wheat. He says, “We just need a little bit of sunshine and dry weather, and we’ll be ready to roll. We’re going to continue providing food, fiber and fuel to you.”
The Dowlen Family, Cheatham County:
The Dowlen Family owns HBR Lumber in Henrietta, Tennessee who is #StillFarming to provide wood products for the country.
Jepson Family Farms, Robertson County:
Located in Orlinda, the Jepson family grows wheat, soybeans, corn and watermelon. Willis Jepson says, “During these uncertain times, one thing is for sure – farmers all across our state and nation are working to ensure there’s a safe, abundant food supply.”
Brooks Family, Robertson County:
The Brooks Family in Adams, Tennessee farms corn, soybeans and wheat. They reassure us, “Farming hasn’t stopped, the only thing that has stopped us is the rain. But, we’re going to continue farming.”
Johnny Barksdale, Lawrence County:
Johnny is a poultry farmer in middle Tennessee who wants to ensure all that he and his family are still working around the clock. He says, “We’re still here 24/7 feeding the chickens and collecting their eggs.”
Andy Davis, White County:
Andy farms 3,000 acres of corn, wheat and soybeans with his brothers and father on Davis farms. He assures everyone that as soon as the rain stops, the planters will be in the ground getting ready for this year’s crop, despite everything else going on around us being halted.
Jimmy McCulley, White County:
Owner of Amazin’ Acres Farms in Sparta, Jimmy reports from one of their strawberry patches that they are continuing to work everyday to supply a safe and healthy food supply. He says, “We’ll get through this thing together.”
Davis Brothers Dairy, Loudon County:
Samantha Craun and her two boys are continuing to work around the clock on their family’s dairy operation. They say, “As you take on this new normal, rest assured knowing Tennessee farmers are doing what they do best – #StillFarming.”
John Smelcer, Sevier County:
Beef cattle farmer says during this virus, his on the farm beef sales have increased drastically. He also says they are preparing for their spring hay and getting ready to start planting.
Horse Creek Farms, Greene County:
The Armstrong’s century farm is a dairy operation still operating as normal despite the uncertainty of these times. The family gives a great overview of their normal day and a fun walk through of their milking barn.
Jordan Combs, Grainger County:
“Everything is on schedule and on track, and we promise we’ll be here and so will our product,” Jordan reassures. He farms tomatoes and a pumpkin patch with his family in East Tennessee.
Nick & Renea Jones, Unicoi County:
Renea, Unicoi County Farm Bureau President and her son, Nick, are #StillFarming their vegetable operation, Jones & Church Farms. Nick says, “Even though the shelves look empty, we’re about to seed and have tomatoes on the way to you.”
Zane Vanover, Sullivan County:
Sullivan County Farm Bureau President and cattle farmer is #StillFarming in upper East Tennessee. He says, “Just want to reassure everyone that agriculture is still going on as normal here in Sullivan County – cattle are still having calves, the grass is growing and we’re preparing to put a crop out just like always.”
Kory Morgan, Sullivan County:
Cattle farmer is #StillFarming and doing normal tasks around the farm. Kory reassures everyone, “We’ve got plenty of food headed your way.”