More than 1,500 farmers from across the state gathered in Franklin December 7-10 for the purpose of developing policy for 2020, electing leadership for the organization, presenting awards to outstanding county Farm Bureaus, learning about the latest trends and issues in agriculture and networking with other farmers across the state.
Session speakers included United State Department of Agriculture General Counsel Stephen Vaden, American Farm Bureau Economist Veronica Nigh, Aimpoint Research Senior Vice President Scott Caine and AFBF Vice President Scott VanderWal.
During the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation’s business session, delegates debated policy proposals and passed resolutions to guide the organization in 2020 at the state and federal levels;and also re-elected to his third two-year term was Washington County farmer Jeff Aiken as president of the nation’s largest state Farm Bureau organization.
Addressing the attendees during the business session was Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, who shared his vision for Tennessee agriculture and Tennessee’s rural communities. “Agriculture is not going away as long as people still have to eat, and I intend to be a leader in it.”
Others re-elected to the board of directors by the voting delegates were: Charles Hancock from Bumpus Mills, Catherine Via from Alamo, David Richesin from Philadelphia, John Chester from Martin, Josh Ogle from Flintville, James Haskew from South Pittsburg, Mike Scudder from Carthage, Terry Snyder from Mountain City and Brenda Baker from Obion.
Also during the annual meeting, Tracy Robinson from Franklin County was selected as the new state Young Farmer and Rancher chair and will serve as an advisory director on the Tennessee Farm Bureau Board of Directors.