Austin, TX. January 21, 2020 – During the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Austin, Texas, the Tennessee Young Farmers & Ranchers took home honors in each of the three contests held at the national level – the Achievement Award, Excellence in Agriculture and Discussion Meet. Young farmers and ranchers from across the country competed for the awards by demonstrating knowledge of and achievement in agriculture, as well as commitment to promoting the agriculture industry.
Nick and April Patterson of Clay County were named to the top ten in the Achievement Award contest. The Patterson’s farm row crops and cattle, as well has have an extensive agritourism operation. The Achievement Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farming or ranching operations and exhibited superior leadership abilities. Participants are evaluated on a combination of their agricultural operation’s growth and financial progress, Farm Bureau leadership and leadership outside of Farm Bureau.
Jason and Julie Head from Montgomery County won third place in the Excellence in Agriculture competition. Jason is the farm manager at Long Vue Farms, where they have an impressive row crop operation. The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who do not derive the majority of their income from an agricultural operation, but who actively contribute and grow through their involvement in agriculture, their leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.
Katie Martin of Putnam County competed in the Discussion Meet where she made it to the “sweet sixteen” round after two rounds of tough competition. The Discussion Meet simulates a committee meeting in which active discussion and participation are expected. Participants are evaluated on their ability to exchange ideas and information on a predetermined topic.
Tennessee delegates will spend all day Tuesday discussing and determining policy for the national farm organization. A total of 355 voting delegates, of which Tennessee Farm Bureau has 35, representing every crop and livestock sector in the United States deliberated on policies affecting farmers’ productivity and profitability. The policies approved at the convention will guide the nation’s largest general farm organization throughout 2020.