Franklin, TN December 8, 2014 ““ During their 93rd annual convention held at Franklin’s Cool Springs Marriott, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation’s delegates, representing agriculture and farmers across the state, not only debated policy proposals and passed resolutions to work on passage of legislation in 2015 at the state and federal levels, they also re-elected their vice president of the nation’s largest state Farm Bureau organization.
Washington county beef, dairy and tobacco farmer Jeff Aiken was elected today by the voting delegate body to serve as the organization’s vice president representing more than 655,000 family members in Tennessee. Aiken has served as a director-at-large on the state board of directors since 1998 when he was elected to that office by the Farm Bureau’s county leadership statewide. He has headed up numerous committees at the state level, as well as being his county’s president for many years. He has held the office of state YF&R chairman and was the 1992 Tennessee Young Farmer of the Year.
Aiken is a native of Washington County. He and his wife Carol farm near Telford in upper East Tennessee where he produces corn, 100 acres of tobacco and more than 300 head of beef cattle.
Others re-elected to the board of directors by the voting delegates were: Charles Hancock from Bumpus Mills, Mrs. Catherine Via from Alamo, David Richesin from Lenoir City, Malcolm Burchfiel from Newbern, Eric Mayberry from Hurricane Mills, James Haskew from South Pittsburg, Dan Hancock from Smithville, David Mitchell from Blaine and Mrs. Jane May, State Women’s chairman from Newbern.
Also during the annual meeting, AJ Teal of Coffee County was selected as the new state Young Farmer and Rancher chairman.