By Meg Dickens
More than 1,500 farmers came together on December 1- December 4 for the 97th Annual Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Convention in Franklin, Tennessee. This convention was set to elect leadership, present awards, learn about trends and issues in agriculture and network with Tennessee farmers. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was in attendance as well as Governor-elect Bill Lee and Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith.
Local Terry Snyder was named the new District V Director. This Johnson County man and his wife Diana farm 300 acres where they raise 300-400 head of beef cattle each year. As District V Director, Snyder will help the rest of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Board of Directors and President Jeff Aiken lead the members that make up the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation.
“It’s just a tremendous honor,” said Snyder. “Farm Bureau works for all of agriculture from the county level to people at the state and national level.”
Snyder started his career with the Johnson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 1984. He spent 25 years as vice president and four as president.
Snyder’s relationship with Farm Bureau, however, began much earlier. Snyder has been a Farm Bureau member for 42 years and believes that this organization is vital in future agricultural success in Tennessee.
“Educating the public about why we do what we do in agriculture, where their food comes from and what happens on the farm continues to be an important aspect of the Tennessee Farm Bureau mission,” said Snyder.
Find out more information about the 97th Annual Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Convention and Tennessee Farm Bureau at www.tnfarmburea.org.