Tennessee Farmers Are #StillFarming

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During these uncertain times, one thing is for sure – farmers are #StillFarming. From spending long hours in the field planting to tending to crops already sprouting to feeding and milking dairy cows or looking after other livestock, farmers are working hard daily to fill grocery shelves with safe, affordable food. You can rest assured knowing farmers in Tennessee are committed to providing the food, fiber and fuel we all need.

Ben Moore, Weakley County

Weakley County Farm Bureau president and third-generation farmer Ben Moore, along with his parents, wife Jennifer and three sons, Miller, Tate and Tyler, farm more than 3,500 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, beef cattle and hogs in Dresden. The Moore family admits there are a lot of unknowns right now, but emphasizes the assurance you can have on this state’s food supply.

“We hope you are comfortable knowing there are farmers just like us all across the state and our nation working hard during this virus to ensure you have a safe, affordable and abundant food supply,” Moore says.

See more: Meet West Tennessee Farmer Todd Littleton

Johnny Barksdale, Lawrence County

Johnny Barksdale is the second generation on his family’s farm in Ethridge, where he farms with his wife, Cheryl, son and son-in-law on roughly 250 acres. Their primary focus is their poultry operation with broiler breeders, but they also do a rotation of corn, soybeans and wheat.

During this time, “We’re still here 24/7 feeding the chickens and collecting their eggs,” he says.

The Barksdales are still working around the clock as normal, making sure the chickens are taken care of and, in turn, making sure consumers are too.

See more: Meet West Tennessee Farmer Brenda Baker

Renea Jones grows tomatoes in Unicoi.

Renea Jones, Unicoi County

Renea Jones and her family have been Farm Bureau members for more than 50 years. As the Unicoi County Farm Bureau president, Renea’s leadership in the community is extremely valuable. She is the third generation on Jones & Church Farms, where she farms with her parents, Carl and Sue Jones, son, Nick, and their longtime business partners, the Church family. They grow more than 600 acres of fresh-market tomatoes to ship all over the Eastern United States, and they also raise some field corn and hay.

Gearing up for their planting season this spring, Renea and her family are very reassuring: “Even though tomatoes are just being planted, we’re about to have them on the way to you.”

Watch videos of how these and other Tennessee farmers are ensuring our safe, abundant and secure food supply at tnfarmbureau.org/stillfarming. Farmers can share their stories by using the hashtag #StillFarming and tagging @tnfarmbureau.

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