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TCA recruiters recognized

Co-op provides incentives for those who add members to the ranks


Sumner County cattleman T.W. Mitchell, second from left, was chosen Top Recruiter of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) Annual Membership Drive for 2016. He was given a $750 Co-op gift certificate donated by Tennessee Farmers Cooperative at the TCA Convention and Trade Show held in Murfreesboro in January. Making the presentation are, from left, Joe Huffine, TFC Farm, Home, and Fleet manager; 2016 TCA President Gary Daniel of Cypress Inn; and Jimmy Ogilvie, TFC Farm Hardware manager.
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T.W. Mitchell of Sumner County has been named Top Recruiter in the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) annual membership drive. As the winner, he was awarded a $750 Co-op gift certificate.

Hal Thurman of Hawkins County placed second and was awarded a $500 Co-op gift certificate. Third place honors went to George Clay of Smith County for which he received a $250 Co-op gift certificate. Awards were donated by Tennessee Farmers Cooperative

One University of Tennessee Extension agent from each of the state's three regions was also recognized for having the greatest increase in membership in their county Cattlemen's Association. Co-op presented $500 to the county livestock project groups of Ron Blair, Henderson County; Chris Hicks, Smith County; and Anthony Shelton, Washington County.

The awards were announced during TCA's annual convention and trade show in Murfreesboro on Friday, Jan. 13, and Saturday, Jan. 14.

Some 825 producers attended the annual convention and trade show with the theme “Farm, Families, and Friends.” The popular event attracted almost 100 vendors, including Co-op.

The participants heard from top livestock industy speakers on pertinent subjects like herd health, market outlook, forage systems, and the current state of the beef business in Tennessee.

TCA was joined in the event by the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association and the Tennessee Sheep Producers Association. Some 30 veterinarians attended the convention and received 20 hours of continuing education credits through an agreement with the University of Tennessee.

In addition to the recruitment prizes, TCA also honored eight individuals with Awards of Excellence. They were:

Business Person of the Year: Greg Hamner of Clemons and Hamner Seed Company,  Lawrence County.

Outstanding Cow Calf Producer: Martin Haggard, Wayne County.

Outstanding Stocker Producer: Russel Craig, Wayne County.

Outstanding Work in Beef Extension: Ricky Mathenia, McNairy County.

Distinguished Service Award: Glenda Rickman, McNairy County.

Outstanding Work in Extension Youth: Rusty Evans, Montgomery County.

President’s Award: Dr. Jim Neel, University of Tennessee Beef Specialist (retired).

Outstanding Work in FFA: Richard Ross, Dyer County.

The Lincoln County FFA team won first place in the competitive quiz bowl contest.

Among scholarships presented at the convention were:

TCA Scholarships: LeAnna Tanner, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and Kimberly Garst, Lincoln Memorial University; Bill Tyrrell Memorial Scholarship: Abigayle Pollock, UTK; Joe Houston Memorial Scholarship: Savannah Gambel, University of Tennessee, Martin (UTM); TCA Cattlewomen’s Scholarship: Hannah Nave, UTM; Farm Credit/TCA Heifer Scholarship: Youth —Lauren Wingler, Christiana, first, and Ruth Ann Johns, College Grove, second; Junior High — Eli Mundy, Speedwell, first, and Gavin Giffey, Sparta, second; Senior High — Emily Johnson, Loudon, first and Riley Glascock, Cookeville, second.

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