Welcome to the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Internet home page!
There is a tremendous amount of activity and progress occurring in Tennessee agriculture and also at the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. We want you to know about our industry and how our organization is serving our members. This site on the Internet will lead you through many of these activities.
The greatest activity is what is going on in the county Farm Bureau organizations. The Farm Bureau is a "grassroots" organization. The word "federation" means that each unit of the organization operates autonomous from the other units of the organization. This organizational structure assures that our organizational efforts are driven by the desires at the county level.
The federation structure assures that the Farm Bureau is and continues to be a "grassroots" organization.
Our purpose is to "improve the economic and social well-being of farm and rural people" in Tennessee. We do this in many different ways. Whether it is representing our members in the Legislature, meeting the health care needs for rural people, providing farm records programs for farmers, or the many other activities and service-to-member programs, We believe the Farm Bureau membership is one of the best buys in America. A county Farm Bureau is located in all 95 counties in Tennessee. The Tennessee Farm Bureau is federated with all the other state Farm Bureaus in the American Farm Bureau.
Appropriately, we are located on a forty-two acre rural campus in Columbia, Tennessee.
I hope you will continue to visit our site and learn more about the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation.
Lacy Upchurch, President
Elected by the 2005 Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Convention delegate body as the President of the nation's largest state Farm Bureau, Cumberland County beef cattle farmer Lacy Upchurch serves as the organization's seventh President. Upchurch has served on the TFBF board since December of 1995, representing the Upper Cumberland area of the state. He was vice president of the organization from 2000 through 2005.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee receiving his BS and Masters degrees in animal science, Upchurch began his agricultural career with the UT Extension Service serving as an extension agent in Madison and Cumberland Counties. After leaving the Extension Service to become a full-time farmer, he began a successful swine operation. Upchurch later moved more into beef cattle production and currently is one of Cumberland county's major beef producers. Upchurch has served as Chairman of the Tennessee Pork Producers and served on the Board of the Tennessee Cattlemen's Association.
As a strong business advocate, Upchurch serves on the Governors Economic Development Board and on various committees for the University of Tennessee. Upchurch has served on numerous Farm Bureau committees at the state level as well as serving as his county Farm Bureau's president.
His rural roots are deep as he is a native of Fentress County. He and his wife Kay have three children.