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4—Herald Chronicle, 2018 Leadership Franklin County

Agricultural Day


ranklin County Leadership has been growing new lead-

ers in the county for 22 years by exploring all the vari-

ous sectors of employment opportunities that enrich the


On Oct. 18, 2017, the class got an up-close encounter with

the agricultural base that has a large impact on Franklin Coun-


The day began at the Chamber of Commerce with a presen-

tation from the Franklin County Agriculture extension office’s

Mary Beth Henley who discussed the major impact that agri-

culture has on the county and someone’s everyday life.

Next was a presentation from LaDonna Caldwell, district

conservationist of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation

Services, about how conserving the soil will keep farming a vi-

able option for years to come. To illustrate that point, a short

video was played on the Dust Bowl that ruined the United

States’ heart of agriculture for 10 years in the 30’s.

While still at the Chamber office, the group got to see a

simulation how water runoff can damage the soil if it is not

covered by crops that keep the rich ingredients intact.

After the presentation by the NCRS, the class departed the

Chamber of Commerce for a tour of the new Franklin Farmer’s

Co-op store. Josh Cole, project manager for the store, explained

how the farming industry has become diversified and, in turn,

the store has adapted to accommodate agricultural needs.

Then Joe Huffine Farm Home & Fleet Division Manager for

Tennessee Farmers’ Cooperative talked about how a Farmer’s

Co-op works and how farmers in Franklin County benefit from

being a part of the entity.

After the Co-op presentation, the class headed to Woodall

Grain Company, near Alto, where Lou Pfister explained to the

leadership group how Woodall went from a family farm to be-

ing one of the primary grain distributors in the region.

Pfister would explain the marketing tactics and logistics of

getting all the grain where it needs to go.

The Leadership group then boarded the vans and headed to

Huntland where a work luncheon was provided by Thompson

Appalachian Hardwoods.

Claire T. Getty, chief financial officer, gave a brief overview

of what goes on at the hardwood company and how it grew

from one sawmill to one sawmill with 13 dry kilns.

Proceeding the lunch was a tour of the sawmill to see how

the wood was transformed from raw material into a finished


The tour of Franklin County’s agriculture offerings went on

to the Yoder Dairy Farm on David Crockett Highway.

Here, the participants got to witness how milking a cow has

advanced in technology over the years.

The last stop on the tour was at the Elora Cotton Gin to see

the process that goes into producing clothes from the product.

Kayleigh Hogan takes a shot at milking one of theYoder Dairy Farm’s

many cows.

—Photo provided

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