4—Herald Chronicle, 2018 Leadership Franklin County
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
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
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