Putnam County Farm Bureau receives state’s highest honor

Putnam County and Tennessee Farm Bureau leaders gathered after the Pinnacle Award celebration to display their award.

COOKEVILLE – The Putnam County Farm Bureau was presented with the Pinnacle Award at the Tennessee Farm Bureau Annual Convention in December 2018, and they commemorated their hard work with a celebratory dinner on Sept. 3, 2019. The Pinnacle Award is the highest recognition that can be given to a county Farm Bureau and is the result of reaching the highest standards possible in membership, programs and teamwork​.

Putnam County Farm Bureau sanctions a plethora of events in partnership with community entities throughout the year, giving way to their annual theme “Strength Through Partnerships.” These vital partnerships have allowed them to create a community impact worthy of receiving the Pinnacle Award. 

Agriculture in the Classroom Farm Day, support for local FFA chapters and 4-H clubs, as well as their deep interest in the Tennessee Tech School of Agriculture are just a few ways Putnam County Farm Bureau cultivates faith in the future of agriculture. Jeff Aiken, Tennessee Farm Bureau President, attended the Pinnacle Award Dinner and noted the prestige of Putnam County Farm Bureau. 

Putnam County Farm Bureau President, Sam Tays, addresses the group as they celebrate receiving the Pinnacle Award.

“Putnam County is one of the best counties within the entire state,” said Aiken. “It’s a great team approach between the board of directors, the Women’s Committee, the office staff, and the Young Farmers & Ranchers. They all come together to elevate agriculture and to deal with the issues that are important to their farmers.”

Putnam County Farm Bureau is primarily led by its board of directors including President Sam Tays, Women’s Committee Chair Gwen Ray, Young Farmers & Ranchers Chair Aaron Walls and is supported by Putnam County Farm Bureau Agency Manager Phillip Baker.

Putnam County Farm Bureau is ​an agricultural organization created in 1938 and whose goal is to develop, foster, promote, and protect programs for the general welfare, including economic, social, educational and political well-being of farm people of Putnam County and of the great state of Tennessee. To learn more about Putnam County Farm Bureau and the services it provides to over 12,000 member families, visit ​www.tnfarmbureau.org/putnam​.

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