Young leaders learn about co-ops, agriculture at conference

[CO-OP HEADQUARTERS CITY] – [ATTENDEES NAMES AND HOMETOWN] was sponsored by [COOPERATIVE] to attend the 2019 Young Leaders Conference held Feb. 22 and 23 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Franklin. More than 330 young people from across the state gathered at the annual conference that brings couples and individuals together from rural communities to learn about cooperatives, share their views about agriculture and discuss current issues facing rural Americans.

The Tennessee Council of Cooperatives (TCC) co-sponsors the annual conference with Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers organization.

This year’s event covered a variety of subjects aimed at educating leaders about cooperatives and agricultural issues as well as leadership skills and issues facing rural Tennessee. Keynote speakers included motivational speaker HK Derryberry and entrepreneur Colonel Littleton. Ventriloquist David Turner entertained attendees as well.

Jai Templeton, former Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, was presented an annual award given by TCC to an individual who has shown dedication to the cooperative cause in Tennessee. TCC made a $1,000 contribution in Templeton’s honor to the John Willis Memorial Scholarship fund, which provides financial aid to deserving college agriculture students in the state.

The Tennessee Council of Cooperatives is a statewide organization supported by Tennessee’s 60 member cooperatives, including 29 farmer cooperatives and 23 electric cooperatives.

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