Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation President Jeff Aiken will not seek re-election at the annual meeting in December, according to a news release from the Farm Bureau.
Aiken, a third- generation beef cattle, hay, corn and tobacco farmer from Washington County, has served as president for the past six years and is only the eighth president in the organization’s 100-year history.
“When I was elected as president of the organization, I told everyone it’s because God called us to it, and now, Carol and I believe God is calling us back to the farm,” Aiken said in the news release. “The opportunity to serve the incredible farm people of Tennessee has been greater than we could have ever imagined, and we are exceptionally grateful for all we’ve experienced with our Farm Bureau family during these past six years.”
Aiken and his wife, Carol, farm with his two brothers and manage their more than 900-acre family operation in Telford, Tenn. They first became involved in the organization through the Young Farmers and Ranchers organization where he served as state chairman in 1992. In 1993 he and Carol were named the Tennessee Young Farmers of the Year.
After serving for several years as a board member and president of the Washington County Farm Bureau, Aiken was first elected to the state board as director-at-large in 1998. He then was elected as vice president in 2012 before being elected president in 2015.
In Aiken’s term, membership has grown by more than 35,000 family members to an all-time high of more than 680,000.
A new TFBF president will be elected to a two-year term by the voting delegates at the 100th annual meeting in Franklin, scheduled for Dec. 5-7.