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Newcomer, two veterans elected new TFC directors



Elected to TFC’s Board of Directors are, from left, Benjie Daniel of Charlotte, Zone 2; Mark Thompson of Cumberland Gap, Zone 3; and Keith Fowler of Martin, Zone 1. Daniel is replacing Kenneth Nixon, whose term expired. Daniel, Thompson, and Fowler will all serve three-year terms. Thompson was also named as the board’s new chairman.
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Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s board of directors welcomed a newcomer and two former members after zone caucus elections at the 2017 annual meeting Nov. 27 in Nashville.

Benjie Daniel of Charlotte was chosen by his Zone 2 peers to serve a three-year term, replacing board chairman Kenneth Nixon, who was not eligible for re-election. Current board members Keith Fowler of Martin and Mark Thompson of Cumberland Gap were selected to continue their service with a second three-year term for Zone 1 and Zone 3 respectively. Thompson was also elected to serve as the board’s chairman for 2018. (See article below).

“I am honored to be elected to represent Zone 2,” says Daniel. “I look forward to working with the board and management to help our Co-op remain relevant for current and future members.”

Daniel, along with father Johnny, a former TFC board member and past Walker Award winner, operates a dairy farm on 1,300 owned and leased acres in Dickson County. They milk nearly 200 cows and raise 200 replacement heifers and calves. The Daniels also raise 325 acres of corn for both silage and grain and ryegrass for haylage, as well as 150 acres of soybeans.

Daniel is president of the Dairy Producers Association and serves on the Dickson County Ag Extension Committee. He and wife, Ashley, a teacher for Dickson County Schools, have two children: daughter Whitley, 15, and son Wyatt, 13. The family attends Charlotte Fagan United Methodist Church where Daniel serves as a trustee.

Fowler, first elected to the board in 2014, has been chosen to serve a second three-year term representing Zone 1.

“I am appreciative of the opportunity to continue to represent the farmers of West Tennessee,” he says. “I look forward to working as a member of the board to meet the challenges and pursue the opportunities in front of TFC.”

He raises corn, wheat, and soybeans on 5,200 acres and is co-owner and manager of Robinson & Belew, Inc., in Sharon, a grain elevator business with 4.5 million bushels of storage.

Fowler currently serves on the boards of Weakley County Farm Bureau and Tennessee FFA Foundation. He formerly served on the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board and Farm Credit Advisory Committee, and as a director of First State Bank in Union City. He is a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

He and wife, Linda, an employee of the Weakley County School System, have three children: Chris, 27, who farms full-time with his father; Rachel, 24, a first grade teacher with the Weakley County School System; and Emily, 19, a freshman at Union University in Jackson.

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