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Thompson elected chairman, Sarten vice chair



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To lead Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s board of directors in 2018, Mark Thompson of Cumberland Gap has been

selected to serve as chairman and David Sarten of Sevierville has been chosen as vice chairman.

During the caucus elections, Thompson was chosen to serve a second consecutive three-year term. He returned to the board in 2014 after serving from 1998 through 2005, a tenure that included serving as board chairman twice, in 2003 and 2005.

“I appreciate the confidence the board has placed in me,” he says. “I look forward to what future opportunities hold for TFC, our member Co-ops, and member owners.”

Thompson runs a cow/calf and backgrounding operation on his 1,100-acre farm, where he also raises alfalfa, corn, tobacco, pumpkins, and produce. He serves on the board of Claiborne Livestock Association and is a member of the Claiborne County Agricultural Committee.

Thompson and his wife, Mary, technology supervisor for Claiborne County Schools, have two sons — Lee, 27, and Cody, 25, — both of whom farm full-time with their father. 

The Thompsons attend Arthur United Methodist Church in Cumberland Gap.

Originally elected to the board in 2012, Sarten is currently serving his second consecutive three-year term, representing Zone 3, and this year will serve in the role of board vice chairman.

“I’d like to express my gratitude to the board for having confidence in me and electing me to this position,” he says. “I also want to encourage farmers to stay involved in their Co-ops. It’s their business, and the best way to ensure the success of their Co-op is to participate and have their ideas heard. Also, I’d like to invite the local boards to continue to communicate openly with the TFC board and their regional representatives.”

With brothers Eric and Joe, Sarten backgrounds steers, maintains a small cow/calf operation, and produces hay on 250 owned and leased acres in Sevierville. The 42-year member of Sevier Farmers Cooperative also runs Covewood Construction, a business he established in 1988 that specializes in custom home building.

He and wife, Susan, have been married for 37 years and have a son, Jairus, and his wife, Jessica.

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