2023 TCA WINTER MEETING
Jan. 2-3 Lebanon, TN
featuring Dr. Temple Grandin, Trent Loos, and Jason Brown
What to Expect
For the first time, the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association will hold its Winter Meeting and trade show at the newly-renamed Farm Bureau Expo Center in Lebanon, located right off of I-40 and a little over 30 minutes from Nashville.
Speakers include nationally-renowned animal behavior expert Dr. Temple Grandin, radio host and agriculture advocate, Trent Loos, and former professional football player for the Baltimore Ravens and St. Louis Rams, Jason Brown, who is now a farmer and humanitarian.
Additional speakers covering cattle health, genetics and forage topics are being scheduled. There will also be an entertaining banquet featuring Will Rogers impersonator/interpreter Randall Reeder.
Dr. Temple Grandin
Dr. Temple Grandin is an American scientist, academic, and animal behaviorist. She is a prominent proponent for the humane treatment of livestock for slaughter and the author of more than 60 scientific papers and books on animal behavior. Grandin is a consultant to the livestock industry, where she offers advice on animal behavior, and is also an autism spokesperson.
Trent Loos is a sixth generation farmer with a passion for agriculture. In Spearfish, SD, Trent told radio personality Jim Thompson that he wanted to have his own radio show. Loos Tales launched in January of 2001. Today, the show airs on over 100 stations nationwide and boasts 3 million listeners on-air and online. Sharing the message about the people and places in rural America is a step toward re-connecting consumers to their food. Trent lives in Nebraska with his wife and daughters.
Jason Brown is a former American football center and is currently farmer and agriculture advocate. He played college football at North Carolina and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Brown visited the Rams in the first day of free agency in 2009. The next day, he agreed to a five-year deal worth $37.5 million. Brown chose to walk away from football in 2012 at the age of 29 to become a farmer in Louisburg, North Carolina. He maintains a 1,000-acre farm called First Fruits Farm where he grows produce such as sweet potatoes and cucumbers. He donates these crops to local food pantries, having given away over 500,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and 50,000 pounds of cucumbers. Brown began learning about farming practices in 2012 by watching YouTube videos.