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Tennessee Cattlemen's Association and Industry Partners Donate Beef to Second Harvest Food Bank

The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association partnered with H&R Agri-Power and Farm Credit Mid America to donate beef to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Pictured left to right: Paul Davis, beef producer; Mason Collins, TCA youth ambassador; Neal Watson, TCA Board of Director; Derek Duncan, Farm Credit Mid America Crop Insurance Specialist; Jeffery McWilliams, Farm Credit Mid America Financial Officer; Rachel Davis, Farm Credit Mid America Regional Vice President Food and Agribusiness; Wayne Hunt, H&R Agri-Power President; Ryan Polete, H&R Agri-Power regional manager; Stephanie McQueen, H&R Agri-Power Marketing Coordinator; Chris Jones, Pete’s Country Meats owner; Grant Funderburk, TCA youth ambassador; John Bradley, TCA Board of Director.

Murfreesboro, TN – The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) with the help from industry partners donated approximately 1,000 pounds of beef to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Two beef steers were purchased from Tennessee cattle producers and harvested at Pete’s Country Meats, a local USDA inspected processor in Loretto, Tennessee.

“During these challenges times, TCA is proud to partner with Second Harvest and our generous industry supporters in providing nutrient-dense, great-tasting beef to families in need in Tennessee,” said Charles Hord, TCA Executive Vice President.

This year’s Second Harvest beef donation partners included H&R Agri-Power and Farm Credit Mid America.

TCA Youth Ambassadors, Grant Funderburk (left) and Mason Collins (right) assist Second Harvest truck driver with loading the boxes of beef.

“We are proud to support the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and Second Harvest Food Bank in their efforts towards providing nutrient-rich foods to Tennesseans in need, as well as supporting the education and involvement of our future beef cattle farmers and the cattle industry as a whole,” said Wayne Hunt, President of H&R Agri-Power. “With the challenges our nation is facing during this pandemic, the need is greater than ever before. It is our honor to be able to provide nutritious beef for numerous Tennessee families through these two organizations.”

This is the eighth year TCA and its industry partners have donated beef to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Approximately 1,000 pounds of beef was donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. This beef was raised by two, Tennessee cattle producers, Paul Davis and Ben Neale.

“Farm Credit Mid America is proud to partner with Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association in their beef donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank,” said Rachel Davis, Regional Vice President Food and Agribusiness for Farm Credit Mid America. “This has been a tough year for many in our communities. Joining the Tennessee beef industry to help feed families in need not only aligns with the values of our farm lending cooperative, but with the more than 9,000 Tennessee cattle producers we serve.”

The TCA beef donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank is traditionally held on a larger scale in conjunction with the Tennessee Junior Beef Expo. The 2020 Junior Beef Expo event was canceled earlier this year. TCA elected to move forward with the beef donation to continue the tradition of providing a nutrient-rich protein source to those in need in the Middle Tennessee community.

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