The APSU Farm Advisory Committee and the university’s agriculture department held a joint dinner meeting August 19 at the Environmental Education Center, fondly referred to as ‘The Farm’ located on Pickens Road in Clarksville.
Guests included members of the Montgomery County Legislative Delation- Representatives Joe Pitts, Curtis Johnson and Senator Mark Green; Tennessee’s Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson, representatives of Tennessee Farm Credit Service and Planters Bank, APSU alumni and supporters of the agriculture program and APSU President Tim Hall.
APSU Senior Development Vonda St. Amant addressed the assembly with an update to the university’s agriculture programs. The Montgomery County Legislative Delegation has taken an active role in helping secure $400,000 in grant appropriations for the agriculture department programs. Also being recognized were financial gifts that are being made in support of the new animal science center. Planters Bank presented a $15,000 check and Farm Credit Services presented a $50,000 check.
Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson commented on the pride he felt in Austin Peay playing such a leading role in the growth of agriculture student enrollment. Its programs have made a marked difference in Tennessee’s agriculture future and viability. More young people are considering the diversity of careers in modern agriculture and that bodes well for the state and the nation.
The meeting was an opportunity for two new APSU student organizations, The Beef Show Team and the APSU Collegiate FFA, to provide local business and community leaders with details of their experiences and work within the university’s agriculture programs.
A special presentation was performed in honor of longtime support John Bartee Sr. A commemorative plaque was presented to Lois Bartee, his widow, in recognition of his unwavering support of the university’s agriculture programs and the Environmental Education Center. Mr. Bartee was director of the UT Extension Service for Montgomery County and a local agriculture leader for many years. He died July 8.
[Photos by Turner McCullough Jr./JazzWaves Imaging]