Tennessee Farm Bureau President W. Lacy Upchurch announced Monday he will not seek another term as leader of the nation’s largest farm bureau, reports the Columbia Daily Herald.
Upchurch was elected in 2005 to lead the farm bureau, which is headquartered in Columbia and employs 700 there, and has been a strong advocate for farming and agriculture in the state. The beef cattle producer, who lives on a farm in Cumberland County with his wife, Kay, was the seventh president in the organization’s 94-year history.
“After much thought and prayer, I have decided not to seek another term,” Upchurch said. “My heart, however, will always be with Farm Bureau and the Christian principles that make this organization strong.
“I’ve been blessed to work with an effective state board, staff and many others who have contributed to what we have been able to do. Part of me would love to stay and continue to serve, but I feel strongly about knowing when to pass the torch. Kay and I have a farm calling us home, children and grandchildren to spend time with and hopefully an opportunity to work more in our church and community.”
Membership has grown by more than 38,000 during Upchurch’s presidency. He will be replaced at the Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, Dec. 7-8 in Franklin.