Weston Watts, The Lexington Progress, Oct. 16, 2019
A sellout crowd of over 250 people attended the first annual "Farm to Table" Dinner in Lexington tonight! The "Farm to Table" event showcased food from local farms and brought awareness to the economic impact of the agriculture industry in Henderson County. All proceeds including ticket sales and the live-auction go towards the future building of a local Farmers Market at the corner of 1st Street and Natchez Trace Drive in Lexington. The keynote speaker for tonight's event was Former Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton.
"Miss Oak Ridge" Lily Steed, of Lebanon was recognized by Former Commissioner Templeton as an 8th-generation Middle Tennessee Farmer and Wilson County Fair Board Member that is actively involved in the Tennessee Farm Breau. At 18 years old, she owns and operates her own meat processing business and can field dress / process a deer in 7.5 minutes!
Rep. Chris Todd, Vice-chairman of the House Ag Committee. (Madison Co. Representative). Coleen Coury, West TN Public Affairs Coordinator for the TN Dept. of Agriculture "Miss Lexington" Lauren Dickson, 1st runner-up to Miss Tennessee Brianna Mason in June of this year. Both Lily and Lauren, competed on the stage of Miss Tennessee Scholarship Competition, in June of this year at Thompson-Boling Arena on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Henderson County has: 18,000 head of cattle 8,000 Acres of Corn 36,000 Acres of Soybeans 3,000 Acres of Cotton 21,000 Acres of Hay Agriculture is the #1 source of revenue generation for the State of Tennessee. Hosts of the event: Brian White, University of Tennessee Agriculture Extension Agent for Henderson County, Leadership of the City of Lexington, and the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.