Tennessee FB celebrates the legacy of beloved field services administrator Joe McKinnon upon his retirement
Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation field services administrator Joe McKinnon announced he will retire at the end of the year. So, producers across the state gathered to celebrate his impact over a 35-year career in agriculture.
After an illustrious 35-year career with the Tennessee Farm Bureau, Field Services Administrator Joe McKinnon is set to retire at the end of 2023. McKinnon reflected on his journey from a “little old country boy” from Chester County, Tennessee, to a respected figure with friends and colleagues from all across the country, especially in the South.
“It’s been a great ride — twenty-eight years on the field staff and heading the field staff,” he said, fondly, revealing his passion and heart for the farmers and rural communities he served shine through. “It’s been a great ride.”
Raised on his family’s farm, McKinnon graduated from the University of Tennessee Martin with a degree in agricultural business. His journey with the Farm Bureau began in 1988 when he joined as an insurance agent in Hardeman County after working at Hardaman Farmers Coop. In 1995, he transitioned to the field staff, covering 13 counties in West Tennessee and three in Middle Tennessee, working to promote volunteer leaders and County boards.
Joe took on the role of Field Services administrator in 2013, overseeing eight counties in Southwest Tennessee. Reflecting on his years of service, Joe expresses gratitude for the people—Tennessee farmers, staff, and the dedicated individuals on the field staff. His dedication and loyalty to the organization have been unwavering, leaving an indelible mark on the community and beyond. The response to his retirement announcement was overwhelming, with numerous phone calls, letters, and texts pouring in, a testament to the impact he has made during his tenure.
As McKinnon bids farewell, there is no doubt that his legacy of service will endure and continue to make a lasting impact on the lives of those he has touched throughout his remarkable career.