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  • New net additions total $4.6 million are made to property, plant, and equipment, primarily at Jackson feed mill.
  • Environmental issues come under close scrutiny; TFC cooperateswith member Co-ops on environmental assessments of key member locations.
  • Tennessee Junior Livestock Exposition celebrates its 20th anniversary.
  • Alfagraze, the first dual-purpose alfalfa, offered by Co-ops, allows farmers the option to graze or harvest for stored forages.
  • TFC tractor-trailor rigs promote Big Red, Lil'Red, and Action Ration dog and cat foods with four-color decals of bags of pet foods on sides anf rear doors of trailers.
  • Phillip Walker is selected as the fourth CEO, to succeed W. Bailey. Walker takes immediate steps to instill a faster response within the company. He first tries to add more business through nonmember business, by forming Ag Distributors Inc (ADI), a fertilizer company. This is the first time TFC ventures into nonmember business
  • Product divisions are reorganized into three clearly defined product areas: Sales, Operations, and Member and Administrative Services.
  • As a result of the 1992 realignment, a new product department is created – Home, Lawn Specialty(HLS) – to remove non-farm and specialty products from the other departments and consolidate them in to one area. In its first year, HLS reaches sales of $17 million and handles 10,500 different items.
  • Computing functions are divided into two departments, Corporate Data Services and Member Data Services.
  • Material Handling facility completes a 70-by-60-foot addition at LaVergne, while a 28,000-square-foot expansion is made to feed mill warehouse at LaVergne.
  • In 1994, the Boll Weevil Eradication Program (BWEP) first moved into southern Middle Tennessee and began in West Tennessee in 1997. Using an effective combination of trapping, spraying, and monitoring, BWEP has virtually eliminated cotton’s most dreaded enemy and made a dramatic change in the way cotton growers manage their crops.
  • The first Roundup Ready crops are commercially available. FFR soybean varieties with Roundup Ready technology are introduced for the 1996 growing season.
  • TFC purchase Fort Loudoun Terminal, Inc. to enhance fertilizer service to member Co-ops in East Tennessee.
  • TFC and 26 member Co-ops celebrate their 50 th anniversary.
  • TFC increases the number of scholarships awarded to 32 scholarships (20 more than previous years) for $1,500 each. These are annually awarded to students at UT Knoxville, UT Martin, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee Technological University.
  • Tennessee celebrates its Bicentennial.
  • Several member Co-ops reconstruct their gas pumps and install new underground storage tanks to meet new EPA standards. Co-op gas card program is also introduced with great success.
  • Seed, Ag Chemicals, and Fertilizer Departments are combined into the Agronomy Division.
  • Pro-pet L.L.C., is formed to produce quality pet and companion animal foods from headquarters in St. Marys, Ohio. Tennessee Co-ops offer Action Ration Complete, Big Red, L’il Red and Pro-Pet brands pf pet foods manufactured by the company, owned by TFC and three other regional cooperatives.
  • Global Positioning Systems gain popularity; several member Co-ops begin offering precision agriculture services.
  • TDA introduces the “Ag Tag,” an agricultural license plate; TFC was instrumental in development and design of the specialty tag.
  • Phillip Walkers retires July 31 as chief executive officer and Vernon Glover is named his successor, only the fifth head of TFC.
  • In May, first Co-op convenience store in Woodbury.
  • Mr. Tire program starts, offering a one-stop tire and automotive service center.
  • Co-op goes online with its first public Web site, The Web site is now found at
  • James B. Walker is awarded TFC’s first Cooperative Spirit Award, which would from then on bear his name.
  • Ag Chemical Department changes its name to Crop Protection Department to reflect the industry’s emphasis on environmentally friendly use of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and related products and to focus attention on the department’s mission of providing products has been an integral part of the Co-op’s business throughout its history, but advances in bio-technology have dramatically changed the product offering over the last decade. Today, the Crop Production Department continues to provide high – quality generic products along with a full line of proprietary products manufactured by basic chemical manufacturers.
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