Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 8:01 pm
Former 8th district congressman the late Ed Jones, who helped craft landmark federal legislation establishing modern farm policy and conservation programs, has been inducted into the Tennessee Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame board members recently met at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville and unanimously chose to memorialize Jones as one of only 13 inductees in the Hall’s 74-year history. Tennessee is one of the few states in the nation that honors individuals who have “rendered distinguished service to the science and art of agriculture.”
Jones began and ended his career as a farmer. He was first elected to Congress to represent rural northwest Tennessee in 1969, serving 10 terms and retiring in 1989 as the senior Democrat in the Tennessee Congressional Delegation. As a longtime member of the House Agriculture Committee, Jones was best known for his nonpartisan approach to politics. He authored several key pieces of farm legislation, including laws to reform the nation’s Farm Credit System and establishing the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and Conservation Reserve Program.
For more information, visit the Tennessee Agricultural Museum’s website at http://tnagmuseum.org/halloffame.html.
Published in The Messenger 1.25.11