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2002/02/05

Tennessee Farmers Co-Op Presents More Than $10,000 To 4-H, FFA Tennessee Farmers Cooperative has given state 4-H and FFA organizations $10,400 - the profit from the sale of a limited edition 4-H-FFA Commemorative Case pocketknife released this fall. Each organization received $5,200. Co-Op produced the knife in recognition of its long-standing support of these important youth programs and to provide them with additional funding. With more than 150 retail outlets across the state, the 70 locally owned member Co-ops in Tennessee are the premier source for farm supply products and services for the state's farmers. The checks were presented November 26 at Tennessee Farmers Cooperatives annual meeting in Nashville. FFA President Kim Newsom of Dyersburg and 4-H Congress Governor Jared Davidson of Adams accepted the checks on behalf of their respective organizations. "Thank you for this generous donation," said Newsom as she accepted the funds. "We will use this money for programs that will further development and education of our members across the state." We greatly appreciate Co-op's support of 4-H," said Davidson. "We will put these funds to good use in our organization." Sponsored in cooperation with W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company, the Case knife if a popular two-bladed trapper pattern with amber bone handles. The Co-op and Case logos are laser-etched on the main blade with the vanner "Support 4-H and FFA" on the second blade. The second blade is dated 2001 to enhance its collectible status. TFC commissioned more than 1,700 of the commemorative knives that were pre-sold to member Co-ops across the state. No more of this particular knife will be produced, but some Co-ops may still have a few in stock. "We're proud to be able to recognize these outstanding youth organizations," said Joey Caldwell, manager of Tipton Farmers Cooperative, which along with Lincoln and Monroe Farmers cooperatives, sold more of the knives than any other Co-ops in the state. "FFA and 4-H have both played roles in developing many of our state's agricultural leaders, and we fully support their efforts."

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