Martin Grissom has been named Tennessee FFA’s 2016 State Star Farmer and was recognized for his accomplishment.
“I take this honor on behalf of the state, on behalf of Rock Island, Warren County and the city of McMinnville,” said Grissom, said of being name Tennessee FFA’s 2016 State Star Farmer. “It’s my honor to bring this back to my community.”
The Star Farmer is considered the highest recognition in the state for an aspiring young farmer, and is awarded to the top student who best demonstrates achievement in production agriculture and career and leadership development. His supervised agricultural experience (SAE) project was diversified crop production.
Martin, who is 18, operates and maintains a family farm with a variety of agricultural products to sell and donate within his community. His 500-acre operation consists of soybeans, sweet corn, wheat, produce, nursery stock, a greenhouse, livestock and honeybees. His two most recent additions are feeder pigs and a roadside farm store to sell his products.
Martin is the son of Mike and Holly Grissom of Rock Island. Future plans are to attend the University of Tennessee and major in agribusiness with hopes of returning to the farm and bettering his operation.
Martin was named the Tennessee FFA Star Farmer at the Tennessee FFA State Convention in Gatlinburg. Having received his state FFA degree, Martin is now eligible to earn his American FFA degree and represent Tennessee to become the National Star Farmer.
For his accomplishment, Speaker of the Senate Ron Ramsey, at the request of and in conjunction with state Sen. Janice Bowling, honored Grissom with a proclamation recognizing him for his “exceptional accomplishments.” It was presented by Bowling and Thomas B. Vaughn during Tuesday night’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.
Among the numerous friends and family in attendance during the presentation, were Grissom’s parents and his grandparents, David and Judy Grissom.