David Sarten, a Sevier County beef cattle and hay farmer, was elected to serve a three-year term on the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative (TFC) Board of Directors during TFC’s annual meeting in Nashville.
Sarten, 54, was chosen by Zone 3 delegates in East Tennessee and his election was ratified by the membership. He replaces Wayne Brown of Chuckey, whose term on the ninemember board ended with the annual meeting.
“With my experience of helping Sevier Farmers Co-op as board secretary and building committee member through its recent remodeling and expansion, as well as being a 36-year member of the Co-op, I felt like I could have a positive effect on Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s board,” Sarten said. “I’m hopeful that the knowledge I’ve gained both on the farm and as a small businessman for the past 23 years has prepared me for this new role. I’m honored to be part of an organization like the Co-op that is blessed with both good management and good employees.”
In addition to backgrounding steers, maintaining a small cow/calf operation, and growing/cutting hay on 250 owned and leased acres with brothers Eric and Joe, Sarten also runs Covewood Construction, a construction firm specializing in custom home building. He has also been involved in his community as board chairman of the Sevier County Public Library System.
Sarten and his wife, Susan, have been married for 32 years. The couple has one son, Jairus, who is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The family attends Middle Creek United Methodist Church in Pigeon Forge, where David serves as lay leader and has taught an adult Sunday School class for many years.
He is a lifelong resident of Sevier County and a 1976 graduate of Sevier County High School.
TFC, a regional farm supply and service organization, is owned by Sevier Farmers Cooperative and 54 other locally owned member Co-ops across the state. The nearly 150 Co-op retail outlets, which operate in 83 of Tennessee’s 95 counties, serve more than 60,000 farmer owners and some 500,000 customers across the state. Seven member Co-ops also have branch retail stores in the neighboring states of Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Mississippi.
TFC has a total of four distribution centers, three fertilizer plants, four feed mills, a metal fabrication plant, a farm equipment facility, and a maintenance shop.
In addition, a seed conditioning and vegetable and lawn seed packaging facility are located at Halls in West Tennessee and TFC operates barge terminals in Nashville and Fort Loudon in East Tennessee.