He has hosted school tours, Chinese trade delegates, USDA Secretary John Block and Extension crop plots on his farm.

He serves on Tennessee Farmer’s Cooperative board. He served on a Tennessee Extension dean’s advisory committee. He served as president of the Tennessee Soybean Association and chaired the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board. Jameson has also served on the West Tennessee No-Till Farmers Association board.

He served on the Eighth District Federal Reserve Agribusiness Advisory Council and on the board and executive committee of the American Soybean Association. He also received a Conservation Legacy award from the American Soybean Association.

His wife Jane is also active in First United Methodist Church. She works as an instructional facilitator and tennis coach for Haywood County Schools. She worked five years as a math teacher and 20 years as a tutor. She is also active in the Bonnes Amies Club.

Richard and Jane have four daughters. Harriet is a graduate student in urban and environmental planning and landscape architecture at the University of Virginia. Mary is a second grade teacher in Virginia Beach, Va. Martha Jane is a speech pathology major at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. And Patsy is a junior at Haywood High School.

Jameson has learned important lessons in farming. “As I got a handle on my depression, I felt I wasn’t the only farmer going through stress during difficult times,” he says.

“I have worked with local pastors, University of Tennessee Extension and suppliers to help recognize signs of stress and how to help farmers. Stress is part of farming and will never go away. But it can be managed and kept to acceptable levels.”

Robert Burns, Tennessee Extension assistant dean, is state coordinator for the Farmer of the Year awards. Chuck Danehower, Extension area farm management specialist, nominated Jameson for the award.

“Richard is one of our top farmers,” says Danehower. “He is a leader and excellent in his management of production and marketing risk, and stress.”