Former 8th district congressman 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.

“For those of us in agriculture, Congressman Jones was larger than life. I personally knew him and remember him visiting our family farm in rural West Tennessee when I was a just boy,” said Hall of Fame board chairman and state Agriculture Commissioner Terry J. Oliver.

“He was always an advocate for the farmer and had a profound impact not only on Tennessee, but national farm policy that still ensures food security today. I’m pleased the board has recognized his service in this way.” 

Hall of Fame board members recently met at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville and unanimously chose to honor Jones, who passed away in 1999, 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.