During the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association’s (TCA) Convention and Trade Show in late January, Sevier County cattle producer, Roger Radel, became president of the association. Radel has served on the Executive Committee for six years, along with other leadership roles in his local community such the local Co-op Board of Directors, Farm Bureau, Sevier County Fair Board, Sevier County Agricultural Committee, and the Sevier County Cattlemen’s Board. TCA’s nominating committee selected him as the next presidential candidate, which he believes “is a privilege” and is “excited become more involved in the organization.”
Radel, his wife, Madeline, and their children, moved to Tennessee in 1983 where he was a full-time hotel manager. With a deep love of agriculture that stemmed from growing up on a dairy farm, Radel knew he wanted to farm. “I must have made my dreams known to my wife because, in 1985, she bought me a calf,” said Radel. “The little guy made me quite happy, but I told my wife that he couldn’t be alone and that we needed a few more so that he would not be lonesome. Thankfully, she bought that.” Now, the Radels have a 250-head cow-calf operation, consisting of 110 momma cows, their calves, and some background cattle. Radel retired in 2014 and took on cattle production on full-time.
“Roger will provide the steady leadership we need to grow our organization and continue to represent and improve our industry,” said Charles Hord, executive vice president of TCA. “We appreciate his willingness to serve the beef industry in this capacity.”
There are many facets of leading an association, but Radel is most excited to help the youth programs grow. “We need young people to become more involved in the cattle industry. We also need to educate our younger generation about agriculture. This is also a great opportunity to work with cattlemen to make Tennessee Cattle more marketable.”
Radel will serve in this role for a two-year term.