From the Ground Up

August 7, 2018

ground up coffee talk

As we introduce our new Coffee Talk of Tennessee© series, we can’t help but reflect on how far we’ve come as a company since our humble beginnings in 1948.

When you hear the name “Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee,” you may think of your friendly agent who lives down the street or a claims adjuster that you always wave to at the grocery store or church. You may think of Farmer Charlie and his funny and heartwarming commercials on TV. You may just think of another one of those insurance companies with the word “Farm” in it.

We like to think of ourselves as a company that’s been serving Tennesseans since 1948 and today has more agents in more communities than any other insurer in the state of Tennessee. These are two facts that we couldn’t be more proud of, and it’s these deep roots that make us who we are today.

The truth is, Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee’s entire story began on the farm, back when farmers were considered too “high risk” for coverage by many insurers. The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation recognized this need and started Tennessee Farmers Insurance Company in 1948, a service company of the Federation known to you today as Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee. The company grew from a need to serve our farmers and has grown into a service that any resident in Tennessee can enjoy today. You may have heard the saying “You don’t have to be a farmer to get Farm Bureau Insurance,” and that’s one of the biggest messages we want all Tennesseans to know.

There’s no better way to get to know a company than to talk to its people, and some of the best conversations begin over a cup of coffee. Join us as we travel the state to talk to some of our agents over coffee while learning more about insurance and how it can impact people’s lives. We couldn’t think of a better place to kick off this series and the first of its kind for our company than on a farm, back where it all began. We hope you enjoy.

A special thank you to Agency Manager Bobby Pulley for sharing his stories and Emily Hancock for hosting and allowing us to film on her family’s tobacco farm in Bumpus Mills, Tenn.


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