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Freeman Joins Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Friday, January 19, 2018 | 09:30am
Will Freeman Appointed PIO

NASHVILLE—Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton is announcing the appointment of Will Freeman as public information officer for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA).

Freeman joins the TDA Public Affairs team and will help coordinate media relations, internal and external communications, and public outreach for the department.

“Clear communications are key, no matter if you are explaining agricultural issues, TDA programs, or sharing critical information during an emergency,” Commissioner Templeton said. “Will’s education, experience, and personal background in agriculture make him uniquely suited for this role with our department.”

Freeman most recently worked in the Tennessee legislature as a legislative assistant. He earned a degree in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications from the University of Tennessee, where he also served as student body president and represented the interests of more than 27,000 students. During his time at UT, Freeman interned in the marketing and communications department of the Institute of Agriculture.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to join the talented team at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture,” Freeman said. “I look forward to sharing the great work that impacts Tennessee farmers and citizens.”

Freeman grew up on a farm in Portland, Tenn. His family specializes in poultry, beef, and forage production. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and watching the Tennessee Volunteers.

Media with inquiries about TDA and the department’s programs can contact Will at 615-253-3224 or 615-289-7955, or by email at

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote wise use of our agricultural and forest resources, develop economic opportunities and ensure safe and dependable food and fiber for the citizens of Tennessee.