As the weather continues to tease Greene County residents, community members are already hard at work preparing for the summer season. The Depot Street, Greeneville and Fox Park Fair farmers markets are anticipating another busy season at each of their respective locations.

Walking through the hallways of the University of Tennessee Research and Education Center at Greeneville, photographs of tobacco line the walls. There, much like the abandoned tobacco warehouses in downtown Greeneville, the decline of a once prosperous industry is evident.

For the first time in almost 100 years, Greene County is not labeled “extreme” or, more severely, “exceptional.” This is according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which combines federal, state and academic data to describe drought conditions in the United States.

Sometimes it feel as if there are more cows than people in agriculturally rich Greene County, and that’s because there actually are.

While technological progressions like "clean meat" — beef grown by geneticists in a lab instead of on a farm by cattle farmers — pop up in certain pockets, the beef market still requires old fashioned know-how and tradition.

Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder, enjoying a wholesome meal, those in attendance at the 29th annual Farm-City Banquet presented by the Greene County Partnership Agribusiness Committee, epitomized the meaning of community.

When Hannah Reeves, a senior at Greeneville High School, joined 4-H in fourth grade, little did she know she would meet a former president or achieve the state’s highest honor.