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Tennessee Agriculture

Tennessee Agriculture

Tennessee farming is far from the mule-and-plow stereotype of the past. Staying attuned to the technological times, embracing sustainability and innovation in an ever-changing industry is how agriculture and forestry have remained vital sectors in the Volunteer State, contributing approximately $74.8 billion to Tennessee’s economy each year. Leading agricultural commodities are cattle and calves, broilers and milk, and also soybeans, corn, hay, wheat, cotton, tobacco, and a variety of fruits and vegetables.

With just over 67,300 farms spread across 9 million acres of land and $4.28 billion in cash receipts, Tennessee contains many prosperous traditional farming operations. More than 349,000 Tennesseans are employed in both the agricultural and forestry industries. The state is also a hotbed of agricultural innovation and entrepreneurship.

More Than Tradition: Innovative Farming in Tennessee

Tennessee producers are using innovative farming methods to maintain a strong agriculture industry.

Harlinsdale Farm Fun

The Park at Harlinsdale Farm draws equine enthusiasts and hosts special events with a new arena.

Tennessee Agriculture by the Numbers

Farms

68,050

Farmers Markets

125

Economic Impact

$3.6B

yr.
Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

Recent Articles

Ag Tag Boosts Ag Education in Tennessee

Ag Tag funds drive growth and progress in Tennessee's ag youth organizations.

Bush Brothers Triumphs as a Household Name

The family-owned Bush Brothers and Company, with its iconic Bush's Baked Beans, shows what it means to be a true Tennessee agricultural success.

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Attracting Agribusiness to Rural Tennessee

Tennessee Ag works to bring agribusinesses, like lettuce grower Tanimura & Antle from California, to the state.

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Tennessee equine trail guide helps riders find the places to ride.

County, Regional and State Fairs Put Ag on Display

Tennessee's fairs bring agriculture to the forefront.

Port of Cates Landing Connects Northwest Tennessee to Global Markets

Tennessee’s newest port sits in the center of a multistate agricultural region and opens up opportunities with China and other growing Asian markets that demand cotton, grain and meat.

Freshness on the Move

Farm family travels up to 50 miles to sell fresh berries to customers.

Tennessee Ag Museums are Harvesting History

Agricultural museums teach the history of Tennessee’s vital industry.

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