Tennessee State Agriculture | Farm Flavor
Tennessee Agriculture

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



Farmers Markets


Economic Impact


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.

Other Articles

Connecting Farmers with Chefs in Tennessee

Pick Tennessee Farm and Restaurant Alliance builds strong relationships between farmers and chefs to bring consumers local ingredients.

Hog Wild in Tennessee

Meet Tennessee’s single most destructive animal.

Nashville Company Grows Green Roofs

Andy Sudbrock, owner of Nashville Natives Nursery and Southeast Green Roofs, and other horticulture entrepreneurs in the state are cultivating new markets in Tennessee to generate more money for green businesses.

Tennessee Dairy is Helping the Herd

Dairy processing and university research position industry for growth.

Armstrong Pie Company Boosts Tennessee County Recovery

In rural Perry County, Tennessee, Armstrong Pie Company's fried fruit turnovers have proven recession-proof and helped create and retain much-needed jobs.

New Festival Mixes Food and Music

What do Giada de Laurentiis and the Kings of Leon have in common? They've joined forces for the inaugural Music City Eats food and music festival, which takes place Sept. 21-22 in Nashville.

Popular Posts

Eggs Infographic

Amazing and Interesting Egg Facts [Infographic]

Egg facts infographic provides a look at global egg consumption habits along with tidbits about eggshell color and how to tell if your eggs are fresh.