Tennessee agriculture commodities include soybeans, corn, cotton, tobacco and wheat. Here are some facts and stats about which counties grow which crops, how many acres are grown and how many bushels are harvested.

tennessee top crops infographic

Livestock also plays an important role in Tennessee agriculture, as beef cattle is the state’s top agricultural commodity, and Tennessee ranks second in the nation in meat goat production. Broilers (chickens raised for meat), dairy and swine round out the state’s top livestock.

Tennessee top livestock

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  1. I love this site! As a public school teacher, I appreciate having access to this detailed information. Our students are trying to research assigned states, for the students learning about Tennessee, you are a superb resource! Thank you,
    Steve Applebaugh

  2. Hi i am 24 years old and i am just now getting in to farming. I have lots to learn but the one question i have that will start me off on my adventure. I have access to 40 acrs of land and i was wandering what would be a good cash crop to grow, what would be something i could buld on for the future. Im sorry for the lack of info i just need a point in the rite direction any help i am thankfull for. hope to here from someone thank you so much


  3. You’re looking for cash, I’d sell the 40 acres. You’re looking to build a sustainable farm and lead a different life-style, I would focus on pasture grazing and rotating pasture and crop lands. It will increase the fertility of your soil through manure and clover (legumes return nitrogen to soil). Intense commercial monoculture of corn/soybean rotations and ignoring the importance of pasture rotation, results in lost fertility and increased top soil erosion.

    The commercial farming industry seems to not be concerned with land fertility. And their answer to erosion is chemicals, so I would steer away from what agro-business tells you to do, and more important what to buy. Keep in mind 40 acres is tiny compared to some 4000 acre commercial farms. I think you’re gonna make more if you are a small operation focusing on sustainability and value added goods (lavender soap – grow the lavender, milk a cow).

    Take a look at John Seymour’s The Guide to Self-Sufficiency. Covers the pasture rotation plan to build fertility and a whole lot more.

    I also advice on reading Gene Logsdon’s Contrary Farmer (he advises for pasture grazing/crop rotations too) and his book on Raising Grains is indispensable (since grains will take up a large part of your rotations).

    Cheers, buddy. I am 24 now, and moving to Nashville to start a farm. I wish you luck.


  4. I’d also advise you to conserve 5-10% to woodlands, if you have woods on your property. By maintaining woods, you’ll allow greater diversity of wild and plant life. Diversity of species is a key component of sustainable agriculture. They all balance each other out.

    Also wood burns reeeeaaal nice. ­čÖé


  5. Hi, I┬┤m a writer from Spain (Europe). I need to know which is the Tennessee┬┤s village which has more crops and farmhouse. The main character of my story is a woman from Nashville.
    Thank you


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