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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.

Boone Street Market Showcases Local Foods and Farmers

Jonesborough's Boone Street Market adds value to locally grown foods and brings people together.

First-Generation Farmers Carry the Torch for Agriculture

As the ag population ages, more young professionals are are becoming first-generation farmers and taking up farming and ranching.

Tennessee Agriculture by the Numbers



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Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

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