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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.

Get a Taste of Nashville at the Nashville Farmers’ Market

The Nashville Farmers' Market has partnered with The Compost Company in pursuit of their Zero Waste Initiative, with aims to be more eco-friendly.

Tennessee Farms Invite Visitors to Come Out and Play

Agritourism isn't just for kids anymore – there are plenty of destinations across Tennessee that offer entertainment and excitement for adults.

Tennessee Agriculture by the Numbers

Farms

68,050

Farmers Markets

125

Economic Impact

$3.6B

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

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