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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.

How “Homegrown by Heroes” Program Helps Vets Find Fulfillment in Farming

The Homegrown by Heroes program is America’s official branding effort of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, helping farmer veterans with their agricultural careers.

Tennessee Farmers Care About Conservation

Tennessee farmers deeply understand the importance of conserving and caring for soil and water. After all, the land and its health are central to their livelihood.

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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