Agriculture is truly a staple of the Tennessean's lifestyle. Nearly half of the land in the state is used for an agricultural purpose, and Tennessee agriculture provides over 200,000 jobs. However, this important industry is facing a growing number of threats—from changes in the tobacco economy to declining commodity prices to increasing concern about property rights issues in the state. Staying in agriculture and remaining profitable can pose many difficult questions for Tennessee farmers.
You have the power to help save our farms and farmland. Support Tennessee farmers and farmers markets by taking these simple actions:
tennessee's first farmland protection summit
Farmers, landowners, and community leaders had an opportunity to learn about protecting and growing today’s farms for tomorrow’s families and communities at the state's Farmland Legacy Conference.
"The conference will give farmers and community planners the opportunity to come together and discuss the many ways to preserve farmland for our future generations," said state Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens. "In addition to farm estate planning, the conference will also provide information on things farmers can do today to improve their profitability and viability such as cost share assistance through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program."
keeping farmers on the land: improving access for family farmers to land and markets
American Farmland Trust (AFT) is working with farmers, planners and policy makers to ensure a regionally diverse structure for agriculture and more favorable economic conditions to keep farmers and ranchers on the land. Since most land use decisions are local, we work to create farm-friendly communities, demonstrate model approaches, educate partners and enact policies at all levels of government to support family farmers and keep land available and affordable for farming.
Senior Policy and Program Advisor
To learn more about agriculture in your state, visit the Tennessee state profile page at the Farmland Information Center.