Overview of Tennessee Agriculture
Agriculture Contributes $50.4 Billion to Tennessee's Economy Annually
Agriculture and Forestry Contribute $71.4 Billion to Tennessee's Economy Annually
Tennessee agriculture includes farming and related industries, as well as value-added food and fiber production, processing and manufacturing. Agriculture accounts for 10.4 percent of the state’s economy and generates $50.4 billion in output. Agriculture employs close to 262,000 Tennesseans, with over 101,000 (both full- and part-time) in agriculture production. In 2010, Tennessee had approximately 78,300 farms covering 10.9 million acres. Approximately 70.9 percent of the farms had sales in the $1,000 to $9,999 sales category, 23.9 percent of the farms had sales in the $10,000 to $99,999 sales category, and 5.2 percent of the farms had sales of $100,000 and over (Tennessee Department of Agriculture, 2010). Average farm size in the state was 139 acres. Listed below is an overview of Tennessee’s top 15 agricultural commodities. Most values are for 2010. Mouse over each picture for additional information.