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The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

Agri-Industry Modeling and Analysis Group



 

 


Economic Impacts

Overview of Tennessee Agriculture

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Agriculture Contributes $50.4 Billion to Tennessee's Economy Annually

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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.

Cattle
Soybeans
nursery
Corn
cotton
dairy
tobacco
wheat
snap beans
Apple

Source:Tennessee Agriculture 2011, Department Report & Statistical Summary
Census of Horticultural Specialties (2009)