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The Tennessee Department of Agriculture promotes local produce and products and ensures safe and dependable food and fiber for all while conserving our natural resources. Farming and forestry not only preserve a time-honored way of life, but they also fuel the state's economy. Agricultural production generates more than $3.5 billion annually in farm cash receipts and nearly $300 million generated by timber sales. The Department touches the lives of Tennesseans everyday through the food we eat, the fuel we pump, the clothes we wear, the wood products we use and the land we enjoy.
Access directories for all sorts of foods and fun available at Tennessee farms, farmers markets and other retail outlets. Useful pages that list nurseries and greenhouses will help you find plants that can thrive in Tennessee—because they’ve been locally grown. From Christmas trees to country hams, and from wineries to watermelons, you can find it on a Tennessee farm!
Guide to Tennessee's farms, food and forestry. Search recipes, articles and quick tips for growing the best crops.
The agricultural museum, located on the spacious grounds of the Ellington Agricultural Center, has an extensive collection of home and farm artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries along with rural Tennessee prints. Textiles, a woodworking collection, buggies, wagons and large items like the McCormick reaper and Jumbo steam engine are exhibited in a renovated plantation barn. Log cabins, a small farm house, kitchen/herb garden, perennial garden and nature trail are also part of the museum tour. The museum is located in Nashville, TN.
Tennessee’s forest health management program seeks to minimize resource losses from forest insects, disease, vertebrate pests, or other sources impacting growth such as flooding and air pollution. It monitors and evaluates pest occurrences, promotes healthy forests through education and technical assistance and implements integrated pest management strategies on state forests, nurseries, and orchards.
Information on fire prevention, burning permits, fireworks and outdoor safety, fire statistics, drought monitoring, and weather forecasts.