Tennessee Agriculture

Since I just spent a few days in Nashville, I figured this would as good a time as any to share some agriculture facts from the state. It goes right along with my postcard project. I’m a big postcard junkie, so if you’d like to send me one from your state with a few facts about local agriculture that would be great!

• Nursery products, soybeans, and corn are the top Tennessee crops.
• Tobacco plants grow five to seven feet tall.
• Cotton is harvested using a picker or stripper.
• Tennessee has more species of trees than any other state.
• Tennessee ranks #2 in the U.S. for hardwood and #3 for tobacco production.
• Tennessee’s top agricultural commodities are cattle and calves, broilers (meat chickens), soybeans, corn, and greenhouse/nursery products.
• There are 2,040,000 cattle, 131,400 goats, 2,808,000 chickens and 210,000 horses in Tennessee.
• Tennessee dairy cattle produce over 909 million pounds of milk each year.
• Tennessee farmers produce 323 million eggs per year.

More facts like these can be found on the Tennessee Ag In The Classroom page or I even have my own list started from postcards I’ve received.

What interesting ag facts can you share about your area?

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