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?

Ryan Goodman works in grassroots advocacy with beef cattle farmers and ranchers across the United States. He is a proud alumnus of Oklahoma State University, with studies focusing on cattle reproduction and nutrition. Ryans
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