Agriculture plays a vital role in Tennessee’s economy. Agriculture and forestry industries contribute approximately $71 Billion in total economic activity.
Farming and forestry dominates Tennessee's landscape with 77,300 farms producing and selling crops, livestock, and forest products. Forty-two percent, or 10.8 million acres, of the state's land area is in farmland. Livestock and livestock products account for over 40% of state’s agriculture cash revenue.
In terms of revenue generated, Tennessee's top five agricultural products are beef cattle and calves, broilers (young chickens), soybeans, greenhouse and nursery products, and cotton. Tennessee’s diversified agriculture includes equine, sheep and goat production as well as corn, wheat, and hay. Tennessee produces an abundance of vegetable crops such as tomatoes, beans, corn, pumpkins, and strawberries.