Agriculture plays a vital role in Tennessee’s economy. Agriculture and forestry industries contribute approximately $81 Billion in total economic activity with 342,000 people employed by agriculture and forestry.
Farming and forestry dominates Tennessee's landscape with 69,500 farms producing and selling crops, livestock, and forest products. Forty-one percent, or 10.8 million acres, of the state's land area is in farmland. Livestock and livestock products account for over 34% 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. Tennessee production is valued at $3,500,000,000 with 66% from crops and 34% from livestock.