The Tennessee Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service is co-located with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville . The Tennessee Field Office and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture have operated under a cooperative agreement since 1927.
Farming dominates the State's landscape, with our 77,300 farms covering 10.8 million acres, or forty-one percent of the State's 26.4 million land acres. Tennessee ranks eighth in the number of farms, and our number one commodity in terms of cash receipts is cattle and calves, followed by soybeans, broilers, nursery crops and corn.
Tennessee's agriculture is as diverse as it's landscape, producing cattle, hay, goats, vegetables, and tobacco in the mountainous Eastern Region, to wheat, corn, poultry, equine, and nursery crops in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee to cotton, corn, wheat, sorghum, and soybeans in the rich farmland of West Tennessee.
The state is second in the nation in meat goat inventory, and ranks in the top five states in production of tobacco, fresh market tomatoes, and snap beans.
More than 13 million acres of farm and non-farm forest lands produce income of about $288 million in timber sales annually. This level of production typically keeps Tennessee in the top five hardwood producing states.
The Tennessee Walking Horse is one of only two breeds of equine to be named for a State and, in numbers, is our leading breed.
West Tennessee's famous river city, Memphis, has long been known as a major commodity transportation point.