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Business Development

Cultivating Business

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Agribusiness Development Section provides information and services for prospective or expanding agribusiness. TDA will coordinate with other state and local agencies to provide "one-stop shopping" for businesses. In addition, TDA can also work with other resources; including, the University of Tennessee's Center for Profitable Agriculture and Forest Products Center.

Our Agribusiness Advantages

Tennessee is the "Center of the South" and borders eight other states. No matter where your clients are, they're not too far from Tennessee. With six interstates, major rivers, international airports and extensive railways, you can ship to anywhere in the world from Tennessee.

Tennessee is a pro-business state with a governor who understands and works with businesses. With a work ethic that goes back to pioneering roots and the training and education to do any job, Tennessee's workforce is second to none. Tennessee has a right-to-work law and offers a steady, dependable labor pool with union membership well below the national average.

One of the most visited states in the nation is also one of the best to live in. Parks, recreation, schools, climate and opportunity make Tennessee an incredible place to live. We have no personal state income tax, the lowest utility costs in the nation, worker's compensation insurance among the nation's lowest and no sales tax on industrial equipment. Enjoy a low cost of doing business right here in Tennessee.

Diversity not only describes the culture in Tennessee but the sites available, the communities and topography ranging from the Mississippi Delta to the Great Smoky Mountains. Here, diversity is not just a buzzword, it's a way of life.

According to USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, there are more than 91,000 working farms in Tennessee producing a wide variety of agricultural commodities and livestock. Tennessee consistently ranks as one of the top five hardwood lumber producing states in the U.S. according to the TDA's Division of Forestry.

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For More Information

Ed Harlan, Asst .Commissioner, Ag Advancement
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 40627, Nashville, TN 37204
615-837-5299 or