Keith Harrison, Assistant Commissioner for Agricultural Advancement
Keith Harrison is responsible for directing marketing, promotion, and development activities. Previous to his appointment, Harrison served as Assistant Commissioner for Consumer and Industry Services, leading the regulatory programs affecting consumer protection and safety since 2017.
Harrison is very active in the community, currently serving or having served in leadership positions with the Tennessee Council of Cooperatives, Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee, Farm and Forest Families of Tennessee, National Agri-Marketing Association, American Feed Industry Association, Cooperative Research Farms, Middle Tennessee Ag Club, Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, UT Institute of Agriculture Alumni Council and Wilson County’s UT Alumni chapter, Leadership Wilson, as well as Wilson County’s Agricultural Hall of Fame board, Fair board, Farm Services Agency, Farm Bureau and Livestock Association. Harrison has also chaired the Watertown High School Scholarship Fund committee and has devoted his time to other organizations benefiting the state and agricultural endeavors.
Harrison obtained his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He later achieved a master’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. He began his career at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture as an Agricultural Marketing Specialist in 1984 and served as Director of Marketing until the end of 2000. In January 2001, he was named the Feed/Animal Health Marketing Manager at Tennessee Farmers Cooperative and served as the organization's Communication and Marketing Manager until May 2017. He is a 2017 graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute. Keith and his wife, Julie, have three children and raise beef cattle and produce hay near Watertown, Tennessee.