Resources for Farmers & Agribusinesses

Agriculture and agribusinesses have been a mainstay of the Tennessee economy and way of life. The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program can assist agribusinesses with many aspects of compliance with environmental rules and regulations. However, there are a large number of additional agencies, programs, and organizations that can assist agribusinesses and agriculturists. Services provided include loans, disaster relief, education, training, marketing, supplies, and conservation resources. Below are links to that either go to a web page devoted to links to various programs within a specific assistance provider, or go directly to the web page of that assistance provider.

Additional Information Provided in Tabs

  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Farm Service Agency (see more information in the tab provided): The Farm Service Agency offers loans and incentive programs to help farmers build or maintain their farms and also disaster relief programs/loans for times of severe need.
  • UT Ag Extension: Education, training and information provided by extension agents in each county of the state.
  • TN Department of Agriculture (TDOA): Puts the puzzle together for producers/agribusiness to assist with new set up, expansion, or business development.
  • Tennessee Farm Bureau: Tennessee Farm Bureau is a membership organization led by farmer members for the purpose of providing the best business climate to farm and/or conduct agribusiness in the state.
  • Tennessee Farmers Cooperative: Input supplies and services.
  • USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): NRCS is an agency committed to “helping people help the land”—our mission is to provide resources to farmers and landowners to aid them with conservation. Make agriculture sustainable by utilizing conservation Best Management Practices.

External Links

  • Pick TN Products: Pick TN Products connects Tennessee producers with educational, marketing, businesses and funding resources.
  • Sustainability Resources for Industry: Sustainability information from TDEC's Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices. While focused on industry, there are also resources here that can be useful to Agribusinesses. 
  • TN Chamber of Commerce: The Tennessee Chamber serves as the primary voice of diverse business and manufacturing trade interests on major employment and economic issues facing public policy decision-makers in Tennessee. They cover environmental/sustainable practices, economic development, labor laws, education/workforce development, transportation, taxation, workplace safety, workers compensation and trade issues plus much more.

Tennessee Farm Bureau

The Tennessee Farm Bureau began as an organization lobbying for the betterment of our members. It is responsible for most of the positive agricultural and rural legislation we have today, as well as preventing some negative legislation from passing. Tennessee Farm Bureau continues to work closely with legislators in Nashville and Washington, D.C. today. Tennessee Farm Bureau membership supports the Public Policy Division that works to provide help for members in areas such as private property rights, taxation, regulations and other legislative issues facing our membership.

Tennessee Farmer's Cooperative (Co-Op)

The Tennessee Farmer's Co-op is a farmer-member owned farm supply cooperative with retail store and facilities located throughout Tennessee. The Co-op is made up of roughly 70,000 farmers who are member-owners of the local Co-ops in their home counties.

TN Department of Agriculture Resources

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDOA) serves the citizens of TN by providing options for responsible use of our agricultural and forest resources, developing economic opportunities, safeguarding food and fiber, and ensuring equity in the marketplace. TDOA accomplishes this through five key priorities: Agricultural Economic Development, Workforce Development, Education, and Collaboration, Natural Resources Stewardship and Farm Preservation, Healthy Living, and Effective and Efficient Government.

Beginning Farmer Resources

University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Agency

University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension agency helps Tennesseans to improve their quality of life and solve problems through the application of research and evidenced-based knowledge about agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community development. It provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture. It is a statewide educational organization, funded by federal, state and local governments, that brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and resource development to the people of Tennessee where they live and work.

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Links

The USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA) supports productive farms and ranches; affordable food, fiber, and fuel; and conservation of our natural resources. In Tennessee the FSA delivers farm loans, farm programs, conservation incentives, price supports, and disaster assistance in 59 county offices and 8 farm loan teams across the state.