Resources for Farmland Seekers

Starting a farm business? Contact and meet with your county University of Tennessee Extension Agent and/or your Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Agent and with your University of Tennessee regional farm management area specialist. Learn about what services the USDA Farm Service Agency offers, including loan and financial consultation; the Natural Resource Conservation Services, including GIS conservation maps; and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture who offer many services including a cost share program, the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP).

Resources

Educational Materials

Service Providers

  • ATTRA, the National Agricultural Information Service

    ATTRA has an incredible collection of publications on various sustainable farming topics, from field crops to farm start-up to business and risk management. Check out this database for all your educational resource needs!

  • Circle J Ranch, LLC

    Farmer veteran and advocate/ consultant for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development. Can provide education and training related to agriculture on my farm and can provide seminars and speaking engagements if desired.

  • East Tennessee Young Farmers Coalition

    The East TN chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition is a networking and advocacy group for new and beginning farmers. We host 4-6 events/year (potlucks, farm tours, film screenings, etc). A great way to meet other local growers! Follow on FB, and join at youngfarmers.org

  • Farm Credit Mid-America

    Farm Credit Mid-America is a financial services cooperative serving farmers and rural residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Find more information about crop insurance, real estate, operating, equipment and building loans by calling 1-800-444-FARM.

  • Pick TN Products

    We are a part of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, which means that we are a non-for-profit service dedicated to connecting people everywhere to Tennessee farms, farmers, farmers markets and all the great things that come from our farms and food businesses.

  • Roots Memphis Farm Academy

    By growing local farmers, Roots Memphis Farm Academy aims to stimulate the Mid-South local food system by providing a way for individuals to enter the farming world more easily. The current average age of a farmer is 57 and increasing, and our country has fewer small family farms than ever. By growing farmers, our communities have greater access to local, chemical-free food while encouraging our local economic development.

  • Stanberry Insurance

    John Patterson is a Commercial Agribusiness Agent providing Insurance Coverage options for Farm Property & Liability, Crops & Livestock, and every business from Farm to Table. Don't bet the farm, Protect the farm!

  • Tennessee AgrAbility Project

    Vision is to enhance quality of life farmers with disabilities to keep farming with the help of assistive technology and by connecting resources. Program of the University of Tennessee Extension, Tennessee State University Extension and East Tennessee Technology Access Center.

  • Tennessee Beginning Farmer Development Program

    Purpose: Provide research based educational resources and to connect Veterans who are beginning farmers or who are already farming to assist a National Farmer Veteran Coalition in forming a TN State Chapter. Looking for mentors! Partners: UT/TSU Extension + TDA + USDA

  • Tennessee Cattlemen's Association

    The TN Cattlemen's Association provides cattle producers in TN with an organization through which they may function collectively to protect their interests.

  • Tennessee New Farmer Academy

    The Tennessee New Farmer Academy is a seven-month certificate program designed for those with an interest in becoming agricultural entrepreneurs. Ideal candidates for this program include those who are new to agriculture, those who wish to transition into agriculture from another field such as military service or private sector work, or those who are looking for a post-retirement opportunity.

  • The Field School – Appalachian RC&D Council

    The Field School, a beginning farmer training program, is a year long course of monthly workshops taught by area farmers and agriculture experts. Workshops are a mixture of classroom and on-farm experiences, including business planning, marketing, and production and small livestock.