Value-added farm enterprises are those which allow producers/growers to earn a greater portion of consumer expenditures by processing, packaging and/or marketing crops, livestock or other farm resources; including agrotourism enterprises and direct marketing ventures. Adding value to an agriculture commodity can be accomplished by changing the physical state or form of the product (such as making cheese from milk, milling wheat into flour, making strawberries into jelly or processing beef into steaks) or packaging a product in a way that makes it worth more to the consumer (such as bottling milk). Value can also be added by direct marketing products in ways that allow the farmer to capture more of consumer expenditures.
Business Development includes the planning, creation and operation of businesses at the local level. Extension programs in this area focus on providing educational training that better prepares business owners to successfully operate a business that will create and maintain desirable jobs within communities.
Helping Tennesseans Live Independently & Farm Profitably
Explores value-added opportunities for tourism in agriculture
Center for Decentralized Wastewater Management
The Center for Decentralized Wastewater Management (CDWM) will improve public and environmental health in Tennessee and the Southeastern United States by education and training onsite wastewater professionals, consumers, and decision makers and by advancing the science of decentralized wastewater technology through targeted research and demonstration.
Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS)
A combined effort by Federal and State agricultural organizations to conduct surveillance, detection, and monitoring of agricultural crop pests and biological control agents. Survey targets include weeds, plant diseases, insects, nematodes, and other invertebrate organisms.
Tools and materials such as: Market Highlights, Crop Comments, Crop Outlooks and budgets
In addition to its importance in providing food and fiber, agriculture is also the largest industry in most areas of the South. Unfortunately, many agricultural workers and their family members are injured or become ill due to hazards in agricultural workplaces. And, people who live or travel in rural areas may also be exposed to hazards of "hobby farming" or the presence of large, slow-moving agricultural vehicles on public roads.
Provides information for learning more about Farmers Markets, including Boot Camp Presentations, compliance guides, and price reports.
Our extension program connect the resources of the Department of Food Science & Technology with Tennesseans by offering current, accurate, and research-based food science information. Our goal is to serve as a conduit to provide the best information and training for the food industry. Information about workshops and safety.
Income Tax Seminars
Each year The University of Tennessee Extension, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service and Tennessee Farm Bureau, sponsor tax seminars at various locations throughout Tennessee. The instruction is directed toward tax professionals who prepare and file tax returns for farm and non-farm businesses, and individuals.
Soil Test results are used to formulate research-based, cost effective lime and fertilizer recommendations specific to the type of crop or plant and yield desired. To assist growers with their soil fertility needs, county agents and extension agents are available statewide to help with any management decisions related to soil test recommendations.
The initiative has identified key individuals and agencies for collaboration in an effort to develop educational events and activities to assist Tennessee beef producers interested in directly marketing live animals for custom harvest and USDA-inspected meat cuts to wholesale outlets and individual customers.