Lawmakers Celebrate Annual ‘Ag Day On The Hill’ Event

House lawmakers joined with farmers and agriculture groups from across the state this week to celebrate Tennessee’s annual ‘Ag Day on the Hill’eventat the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville.

The event coincides with National Agriculture Week and recognizes the important contributions of farmers and forestland owners provide to the state and nation.

This year’s ‘Ag Day on the Hill’ focused on forestry as House and Senate Leadership, as well as the Governor squared off in a log sawing competition. The day also included farm animals and gave representatives from agricultural organizations and agencies an opportunity to discuss farming and forestry in Tennessee.

According to Tennessee Farm Bureau, the USDA, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Tennessee has more than 66,000 farms representing 10 million acres in production. Approximately 80 percent of land is used for agricultural purposes — including forestry. Additionally, 98 percent of our farms are owned by families and agriculture has a $3.3 billion economic impact on Tennessee.