-Diversification projects give economic options for farmers-
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson today announced Producer Diversification cost share awards totaling nearly $1 million. The funds will help 168 Tennessee farmers invest in new or expanding areas of agriculture.
The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program was established in 2005 and supported by the General Assembly to increase farm income by helping farmers invest in better farming practices and by encouraging diversification and innovation.
“More than ever, it is important for farmers to look at ways to diversify their operations to ensure profitability,” Johnson said. “These business investments and opportunities will not only help farmers keep their operations profitable, but they will help strengthen our rural economy in communities across the state.”