- Ag Enhancement Funds to Help Construct Pavilion, Expand Access to Local Products -
NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture today announced a $42,160 Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program grant to Franklin County to help fund the construction of a new farmers market pavilion.
“I’m happy to announce this grant to help Franklin County construct a farmers market pavilion to better serve the area’s needs,” Haslam said. “The grant is part of our efforts to increase economic activity in our rural communities by responding to the growth in and demand for Tennessee’s fresh and local farm products.”
The grant follows a recommendation to increase local marketing opportunities for Tennessee farmers as outlined in the Governor’s Rural Challenge: A 10-Year Strategic Plan. The plan was developed last year at the request of Haslam to guide the state’s agricultural development efforts.