Learn About Tennessee Agriculture

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Agriculture comprises a large part of Tennessee’s heritage, character and future. Besides contributing to the local and national economy, the Tennessee ag industry produces food, fuel and fiber – not to mention the many jobs it generates for residents across the state. From those who are just entering the labor force to seasoned professionals who have been working in the industry for decades, there are always opportunities for growth and furthering education. Whether online or in-person, at school or on the job, learning is always in season.

Stats

  • 35,000 FFA members from 220 chapters
  • 160 farmers markets
  • $81B economic impact of agriculture
  • 69,983 farms
  • $4,228,143 production value of agriculture
  • Tennessee’s top 5 agricultural products are beef cattle and cows, broilers (chickens raised for meat), soybeans, greenhouse and nursery products, and cotton
  • 73% of Tennessee farms have internet access
  • Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation (TFBF) was founded in 1921
  • 675,000+ TFBF members
  • 194 local Farm Bureau offices in all 95 counties
  • TFBF has had only eight state presidents in 99 years

See more: Tennessee Century Farm Families Are Deep-Rooted in Agriculture

Virtual Learning at Its Finest

Now more than ever, online learning is the name of the game. While other institutions have scrambled to put systems in place to accommodate the need for digital classes, the University of Tennessee at Martin was already ahead of the game. There are currently over 200 students enrolled in online agriculture programs at UTM, with a 5% increase in undergraduate students and a 15% increase in graduate students compared to the previous year.

Recognized as one of the best online schools in Tennessee, it’s no wonder that students rave about their experience with the university, especially the ag program. Alabama-based Ramona Weeks is one such student who loved attending UTM online. A 44-year-old mom of three, Weeks graduated in December 2019, becoming the first member of her family to attain a bachelor’s degree.

“The professors are very involved in the online experience and offer solutions to virtual hurdles as they arise,” Weeks says. “Having taken online classes elsewhere, UT Martin is by far the greatest online experience ever.”

Students who pursue an online Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business at UTM can choose from three different concentrations: agribusiness, farm and ranch management, and a completion program for students with an associate degree in veterinary technology and management. Those wishing to pursue a Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management can specialize in agribusiness and risk management, natural resource systems management and system science in agriculture. There’s even an agriculture concentration for students earning their Master of Business Administration.

Besides being a convenient and affordable option (the master’s program, specifically, has been recognized nationally for its affordability), UTM makes sure the needs of its students are met, whether they’re attending virtually or in person.

“UTM has the best and most caring staff and professors,” Weeks shares. “From the first phone call for information to the day of graduation, I felt like part of the Martin family.”

For more information, utm.edu/departments/agnr/online.php.

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