NASHVILLE, March 20, 2015– Every year I have the honor and responsibility of putting together Ag Day on the Hill. House lawmakers will join with farmers and agriculture stakeholders from across the state on Tuesday of next week to celebrate Tennessee’s annual “Ag Day on the Hill” event at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville.
Ag Day on the Hill activities will include a corn shucking and shelling competition between Senate and House members, a cattle-weighing contest, farm animals, crops and equipment, as well as presentations from local 4-H and Future Farmers of America groups.
New this year, the event will also feature a food drive sponsored by the Society of St. Andrew, where groups will help sack nearly 20,000 pounds of potatoes to be delivered to those in need.
Festivities kick off at 8 a.m. with special presentations to the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee getting underway at 10:30 a.m.
Tennessee has 76,000 farms representing 10.8 million acres in production. More than half of the state, 14 million acres, is in mostly privately owned hardwood forests. Tennessee’s top agricultural commodities include cattle, soybeans, corn, poultry, cotton, timber, greenhouse and nursery products, dairy products, wheat, tobacco, and hay. The industry has a $66 billion a year impact on the state’s economy and supports nearly 337,900 jobs.
If you have the opportunity to make it to Nashville, please come visit us at the Capitol.