Organic food is produced by farmers who strongly emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. In order for a product to be labeled "organic," a government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is produced to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.
The TDA provides opportunities for producers in the form of the certification guidance and assistance, product marketing assistance, and promotion of the Tennessee organic industry. The University of Tennessee is one of several partners of TDA in the organic industry, and provides training workshops for Tennessee farmers, as well as conducting research to benefit producers looking to go organic. Through support provided by TDA, the UT Organic and Sustainable Crop Production department has been nationally recognized as a top six institution in the country for their commitment and growth in organic production and outreach efforts. We are proud that Tennessee has many resources for organic producers and has strived to be one of the top organic agricultural states in our region and country.
For More Information Contact:
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Market Development Division
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204