State agriculture officials have announced funds to help 173 Tennessee farmers invest in new or expanding areas.
Commissioner Julius Johnson of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced producer diversification cost share awards totaling about $900,000.
The awards were established in 2005 to increase farm income by helping farmers invest in better farming practices and by encouraging diversification and innovation.
The money goes toward agritourism, aquaculture, honey bees, horticulture, organics, fruits and vegetables and others.
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