With a objective of serving to group leaders decide Perry County’s agricultural belongings, As properly as to “enhance the understanding of native agriculture, the College of Tennessee has accomplished its Mapping the Agricultural Assets of Perry County” report.
The report, which was to have been thought-about at Monday’s meeting of the Perry County Fee, was researched and written by UT Extension Agent and County Director Amanda Mathenia and David W. Hughes, Professor and Greeves Endowed Chair of Agrienterprise Enchancment at UT’s Division of Agricultural & Useful resource Economics.
The researchers met with county agricultural leaders, farmers, agricultural-based mostly companies, And native authorities leaders in 2019 To debate alternatives for native agriculture and agrienterprise development.
Based on the report, agriculture makes a “vital contribution to the native financial system.” As of 2017:
–Perry County had 287 farming operations with A imply measurement of 215 acres;
–Of the 33,686 acres Devoted to agriculture, 25 % was in cropland, 34 % was Devoted to woodenland, 15 % was planted in pasture, And three % had completely different makes use of;
–Prime commodities for Perry County embrace grains and soybeans with $2.459 million in gross sales, and cattle at $1.392 million in gross sales.
Knowledge from 2018 confirmed The subsequent:
–Crop farming accounted for 143 jobs, The meat cattle enterprise accounted for 47 jobs, and enterprise logging generated 21 jobs;
–All agrienterprise exercise in Perry County confirmed An complete direct contribution of 413 jobs, $37.8 million in outputs, and An complete influence of $49.6 million in output and 525 jobs—or 16.7 % of all employment Inside the county.
The primary goal group brainstormed potential new agrienterprise operations and enlargement of current providers.
Areas thought-about for enlargement or development embraced:
–native and regional fruits, greens, And ornamental horticulture, collectively with hops—each dried and current—for breweries;
–huge animal slaughter house;
–native white oak for native whiskey barrel and stave manufacturing;
–native craft distillery And native mineral water;
–Asian carp processing facility;
–annual county agricultural truthful;
–nature-based mostly and leisure tourism, and agritourism.
The group acquired here collectively as quickly as extra in February of this yr and heard a currentation from UT on the leaders’ ideas and secondary data.
With a Think about “native and regional markets and goal areas as they pertain to native agriculture or agrienterprise,” the group was requested to rank by proportion The factors that matter most to native development. The outcomes:
–tourism, agritourism development, 100%;
–4-lane freeway, 75%;
–huge animal processing facility, 50%;
–extra public entry to the Buffalo River, 50%;
–county agricultural truthful 25%;
–rising completely different ag enter suppliers, 25%.
–wooden containers and pallets,25%.
Based on these rankings, the group decided that the county ought to “pursue 4 potential avenues of further progress: development of tourism and agritourism websites; a USDA custom-made livestock, huge animal slaughter facility; enhanced public entry to the Buffalo River; and, further development of a 4-lane freeway.