The state’s highways and roads plays a very pivotal role in moving agricultural goods from one place to another. Road building costs continue to rise with flat revenues. A major issue for legislators is how to fund these road projects and keep them maintained.
In Tennessee, there are children who are not legal citizens because they were born out of country and relocated to the U.S. at a very young age. They are eligible to attend a state university, but because of their legal status, must pay out-of-state tuition.
Extension and agricultural research all touch the heart of rural Tennessee. Traditional funding sources are making reductions and difficult spending decisions by prioritizing. Funding for these areas are not always prioritized near the top.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation released a strategy for reducing nutrients into streams. Some concerns for agriculture are the methodology used to determine agriculture’s contribution and methods to measure success for agriculture.
Amendments added to legislation would disallow counties from lowering weight limits on county roads below the state minimum of 80,000 lbs. Farm and forestry trucks have historically loaded to these limits to keep transportation efficient, economical and legal.