Issues

A goal of the Public Policy Division is to increase Farm Bureau's effectiveness and visibility as the state and national advocate for farmers. Keeping farmers and lawmakers informed of significant topics is a priority as it strengthens our grassroots efforts.

Tennessee Farm Bureau stays actively involved with current issues and legislation so all efforts regarding agriculture are better communicated to elected officials, decision makers, our members and all Tennesseans. We monitor legislative, regulatory and commodity issues to ensure the interests of agriculture and the rural way of life are well represented in Nashville.

Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program
  • More than $185 million has been invested in 62,942 producer projects from 2005 through 2019. Each TAEP dollar generates $6.09 in local economies.
  • The annual application period is October 1-7, 2020. Applications are ineligible if postmarked or received prior to October 1 or after October 7, 2020. Hand delivery is not allowed in 2020 due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Approval notifications are scheduled to be mailed mid-December. Program purchases can be made starting October 1, 2020 and must be completed by the program’s final reimbursement request deadline. Participants are encouraged to make purchases and submit reimbursement requests in a timely manner to avoid processing delays at deadline time. Payments are based upon expenses for eligible program items.

Tennessee Farm Bureau actively monitors and advocates on current legislative, regulatory and commodity issues at the national level. Along with American Farm Bureau, we strive to better inform members so they can successfully advocate for fellow farmers and rural people to elected officials and decision makers in Washington, D.C.