Strategic plan made to grow agriculture, forestry

Strategic plan made to grow agriculture, forestry

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's top agricultural leaders have developed a strategic plan to grow agriculture and forestry over the next decade.

The plan was developed following a challenge by Gov. Bill Haslam a year ago to make Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast in those areas.

It highlights 27 action steps that focus on building production capacity and incentivizing the private sector through four major recommendations.

They include expanding marketing opportunities for Tennessee producers and encouraging new production systems and agribusinesses, as well as increasing the scope and depth of a skilled and educated workforce through career, technical and higher education.

The plan also endorses an initiative by the governor that calls for more than half the state's population to earn a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2025.

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