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Specialty Crop Profiles

For Specialty Crop Growers and Farmers in Tennessee and Kentucky

A series of specialty crop profiles were developed as a collaborative effort between the University of Kentucky Center for Crop Diversification and the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture as part of a project titled Developing and Utilizing Crop Profiles for Tennessee Specialty Crop Growers.  The project was undertake from 2018 to 2021 and made possible in part by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant USDA-AMS-TN-SCBGP-G-18-0003. The crop profiles and other specialty crop educational resources were utilized as the basis for teaching in various outreach sessions with specialty crop growers and agricultural leaders. 

Crop Profiles

The following specialty crop profiles were developed for the multi-state collaborative project between the Center for Profitable Agriculture and the Kentucky Center for Crop Diversification: 

Cider Apples in Tennessee: Basic Considerations
by Brett Wolff
University of Kentucky, Center for Crop Diversification
October 2021

High Tunnel Overview
by Matt Ernst and Christy Cassady
University of Kentucky, Center for Crop Diversification
July 2021

Cut Flower Production in Tennessee
by Matt Ernst and the University of Kentucky, Center for Crop Diversification
June 2021

Culinary Herb Production in Tennessee
by Matt Ernst and the University of Kentucky, Center for Crop Diversification
May 2020

Garden Mum Production in Tennessee
by Matt Ernst and the University of Kentucky, Center for Crop Diversification
October 2020

Other Specialty Crop Profiles

The following crop profiles were selected for use in various Tennessee Extension outreach efforts aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of specialty crop growers: 

Other Valuable Resources

Kentucky Center for Crop Diversification

Many crop profiles and other valuable resources for specialty crop growers in Tennessee are available from the Kentucky Center for Crop Diversification

Four one-hour webinar sessions were held in July 2021 focusing on specialty crops. This project work was made possible in part by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant USDA-AMS-TM-SCBGP-G-18-0003. 


Garden Mum Production in Tennessee

Growing Cut Flowers in Tennessee

Marketing Specialty Crops in Tennessee

Pollinators and Specialty Crops