Two Bledsoe Co. businesses now among recipients of TN's Agriculture Enterprise Fund

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On Monday, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) announced nine state businesses -- including two from our area -- will be receiving grants from the Agriculture Enterprise Fund (AEF).

Back Country Harvesters and Blankenship Sawmill, both in Bledsoe County, are among this year's grant recipients.

The TDA says this year's total funding adds up to more than $767,000 of the $1 million set aside for the AEF.

The TDA says AEF grant recipients have to demonstrate a strong potential to impact local farm income, access to markets, and increased capacity or agricultural innovation.

“As we see the positive outcomes of our first round of grants, we look forward to continued growth of agribusinesses through the Agriculture Enterprise Fund,” Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “The nine recipients announced today will continue to provide opportunities for communities all across Tennessee.”

Other businesses receiving the award include:

  • Anderson Meats and Processing - Smith County
  • Circle S Farms - Wilson County
  • East Tennessee Feed and Seed - Monroe County
  • Franks Cedar Log & Lumber - Hardin County
  • G.F. Hardwoods - Clay County
  • Potts Processing - Bedford County
  • Villa Nove Vineyard, Johnson County

This is the second group of recipients to be funded through the program.

"We place a great emphasis on spurring economic growth in rural areas of our state and helping our most vulnerable counties succeed," TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. "In 2017, 45 percent of TNECD’s projects were located in rural Tennessee, and we want to continue our work to provide business development opportunities as well as promote community and agricultural development throughout the state."

You can learn more about the Tennessee Agriculture Enterprise Fund at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture's website.

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