All posts by Aaron Smith, Associate Professor and Extension Economist

Survey Request: Demonstrating Environmental Stewardship

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Dear Tennessee Producer:

We invite you to participate in a study conducted by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture researchers along with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. The purpose of this survey is to demonstrate the progress Tennessee farmers are making towards environmental stewardship.

The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Your participation is voluntary. NO personal information or data will be collected.

Click the link below to begin the survey:

Please contact us if you have any other questions about the survey. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to help us!

Thank you for your time,

Dr. Chris Boyer (

Dr. Aaron Smith (

Dr. Forbes Walker (

UT Institute of Agriculture, The University of Tennessee Knoxville

John McClurkan (

Tennessee Department of Agriculture


Crop Share Arrangements Require Discussions in 2022

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In 2022, crop producers will face a completely different cost structure and risk profile than previous seasons. The rise in fertilizer prices and other inputs have been well documented and discussed. Additionally, many producers are aware that some crop protection products may be difficult to source in the quantities required for the 2022 production year. However, another important cost consideration in 2022 will be land expense. Particularly if producers are on a straight crop share (for example, ¼ of gross revenue). Continue reading