[Economics of Ag] TSU Protects $400 Million Nursery Industry




Tennessee State University’s Agriculture research center sits on an 87-acre site. It caters to the 400 nurseries in the area.

“With it being right here, it has acted on one hand as a preventative fire station, so to speak, for every problem we were about to face,” said Michael Kassees, president of Forest Nursery in McMinnville.

Everything from a federal quarantine on certain insects damaging the plants, to creating new plant life is done at the site.

“The nursery industry is about a $400-million a year industry in the state of Tennessee, so it’s a big component of our industry,” said Dr. Nick J. Gawel.


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