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Tennessee Farm Watch


Tennessee Farm Watch aims to prevent crimes in our agricultural community. It is a partnership joining rural residents with their county sheriff's departments, Agricultural Crime Unit or state and local law enforcement agencies.

What Does it Do?

  • Notifies subscribers of crimes affecting the agricultural community
  • Spearheads community meetings to broaden the network of local collaboration
  • Offers prevention tips, best management practices, and information on the newest technologies available to combat rural crime

How Do I Get Involved?

  • Contact our local sheriff's department about forming a Farm Watch program
  • Develop a committee to determine the needs of your community
  • Customize your Farm Watch program to fit the needs of your community

Tips to Safeguard Your Farm and Investments

  • Lock gates and equipment
  • Keep areas well lit
  • Install security or game cameras
  • Photograph livestock and equipment
  • Mark equipment for identification
  • Brand livestock
  • Count livestock daily
  • Report missing animals and equipment to law enforcement immediately
  • Watch out for strangers and report unusual activity
  • Record tag numbers and descriptions of unfamiliar vehicles
  • Vary your schedule and livestock feeding times
  • If possible, keep livestock and equipment out of public view
  • Start a Farm Watch program in your community

Groups Supporting the Farm Watch Program

  • Tennessee Farm bureau
  • Tennessee Sheriff's Association
  • Tennessee Department of Agriculture
  • Tennessee Cattlemen's Association

For Additional Information

For additional information on starting a Farm Watch in your community, contact Mike Whaley with the Agricultural Crime Unit at (931) 723-5046 or call toll free 1-844-AGCRIME (1-844-242-7463).