President's Welcome

Welcome SASDA to the Volunteer State!

Dear SASDA Member,

As the current president of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture, I am honored to welcome you to Tennessee for the 2017 SASDA annual meeting.

Nashville is well known for its food, culture and of course, live music. What many people don’t realize is that if you drive about twenty minutes in any direction from downtown, you will find yourself surrounded by agriculture. While our city continues to grow, it is holding on to its small-town feel. We take great pride in that and I sincerely hope you enjoy your time here.

We all know that farming isn’t easy. Agriculture has numerous challenges and it always has. Providing for a growing global population is a tremendous job and it requires people who understand hard work and determination. As public servants who represent the farming and forestry communities of each southern state and territory, it is our job to work just as hard to make sure their interests are protected at every level of government.

I wish you the best as you conduct the important business of SASDA. May our time together lead to new relationships and strengthen longstanding ones as we continue to promote agriculture worldwide.


Jai Templeton
Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture



Renaissance Hotel - Downtown Nashville
611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203
800-327-6618 or 615-255-8400

Request the "Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture" rate of $212 per night.

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Meeting Dates: Sunday, June 4 – Tuesday, June 6 (Return Travel Day is Wednesday, June 7)

Join us in beautiful, historic Music City USA for the Annual Conference of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture.


Renaissance Hotel

Discover the country music capital of the world while staying at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. Situated in the heart of the business district, this downtown Nashville hotel allows for maximum exploration and is within walking distance to attractions like the Bridgestone Arena, Nissan Stadium, B.B. King's Blues Club, Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium and the historic Second Avenue District.

After registering for the conference, don't forget to make your reservations at the Renaissance Hotel.

You can contact the hotel directly by dialing 1-800-327-6618 to request the "Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture" special rate of $212 per night. This room rate is only guaranteed until May 12, 2017, so please make your reservations now.

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Speakers & Activities


Enjoy sumptuous meals, valuable networking opportunities, informative seminars, and noted expert speakers.

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Sunday, June 4

SASDA Business Meeting (members and staff only); Welcome to Tennessee Reception at The Hermitage, Historic Home of President Andrew Jackson

Monday, June 5

Welcome and Opening Session; Update from Federal Partners; Animal Health Panel Discussion; Luncheon – Special Guest Speaker Zippy Duvall, AFBF President; National Cotton Council; Agricenter International; Agri-Tech Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion; Brentwood House Tour & Pick Tennessee Products Reception, Ellington Agricultural Center

Tuesday, June 6

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture; Southern United States Trade Association; Industrial Hemp Panel Discussion; Luncheon – Special Guest Speaker Joey Lankford, Cul2Vate; SASDA Business Meeting (members and staff only); A Night at the Opry, Backstage Tour & Dinner





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