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Ed Harlan, Assistant Commissioner for Market Development

Ellington Center Iris GardenEd Harlan has been with TDA since 2003 and is responsible for directing marketing, promotion and development activities. He is also responsible for overseeing the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program and Pick Tennessee Products, TDA's promotional campaign to help consumers identify locally grown and processed products. Ed is a farmer, businessman and former Maury County executive.

During Harlan's time at TDA, he has developed strategic plans to expand current business and grow new business within Tennessee's agriculture sector and established close working relationships with agencies and businesses statewide to ensure greatest cooperation and customer service.

His efforts over the past few years have contributed to an increase in corporate and on-farm investments in Tennessee.

Harlan's roots are in agriculture. He was owner and operator of Harlan Farms in Columbia from 1975 to 1994. He managed a large diversified agricultural production business including dairy, burley tobacco, row crops and niche products on farmland owned by the Harlan family for five generations.