AIM-AG Working Group


Agri-Industry Modeling & Analysis Group

AIM-AG was established in 1998 as part of the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, Agricultural Experiment Station. The mission of AIM-AG is to assess and project the impacts of agri-industry development on the Tennessee economy and to analyze market opportunities for economically efficient agri-industry development within the state.


  • Evaluates the impacts the agricultural and forest products industry has on the state's economy and the economics of regions within the state using TN-AIM (Tennessee Agri-Industry Model), an economic modeling system;
  • Conducts "what-if" scenarios designed to evaluate the impacts that occur from development of selected value-added industries in the state and regions within the state;
  • Conducts research studies on market growth opportunities for value-added or high-value agri-industry products;
  • Analyzes market potential and feasibility for value-added or high-value products produced or processed within the state and;
  • Provides market information and prospectus studies to aid industrial recruitment and development.

Our clientele

  • Agribusiness decision-makers
  • Producer and processor organizations
  • Economic and community development leaders
  • Policy makers
  • Local, county, and state governments

Our Research Activities

Evaluate economic impacts of agri-industry development

  • Impact analysis of changes in agricultural production and technologies
  • Impact of value-added industries development
  • Natural resource limitations on development
  • Implications of development on the environment

Assess market opportunities for agri-industry development through:

  • Expansion of markets for the existing agribusiness segments, both domestic and international
  • Increased marketing efficiency
  • Expansion into new agribusiness segments

Methods of Analysis:

  • Market potential studies
  • Market feasibility studies for new agribusiness ventures
  • Demand analysis
  • Buyer and consumer preferences studies
  • Market segmentation analysis and buyer profiling
  • New product acceptance and potential
  • Analysis of marketing alternatives
  • Valuation of product attributes

Overview of Tennessee Agriculture: Economic Impacts
AIM-AG Publications and Software
AIM-AG Personnel