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The University of Tennessee | Institute of Agriculture

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Frequently Used Tools:

Tennessee Farm*A*Syst

The goal of Farm·A·Syst is to help farm families and rural residents assess and reduce risks affecting the quality of their water.

The Farmstead Assessment System, or Farm·A·Syst, gives you accurate, specific information about how structures such as your septic system or fuel tanks and activities such as pesticide storage or manure handling may affect the quality of your water. Some structures and practices have little risk of contaminating water, while others pose a higher risk. Good management practices can reduce surface and groundwater pollution potential.

Farm·A·Syst is a series of factsheets dealing with different practices, structures, and conditions on your farm than can affect the quality of your water. Answering a simple list of yes/no questions will help you take better care of your drinking-water supply. Farm*A*Syst

Some of the results from your evaluation will be reassuring. Some may encourage you to consider changes. Either way, you will have the information you need to do the best possible job of protecting and improving water quality.


This project is funded, in part, under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the State or the Environmental Protection Agency.