National Institute of Food and Agriculture

2017 Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program Project Director's Meeting:
September 25 - 28, 2017

NIFA's annual project director's meeting will be held in beautiful downtown Nashville, TN. Tennessee State University, Dr. Fitzroy Bullock and his team, with funds from NIFA, host this year's conference. Registration desk opens on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm.  

Conference Registration
Deadline for registrations is August 25th

$250.00 payable to Tennessee State University by phone, USPS, or online.

To complete late conference registration, please contact Linda Buchanan, (615) 963 - 1827

Please make your own room reservations. A short list of hotels nearby are located below as a starting point.

Hotel Registration (All Block rooms are taken)

Hilton Garden Inn
Nashville Downtown/ Convention Center
305 Korean Veterans Blvd, Nashville, TN 37201
Tel: (615) 251-3013

Room rates are based on guaranteed occupancy. As we are under contract with the Hotel, all Project Directors are expected to stay at this Hotel.

Room Rates are now market price!


Click here to register for your overnight stay at Hilton Garden Inn, Nashville Downtown / Convention Center.


Alternative Hotels:


Doubletree Hotel
314 - 4th Avenue
(615) 244-8200

Homewood Suites
706 Church Street
(615) 742-5550

Vanderbilt-West End Area:

Aloft Nashville West End
1719 West End Ave.

Comfort Inn Downtown Nashville-Vanderbilt
1501 Demonbreun St.
(480) 719-7955

Best Western Plus Music Row
1407 Division St.
(615) 242-1631

Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt
2613 West End Ave.
(615) 327-4707

Hampton Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt
1919 West End Ave.
(615) 329-1144

Airport Area

Airport Hotels are 8 to 10 miles from downtown. Uber charges range around $10 - $15 one way.

Things to Do in Music City, Nashville

Local Attractions

  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Ryman Auditorium
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame
  • The Bluebird Café
  • Belle Meade Plantation
  • Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
  • Johnnie Cash Museum
  • Centennial Park, Home of the Parthenon


National Institute of Food & Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20250
(202) 720-2791 |