Applications for the 2008 -2009 Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program are now available at The Sevier County Extension Office located in room 102 of the Sevier County Courthouse. Applications can also be found on line at http://www.state.tn.us/agriculture/enhancement/TAEP_Application.pdf The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program is designed to improve farm income in Tennessee and to facilitate participation with the national animal identification program. These goals will be achieved by providing cost share funds for beef and dairy cattle producers to upgrade the genetics of their cattle and install cattle handling equipment. Funding for the program was provided within Tennessee Governor Bredesen’s budget and approved by the General Assembly.
The program consists of several different components: a cattle genetic improvement program,
livestock equipment, livestock feed storage, cattle genetics, hay storage, grain storage, and feeder cattle incentive. In addition to these beef cattle programs there is also a program to help individuals interested in producer diversification. This is funds to assist individuals in developing new farm products and adding to excising farming operation. These programs utilize cost share incentives to encourage producers and markets to improve herds and facilities.
corrals, scales or other livestock handling facilities components.
To qualify for the cost share, producers must have a Premise Identification Number and have their Beef Quality Assurance Certification. Producers will need to pre-qualify for the program by completing the Request for Cost Share Application form. Questions concerning this program may be addressed by calling the Cattle Improvement Initiative Coordinator at Tennessee Department of Agriculture at 615-837- 5160. Additional details are also available at www.picktnproducts.org.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.