The program provides cost share dollars to producers who make improvement to cattle genetics, livestock equipment, hay storage, livestock feed storage, grain storage, or producer diversification program.
Producers can receive up to 35 percent cost share assistance. If a producer is a master producer the cost share percentage is 50 percent.
Extension agent Greg Paxton, encourages local producers to apply for cost share dollars.
If a producer is making plans for cattle-working facilities, hay barns or sheds or if you have plans to purchase a bull, this program could help provide partial funding.
Also the Producer Diversification program provides cost share funds for agri-tourism, fruit & vegetable operations, organic farming, etc.
The requirements are listed on the application.
The state will be accepting applications for the cost share program June 1-7. Application must be postmarked June 1-7 or hand-delivered during the same period. Do not send in your applications before that opening date.
TDA officials are encouraging everyone to submit their application on June 1.
Two requirements that are needed are your farm’s Premise I.D. number, and applicants must have their Beef Quality Assurance B.Q.A. Certification for any livestock programs. To register your farm’s Premise I.D., contact the FSA office for an application.
If a producer does not have their B.Q.A. certification, the Polk County Extension Office will be having a BQA certification class on Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m. at the Polk County Courthouse in Benton.
Dr. Deana Hayes from the Tennessee Department Of Agriculture will be at the 6 p.m. meeting to discuss the program and answer questions.
Anyone interested is invited to this meeting. Please call 338-4503 to sign up.
For information concerning the Ag Enhancement program contact the UT Extension office at 338-4503.