Deadline for Ag Enhancement Nearing

Beef or dairy producers with at least 30 heard of cattle are eligible for Tennessee Ag Enhancement cost share. This new program focuses on improving the whole herd health and reputation of Tennessee cattle by encouraging producers to develop a preventative vaccination protocol for their cattle operation. A herd health protocol helps to safeguard against sickness and death loss within the herd.

This program requires basic preventative vaccinations that focus on respiratory diseases, Blackleg, and breeding health. Producers are encouraged to work with a Tennessee licensed large animal veterinarian to develop a vaccination protocol for their herd. Reimbursement is based upon a per head payment instead of a cost share percentage.      

Producers must apply for funding no later than October 15, 2019. Receipts dated October 1, 2019 or after are eligible for cost share reimbursement contingent on approval of application. To be eligible, producers must have a current Beef Quality Assurance Certification at the time the application is submitted.

Livestock producers applying for TAEP Farm Investment dollars are eligible for 35% cost-share. To increase cost share to 50%, producers must attend The University of Tennessee Extension Advanced Master Beef (AMB) program. Producers who graduated from past TAEP programs prior to 2016 will not qualify for the 50% TAEP cost share, and must renew their AMB certification. The next Master Beef Certification meeting begins on Tuesday, October 8th at the Centertown Community at 6:00 P.M. Participants must attend all four sessions to obtain a Master Beef certification. Contact the Cannon County Extension Office to verify when you attended the most recent AMBP course. Beef and dairy producers can drop by the Cannon County UT Extension Office to update or obtain a BQA certification. Call the Extension Office at 615-563-2554 to schedule a time for BQA certification.