The 2010 TAEP application period will be here before we know it. As we close in on the final weeks, be prepared to complete your applications prior to June 1st.
For those needing assistance with their Tennessee Department Ag Enhancement Applications, plan to drop by the Woodbury Lions Club Building on May 27 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Representatives will be on hand to assist in completing your 2010 Ag Enhancement Application. Make sure if you are applying for Hay Storage, Feed Storage or Grain Storage to bring your quotes. Quote guidelines require material and labor costs must be broken out. All quotes must include contact information and must be on company letterhead or signed by a company representative.
For those unable to attend this meeting, either call or drop by the Cannon County Extension Office (563-2554) or contact the TAEP personnel at cattle.genetics@TN.gov, livestock.equipment@TN.gov , vip.feedercattle@TN.gov, hay.storage@TN.gov, livestock.feedstorage@TN.gov,grain.storage@TN.gov, producer.diversification@TN.gov, ag.growth@TN.gov,taep.outreach@TN.gov. For after hours and weekends, contact Bruce Steelman at 542-1364.
In the past, Cannon County Applications have been hand delivered to the TDA office in Nashville. We will again offer this opportunity. Please “drop off” your completed application to the Cannon County Extension Office before 5:00 P.M. on Monday May 31st. This year, the application period is only open for one week. In 2009, funds were exhausted after the first day of application submissions. If you are interested in receiving an Agricultural Enhancement grant, it is imperative that you submit your application early in the application period.
Producers have the opportunity to participate in various cost share enhancement programs; Cattle Genetics $1200 max (cattle), Livestock Equipment $3,500 max (cattle, goats/sheep), Hay Storage $7,500 max (cattle, goats/sheep, hay), Livestock Feed Storage $10,000 max (cattle, goats/sheep, poultry, swine), Grain Storage$15,000 max (corn, soybeans, wheat, other) and Producer Diversification (agri-tourism, fruits and vegetables, honey bees, organics, aquaculture, horticulture, value-added products, viticulture). If you need an application, you can go to www.TN.gov/agriculture/enhancement or drop by the Woodbury Farmers Coop or the Cannon County Extension Office.
Don’t wait until the last minute to complete your 2010 Ag Enhancement Application. Producers are required to have a Premise Identification along with a current Beef Quality Assurance certification. The Cannon County Extension Office can assist you in meeting the BQA and Premise ID requirements.