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Since its beginning in 1948, Congress has given more than 33,900 4-H'ers and volunteer leaders firsthand experience in state government. 4-H Congress is truly a citizenship experience. In addition to experiencing life in the state capital, 4-Her's learn about civic engagement, including things such as state government, service to others and the election process.
At Congress 4-Her's served as a 4-H senator or representative and form a "junior" state Congress. In addition, 4-Her's participated in a service project.
Chloe was provided an opportunity to provide a "Thought for the Day" during Congress as well as visited Representative Pody and Senator Beavers. Congratulations to Chloe Dill for his work in the 4-H program and attending the Tennessee 4-H Congress.


Hay and Forage

Most Tennessee producers will label weeds as the most cumbersome problem they face in their pastures. While fields filled with buttercups in spring may offer aesthetic benefits to passersby, to producers they are simply a pest. Gary Bates, University of Tennessee professor of plant sciences and director of the UT Beef and Forage Center, says that getting rid of weeds is a matter of timing. "Nuisances like buttercups are easily removed with herbicides, but many producers don't think about spraying weed killers until it is too late for spraying to be effective," said Bates. He recommends producers pay attention to the following concerns to help them control buttercup and similar pasture pests.

1. Spray. Buttercup and thistle need to be sprayed before they bloom. Three days of 60 degrees F or higher temperatures are needed to activate weed growth, so pay attention to weather patterns. If leaves show damage from recent frost, wait for new growth.

2. What to spray? Bates recommends the ester formulation of 2,4-D as an effective weed killer. However, there are several brand names and formulations of 2,4-D, so read the label to make sure you are getting the proper chemical.

3. How much to spray? Most brands of 2,4-D are formulated with four pounds of active ingredient per gallon. With this formulation, two pints per acre in at least 20 gallons of water per acre will be successful. Be sure to read and follow all label instructions.

4. Do control measures affect clover? This rate of 2,4-D will kill all red clover, but will do minimal damage to established white clover. Do not seed clover for six weeks after herbicide application.
For more information, contact your local county UT Extension agent or visit the UT Beef and Forage Center website:


The 2014 Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program Applications are now available to be picked up at the Cannon County Extension Office. But remember the application cannot be mailed or conducted online until the application period which is June 1 - 7, 2014.

TAEP is a cost share program for Tennessee's Agricultural community. Participation allows producers to maximize farm profits, adapt to changing market situations, improve operation safety, increase farm efficiency and make a positive economic impact in their communities.
To learn more on the process to apply online, visit during the application period. TAEP Online is an account managemtn systems that allows producers participating in TAEP to viw information about their account. Participants can view their history, make contact updates, and use current status of application and reimbursements. If you have not participated in TAEP previously, you will not have an online account but you will be able to apply online during the application period. In order to access your TAEP online account, you will need a current email address, your TAEP number, and your premises account number. A complete guide can be found in the 2014 Producer Application which is available at you Cannon County Extension Office.


TAEP 2014 UPDATES Overview

* Dates and Deadlines
Application period will be June 1 - 7, 2014.
The FY14-15 booklets for both Application A and Application B will be available in mid April 2014.

* New

Livestock Working Facility Covering
Developed to improve farm safety, functionality, and longevity of livestock working equipment
35% or 50% cost share up to $3,500
Minimum size of 480 square feet, with 16' x 30' minimums
Minimum height with a 10' high clearance
Lifetime maximum of one (1) reimbursement
See the FY14-15 Application A for more information

Hay Storage
Lifetime limit: applicants may only receive four (4) Hay Storage reimbursements.
"Applicants who received a Hay Storage approval in 2013 are not eligible to apply for Hay Storage in 2014."

Used Equipment
Certain used items have been added to certain programs including:
Livestock Equipment: squeeze chute, head gate, palpation cage, alley panels and frames, tub, corral panels, and loading chute
Feed Storage: Mixer wagons and grinder/mixer wagons
Grain Storage: Transport Auger
Used equipment conditions:
In excellent working condition
No excessive rust
Functional soundness
Reasonable market price
*TAEP Online
Applicants, who have accessed their accounts, will be able to update information/review TAEP history.
The 2014 application will auto-populate with information in the system Applicants will need a current email address, Premise ID and TAEP ID numbers in order to access their online accounts.
TAEP ID numbers can found on Document A of your 2013 approval documents. If applicants do not have their TAEP ID number, email to request a number. They will need to include their name, address, and premises account number in the email.
The last date to request a TAEP ID number for the 2014 application period is May 30, 2014.


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