UT Extension holds graduation for Master Beef Producers
The UT Extension office honored those that recently completed their Master Beef Producer class. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Kevin Hix, Jennifer Caruthers, Marissa Decker, Sally Tidwell Reed, Gena Hassler and Clara Downey. Remaining rows left to right are Felix Roddy, Ray Hammond, John Stanberry, Billy Howell, James Housley, Steve Travis, Mr. Reed, Chris Beavers, Charles Adams, Dennis Francisco, Larry Cunningham, Tom Crawley, Mr. Decker and Hubert Haney II.
Published: 11:09 AM, 04/02/2013
Last updated: 4:22 PM, 04/02/2013
Source: The Herald-News
What is whorl? How do you control buttercup? Cattle get a
grade? Twenty Master Beef Producer graduates learned the answers, first-hand, to all these questions
plus other valuable information during the 9-week course at the Rhea County Ag Center and
Fairgrounds in Evensville.
Farm Credit Services and Michael Reed prepared and sponsored the
graduation meal. Eligible producers who complete the Master Beef Course qualify for 50 percent
cost share in the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) conducted by the Tennessee
Department of Agriculture. The cost share program includes: genetics, hay storage, commodity storage
sheds and livestock equipment.
A few changes are being made to the 2013 TAEP program. Some
of the changes include the addition of sprayers under the equipment section, dropping the
requirement for bids under the hay storage section and the ability to apply for cost share funds
Applications will be available in April and will be accepted between June 1
and June 7, 2013. Applications will be available at the UT Extension office, USDA Service Center and
your local feed store, or you can download an application at www.tn.gov/taep. For more information
about this program, please call the UT Extension office at 775-7807.