The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will again offer Ag Enhancement Grants, and the forms are available at Lincoln County Extension.
The program is similar to last year with an application period of June 1-7. New this year is an on-line application system for those with internet access. Other new items included are field sprayers and covered mineral feeders. Dairy only items added include manure handling equipment. Producers can receive 35% up to $1200 for a herd bull, 35% up to $3500 for livestock equipment, 35% up to $7500 for a hay storage barn, 35 % up to $10,000 for Livestock Feed Storage, and 35 % up to $15,000 for grain storage.
Those who have attended the 10-session Master Beef program are eligible for these at a 50% cost-share level. Applicants need to be Tennessee resident, have a current BQA certification and a premises ID number. Livestock and hay acreage minimums are also involved. The Producer Diversification program offers 35% up to $10,000 for certain items related to organics, grape growing, beekeeping, horticulture and agri-tourism.
Drop by the ag extension office in the Ralph Hastings Building for a grant application or get them on the web at http://www.tn.gov/taep/.
Lincoln County Extension will host an informational meeting on TAEP grant opportunities on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in the Ralph Hastings Building in Fayetteville. Rebecca Blount, hay storage coordinator with Tennessee Department of Agriculture, will present the latest information on applying for these grants. This program is open to everyone. Call 433-1582 for more information.