The program provides cost share dollars to producers who make improvement to cattle genetics, livestock equipment, hay storage, livestock feed storage, grain storage, or the Producer Diversification Program.
Producers can receive up to 35 percent cost share assistance. If a producer is a “Master Producer” the cost share percentage is 50 percent.
Extension agent Greg Paxton encourages local producers to apply for cost share dollars. If a producer is making plans for cattle working facilities, hay barns or sheds or if one has plans to purchase a bull, this program could help provide partial funding.
Also, the Producer Diversification Program provides cost share funds for agri-tourism, fruit and vegetable operations, organic, etc. The requirements are listed on the application.
The state will be accepting applications for the cost share program June 1-7. Application must be postmarked June 1-7 or hand-delivered during the same period. Do not send in your applications before that date.
TDA officials are encouraging interested parties to submit their applications on June 1. Two requirements that are needed are your farm’s Premise I.D. number and applicants must have BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) certification for any livestock programs. To register your farm’s Premise I.D. contact the FSA office for an application.
If a producer does not have BQA certification, the Polk County Extension Office will be having a BQA certification class on May 21 at 6 p.m. at the Polk County Courthouse Courtroom in Benton.
Dr. Deana Haynes from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture will be at the 6 p.m. meeting to discuss the program and answer questions. Anyone interested is invited to this meeting. Call 338-4503 to sign up.