Submitted by Rick May
UT Ext. Director
The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) was established in 2005 to provide cost share dollars to agricultural producers for the purpose of making long-term investments in Tennessee farms and communities. Participation allows producers to maximize farm profits, adapt to changing market situations, improve operation safety, increase farm efficiency, and make positive economic impact in their communities.
The annual application period is October 1 – 15, 2018. A workshop has been scheduled in Johnson County for Thursday, September 27th in the Farm Bureau basement at 7:00 p.m. to assist producers with their applications and answer any questions that they may have regarding the TAEP program. The 2019 applications will be available at the workshop and John Hodges with the TN Department of Agriculture will be available to answer any questions from the producers.
TAEP programs available include genetics, grain storage, hay storage, livestock equipment, livestock solutions, working facility cover, poultry grower and producer diversification. More information on each of these programs can be found on their website: https://www.tn.gov/agriculture/farms/taep.html
Approval notifications are scheduled to be mailed in mid-December. Program purchases can be made starting October 1, 2018 and must be completed by the program’s final reimbursement request deadline. Participants are encouraged to make purchases and submit reimbursement requests in a timely manner to avoid processing delays at deadline time. Payments are based upon expenses for eligible program items.
For more information acontact the UT/TSU Extension office at 727-816.