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Local Farmers: Required Beef Quality Assurance classes held Sept. 12-15

If you need to attend a Beef Quality Assurance class to qualify for state ag grant dollars, one will be held in Franklin County on September 12-15. {File Photo}

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Attention Moore County cattle farmers: Planning on applying for state agricultural grant dollars? Then you’ll need to plan to attend one of the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) classes planned in Franklin County next week.

The two-hour class covers cattle management and care and is sponsored by the Tennessee Cattle,man’s Association. BQA classes are volunteer based but must be completed to qualify for state dollars.

The annual Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) application period is October 1-7 and grant seekers must complete a BQA class to qualify.

Th state established TAEP in 2005 to provide cost share dollars to agricultural producers in the state. It’s goal is to invest in both Tennessee farms and their communities. Over the past 15 years, the state program invested more than $185 million in over 60,000 Tennessee farmers. On average each dollar invested generates $6.09 in local economies, according to the state.

Classes will be held at the UT/TSU Extension Office in Winchester on September 12 at 8 a.m., September 14 at 9 a.m., and September 15 at both 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. UT Extension will limit class size to 15 participants for each class so reserving your spot is important. To RSVP, call 931-967-2741. According to state ag officials, online classes are also available.

Questions? Contact Moore County Extension’s Larry Moorehead at lmooreh1@utk.edu.

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