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Thursday, April 22, 2010

County Director Agriculture Agent 4-H Agent 4-H Agent 4_H Program Assistant Family Consumer Science (FCS) Agent FCS Program Assistant Family Resource Center Programs

UT Extension and Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture to Host Ag Enhancement Grant Workshop April 27th in Brownsville

Sunny Hill students and staff participated at the Black History program during Black History Month. Ms. Mabone sang for everyone, and Mr. Bond played his saxophone. Everyone had a great time.

By Walter Battle

With the announcement of the 2010 “Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program (TAEP)”, the local UT Extension office will collaborate with Tennessee Department of Agriculture officials to conduct a meeting on grant application procedures. This 6:00pm meeting will take place at the University of Tennessee Extension office located at 100 S.Wilson Street. The TAEP provides cost share funds for long term investments in livestock and farming operations. Participation allows producers to maximize farm profits, adapt to changing market situations, improve operation safety, increase farm efficiency and make a positive economic impact in their communities. TAEP is a direct result of Tennessee’s commitment to supporting farm development and Tennessee’s agricultural community. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has released the 2010 application for the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program. Applications can be submitted June 1-7 and should not be postmarked prior to June 1. Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, so producers are encouraged to apply early. Producer Diversification remains a competitive program and applications with proposals will be accepted June 1-7. Kathy Moore of the TDA will be available to answer questions and promote this great

Sunny Hill celebrates Black History Month

program that assisted Haywood County producers with operation improvements in 2009. This year’s program offers the same menu of cost share opportunities as last year. This includes the livestock equipment, cattle genetics, hay, feed, and grain storage, and producer diversification (fruit and vegetable etc….) opportunities. Through TAEP, farmers can qualify for 35 or 50 percent cost share, ranging from a maximum of $1,200 to $15,000 depending on the project. To date, TAEP has provided cost share funds for more than 15,500 projects across the state. A recent study has shown that for every state dollar invested, an additional $4.64 is generated in local economic activity. New this year, the Cattle Genetics cost share opportunity has expanded to include some costs associated with bull soundness evaluations (BSE) and pregnancy testing. Also, Fruits and Vegetables have been moved to the priority area under Producer Diversification, allowing certain projects to be eligible for a 50 percent cost share. Applications are available here at the UT Extension office. Producers can get important messages and updates on the program by calling 1-800-3428206. For more information or to download an application, visit www. TN.gov/agriculture/ enhancement.

HES library is launching the PBS Raising Readers Library Corner Haywood County Schools Deputy Superintendent Teresa Russell wrote a grant that allowed the Haywood Elementary library to get a “Raising Readers Library Corner.” PBS piloted this program in the summer of 2009 to build reading skills. The program is funded by a Ready to Learn grant from the United States Department of Education. The program includes exciting games, playful websites, and easy-touse learning resources for kids, parents, and teachers. It also encourages children to engage with some of the PBS KIDS programming. The goal is to help children ages 2 to 8 to build the skills they need to learn to read. We will be launching the program in the coming months. There will be many great resources for your child to check out and bring home then return to the library. A free resource to help your child practice reading skills at home is www.readytolearnreading.org. Kids can play free reading games and activities that feature their favorite PBS

KIDS characters. As a parent or caregiver, you will be able to keep track of your child’s progress. We hope you will try out this website and we look forward to preparing our children to become better readers!!!

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