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Advanced Master Beef Producer Course begins Feb. 9

An Advanced Master Beef Producer Course will be offered by the University of Tennessee Extension beginning on Feb. 9 for anyone in northeast Tennessee or the surrounding area.
According to a press release from UT Extension, the Master Beef Producer Program has been hailed as the most extensive education project ever conducted for the Tennessee cattle industry. It is designed to help cattle producers improve their profitability and competitiveness by enhancing production and reducing costs. Over 500 cattle producers from four counties in northeast Tennessee have already become Master Beef Producers. Local participants from the past five years have reported an average economic impact of $3,000 per farm based on knowledge gained from the course and 100 percent say they would recommend the course to others, according to UT Extension.
The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington County Farm Bureau Building on Boones Creek Road in Jonesborough. A meal, provided by Zoetis Animal Health, will be provided on the last evening of the course. Participants will receive a certificate recognizing their training, a Master Beef Producer cap and a sign to display on their farm.
According to UT Extension, the course will cost $75 if participants become BQA certified and register their farm premise. Graduates will be eligible for increased cattle cost share benefits through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Enhancement Program. All Master Beef Producers who took the class in 2004-2007 are required to take the Advanced Master Beef Producer Course in 2015 in order to qualify for the increased cost share benefit of 2015 Tennessee Agriculture Enhancement Program applications.
Anyone is eligible to participate in this Advanced Master Beef Producer Course even if you have not completed the original Master Beef Producer Course.
Contact Anthony Shelton, Agriculture Extension Agent in Washington County, at 753-1680 or arrive early to register at the first session.