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Master beef producer course set

A master beef producer course will be offered by the University of Tennessee Extension beginning Jan. 24.
The Master Beef Producer Program has been hailed as the most extensive educational 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. Local participants from the past four years have reported an average economic impact of $3,000 per farm based on knowledge gained from the course.
The sessions will be held on 10 consecutive Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington County Farm Bureau office on Boones Creek Road in Jonesborough. 
A special meal sponsored by Pfizer 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. The course will only cost $50 if participants become BQA certified during the course 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. 
Anyone interested in the course should call Ty Petty, agriculture extension agent, at 743-9584.