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Ag News and Notes
National Farmers Market Week highlights fresh food
The Warren County Farmers Market is in full harvest with a wide selection of locally grown vegetables.

Many Tennesseans are ready to say goodbye to summer and hello to school. Tennessee farmers, however, want everyone to know summer is far from over. In fact, August is the peak month of the growing season for most of the U.S. That’s why the first week is always National Farmers Market Week.
This year, the celebration is Aug. 7-13. Tennessee’s fruit and vegetable producers have enjoyed an exceptionally abundant growing season. Summer produce continues to flourish even as autumnal favorites like pumpkins and sweet potatoes roll into the marketplace.
Locally, the Warren County Farmers Market is open every Saturday and Wednesday until noon and has a wonderful group of vendors with a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, flowers, and much, much more.
Pick Tennessee Products, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s farmer to consumer program, offers several options to take advantage of farm-fresh bounty long after the kids are back in school. Tips for successful farmers market visits and a calculator to help customers convert farm measurements to familiar kitchen measures are available on the Pick Tennessee Website,
“Southern in Season” is a brand new Pick Tennessee iBook available now for iPad, iPhone and Mac iBooks. The free digital downloadable cookbook focuses on important tips for choosing, storing and using Tennessee-grown or produced ingredients according to their harvest seasons. To download the free iBook, search “Southern in Season” or “Pick Tennessee” at the Apple iBook store. Links to Pick Tennessee website directories will help readers quickly find the featured farm products near their own homes.

Tennessee Agriculture Enhancement Program Updates
As many are aware, the application season for 2017-18 is nearing quickly. We want to update everyone on some important deadlines and reminders regarding the program:
Final Reimbursement Request Deadline – Sept. 1
Projects must be completed and reimbursement requests submitted by Sept. 1, 2017 to be eligible for cost share.

Deadline Extensions not available
TAEP will not offer extensions of any kind this year due to the tight timeline between reimbursement deadline (Sept. 1) and start of next application period (Oct. 1). 

TAEP 2017-2018 Application Period: Oct. 1-16
New application materials will be available mid-August 2017.

TAEP Producer Number (TPN) Mailing: Sept. 1
Participants will receive a letter in September to those who have applied for TAEP within  the past three years. The letter will include dates for the upcoming application period and feature the producer’s TPN and TAEP ID number. TAEP will provide UT a copy of the letter and a spreadsheet featuring producers’ TPNs in September.
The TPN is considered the producer’s account number and is used when applying and corresponding with TAEP. The TAEP ID number is used when initially accessing the TAEP online account system.

BQA Recertification
Applicants qualifying with cattle will be required to have current BQA certification at time of application. BQA certifications, which expire Nov. 1, will be eligible during this year’s application period.
If you have any questions, feel free to give UT-TSU Extension Warren County a call at 473-8484.