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Master & Advanced Master Certification

The University of Tennessee offers several educational programs for the livestock industry. These programs are designed to provide hands-on experience in current management practices that are important to profitability and sustainability of the industry. TAEP approved applicants who have an eligible master producer certificate at the time of reimbursement may qualify for up to 50% cost share of the program maximum.

The following programs are eligible to receive 50% cost share:

•  Genetics
•  Livestock Equipment
•  Working Facility Structures
•  Hay Equipment
•  Livestock Solutions

Please note - Master and Advanced Master certificates are only eligible for a certain period of time. Please refer to the Eligible Certificates section to determine eligibility of your Master or Advanced Master certificate.

Eligible Certificates

To be eligible for 50% cost share, an approved applicant must complete an eligible Master or Advanced Master course, prior to submission of their reimbursement request.
    • Certificates must be current to be eligible for TAEP 50% reimbursement. Recertification is required if course was completed prior to 2016.
    • Current certificate must be in the name of the applicant approved for TAEP cost share. No substitutions allowed.
    • Copy of current certificate must be submitted with reimbursement request.

The following chart indicates master producer eligible courses by TAEP program and livestock type.

TAEP Program Year Eligible Master/Advanced Master Certificate
2019-2020 Issued January 1, 2016 or after
2020-2021 Issued January 1, 2017 or after
2021-2022 Issued January 1, 2018 or after
2022-2023 Issued January 1, 2019 or after

Contact your local UT/TSU Extension office to inquire about educational course offerings.
• University of Tennessee |
• Tennessee State University |

Master Producer Recertification

If you received your master certification any time after January 1, 2016, you will be eligible for 50% cost share for the 2019-2020 TAEP application period.

If you are unsure when you earned your master course certification, please contact your local UT/TSU Extension Agent for assistance.

Producer Diversification - To learn more about 50% cost share opportunities for Agritourism, Fruit and Vegetable, Honey Bee, Horticulture, Organic, and Value-Added sectors, please visit the Producer Diversification page here.