For the purposes of TAEP, an eligible Fruits and Vegetable operation is involved in the production of produce for sale and is aimed at increasing profitability of the operation.
|Standard Producer – 35% Cost Share - $10,000 Maximum|
|All approved applicants with Fruits & Vegetable projects are eligible for 35% cost share.
There are no special requirements for 35% cost share.
|Master Producer – 50% Cost Share - $15,000 Maximum|
|To be eligible for 50% cost share, all approved applicants with Fruits & Vegetable projects must complete all special
requirements prior to the program reimbursement deadline of May 1, 2015.
|Special Requirements for 50% Cost Share|
|Option One: Fruits & Vegetable producers||Option Two: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)|
|1. Tennessee Horticultural Expo – must attend
2. Sector eligible educational course – must attend (1)
Must have GAP certification and current letter of compliance at time of reimbursement. See below for GAP ONLY eligible items.
|Additional Special Requirement Information|
The proposed activity/project must encompass quality expansion or improvement of the applicant’s farm and business. The eligible categories are: Farm Infrastructure, Specialty Equipment and Marketing. Examples of eligible and ineligible items are provided below.
• Priority is given to projects that are focused on improving or increasing production.
• Marketing projects that are long term in nature are allowed but are not considered as competitive as those involving production.
|A. Eligible Fruit and Vegetable Items:|
Apple/Peach liners – orchards
|Packing line equipment
Pest control –
• Bird control netting
• Wildlife barriers
Plastic mulch layer/ lifter
Pond liner – irrigation system
Production line equipment
Pruner – mechanical
Pump – irrigation, filter
Row covers – frost protection
Signs – description needed
Sink – produce washing
Thermostat – greenhouse
Trellis materials –
berries and vines
Water storage tanks
Website development –
see ineligible items
|B. GAP ONLY – Certified up to date GAP producers can also apply for projects listed in sections A & B - click here to learn more about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)|
|Produce packing facilities –
• Packing line/
• Loading Dock
Food grade materials needed for GAP plan –
|• Stand alone structure of
|Ineligible Fruit and Vegetable Items – Most commonly requested|
Give a way items
Property – purchase or
Renovations of existing structures
Seeds – produce, nursery,
Store – general
Trade show expenses
Trailers – livestock
Water source creation –
Website – annual or hosting fees
Wells – drilling of
|For additional information call 1-800-342-8206 or email producer.diversification@TN.gov|
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|Eligibility Requirements||Application Rules||Application B Materials||Application B Instructions|