Ag Enhancement FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I apply for more than one cost share program?
  2. Can I apply with Application A, B, and C in the same year?
  3. Do I have to register my premises in order to participate?
  4. Is there a number that will take the place of the premises number?
  5. What is a TAEP Producer number (TPN)?
  6. How do I find my TPN?
  7. I have never participated in TAEP.  Do I have a TPN?
  8. Why are cost share funds available for certain purchases but not others?
  9. Why do I have to participate in the BQA course or other educational programs in order to participate or to get the maximum cost share?
  10. My BQA certification is four years old. Is it still valid?
  11. Can I qualify for 50% cost share if I am not a Master producer at the time of application?
  12. Why do farm owners have to take these educational courses in order to participate? Why can’t my farm manager qualify for me?
  13. Can I fax or email my application?
  14. What will happen if my application is postmarked on September 30?
  15. What happens if I decide I would like to apply for an additional cost share program after my application has been mailed?
  16. Will my cost share reimbursement be taxed?
  17. Can I combine livestock type to meet livestock head requirements?
  18. Can I purchase items before I apply for a cost share program?
  19. Are County Producers Associations eligible for Producer Cost Share Programs?
  20. Why was used equipment added to TAEP?
  21. Will TDA verify that new equipment purchased under the program is not resold as 'used' the next year?
  22. Is there a defined timeline on how long a producer must maintain ownership of used equipment purchased under Ag Enhancement?
  23. Will handwritten tickets for used equipment be allowed?  If so will handwritten tickets be allowed for new equipment?
 

Answers

1. Can I apply for more than one cost share program on Application A?

Yes. You can apply for  two of the six cost share programs per fiscal year on Application A. The six cost share programs include: Genetics, Livestock Equipment, Livestock Working Facility Cover, Hay Storage, Livestock Feed Storage and Grain Storage. You can select your  two requests and prioritize them (1st choice, 2nd choice) on one Application A. Please do not submit more than one Application A.

2. Can I apply with Application A, B, and C in the same year?

Yes. You can submit all three applications in one fiscal year. Application A is for Livestock and Grain Producers, Application B is for Producer Diversification (Agritourism, Fruit and Vegetable, Honey Bee, Horticulture, Organics, and Value-Added) and Application C is for Commercial Poultry Producers.

3.  Do I have to register my premises in order to participate?

Premises number is no longer an effective means for identifying producers in TAEP and therefore no longer required to apply in 2016.

4.  Is there a number that will take the place of the premises number?

Yes.  The TAEP Producer Number (TPN) replaces the previously required premises account number and premises ID.

5. What is a TAEP Producer number (TPN)?

The TAEP Producer Number (TPN) takes the place of the premises account number and premises ID.  TPNs were assigned to all existing TAEP participants earlier this year. The TPN is exclusive to an individual and cannot be transferred. In the past, TAEP records were kept according to premises account numbers. The names associated with premises accounts may have changed from year to year depending upon various eligibility factors such as BQA, master certifications, and property ownership, etc.  Therefore, the assignment of each TPN is based upon the name of the individual that last applied for TAEP using the premises account number that correlates to that TAEP farming operation.

6. How do I find my TPN?

If you have applied for TAEP within the past three years, your TPN will be mailed to you in September 2016.  Your county extension agent will also have a list of producer's  TPNs.

7. I have never participated in TAEP.  Do I have a TPN?

New TAEP applicants will not have a TPN until applications are processed.  New applicants can still apply for TAEP, they will simply leave the TPN section blank.

8. Why are cost share funds available for certain purchases but not others?

TAEP targets areas that promote long term investments in Tennessee’s agriculture. Each year, the program is re-evaluated and new items are considered for funding based on current market conditions and demand.

9. Why do I have to participate in the BQA course or other educational programs in order to participate or to get the maximum cost share?

These instructional programs are designed to help improve individual operations, increase profits and raise the overall quality of livestock and management practices in the state. This in turn will improve the marketability of Tennessee livestock for everyone.

10. My BQA certification is four years old. Is it still valid?

No. BQA certification is only good for three years. You must recertify before applying for cost share funding. Contact your local UT Extension Office or the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association for a class near you.

11. Can I qualify for 50% cost share if I am not a Master producer at the time of application?

Yes. You can apply for TAEP without a master certificate, but you will need to have completed the master certification by the time of reimbursement in order to be eligible for the maximum 50% cost share.

12. Why do farm owners have to take these educational courses in order to participate? Why can’t my farm manager qualify for me?

The goal of TAEP is to make long-term, strategic investments to raise the standard of livestock management in Tennessee. As a farm owner, it’s important for you to know about proper management practices, too. More importantly, farm managers may change, but you have your farm’s long-term interest at heart.

13. Can I fax or email my application?

Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

14. What will happen if my application is postmarked on September 30?

Applications must be postmarked October 1 – November 1, 2016 . Applications postmarked prior to October 1, 2016  or after November 1, 2016  are ineligible.

15. What happens if I decide I would like to apply for an additional cost share program after my application has been mailed?

Only one Application A per producer can be accepted for Genetics, Livestock Equipment, Livestock Working Cover Facility, Hay Storage, Livestock Feed Storage and Grain Storage. Do not submit your application until you are sure that you have applied for all cost share programs you are interested in . You can submit a separate Application B for Producer Diversification and Application C for Poultry Growers.

16. Will my cost share reimbursement be taxed?

Yes, your cost share reimbursement is taxable. You will receive Form 1099 G for payments received over $600.

17. Can I combine livestock type to meet livestock head requirements?

You can combine goats and sheep. However, you cannot combine goats/sheep and other livestock (cattle, poultry, swine). Head of livestock refers to the maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, during the last 12 months.

18. Can I purchase items before I apply for a cost share program?

Receipts dated prior to October 1, 2016 are NOT eligible. Items purchased October 1, 2016   or after will be eligible if your application is approved and there is funding available for cost share funds. You need to be aware that just because the purchase is made after October 1, 2016 and you submit an application, there is no guarantee that you will receive cost share assistance.

19. Are County Producers Associations eligible for Producer Cost Share Programs?

Currently we do not feature opportunities for Regional or County Producer Associations. However, we do feature grant programs for Statewide Agricultural Producer Associations and Public Farmers Markets.

20. Why was used equipment added to TAEP?

From general observations, many of our serious full time farmers got their start and built equity while buying and utilizing used equipment rather than expanding their liabilities through new equipment.  This expansion of equipment purchases to used machinery should broaden the group of farmers that could participate in the program.  Not having a used equipment component favors the more financially secure, established and second income farmers versus beginning, new and full time farmers.  Our desire for the program is to reach the broadest group of farmers possible while improving the affordability of livestock equipment for Tennessee livestock producers.

21. Will TDA verify that new equipment purchased under the program is not resold as 'used' the next year?

The same verification rules will apply program wide.  Used equipment will be no exception.

Verification Rules: (from Application A page 5)

  1. Applicant must utilize equipment and structures purchased with cost share funds for the intended purpose of the program for a minimum of 3 continuous years from date of purchase.
  2. Site visits relating to the performance of the activity before, during and after completion may take place.

  3. Applicants may be required to repay funds if they fail to comply with all aspects of the cost share guidelines.

22. Is there a defined timeline on how long a producer must maintain ownership of used equipment purchased under Ag Enhancement?

Yes.  The same verification rules will apply program wide.  Used equipment will be no exception.

Applicant must utilize equipment and structures purchased with cost share funds for the intended purpose of the program for a minimum of 3 continuous years from date of purchase.

23. Will handwritten tickets for used equipment be allowed?  If so will handwritten tickets be allowed for new equipment?

Producers submitting handwritten receipts/invoices may receive a written request to provide better clarification and transparency of the transaction before the reimbursement request will be approved.