Program Requirements


  1. Applications must be submitted during the application period October 1 - November 1, 2016.
    • Applications may be submitted by one of the following methods:
      • Online – October 1 - November 1, 2016.
      • Mail – Applications must have a postmark date ranging from October 1, 2016 - November 1, 2016.
      • Hand delivery to TDA, Holeman Building, 424 Hogan Road, Nashville, TN 37220 between October 1 - November 1, 2016
            during normal business hours.   

    • Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
    • Applications postmarked or hand delivered prior to October 1, 2016 and after November 1, 2016 are ineligible.
  2. Application A cost share requests will be approved by eligible priority request.
    • Applicants may select up to two (2) priority ranks in order of importance to their operation (1=first priority,
          2=second priority). Selecting a second priority is optional.
  3. Applicants may only submit one Application A per Federal IRS Schedule F, per person, per application period.
  4. Applicant will be notified in writing of approval or disapproval.  Notifications will be mailed in January 2017.
  5. Reimbursement packet supersedes all information printed in the application booklet.


  1. Receipts dated prior to October 1, 2016 are not eligible.
  2.  Receipts for in-kind services are not eligible (trade-in value is not eligible).
  3.  Used equipment, used materials and leased equipment are not eligible for cost share reimbursement unless otherwise noted.
  4. Labor provided by applicant is not eligible for cost share reimbursement. Labor of any type is not eligible under Livestock Equipment.
  5. Applicant cannot be reimbursed for purchases from a business where applicant participates in ownership (producer cooperatives excluded).
  6. Applicants cannot combine projects and submit more than one reimbursement for the same item.
  7. Reimbursement documentation must be postmarked or hand delivered by the deadline. Additional processing time is required for incomplete requests and requests submitted within one month of the program deadline. It is recommended that you submit your request as soon as your project is completed.
  8. There can only be one reimbursement payment per program approval. Projects must be completed by reimbursement deadline.
  9. Failure to complete projects and utilize any allocated funds can affect eligibility for future program participation. Partial utilization of allocated funds is allowed.
  10. Falsifying applications, invoices or other documents submitted to TDA may make producer and farm ineligible to participate in present and/or future TDA programs, and may result in civil litigation or criminal prosecution.


  1. Applicant must utilize equipment and structures purchased with cost share funds for the intended purpose of the program for a minimum of three 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.

Tennessee Department of Agriculture may:

  • Accept, modify or reject any or all requests.
  • Modify program criteria, approval and payment processes.
  • Provide partial funding for specific activity components that may be less than the full amount requested.
    • Require additional information from the applicant.
    • Deny payments for projects that do not meet requirements.