Skip to Main Content

Who is Eligible for TAEP?

To Be Eligible for TAEP Cost Share, applicant must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States of America or lawfully present in the United States.
  2. Be a Tennessee resident operating a farm located in Tennessee.
  3. Be at least 18 years old during the application period.
  4. Meet minimum livestock/acreage requirements for chosen program(s).
    • Head of livestock = maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, at one time during the last 12 months.
  5. Have filed a Federal IRS Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit or Loss from Farming, within the last two years (2016 or 2017).
    • Applicant will not be required to submit a copy of their Schedule F at the time of application. However, applicant may be asked to submit a copy of their Schedule F prior to TAEP approval to verify their farming operation. If your operation does not file a schedule F, please contact TAEP about alternate documentation to verify farming status.   
  6. Have appropriate certification based on type of livestock producer.

Certifications:

BQA - Beef Quality Assurance Certification

  • Cattle Producers (beef and dairy)  must have current BQA certificate at time of application.
  • BQA certification must be renewed every three years and be CURRENT at time of application.
  • BQA is a two-hour educational course on cattle management and care sponsored by the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA).
  • Contact TCA for additional information on BQA classes at 615-896-2333, info@tncattle.org, www.tncattle.org or your local UT Extension office, utextension.tennessee.edu.
  • Online BQA courses are eligible.

PQA - Pork Quality Assurance Certification

  • Swine Producers must have current PQA certificate at time of application.
  • PQA Plus is a two-hour educational course on swine management and care sponsored by the Tennessee Pork Producers Association (TPPA).
  • PQA certifications must be renewed every three years and be CURRENT at time of application.
  • Contact TPPA for additional information on PQA Plus classes at 615-274-6533 or porkpromotn@tds.net.

Dairy Permit

  • Dairy Producers (cattle, goats and sheep), must be permitted by TDA to be eligible as a dairy at time of application.
  • Contact TDA Consumer and Industry Services Division, Food and Dairy Section, at 615-837-5193, for permit information.

Important:

Certifications and permits, as specified by program, must be completed by the applicant. No substitutions allowed. This applies to: BQA, PQA, dairy permit, and master producer certifications.