Frequently Asked Questions
No. You can apply for one of the eight cost share programs per fiscal year on
Application A. The eight cost share programs include: Dairy Solutions, Herd
Health, Genetics, Livestock Equipment, Working Facility Structures, Hay
Storage, Livestock Solutions, and Row Crop Solutions. Checking multiple boxes
will void your cost share request. You will not be able to change your cost
share request after October 7, 2020.
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.
Premises number is no longer an effective means for identifying producers in TAEP and therefore no longer required to apply.
Yes. The TAEP Producer Number (TPN) replaces the previously required premises account number and premises ID.
The TAEP Producer Number (TPN) takes the place of the premises account number and premises ID. TPNs are assigned to all existing TAEP participants. 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.
If you have applied for TAEP within the past three years, your TPN will be mailed to you in September. Your county extension agent will also have a list of producer's TPNs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The goal of TAEP is to make long-term, strategic investments to raise the standard of livestock management in Tennessee. Providing the opportunity for additional cost share through completing these courses is one way TAEP furthers this goal. Taking a Master or Advanced Master course:
- Ensures producers are adhering to industry best practices, ultimately promoting the highest level of production and safety standards.
- Provides an overview of current industry changes and market trends, furthering producers' ability to make informed decisions regarding their operation.
- Creates a networking platform that allows producers to leverage each other's industry knowledge and strengthen connections to their local ag extension office.
Applications will not be accepted if faxed or emailed.
Applications must be postmarked October 1 – 7, 2020.
Applications postmarked prior to October 1 or after October 7, 2020 are
Only one Application A per producer can be accepted for Dairy Solution, Herd Health, Genetics, Livestock Equipment, Working Facility Structures, Hay Storage, Livestock Solutions, and Row Crop Solutions. 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.
Yes, your cost share reimbursement is taxable. You will receive Form 1099 G for payments received over $600.
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.
Receipts dated prior to October 1, 2020 are NOT eligible. Items purchased October 1, 2020 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, 2020 and you submit an application, there is no guarantee that you will receive cost share assistance.
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.
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.
The same verification rules will apply program wide. Used equipment will be no exception.
Verification Rules: (from Application A page 7)
- Applicant must utilize equipment and structures reimbursed with cost share funds for the intended purpose of the program for a minimum of five (5) continuous years from date of purchase.
- Site visits relating to the performance of the project before, during, and after completion may take place. Site visits may include verification of program eligibility to ensure applicants meet eligibility and minimum livestock/acreage requirements for chosen program(s).
- Applicant may be required to repay funds for failure to comply with all aspects of the cost share guidelines.
- Providing any false, fraudulent, or misleading information may result in penalties and/or make the applicant’s operation ineligible to participate in present and/or future Tennessee Department of Agriculture programs for a minimum of five years and may result in civil litigation or criminal prosecution.
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 five (5) continuous years from date of purchase.
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.