Who is an Organic Producer?

For the purposes of TAEP, an eligible organic operation is involved in the production and sale of certified USDA Organic products (fruits, vegetables, and meats) and is aimed at increasing profitability of the operation. Applicant must be certified USDA Organic or working towards certification to qualify. Certification must be current at time of reimbursement request.

• Organic fruit producer
• Organic viticulture producer
• Organic vegetable producer
• Organic farm fresh meat producer

Organic Producer Cost Share Opportunities

Standard Producer – 35% Cost Share - $12,000 Reimbursement Maximum
All approved applicants with organic projects are eligible for 35% cost share. There are no special requirements for 35% cost share.

Master Producer – 50% Cost Share - $12,000 Reimbursement Maximum
To be eligible for 50% cost share, applicants must complete special requirements prior to the program reimbursement deadline of August 1, 2024. The name registered for the special requirement must be the same name as the individual applying for cost share funding.

Special Requirements for 50% Cost Share
USDA Organic Certification
– applicant must be certified USDA Organic (certificate and current letter of compliance) at time of reimbursement to be eligible for cost share.

What Organic Projects Qualify for TAEP?

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.

Competitive Projects – Organic:
Priority is given to long-term projects that focus 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.
• Only complete applications that include sufficient information will be considered for evaluation.
TAEP staff will coordinate with UT Extension and USDA to verify compliance. Applicants will need to send a copy of their USDA Organic certificate and most current letter of compliance for TAEP records.

Approved applicants will receive a revised budget with reimbursement documentation. The revised budget indicates approved items per committee review, cost share allocation amount, and status of special requirement participation. All committee decisions are final.

• Not all eligible items are listed; please contact the Producer Diversification Coordinator for project eligibility or clarification prior to applying for TAEP cost share.
• All eligible items requested may not be approved due to the competitive evaluation of the program.
• To ensure long-term investments, items requested must be able to meet the five (5) year verification period to be considered for cost share.

* Include dimensions and designs with project proposal.

Fan – greenhouse
Fertilizer equipment
Field planter
Flail mower
Fruit stock
  •     Apples
  •     Blackberries
  •     Blueberries
  •     Peaches
  •     Grapes
  •     Raspberries
Gravel – geotextile preferred
  •     Foundation
  •     Propagation area
  •     Structure
  •     Hydroponic
  •     Overwintering
  •     Shade system
Heater – greenhouse
High tunnel/hoop house*
  •     Controller system
  •     Filter system
  •     Overhead/drip
  •     Pivot
  •     Pump
  •     Water level control
  •     Water storage tanks

Lighting – not for esthetics
  •     Greenhouse
Loading area/dock*
Mulch machine
Mulch layer/lifter
Packing facility*
Packing line equipment
Pond liner – irrigation system
Production line equipment
Roller crimper
Sink – produce washing
Soil mixer
Spray equipment
Thermostat – greenhouse
Trellis materials
Walk in cooler*
Website development – no fees
Wood boiler

Alcohol production equipment
Building – storage
Certifications through TDA
Containers – bottles, pots, packaging
Drip Tape
Driveways, trails, paths, roads, etc.
Electrical consumption
Fees – membership
Giveaway items
Golf cart
Growing buckets/pots
Hemp Projects
Labor – applicant
Land – clearing of

Maintenance of existing structures, equipment, items
Meeting expenses
Motorized vehicles – ATV, forklift, tractor
Office equipment
Paper chain pots
Plants – liners/plugs
Product development
Property – purchase or debt payment
Renovations –of existing structures
Seeds – produce, nursery, flowers, etc.
Store – general
Trade show expenses
Trailers – livestock
Used equipment
Water source creation – ponds/wells
Website – annual, domain, or hosting fees

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