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Fruit and Vegetable

Who is a Fruit and Vegetable Producer?

For the purposes of TAEP, an eligible Fruit and Vegetable operation is involved in the production of produce for sale and is aimed at increasing profitability of the operation.

• Fruit and Vegetable grower
• Pumpkin producers
• Viticulture - grape production only

Fruit and Vegetable Producer Cost Share Opportunities

Standard Producer – 35% Cost Share - $12,000 Reimbursement Maximum

All approved applicants with Fruit & Vegetable 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, approved applicant must complete special requirements prior to the program reimbursement request deadline of August 1, 2022. 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

Fruit & Vegetable Special Requirements – applicant must complete one of the following options to qualify for 50%

Option #1: Fruit & Vegetable educational courses (2) – applicant must attend two eligible events; see special requirements list

Option #2: UT Master certification (1): Farm Manager, Farm Family Health & Wellness

Option #3: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) – applicant must have GAP certification and current letter of compliance at time of reimbursement

• Applicant must have participated in special requirements from 2018 – 2022.

• The name registered for the special requirement must be the same name as the individual applying for cost share funding.

• The Producer Diversification Special Requirements List will be updated when new courses added.

• Recertification is required if master course was completed prior to 2018.

• Contact your local UT Extension Agent if you are unsure the year your master certificate was issued.

What Fruit and Vegetable 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 - Fruit and Vegetable:
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.

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.

Apple/Peach liners
Bladder press – viticulture
Crusher/Destemmer
Cold storage*
  •     Chilling units – not for AC units
  •     Freezer
  •     Walk-in cooler
Fan – greenhouse
Fertilizer equipment
Field Planter
Fruit stock
  •     Apples
  •     Blackberries
  •     Blueberries
  •     Grapes
  •     Peaches
  •     Raspberries
Gravel*
  •     Foundation
  •     Propagation area
  •     Geotextile
Hand washing stations for workers
Harvest bins
Harvest lugs
Greenhouse*
  •     Hydroponic
  •     Overwintering
  •     Production
  •     Shade system
Heater – greenhouse
High tunnel/hoop-house*
Irrigation
  •     Controller system
  •     Fertigation system
  •     Filter system
  •     Frost protection
  •     Overhead
  •     Pivot
  •     Pond liner
  •     Pump
  •     Storage tanks

Lighting – not for aesthetics
  •     Greenhouse*
  •     Pavilion/retail shelter*
Loading area/dock*
Mechanical harvesters
Mulch machine
Must pump – fruit juices only
Packing facility*
  •     Structure
  •     Electrical
  •     Plumbing
  •     Packing line/washing equipment
Permanent restroom facilities*
  •     Standalone structure from packing facility
  •     Sinks/toilets
  •     Electrical
  •     Plumbing
Pest control
  •     Bird control netting
  •     Sprayer
  •     Wildlife barriers
Plastic mulch layer/ lifter
Plastic pallets (food grade only)
Production line equipment
Pruner – mechanical
Signs*
Sink – produce washing
Soil mixer
Spray equipment
Sprayer
Thermostat – greenhouse
Trellis materials – berries and vines
Vineyard hoe
Website development – no fees
Wood boiler

Advertising
Alcohol production equipment
Brochures
Building – storage
Chemicals
Computers
Concession stands/kitchens
Containers – bottles, pots, packaging
Drip Tape
Driveways, trails, paths, roads, etc.
Electrical consumption
Fees – membership
Fencing
Fertilizer
Fuel
Giveaway items
Golf cart
Growing buckets/pots
Hand Tools
Hemp Projects
Insecticides
Labor – applicant
Landscaping
Land – clearing of

Maintenance of existing structures, equipment, items
Meeting expenses
Merchandise
Motorized vehicles – ATV, forklift, tractor
Mower
Office equipment
Paper chain pots
Permits – or certifications
Pesticides
Plants – liners/plugs
Product development
Property – purchase or debt payment
Renovations of existing structures
Seeds – produce, nursery, flowers, etc.
Software
Soil/mediums
Store – general
Trade show expenses
Trailers – livestock
Used equipment
Water source creation – ponds, wells
Website – annual or hosting fees
Winemaking equipment - see Value-Added Products sector

Email producer.diversification@tn.gov for additional information.