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Special Requirements

To be eligible for 50% cost share, the approved applicant must complete special requirements prior to the program reimbursement request deadline (August 1, 2021). Special requirements focus on education and include conferences, courses, events, workshops, and specific certifications. The applicant must have participated in educational programs or recertification from 2017-2021. The name registered for the special requirement must be the same name as the individual approved for cost share funding.

Special Requirements by Sector

Agritourism
Agritourism educational courses – applicant must attend (2) eligible events special requirements list. The Special Requirements List will be updated as new eligible courses become available.

Fruit & Vegetable Sector
Option #1:
Fruit & Vegetable educational courses – applicant must attend (2) eligible events special requirements list. The Special Requirements List will be updated as new eligible courses become available.

Option #2: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
GAP certification – applicant must provide certificate and current letter of compliance at time of reimbursement

Honey Bee
UT Master Beekeeper certification – see the Honey Bee sector for more information

Horticulture
UT Master Nursery Producer certification – see the Horticulture sector for more information

Organics
USDA Organic certification – applicant must provide USDA Organic certification and current letter of compliance at time of reimbursement

Value-Added Products
Value-Added educational courses – applicant must attend (2) eligible events special requirements list. The Special Requirements List will be updated as new eligible courses become available.

Special Requirements List

This list features eligible courses and events from 2017-2021 for the Agritourism (Agri-T), Fruit & Vegetable (F&V), and Value-Added Products (VAP) sectors. The Special Requirements List will be updated as new eligible courses become available.

How to register for special requirement courses?

The University of Tennessee Institute for Agriculture’s Center for Profitable Agriculture (CPA) administers the majority of the courses offered. Visit cpa.utk.edu and click on workshops under the educational events tab.

Cornell University offer GAPs Online Produce Safety Training course. Visit gaps.cornell.edu for more information.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Workshop is held yearly. Visit utvegetable.com/food-safety-news for more information.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure courses are eligible for TAEP special requirements.

Master & Advanced Master Certification

The University of Tennessee offers several educational programs for the agricultural industry. These programs are designed to provide hands-on experience in current management practices that are important to the profitability and sustainability of the industry.

Honey Bee Producer eligible courses include Master Bee

Horticulture Producer eligible courses include Master Nursery

To be eligible for 50% cost share, an approved applicant must complete an eligible Master or Advanced Master course prior to submission of their reimbursement request.
• Certificates must be issued 2017 or after to be considered current for TAEP.
• Courses to obtain certificates must be completed by the applicant approved for TAEP cost share. No substitutions allowed.
• Copy of current certificate must be submitted with reimbursement request.

Master Producer Certification

If you received your master certification any time after January 1, 2017, you will be eligible for 50% cost share for the 2020-2021 TAEP program. Recertification is required if course was completed prior to 2017.

TAEP Program Year Eligible Master/Advanced Master Certificate
2020-2021 Issued January 1, 2017 or after
2021-2022 Issued January 1, 2018 or after
2022-2023 Issued January 1, 2019 or after
2023-2024 Issued January 1, 2020 or after
Email producer.diversification@tn.gov for additional information.