Who is an Agritourism Producer?

For the purposes of TAEP, an eligible Agritourism working farm offers on-the-farm experiences relating to production agriculture of food and/or fiber for a fee and is aimed at increasing profitability of the operation.

• Farm education (tours of production agriculture)
• Farm activities (pick your own, fee-fishing)
• Farm fun (corn maze, hay rides)
• Farm purchases (retail sales of farm’s agricultural products)

Agritourism Producer Cost Share Opportunities

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

All approved applicants with Agritourism 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, 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

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

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

Option #2: UT Master Farm Manager, UT Master Farm Family Health & Wellness, or TSU New Farmer Academy

• Applicant must have participated in special requirements from 2020-2024.

• 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 are added.

What Agritourism 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 -- Agritourism:
Priority is given to projects focusing on long-term public use considerations which increase opportunities for profitability.

• Preference will be given to projects that focus on agricultural education and production over agricultural entertainment/other. Examples of agricultural entertainment/other includes but is not limited to: weddings, concerts, bed and breakfasts, farm stays, campgrounds, canoe rentals, trail rides, playgrounds, parks, event centers, concert venues etc.

• 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.

DVD – educational, not for resale
Hand washing stations
Handicap accessible areas*
Hayride wagon – safety or education
Lighting – public areas
Parking areas (new) – include dimensions and # of parking spots to be created
    • Gravel or pavement
    • Geotextile preferred for gravel
Pavilions - Educational
Public Address (PA) systems - safety or educational

Restroom facilities*
Retail shelters*
Safe way areas*
Security camera system
Signs* – to promote farm operation, provide directions, farm safety, or ag education; must provide a mock up of design with dimensions
Website development – no fees

Alarm/security systems
Arena/Barn – livestock, storage
Bed & Breakfast projects
Building – storage
Building – show facility
Cash Registers/Point of Sale System
Concession stands/kitchens
Containers - bottles, pots, packaging
Driveways, trails, paths, roads, etc.
Electrical consumption
Fees – membership
Flyers - promotional
General Inputs
Giveaway items
Golf Carts
Hemp Projects
Land – clearing of

Maintenance of - existing structures, gravel projects, equipment, items, parking lots, etc.
Meeting expenses
Motorized vehicles – ATV, forklift, tractor
Motorized rides
Office equipment
Playground equipment
Product development
Property – purchase or debt payment
Renovations of existing structures
Replacing existing equipment, items etc.
Salaries, wages, benefits
Signage that is not farm related nor promoting ag education
Store – for resale of goods
Trade show expenses
Trailers – livestock
Used equipment
Water source creation – ponds/wells
Website – annual or hosting fees
Wedding Pavilions and projects

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