Producer Diversification Fruit and Vegetable Sector

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 - $10,000 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 - $15,000 Maximum

To be eligible for 50% cost share, approved applicants must complete special requirements prior to the program reimbursement deadline of September 1, 2018.

 Special Requirements for 50% Cost Share

Option #1: Fruit & Vegetable producers­­­

  1. Pick Tennessee Conference (previously Tennessee Horticultural Expo) – must attend
  2. Sector eligible educational course – must attend (1)

Applicant must have participated in special requirements from 2014-2018.

Visit for:

  • Producer Diversification Special Requirements list - to view list of eligible courses and events by sector.
  • Producer Diversification Special Requirements Calendar - to view upcoming special requirements courses and events.

Option #2: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

  • Applicant must have GAP certification and current letter of compliance at time of reimbursement.

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. Examples of eligible and ineligible items are provided on page 9.

Competitive Projects - Fruit & Vegetable:

  • Priority is given to projects that are focused 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.

Eligible Fruit and Vegetable Items:

  • 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.

Apple/Peach liners
Bladder press – viticulture
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
  •     Foundation
  •     Propagation area
  •     Geotextile
Hand washing stations for workers
Harvest bins
Harvest lugs
  •     Hydroponic
  •     Overwintering
  •     Production
  •     Shade system
Heater – greenhouse
High tunnel/hoop-house*
  •     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
Sink – produce washing
Soil mixer
Spray equipment
Thermostat – greenhouse
Trellis materials – berries and vines
Vineyard hoe
Website development – see ineligible items
Wood boiler

* Include dimensions and designs with project proposal.

Ineligible Fruit and Vegetable Items – Most commonly requested

  • 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
  • Give a way items
  • Golf cart
  • Hand Tools
  • Insecticides
  • Labor – applicant
  • Landscaping
  • Land – clearing of
  • Maintenance of existing structures, equipment, items etc.
  • Meeting expenses
  • Merchandise
  • Motorized vehicles – ATV, forklift, tractor
  • Mower
  • Office equipment
  • Permits – or certifications
  • Pesticides
  • Plants – liners/plugs
  • Product development
  • Property – purchase or debt payment
  • Renovations of existing structures
  • Seeds – produce, nursery, flowers, etc.
  • Software
  • Store – general
  • Trade show expenses
  • Trailers – livestock
  • Used equipment
  • Water source creation – ponds, wells
  • Website – annual or hosting fees
  • Winemaking equipment
For additional information call 1-800-342-8206 or email
Application B Eligibility
B Program Requirements
Application B