Producer Diversification Organic Sector

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 - $10,000 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 - $15,000 Maximum

To be eligible for 50% cost share, applicants must complete special requirements prior to the program reimbursement deadline of September 1, 2018. 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. Examples of eligible and ineligible items are provided on page 15.

Competitive Projects – Organic:

  • 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.

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.


Eligible Organic 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.

Fan – greenhouse
Fertilizer equipment
Field planter
Flail mower
Fruit stock
  •     Apples
  •     Blackberries
  •     Blueberries
  •     Peaches
  •     Grapes
  •     Raspberries
Gravel – geotextile preferred
  •     Foundation
  •     Propagation area
Greenhouse*
  •     Structure
  •     Hydroponic
  •     Overwintering
  •     Shade system
Heater – greenhouse
High tunnel/hoop house*
Irrigation
  •     Controller system
  •     Drip
  •     Filter system
  •     Overhead
  •     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
Signs*
Sink – produce washing
Soil mixer
Spader
Spray equipment
Sprayer
Thermostat – greenhouse
Trellis materials
Walk in cooler*
Website development – see ineligible
Wood boiler

 

* Include dimensions and designs with project proposal.


Ineligible Organic Items – Most commonly requested

Advertising
Alcohol production equipment
Brochures
Building – storage
Certifications through
TDA
Chemicals
Computers
Containers – bottles, pots, packaging
Drip tape
Driveways, trails, paths, roads, etc.
Electrical consumption
Fees – membership
Fencing
Fertilizer
Fuel
Give a way items
Golf cart
Insecticides
Labor – applicant
Landscaping
Land – clearing of
Livestock
Maintenance of existing structures, equipment, items etc.
Meeting expenses
Merchandise
Motorized vehicles – ATV, forklift, tractor
Mower
Office equipment
Permits
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, domain, or hosting fees

For additional information call 1-800-342-8206 or email producer.diversification@TN.gov
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