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FRUITS AND VEGETABLE SECTOR

Who is a Fruits and Vegetable Producer?

For the purposes of TAEP, an eligible Fruits and Vegetable working farm/existing operation is involved in the production of produce for sale and is aimed at increasing profitability of the operation.

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

 

Fruits and Vegetable Applicant Requirements

  • Applicants may only submit one Application B per Federal IRS Schedule F, per person, per application period.
  • Applicants must meet all state and local regulations to be eligible for reimbursement.

 

Fruits and Vegetable Producer Cost Share Opportunities

Standard Producer – 35% Cost Share - $10,000 Maximum
?All approved applicants with Fruits & 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, all approved applicants with Fruits & Vegetable projects must complete all special
requirements prior to the program reimbursement deadline of May 1, 2016.

Special Requirements for 50% Cost Share
Option One: Fruits & Vegetable producers Option Two: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
1. 2016 Joint Association Convention TBA – must attend
2. Sector eligible educational course – must attend (1)

Must have GAP certification and current letter of compliance at time of reimbursement. For GAP ONLY eligible items see page 9, section B.


Additional Special Requirement Information
  • All sector special requirements must be completed by the applicant prior to the program reimbursement deadline May 1, 2016.
  • The registered name for the special requirement must be the same name as the individual applying for cost share funding.
  • Applicant must have participated in events from 2013-2016.
  • GAP applicants must be up to date with most current letter of compliance documentation. click here to learn more about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
  • Visit the Producer Diversification Course Requirements Calendar to view upcoming courses that will apply towards the Fruits & Vegetable special requirements.

What Fruits 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 -- Fruits & 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.

A. 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 – orchards
Bladder press – viticulture
Chilling units – not for AC units
Crusher/Destemmer – viticulture
Cold storage*
• Chilling units – not for AC units
• Freezer
• Walk-in cooler
Fan – greenhouse
Fertilizer equipment
Field Planter
Filter system – irrigation
Filter Pump – irrigation
Freezer
Fruit stock –
• Apples
• Blackberries
• Blueberries
• Grapes
• Peaches
• Raspberries
Gravel*
• Foundation
• Propagation area
• Geotextile preferred -
gravel
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
• 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*
Packing line equipment

Pest control –
• Bird control netting
• Sprayer
• Wildlife barriers
Plastic mulch layer/ lifter
Pond liner – irrigation system
Production line equipment
Pruner – mechanical
Pump – irrigation, filter
Signs*
Sink – produce washing
Soil mixer
Spray equipment
Sprayer
Thermostat – greenhouse
Trellis materials –
berries and vines
Vineyard hoe
Walk-in cooler
Water storage tanks
Website development –
see ineligible items
Wood boiler

*Include dimensions and designs

B. GAP ONLY – Certified up to date GAP producers can also apply for projects listed in sections A & B - click here to learn more about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
Produce packing facilities*
• Structure
• Electrical
• Plumbing
• Packing line/
washing equipment
• Loading Dock*

Food grade materials needed for GAP plan –
• Plastic harvest bins/lugs
• Plastic storage bins
• Plastic pallets
Worker hand washing stations and permanent restroom facilities*

• Stand alone structure of
packing facility*
• Sinks
• Toilets
• Plumbing
• Electrical
* Include dimensions and designs


Ineligible Fruit and Vegetable Items – Most commonly requested

Advertising
Alcohol production equipment
ATV
Brochures
Building – storage
Chemicals
Computers
Concession stands/kitchens
Containers – bottles, pots, packaging
Driveways, trails, paths, roads, etc
Electrical consumption
Fees – domain, hosting,
membership
Fencing
Fertilizer
Forklift
Fuel
Give a way items
Golf cart

Insecticides
Labor – applicant or employees
of applicant
Landscaping
Land – clearing of
Maintenance of existing
structures, equipment, items etc.
Meeting expenses
Merchandise
Motorized vehicles
Mower
Office equipment – description
Permits – or certifications
Pesticides
Plants – liners/plugs
Ponds – digging of for a
water source
Product development


Property – purchase or
debt payment
Renovations of existing structures
Seeds – produce, nursery,
flowers, etc
Software
Store – general
Tractor
Trade show expenses
Trailers – livestock
Used equipment
Water source creation –
ponds wells
Website – annual or hosting fees
Wells – drilling of
Winemaking equipment

For additional information call 1-800-342-8206 or email producer.diversification@TN.gov
Click here for more references
Eligibility Requirements Application Rules Application B Materials W9 Form Application B Instructions