Who is a Horticulture Producer?
For the purposes of TAEP, an eligible Horticulture working farm/existing operation is involved in the production of tree/plant stock for sale and is aimed at increasing profitability of the operation.
• Tree farms
• Plant farms
Horticulture Applicant Requirements
- Applicants may only submit one Application B per Federal IRS Schedule F, per person, per application period.
- The applicant’s business must produce the majority of their plants from seed or cutting to finished product.
— Businesses purchasing finished product to resale that equals majority or more of their gross sales are not eligible.
Consumer & Industry Services (Regulatory):
- Producers must meet all state and local regulatory requirements at time of application submission (June 1-7, 2015).
- Applicants producing nursery stock, greenhouse plants, turfgrass, etc. must be licensed by the State of Tennessee.
— Contact the Tennessee Department of Agriculture – Consumer and Industry Services at 615-837-5137 for more
information on required permits.
Horticulture Producer Cost Share Opportunities
|Standard Producer – 35% Cost Share - $10,000 Maximum
|All approved applicants with Horticulture 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 Horticulture projects must
complete all special requirements prior to the program reimbursement deadline of May 1, 2015.
|Special Requirements for 50% Cost Share
|Must complete all coursework in the UT Master Nursery Producer Program (TMNP)
|1. UT Master Nursery Producer Program (TMNP)
— For more information about the Tennessee Master Nursery Producer Program certification, contact the UT Coordinator's office at (865) 974-7152 orwww.tnmasterynursery.com
|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.
- Certificates will expire three (3) years after issuance - click here to view certificate timeline.
- Visit the Producer Diversification Course Requirements Calendar to view upcoming courses that will apply towards the Horticulture special requirements.
What Horticulture 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 13.
Competitive Projects – Horticulture:
- 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 Horticulture 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
Aeration system – flowers
Cold Storage –*
• Walk in cooler
Container production area*
Drying house – flowers*
Fan – greenhouse
Filter system – irrigation
Filter pump – irrigation
Gravel – geotextile preferred
• Propagation area*
• Container production
• Shade system
Heater – greenhouse
High tunnel/hoop house*
• Controller system
• Filter system
Lighting – not for aesthetics
Packing line equipment
Pond liner – irrigation system
Pump – irrigation, filter
Thermal tag printer –
Thermostat – greenhouse
Tree baler –standing
Tree hauling wagons
Water level control
Water storage tanks
Website development –
* Include dimensions and designs
|Ineligible Horticulture Items – Most commonly requested
Building – storage
Containers – bottles, pots, packaging
Display – trade show
Driveways, trails, paths, roads, etc
Fees – domain, hosting,
Give a way items
Labor – applicant or employees of applicant
Land – clearing of
Maintenance of existing structures,
equipment, items etc.
Plants – liners/plugs
Ponds – digging of, for
a water source
Property – purchase or debt
of existing structures
Seeds – produce, nursery,
Store – general
Trade show expenses
Trailers – livestock
Water source creation – ponds/wells
Website – annual or hosting fees
Wells – drilling of