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ORGANIC SECTOR

Who is an Organic Producer?

For the purposes of TAEP, an eligible organic working farm/existing operation is involved in the production of certified USDA Organic products (fruits, vegetables, meats) for sale and is aimed at increasing profitability of the operation.
• Organic Fruit producer
• Organic Viticulture producer
• Organic Vegetable producer
• Organic Farm Fresh Meat producer

Organic Applicant Requirements

• Applicants may only submit one Application B per Federal IRS Schedule F, per person, per application period.
• Applicant must be certified USDA Organic or working towards certification to qualify. Certification must be current at time of reimbursement request.

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, all approved applicants with organic projects must complete all special
requirements prior to the program reimbursement deadline of May 1, 2016.

Special Requirements for 50% Cost Share
Applicant must be USDA certified Organic (certificate and current letter of compliance) at time of reimbursement.

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.
  • Organic applicants must be certified with current documentation.
  • Visit the Producer Diversification Course Requirements Calendar to view upcoming courses that will apply towards the Organic special requirements.

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 are also strongly considered depending on the individual producer’s market.

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
Filter system – irrigation
Flail mower
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 aesthetics
• Greenhouse
Loading area/dock*
Mulch machine
Mulch layer/lifter
Packing facility*


Packing line equipment
Pond liner – irrigation system
Production line equipment
Pump – irrigation, filter
Roller crimper
Signs*
Sink – produce washing
Soil mixer
Spader
Spray equipment
Sprayer
Thermostat – greenhouse
Trellis materials

Fruit stock –
• Apples
• Blackberries
• Blueberries
• Peaches
• Grapes
• Raspberries
Walk in cooler*
Website development – see
ineligible
Wood boiler

* Include dimensions and designs


Examples of Ineligible 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 – domain, hosting,
membership
Fencing
Fertilizer
Forklift
Fuel
Give a way items
Golf cart
Insecticides
Labor – applicant or employees
of applicant
Landscaping
Land – clearing of
Livestock
Maintenance of existing structures,
equipment, items etc.
Meeting expenses

Merchandise
Motorized vehicles
Mower
Office equipment
Permits
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


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