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Producer Diversification

TAEP – Producer Diversification – Important Dates
Application Period Notification Announcements Decline Funds Deadline Project Amendment Deadline 50% Special requirements Deadline Reimbursement Deadline
CLOSED Anticipated date: 1st of September October 1, 2014 February 1, 2015 May 1, 2015 May 1, 2015

Eligible Industry
Application Proposal
35%
Standard Producer
50%
Priority Area
Required for all
$10,000 Max
$15, 000 Max *
Special requirements
needed based
on project sector
Eligibility Requirements Application Rules Application B Materials Application B Instructions

 

Producer Diversification Overview

The goal of the Producer Diversification program is to encourage agricultural producers to expand or improve their operation through the production of diversified agricultural products. This program provides cost share opportunities for industry sectors of Agritourism, Fruits & Vegetable, Honey Bee, Horticulture, Organic, and Value-Added Products. Project categories include farm infrastructure, marketing and specialized equipment.

Application Proposal & Budget

The Producer Diversification program requires the applicant to submit an application form and a written proposal using the proposal questionnaire template. The proposal questionnaire template outlines the applicant’s agricultural operation(s), previous TAEP history, marketing plan, proposed project(s), line-item project budget(s), and special requirement attendance – if requesting 50% cost share. Written cost estimates from each vendor/supplier are also required with the application proposal. Researching all costs associated with each proposed project is extremely important. Providing a line-item budget allows for budget revisions to occur during application reviews as certain requested items may not be eligible although the overall project is allowed. Funding allocation is based upon the final approved budget and the cost share percentage requested. Allocation amounts cannot exceed the program maximums.

Applications are competitively evaluated by industry sector according to each individual project. Projects are identified primarily by the sector in which they are eligible.

If approved, the applicant must pay for and complete all approved projects prior to submitting their cost share reimbursement. There can only be one reimbursement payment per application approval.

Application Evaluation

Applications must merit financial support, clearly state objectives, provide a sound work plan and prove applicant expertise necessary to successfully complete project(s). Only applications that are complete and include sufficient information will be considered for evaluation. An onsite visit or meeting may be required as part of the evaluation process.

Proposed activities must:

  • Demonstrate significant potential for increasing farm income
  • Be market driven and have a viable market plan
  • Establish something new, not maintain on-going projects
  • Meet all state and local food safety and regulatory requirements
  • Produce long term benefits for the farm


Standard Producer (35%) and Master Producer (50%)

Each sector allows for two cost share percentage options. All approved applicants are eligible for 35% (Standard Producer) cost share. To be eligible for 50% (Master Producer), the approved applicant must complete the special requirements for the sector in which their project is eligible. Special requirements focus on education and include conferences, courses, events, workshops and specific certifications. Attendance is verified and the registered name must match the approved applicant to be eligible for 50% cost share.

Producer Diversification Course Requirements Calendar

Approval Notifications

Applicants will be notified in writing of approval or denial. Allow 12 weeks for application processing. Each approval will include reimbursement instructions along with approval documents. Please note that receipts/payments dated prior to June 1, 2014 are not eligible.

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