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ORGANIC SECTOR

Who is an Organic Producer?

For the purposes of TAEP, an eligible Organic operation is involved in the production of USDA certified 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

•Only one Application B, per premises or property, per family owned land, per household, per business, per application period is allowed.
• Applicant must be USDA certified 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, 2015.

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, 2015.
  • 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 below.

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.

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 –
• 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
Row covers
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


Examples of Ineligible Items – Most Commonly Requested

Advertising
Arena – livestock
ATV
Barn – livestock, storage
Bed & Breakfast projects
Brochures
Building – storage
Building – show facility
Cash Registers
Computers
Concession Stands/kitchens
Containers - bottles, pots
Driveways
Electrical service bills
Fees – membership, hosting, domain
Fencing
Flyers - promotional
Forklift
Fuel
General Inputs
Give-a-way items
Golf Carts
Landscaping
Labor – applicant or employees of applicant

Land – clearing of
Livestock
Maintenance of existing structures
Meeting expenses
Merchandise
Motorized vehicles
Motorized rides
Office equipment
Permits
Point of Sale Systems
Printing
Product development
Property – purchase or debt payment
Renovations of existing structures
Salaries, Wages, Benefits
Software
Store – for resale of goods
Tractors
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 Application B Instructions