For the purposes of TAEP, an eligible Value-Added business produces products for sale that use raw food or fiber that is produced by their
Applicants must use agricultural products that have been grown on their farm as primary source of the value-added product.
Businesses within the sector that includes a variety of products such as:
• Farm fresh meats
• Ice cream
|Standard Producer – 35% Cost Share - $10,000 Maximum|
|All approved applicants with Value–Added Products 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 Value–Added Products projects must complete all special
requirements prior to the program reimbursement deadline of May 1, 2015.
|Special Requirements for 50% Cost Share|
|Option One: Value–Added Producers||Option Two: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)|
|1. Sector eligible educational courses – must attend (2)||1. Value–Added Farm Fresh Meat eligible course –
must attend (1)
2. Sector eligible educational course – must attend (1)
|Additional Special Requirement Information|
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.
|Eligible Value-Added Products Items:|
|Ineligible Value-Added Products Items – Most commonly requested|
Property – purchase or debt payment
Renovations –of existing structures
Store – general
Trailers – livestock
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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