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Application Rules

    1. Applications must be submitted during the application period June 1-7, 2015.
      • Applications may be submitted by one of the following methods:
        • Online – June 1, 2015 through June 7, 2015.
        • Mail – Applications must have a postmark date ranging from June 1, 2015 through June 6, 2015.
        • Hand delivery to TDA, Holeman Building, 424 Hogan Road, Nashville, TN 37220 between June 1, 2015 - June 5, 2015.
      • Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
      • Applications postmarked or hand delivered prior to June 1, 2015 and after June 6, 2015 are ineligible.
    2. Application A cost share requests will be approved by priority level.
      • Applicants can select one program from each program group – Genetics, Facility Improvement, and Storage.
      • Applicants can select one priority rank for each program group in order of importance to their operation (1=first choice, 2=second choice, 3=third choice). See application form, Section 5, on page 21 for additional information.
    3. Application B cost share requests are evaluated on a competitive basis by industry sector (Producer Diversification).
    4. Applicants may only submit one Application A per Federal IRS Schedule F, per person, per application period.
    5. Applicants may only submit one Application B per Federal IRS Schedule F, per person, per application period.
    6. Applicant will be notified in writing of approval or disapproval. Allow 12 weeks for application processing.

Reimbursement Rules

    1. Receipts dated prior to June 1, 2015 are not eligible.
    2. Receipts for in-kind services are not eligible (trade-in value is not eligible).
    3. Used equipment, used materials and leased equipment are not eligible for cost share reimbursement unless otherwise noted.
    4. Labor provided by applicant or their employees is not eligible for cost share reimbursement. Labor of any type is not eligible under
      Livestock Equipment.
    5. Applicant cannot be reimbursed for purchases from a business where applicant participates in ownership (producer cooperatives excluded).
    6. Applicants cannot combine projects with other applicants.
    7. Reimbursement documentation must be postmarked or hand delivered by the deadline. Additional processing time is required for incomplete requests and requests submitted within one month of the program deadline.
    8. There can only be one reimbursement payment per cost share approval. Projects must be completed before submitting reimbursement documentation.
    9. Failure to complete projects and utilize any allocated funds can affect eligibility for future program participation. Partial utilization of allocated funds is allowed.
    10. Falsifying applications, invoices or other documents submitted to TDA may make producer and farm ineligible to participate in present and/or future TDA programs, and may result in civil litigation or criminal prosecution.

Verification Rules

    1. Applicant must utilize equipment and structures purchased with cost share funds for the intended purpose of the program for a minimum of three continuous years from date of purchase.
    2. Site visits relating to the performance of the activity before, during and after completion may take place.
    3. Applicants may be required to repay funds if they fail to comply with all aspects of the cost share guidelines.

Tennessee Department of Agriculture may:

    1. Accept, modify or reject any or all requests.
    2. Modify program criteria, approval and payment processes.
    3. Provide partial funding for specific activity components that may be less than the full amount requested.
    4. Require additional information from the applicant.
    5. Deny payments for projects that do not meet requirements.