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Who is a Fruits and Vegetable Producer?

For the purposes of TAEP, an eligible Fruits and Vegetable operation is involved in the production of produce for sale and is aimed at increasing profitability of the operation.

  • Fruits and Vegetable grower
  • Pumpkin producers
  • Viticulture


Fruits and Vegetable Applicant Requirements

  • Only one Application B, per premises or property, per family owned land, per household, per business, per application period is allowed.
  • Applicants must meet all state and local regulations to be eligible for reimbursement.


Fruits and Vegetable Producer Cost Share Opportunities

Standard Producer – 35% Cost Share - $10,000 Maximum
All approved applicants with Fruits & Vegetable 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 Fruits & Vegetable projects must complete all special
requirements prior to the program reimbursement deadline of May 1, 2015.

Special Requirements for 50% Cost Share
Option One: Fruits & Vegetable producers Option Two: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
1. Tennessee Horticultural Expo – must attend
2. Sector eligible educational course – must attend (1)

Must have GAP certification and current letter of compliance at time of reimbursement. See below for GAP ONLY eligible items.

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.
  • Applicant must have participated in events from 2012-2015.
  • GAP applicants must be up to date with most current letter of compliance documentation - click here to learn more about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
  • Visit the Producer Diversification Course Requirements Calendar to view upcoming courses that will apply towards the Fruits & Vegetable special requirements.

What Fruits and Vegetable 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 -- Fruits & Vegetable:

• Priority is given to projects that are focused on improving or increasing production.
• Marketing projects that are long term in nature are allowed but are not considered as competitive as those involving production.

A. Eligible Fruit and Vegetable 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.

Apple/Peach liners – orchards
Bladder press – viticulture
Chilling units – not for AC units
Crusher/Destemmer – viticulture
Cold storage –
• Chilling units
• Freezer
• Walk-in cooler
Fan – greenhouse
Fertilizer equipment
Field Planter
Filter system – irrigation
Filter Pump – irrigation
Fruit stock –
• Apples
• Blackberries
• Blueberries
• Grapes
• Peaches
• Raspberries
Gravel –
• Foundation
• Propagation area
Harvest bins
Harvest lugs

• Hydroponic
• Overwintering
• Production
• Shade system
Heater – greenhouse
High tunnel/hoop-house
Irrigation –
• Controller system
• Drip – tape only included
in new projects
• Fertigation system
• Filter system
• Frost protection
• Overhead
• Pivot
• Pump
• Storage tanks
Lighting – not for aesthetics
• Greenhouse
• Pavilion/retail shelter
Loading area/dock
Mechanical harvesters
Mulch machine
Must pump
Packing facility

Packing line equipment
Pest control –
• Bird control netting
• Sprayer
• Wildlife barriers
Plastic mulch layer/ lifter
Pond liner – irrigation system
Production line equipment
Pruner – mechanical
Pump – irrigation, filter
Row covers – frost protection
Signs – description needed
Sink – produce washing
Soil mixer
Spray equipment
Thermostat – greenhouse
Trellis materials –
berries and vines
Vineyard hoe
Walk-in cooler
Water storage tanks
Website development –
see ineligible items
Wood boiler
B. GAP ONLY – Certified up to date GAP producers can also apply for projects listed in sections A & B - click here to learn more about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
Produce packing facilities –
• Structure
• Electrical
• Plumbing
• Packing line/
washing equipment
• Loading Dock

Food grade materials needed for GAP plan –
• Plastic harvest bins/lugs
• Plastic storage bins
• Plastic pallets
Worker hand washing stations and permanent restroom facilities –

• Stand alone structure of
packing facility
• Sinks
• Toilets
• Plumbing
• Electrical

Ineligible Fruit and Vegetable Items – Most commonly requested

Building – storage
Concession stands/kitchens
Containers – bottles, pots
Electrical service
Fees –
• Domain
• Hosting
• Membership

Give a way items
Golf cart
Labor – applicant or employees
of applicant
Land – clearing of
Maintenance of existing structures
Meeting expenses
Motorized vehicles
Office equipment – description
Permits – or certifications
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
Store – general
Trade show expenses
Trailers – livestock
Used equipment
Water source creation –
ponds wells
Website – annual or hosting fees
Wells – drilling of
Winemaking equipment

For additional information call 1-800-342-8206 or email
Click here for more references
Eligibility Requirements Application Rules Application B Materials Application B Instructions