Poultry Grower

Minimum Poultry Requirements Certifications Lifetime Limit
Broilers - 75,000/yr
Non-Broilers - 10,000/yr
Not Applicable Not Applicable
$7,000 Maximum Reimbursement
Standard 35% Cost Share | Master 50% Cost Share
50% Cost Share Eligible Master Courses for Poultry Grower

Master Commercial Poultry

Master Farm Manager

Master Farm Family Health & Wellness

Eligible Items

Items not listed as eligible will not be considered for cost share reimbursement.

New or Used Equipment - Item 1

1. Propane Tank – above ground and for poultry use only; must be purchased and installed by a Tennessee licensed dealer and be ASME certified (American Society of Mechanical Engineers); 1,000-gallon minimum capacity (small capacity tanks of 500 gallons may be purchased to reach the minimum capacity); concrete pad or footers eligible; labor conducted by a contractor/supplier for installation is eligible; not eligible – labor provided by the applicant

New Equipment Only - Items 2 – 10

New items cannot be previously owned.

Items purchased at an auction are considered used.

2. Generator — for poultry use only, must be stationary, fixed mounted; minimum of 20 KW per house; concrete pad foundation; includes materials to connect and wire the generator; contract labor to install; not eligible – portable/PTO generators

3. Feed Bin with optional auger and concrete foundation pad — for on farm storage of poultry feed only; must meet housing and feeding system specifications; contract labor to install; not eligible – replacement parts

4. Litter Management Equipment — must be designated by the manufacturer for poultry house use; equipment includes conveyors/elevators, pull-type spreaders (min. 140-bushel capacity), and poultry specific mounted implements used to windrow, de-cake (house cleaners), till, pulverize, level, and/or scrape walls for optimal litter management; not eligible – self-propelled equipment, front end loaders, bucket attachments

5. Overhead Trolley System — aid in the removal of mortalities and transport supplies; manual or automated complete system; contract labor to install; not eligible – electrical service

6. Feed Bin Scales — automated feed bin scales and electronics; contract labor to install and interface; not eligible – electrical service

7. Poultry Scales — automated poultry scales with hanging platform; contract labor to install and interface; not eligible – electrical service

8. Migration Fences — sectional fence panels and dividers; includes upright supports when required; not eligible – repairs, parts, labor

9. Biosecurity Items

a. Drive Over Foam/Spray Vehicle Disinfection System — includes ramps are if purchased with the systemcontract labor to install and interface along with site prep for drainagenot eligible – purchase of foam; electrical service

b. Boot Wash — automatic; one per house for the main foot traffic or control room entrance; spare brush kit & scraper attachment are eligible with boot wash purchase; not eligible – purchase of disinfectant, labor, and materials to install

c. Environmental Pads — reinforced concrete pads for the front/receiving end of the poultry house to allow for better cleaning and disinfection before and after receiving poultry; recommended dimensions: 20’ wide x 24’ deep (front to back) x 6” thick; reinforced concrete, sloped away from the building; contract labor to install

d. Farm Gate  — entrance to the poultry operation; gates must be installed far enough off the road for a semi-truck and trailer to be safely and completely out of traffic before stopping at the gate; 12’ to 16’ gate (electric and/or battery/solar); electronic opener/arm; must include two separate touch pads per gate, set at both high and low heights for easy access for all semi-trucks and farm vehicles; contract labor to install; not eligible – cellular remote-controlled access, ornamental gate post construction (rock, brick, etc.), material and labor for providing electrical service

e. Poultry House Cleaning Equipment — must be designated for poultry house use for cleaning, washing down, and disinfecting the interior of the poultry house; minimum 540 RPM PTO driven sprayer and/or blower rigs; sprayer tank size must be 200 gallon and PTO driven; blower must be hydraulic or PTO driven; spray attachment optional

10. Poultry House Retrofit Items

Items are for retrofit (upgrade/replacement) purposes only. Items are for use in growing areas only and must meet current poultry house specifications. Not eligible - new poultry house construction and repairs to existing equipment.

a. LED Lights and Dimmer Controllers — must be purchased through a poultry supply company and specified for agricultural use; must have a 5-year warranty; includes LED light fixtures that contain fixed LEDs within the apparatus or built into the fixture as one unit; includes automated dimmer to accommodate higher efficiency LED lighting; contract labor to install and interface; not eligible – residential grade LED lights, electrical service, wiring, conduit, keyless fixtures

b. Ventilation Fans — must be designated for poultry house ventilation use and must be fixed mountedtunnel fans, stir fans, minimal vent fans, controllerscontract labor to installnot eligible – belts, blades, fan cones, shrouds, diffuser guards, mounting hardware

c. Ventilation Doors — side vents, attic vents, tunnel doors, and inlets; contract labor to install; not eligible – louvers, shutters, mounting hardware

d. Motors — to be used for the following: poultry house fans, ventilation systems, automated feeding systems and/or automated sidewall systems; contract labor to install; not eligible – pulleys, belts, bearing assemblies, mounting hardware

e. Feed-line Gear Boxes — for use with automated feeding systems

f. End Doors — must be designated for poultry house useroll-up or bi-fold end door (crank or mechanical) for exterior of poultry house; contract labor to installnot eligible - sliding doors, custom doors, handmade doors

g. Curtains — must be designated by the manufacturer for poultry house use; sidewall drop curtains, inside divider curtains; not eligible – labor to install

h. Cool Cell/Sprinkler Ventilation Systems — must be designated by the manufacturer for poultry house ventilation use; cool cell pads, cool cell pumps, sprinkler drops/spinners, controllers, and pressure regulators; contract labor to install; not eligible – plumbing lines, fixtures, mounting hardware

i. Watering Systems — must be designated by the manufacturer for poultry house watering system; pressure regulators, medicator pumps, injectors, and flush breather units; not eligible – nipples, water/plumbing lines, mounting hardware

j. Slats for hen houses — must be purchased through a poultry supply company and meet housing system specifications; preassembled plastic slats and pre-cut wooden slats, sticks and structural rail support systems; not eligible – hardware, individual boards or lumber that is not purchased through a poultry supply store or itemized for wooden poultry slats 

k. Nesting Pads for hen houses — must be designated by the manufacturer for poultry house use

l. Egg Conveyor Equipment — conveyor belts and egg handling tables; not eligible – egg packers, repairs

m. Brooders and Heaters — must be designated by the manufacturer for poultry house use; full section only; not eligible – repairs, parts, labor

n. Knee Braces — must be made of metal and designated by the manufacturer for poultry house use; contract labor to install; not eligible – repairs, parts, lags/bolts

Email poultry.grower@tn.gov for additional information.