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Poultry Grower

Minimum Poultry Requirements Certifications Lifetime Limit
Broilers - 75,000/yr
Non-Broilers - 10,000/yr
Not Applicable Not Applicable
$6,000 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 house use only; minimum of 20 KW per house; concrete pad foundation; materials to connect and wire the generator; labor to install generator; not eligible — covered structure for generator; electrical service; labor provided by the applicant

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; labor conducted by a contractor or supplier for installation is eligible; not eligible – electrical service; labor provided by the applicant

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

5. Overhead Trolley System — manual or automated; used to aid in the removal of mortalities and to transport supplies throughout the poultry house; must be purchased as a complete system; labor conducted by a contractor/supplier for installation is eligible; not eligible — electrical service; labor provided by the applicant

6. Feed Bin Scales – automated feed bin scales and electronics; includes materials, labor to install and interface; not eligible – electrical service; labor provided by the applicant

7. Poultry Scales – automatic poultry scales with hanging platform; includes materials, labor to install and interface; not eligible – electrical service; labor provided by the applicant

8. Migration Fences – sectional fence panels and dividers; includes upright supports when required; must be designated by the manufacturer for poultry house use; not eligible – repairs, parts, and labor

9. Biosecurity Items — poultry house use only

a. Drive Over Foam/Spray Vehicle Disinfection System — includes ramps, labor to install and interface along with site preparation for drainage; not eligible — electrical service, labor provided by the applicant; purchase of foam

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

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; labor conducted by a contractor/supplier for installation is eligible; not eligible — labor provided by the applicant

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; not eligible – cellular remote-controlled access, electrical service, ornamental gate post construction (rock, brick, etc.), material and labor for providing electrical service

e. Security Camera System — perimeter use only; must include camera(s), monitor(s), and live feed with recorder(s); includes labor to install and interface; not eligible – electrical service, labor provided by the applicant; trail cameras

f. Poultry House Cleaning Equipment — for cleaning, washing down, and disinfecting the interior of the poultry house

- large 540 RPM PTO driven sprayer and/or blower rigs

- sprayer tank size must be 500 gallon and PTO driven

- blower must be PTO driven; spray attachment optional

10Poultry 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 - includes LED light fixtures that contain fixed LEDs within the apparatus or built into the fixture as one unit; includes automated dimmer replacements and upgrades to accommodate higher efficiency LED lighting; LED fixtures and bulbs must be designed specifically for poultry house use; includes labor to install and interface; not eligible – electrical service, wiring, conduit, keyless fixtures, labor provided by the applicant

b. Ventilation – tunnel fans, stir fans, minimal vent fans, controllers, fan cones/shrouds, diffuser guards, and guard kits, designated for poultry house ventilation use only and must be fixed mounted; contract labor for installation; not eligible – other parts or materials and labor provided by the applicant

c. Ventilation Doors – replacement side vent, attic vent, tunnel doors, and inlets; includes louvers and shutters for fans; contract labor for installation; not eligible – other parts or materials and labor provided by the applicant

d. Replacement Motors and Bearing Assemblies - for poultry house fans, ventilation systems, automated feeding systems, and automated sidewall systems; ; includes contract labor to install; not eligible – other parts or materials and labor provided by the applicant

e. End Doors – replacement roll up or bi-fold end doors (crank or mechanical) for exterior of poultry houses; must be designated by the manufacturer for poultry house use; includes contract labor to install/replace; not eligible – other parts or materials and labor provided by the applicant, sliding doors, custom doors, handmade doors

f. Curtains – replacement sidewall drop curtains, and inside divider curtains; must be designated by the manufacturer for poultry house use; not eligible – other parts or materials and labor

g. Cool Cell/Sprinkler Ventilation Systems – cool cell pads, cool cell pumps, sprinkler drops/spinners, controllers, and pressure regulators specific for poultry house ventilation systems only; must be designated for poultry house ventilation use only; contract labor for installation; not eligible – replacement parts or materials, plumbing lines and fixtures, and labor provided by the applicant

h. Watering Systems – pressure regulators, medicator pumps, injectors; and flush breather units specific for poultry house ventilation and watering systems only; not eligible – other parts or materials and labor provided by the applicant

i. Slats for hen houses – preassembled plastic or wooden slats and structural rail support systems; must meet housing system specifications; must be designated by the manufacturer for poultry house use; not eligible – replacement parts or materials and labor provided by the applicant

j. Nesting Pads for hen houses – replacement only; not eligible – repairs and labor

k. Egg Conveyor Equipment – belts and egg tables only; replacement only; not eligible – repairs and labor

l. Brooders and Heaters – full section replacement upgrade only; not eligible – repairs and labor

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