Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP)

Tennessee Department of Agriculture

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 15, 2020

Applicant type: For-Profit Business Nonprofit Working Professional

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Tennessee

Location of residency: Tennessee

Location of citizenship: United States

Age restriction: At least 18 years of age

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TAEP is a cost share program for Tennessee's Agricultural community. Participation allows producers to maximize farm profits, adapt to changing market situations, improve operation safety, increase farm efficiency and make a positive economic impact in their communities.

TAEP targets areas that promote long term investments in Tennessee’s agriculture. Each year, the program is re-evaluated and new items are considered for funding based on current market conditions and demand.

Producer Programs

You can apply for two of the six cost share programs per fiscal year on Application A. You can submit all three applications in one fiscal year. Application A is for Livestock and Grain Producers, Application B is for Producer Diversification (Agritourism, Fruit and Vegetable, Honey Bee, Horticulture, Organics, and Value-Added) and Application C is for Commercial Poultry Producers. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To Be Eligible for TAEP Cost Share, applicant must:
    • Be a citizen of the United States of America and/or lawfully present in the United States.
    • Be a Tennessee resident operating a farm located in Tennessee.
    • Be at least 18 years old during the application period.
    • Meet minimum livestock/acreage requirements for each program applied.
    • Head of livestock = maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, at one time during the last 12 months.
    • Have filed a Federal IRS Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit or Loss from Farming, within the last two years (2014 or 2015).
      • Applicant will not be required to submit a copy of their Schedule F at the time of application.
      • However, applicant may be asked to submit a copy of their Schedule F prior to TAEP approval to verify their farming operation.
      • If your operation does not file a schedule F, please contact TAEP about alternative documentation to verify farming status.
    • Have appropriate certification based on type of livestock producer.
  • Cattle (beef and dairy) must have current Beef Quality Assurance Certification (BQA) at time of application.
    • BQA certifications must be renewed every three years and CURRENT at time of application. 
    • BQA is a two-hour educational course on cattle management and care sponsored by the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA).
    • Online BQA courses are eligible.
  • Swine must have current Pork Quality Assurance Plus Certification (PQA) at time of application.
    • PQA Plus is a two-hour educational course on swine management and care sponsored by the Tennessee Pork Producers Association (TPPA).
    • PQA certifications must be renewed every three years and CURRENT at time of application. 
  • Dairy (cattle, goats and sheep) must be permitted by TDA to be eligible as a dairy at time of application.


  • Receipts dated prior to October 1, 2016 are not eligible.
  • Receipts for in-kind services are not eligible (trade-in value is not eligible).
  • Used equipment, used materials and leased equipment are not eligible for cost share reimbursement unless otherwise noted.
  • Labor provided by applicant is not eligible for cost share reimbursement. Labor of any type is not eligible under Livestock Equipment.
  • Applicant cannot be reimbursed for purchases from a business where applicant participates in ownership (producer cooperatives excluded).
  • Applicants cannot combine projects and submit more than one reimbursement for the same item.
  • 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. It is recommended that you submit your request as soon as your project is completed.
  • There can only be one reimbursement payment per program approval. Projects must be completed by reimbursement deadline.
  • Failure to complete projects and utilize any allocated funds can affect eligibility for future program participation. Partial utilization of allocated funds is allowed.
  • 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.