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Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) - Poultry Grower

Cost Share Program for Tennessee Poultry Producers
for Equipment to Enhance Farm Operations

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA)

Deadline Date:

10/16/17 Postmarked or Delivered


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A cost share program providing reimbursements of up to $7,000 is available to Tennessee poultry producers for expenditures that will enhance farm operations. Participation in this program enables producers to adapt to changing markets, maximize farm profitability, enhance operation safety, improve farm efficiency, and make a positive economic impact in their communities.

Eligible Items:

1. Generator – for poultry house use only
-20 – 40 KW power generation per house
-Materials and labor to connect and wire the generator including automatic transfer switch
-Foundation – concrete pad (recommended but not required)
-Labor – labor conducted by a contractor/supplier for installation is eligible; labor cannot exceed 30% of total reimbursement; labor provided by the applicant is not eligible

2. Propane Tank – for poultry house use only
-Minimum capacity – 1,000 gallons
-Above ground only
-Must be ASME certified (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
-Must be purchased and installed by a TN licensed dealer
-Foundation – concrete pad or footers
-Labor – labor conducted by a contractor/supplier for installation is eligible; labor cannot exceed 30% of total reimbursement; labor provided by the applicant is not eligible

3. Biosecurity Items

A. Drive Over Foam/Spray Vehicle Disinfection System
-Ramps are eligible if purchased with system; purchase of foam is ineligible

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; purchase of disinfectant is ineligible

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 14’ deep (front to back) x 6” thick; reinforced concrete, sloped away from the building
-Labor – labor conducted by a contractor/supplier for installation is eligible; labor cannot exceed 30% of total reimbursement; labor provided by the applicant is not eligible

D. Farm Gate – entrance to the poultry operation; gates must be installed far enough o 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; solar & battery or electric setup; 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
-Labor – labor conducted by a contractor/supplier for installation is eligible; labor cannot exceed 30% of total reimbursement; labor provided by the applicant is not eligible; material and labor for providing electrical service is not eligible
-Cellular remote controlled access ineligible; ornamental gate post construction (rock, brick, etc.) ineligible

E. Poultry House Cleaner – 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 and come with spray attachment

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182219

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum reimbursement is $7,000. Final maximums will be determined based upon overall demand for cost share funding.

Term of Contract:

Program purchases can be made starting October 1, 2017 and must be completed by program reimbursement deadline. The reimbursement deadline for Poultry Grower is September 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for TAEP cost share, applicant must:

1. Be a citizen of the United States of America or lawfully present in the United States.

2. Be an individual Tennessee resident operating a farm located in Tennessee.

3. Be at least 18 years old during application period.

4. Meet minimum requirements for the program.

5. Have filed a Federal IRS Schedule F (Form 1040), Pro t or Loss from Farming, within the last two years (2015 or 2016).

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 alternate documentation to verify farming status.

6. Have current membership with the Tennessee Poultry Association (TPA). Applicant membership will be verified with TPA to determine eligibility. Membership must be in the name of applicant or applicant’s operation.

Poultry Requirements:
-Broilers: 75,000/yr
-Non-Broilers: 10,000/yr

1. Receipts dated prior to October 1, 2017 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.
5. Applicant cannot be reimbursed for purchases from a business where applicant participates in ownership (producer cooperatives excluded).
6. Applicants cannot combine projects and submit more than one reimbursement for the same item.
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. It is recommended that you submit your reimbursement as soon as your project is completed.
8. There can only be one reimbursement payment per cost share approval. Projects must be completed before submitting reimbursement documentation.
9. 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The Standard cost share is 35%.

Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered between October 1, 2017 and October 16, 2017.

Approval notifications are scheduled to be mailed in mid-December.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

TN Dept of Agriculture
Attn: TAEP 2017 – C
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204

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