The application period for the 2021 Tennessee Agricultural Enrichment Program (TAEP) is scheduled for October 1-7.
It was established in 2005 to provide long-term investments in Tennessee’s farms and communities. Since then, more than $ 207 million has been invested in 68,748 manufacturing projects.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has made changes to the program. There is a new farmer program. Therefore, those who are unable to apply and may not have requirements for certain programs, such as 30 head of cattle, may still apply. Then, the cost of the program can allow individuals to meet the requirements for future applications.
And those manufacturers who applied earlier may be affected by the changes this year. Further information is available by reading page 4 of the TAEP Application A.
Manufacturers can apply for different programs and are eligible for up to 50% of the cost depending on the program. Manufacturers must use Application for Animal Equipment, Genetics, Grass Equipment, Animal Health, Animal Solutions, Workplace Structures, Dairy Solutions and Row Crop Solutions.
All approved applicants are eligible for a 35% (normal manufacturer) share. Applicants who are eligible for a 50-% share of the cost (for the main producer) will be required to submit a certificate of eligibility for the main manufacturer at the time of return (not during the application period).
Applicants who are approved by TAEP and are eligible for up to 50% of the program will be eligible for a maximum share of the program. Compared to what was introduced in 2005 when the TAEP program was launched, there are a number of master programs that make manufacturers more affordable. Interested individuals can contact the Macon County Extension Office at 615-666-3341 for more information.
Application B is available to farmers by investing in agriculture, fruits and vegetables, honey, fruits, organic and value-added products.
Application C is available for commercial poultry producers.
Visit www.tn.gov/agriculture/farms/taep to learn more about TAEP’s cost-sharing opportunities for agribusiness, horticulture, honey, horticulture, organic and value added sectors.
Letters to cattle producers with expired (good for 3 years) certificates have been sent. Sometimes letters and envelopes are lost.
He can call the local extension office if he / she is not sure of his / her BQA.