Find more information on this page about: TAEP Information, Applications, Beginning Farming Option, Eligible Programs, Important Dates, and FAQ’s.
The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) was established in 2005 to provide cost share dollars to agricultural producers for the purpose of making long-term investments in Tennessee farms and communities. 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.
In order to qualify for Ag Enhancement, participants must complete the educational requirements. There are a variety of options for the program as educational programs that meet the TAEP requirements. Not all educational programs are offered through each county office.
More than $224 million has been invested in 74,619 producer projects from 2005 through 2021. Each TAEP dollar generates $6.09 in local economies.
The annual application period is October 1-7, 2022. New application materials will be available mid-August 2022. Please note Hay Storage and Hay Equipment rotate each program year. Hay Barns will be offered in 2022-2023. Approval notifications are scheduled to be mailed mid-December. Program purchases can be made starting October 1, 2022 and must be completed by the program’s final reimbursement request deadline. Participants are encouraged to make purchases and submit reimbursement requests in a timely manner to avoid processing delays at deadline time. Payments are based upon expenses for eligible program items.
Programs include: Dairy Solutions, Herd Health, Genetics, Row Crop Solutions, Hay Storage, Hay Equipment, Livestock Equipment, Livestock Solutions, Working Facility Structures, Poultry Grower, and Producer Diversification.
Beginning Farming Option
This program option allows beginning farmers who do not meet the current minimum requirements for any TAEP Application A program the opportunity to participate with reduced minimum requirements. The beginning farmer applicant must meet basic TAEP eligibility requirements (p. 6) unless otherwise specified below.
The purpose of this option is to help the beginning farmer applicant improve their operation with the goal of meeting minimum livestock/acreage requirements in the future. TAEP allows beginning farmers to participate in the Beginning Farmer Option for two consecutive years if they continue to meet Beginning Farmer Option requirements.
IMPORTANT: If a beginning farmer currently meets the minimum requirements for any TAEP Application A program, they are not eligible for the Beginning Farmer Option. However, they may apply for the program for which they are eligible.
*Requirements for the Beginning Farming Option are to complete the Farming Fundamentals course. You can register for interest in the class here*
More information about parameters of the program can be found here
Eligible Master’s Programs
You can access the listing of Master Programs here and find the ones available in Williamson County.
2022-2023 Important Dates and Deadlines
|2022 Application Period||October 1-7, 2022|
|Approval Notifications – to be mailed||Mid-December 2022|
|Reimbursement Packets – to be mailed||January 2023|
|Decline Funding Deadline – Livestock Equipment||March 1, 2023|
|Reimbursement Request Deadline – Livestock Equipment||April 1, 2023|
|Decline Funding Deadline – Genetics||May 1, 2023|
|Reimbursement Request Deadline – Genetics||June 1, 2023|
|Decline Funding Deadline – Dairy Solutions, Herd Health, Hay Storage, Livestock Solutions, Permanent Working Structures, Row Crop Solutions, Poultry Grower, Producer Diversification||July 1, 2023|
|Reimbursement Request Deadline – Dairy Solutions, Herd Health, Hay Storage, Livestock Solutions, Permanent Working Structures, Row Crop Solutions, Poultry Grower, Producer Diversification||August 1, 2023|