The TAEP and Pole Barns

Did you know that pole barns can be covered by the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP). Did you also know that the TAEP can reimburse you up to 50% on certain purchases? Read on to learn more!

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What is the TAEP?

The TAEP or Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program is a program established by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to provide share cost dollars to agricultural producers for the use of making long-term investments in Tennessee farms and communities. In other words, helping agricultural producers pay for their equipment and structures.

What Types of Pole Barns Are Covered by the TAEP?

The TAEP covers a wide array of agricultural equipment and buildings, from livestock equipment to working structures. As for pole barns, the TAEP covers:

• Permanent Working Structures
• Hay Storage
• Commodity Sheds

Am I Eligible for the TAEP?

To be eligible for the TAEP you must:

1. Be a U.S. citizen or lawfully present in the U.S.
2. Be at least 18 years old.
3. Be a Tennessee resident residing in Tennessee and operating a farm.
4. Have filed a Federal IRS Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit or Loss from Farming, within the last two years.
5. Have an Adjusted Gross Income of $900,000 or less in the last two years.
6. Meet at least one of the minimum livestock/acreage requirements for the chosen program*, apart from people who qualify for the Beginning Farmer Option.

*See TAEP Programs below

7. Have a current (non-expired) permit/certification based on the type of livestock producer at the time of application.

TAEP Programs

The TAEP is divided into separate “Producer Programs” to help agricultural producers with their individual cases, 3 of these programs can cover pole barns:

• Hay Storage
• Livestock Solutions
• Permanent Working Structures

Learn more about the other Producer Programs here!

Hay Storage Program

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The Hay Storage Producer Program allows for the coverage of structures used for hay storage, like our hay pole barns, as long as they meet certain requirements which include:

Livestock/Acreage Minimum Requirements:
• At least 30 heads of cattle
• At least 50 heads of goats/sheep
• At least 100 acres of hay in production

Certifications:
• BQA – Beef and Dairy

Lifetime Limit:
• 3 reimbursements

Building Requirements:
Building height: must have a minimum eave height of 14’.
Building size: must be a minimum of 900 square feet. (2nd level not considered)
Roof material: metal or polymer coated fabric.
Sides/walls (optional): Metal or wood
• At least one side of the building must be completely open.
• “Turned in” walls are not permitted.

Maximum cost covered:
• $7,000 or 50% of the cost. (Whichever is less)

Learn more about the Hay Storage Program here!

Permanent Working Structures

A pole barn eligible under the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program

The Permanent Working Structures Program allows the coverage of permanent working covers, used for covering livestock, as long as they meet certain requirements which include:

Livestock/Acreage Minimum Requirements:
• At least 30 heads of cattle
• At least 50 heads of goats/sheep

Certifications:
• BQA – Beef and Dairy

Building Requirements:
Building height: must have a minimum eave height of 10’ at the outside of the shortest wall.
Building size: must be a minimum of 480 square feet and have a minimum width of 16 feet.
Roof material: metal or polymer coated fabric.
Sides/walls (optional): Metal or wood; the structure cannot be completely enclosed
• Minimum of 2 openings for livestock access/movement

Equipment Requirements:

The equipment is not eligible for reimbursement, however, is required at the time of reimbursement, the required equipment includes:

• An alley
• A crowding system area
• A head gate and/or squeeze chute

Maximum cost covered:
• $4,000 or 50% of the cost. (Whichever is less)

Learn more about the Permanent Working Structures Program here!

Livestock Solutions Program

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The Livestock Solutions Program allows for the coverage of “commodity sheds”, also known as equipment sheds, used for storing bulk raw commodities like whole grains, feed, etc. As long as they meet certain requirements which include:

Livestock/Acreage Minimum Requirements:
• At least 100 heads of cattle
• At least 150 heads of goats/sheep
• At least 1,000 heads of swine

Certifications:
• BQA – Beef and Dairy
• PQA Plus – Swine

Building Requirements:
• Building height:
o Monoslope roof: 18 ft. front
o Gable roof: 16 ft.

Building size: must be a minimum of 960 square feet.
• No more than three exterior walls; the building cannot be completely enclosed
• Must have at least four reinforced interior walls, 4ft. minimum height
• The front of the building must be completely open.
• Two or more bays
• Concrete floor

Maximum cost covered:
• $6,000 or 50% of the cost. (Whichever is less)

Learn more about the Livestock Solutions Program here!

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