Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
2014 Concludes with Record Investments for Agriculture

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 19, 2014  
Contact Information:  Angela Blank
(502) 564-4627
(502) 352-3723
angelag.blank@ky.gov
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2014) - In 2014, more than $33 million  in state and county Agricultural Development Funds were disbursed in grants and loans throughout the Commonwealth for agricultural investments in our rural communities. Today the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (KADB), chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved an additional $10,355,386 for 48 agricultural diversification and rural development programs and projects during its December board meeting, totaling more than $43 million for the year.

"Over the past 14 years, every county in Kentucky has benefitted in some way by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund," said Gov. Beshear. "The projects approved today, show the direct impact of the KADF and its widespread reach across the Commonwealth, exemplifying the types of projects and programs that will lead agriculture into the future."

Statewide and regional investments approved included:

Kentucky Proud Marketing Program
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture was approved for a total allocation of $3,490,000 in state funds for 2015 and 2016 to fund the Kentucky Proud Program. Kentucky Proud is Kentucky's official agriculture marketing and promotional program that serves as the
brand for Kentucky's agriculture products with more than 3,800 members. For additional details on this project please view the following webpage: http://go.usa.gov/Mr9B   
For more information about this project, contact Kristen Branscum at 502-782-4101 or kristen.branscum@ky.gov.

Dairy Industry Education and Marketing Initiative
The Kentucky Dairy Development Council was approved for a total allocation of $2,108,500 in state funds for 2015 and 2016 to continue educating, representing and promoting Kentucky's dairy producers and the dairy industry as a whole. 
For additional details on this project please view the following webpage: http://go.usa.gov/Mr9Y . For more information about this project, contact Maury Cox at 859-516-1129 or kddc@kydairy.org.

Beef Production and Marketing Programs
The Kentucky Beef Network, LLC was approved for a total allocation of $1,869,016 in state funds for 2015 and 2016 to provide programs to cattle producers that will enhance their net income.  For additional details on this project please view the following webpage: http://go.usa.gov/Mr8J . For more information about this project, contact Becky Thompson at 859-278-0899 or bthompson@kycattle.org.

Horticulture Industry Initiatives
The Kentucky Horticulture Council, Inc. was approved for a total allocation of $1,300,000 in state funds for 2015 and 2016 to provide technical support to farmers through on-farm demonstrations, educational programs, cost-share programs, and applied research.  For additional details on this project please view the following webpage: http://go.usa.gov/Mr9Q   
For more information about this project, contact Jeff Hall at 502-938-1331 or office@kyhorticulture.org.

Regional Farmers Market
Gateway Farmers Market, Inc. was approved for up to $220,000 in state funds and up to $61,500 in county funds to construct a 12,000 square foot regional farmers market and renovate an existing building that will house a commercial kitchen.
For additional details on this project please view the following webpage: http://go.usa.gov/Mr8m. For more information about this project, contact Amy Milliken at 270-782-2760 or amy.milliken@ky.gov.

Agricultural Energy Efficiency Investments
The On-Farm Energy Efficiency Program provides incentives for Kentucky farm families to increase energy efficiency within their farming operations. Successful applicants may receive up to 50 percent reimbursement of the actual cost of a qualified energy saving project, up to $10,000.  Twenty-nine applicants for On-Farm Energy Efficiency Program incentives were approved totaling $219,885 in Adair (1), Barren (4), Bourbon (1), Calloway (1), Clinton (1), Daviess (3), Grayson (1), Hart (1), Henry (2), LaRue (1), Madison (1), Marion (2), McLean (2), Mercer (1), Ohio (2), Shelby (1), Union (2), and Webster (2) counties.

County investments approved included:

Livestock Pavilion Upgrades in Franklin County
Franklin County Fair and Horse Show was approved for up to $2,100 in Franklin County funds to provide upgrades to its multipurpose livestock pavilions. 
For additional details on this project please view the following webpage: http://go.usa.gov/Mr89.  For more information about this project, contact Jackie Branham at 502-545-0890.

4-H Ham Curing House in Jessamine County
Jessamine County 4-H Council Inc. was approved for up to $3,000 in Jessamine County funds to build a structure to serve as a curing house for country hams. 
For additional details on this project please view the following webpage: http://go.usa.gov/Mr8A . For more information about this project, contact Cathy Weaver at 859-885-4811 or cathy.weaver@uky.edu.

Greenhouse Equipment for Ballard County
Ballard County Board of Education was approved for up to $4,396 in Ballard County funds to purchase equipment and materials for the operation of its existing greenhouse. 
For additional details on this project please view the following webpage: http://go.usa.gov/Mr8T . For more information about this project, contact Robert Wilson at 270-665-8400 or bob.wilson@ballard.kyschools.us.

4-H Ham Curing House in LaRue County
LaRue County Extension District Board was approved for up to $2,500 in LaRue County funds to build a structure to serve as a curing house for country hams. 
For additional details on this project please view the following webpage: http://go.usa.gov/Mr9w. For more information about this project, contact Misty Wilmoth at 270-358-3401 or mwilmoth@uky.edu.

Feasibility Study for Todd County
The Todd County Fiscal Court was approved for up to $30,000 in Todd County funds to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed development of natural gas supply for portions of Todd County.  For additional details on this project please view the following webpage: http://go.usa.gov/Mr9e.For more information about this project, contact Daryl Greenfield at 270-265-9966 or tcjudgex@gmail.com.

Jackson County Regional Food Center
Appalachian Alternative Agriculture of Jackson County, Inc. was approved for $21,000 in Jackson County funds to use as operating capital for the Jackson County Regional Food Center. For additional details on this project please view the following webpage:  http://go.usa.gov/MrXx . For more information about this project, contact Jeff Henderson at 606-287-7693 or jcrfc@prtcnet.org.

On-Farm Investments
The County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) is designed to provide farmers with incentives to allow them to improve and diversify their current production practices in an effort to increase net farm income. CAIP covers a wide variety of on-farm agricultural enterprises in its 10 investment areas, including production, marketing and value-added processing. Five CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $877,505 for Warren, Boone, Hardin, Fleming, and Knox counties.

In addition to these new approvals, an additional $124,211 was approved to enhance existing County Agricultural Investment Programs in Mason and Bracken counties.

Shared-Use Equipment
The Shared-Use Equipment Program is designed to benefit a high number of producers who cannot justify ownership expenses associated with certain equipment by helping them access technology necessary to improve their operations in an economical manner. Two Shared-use Equipment Programs were approved by the board for Pulaski County, totaling $21,773.

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Gov. Steve Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly continue to make great strides toward lessening Kentucky's dependence on tobacco production while revitalizing the farm economy by investing a portion of Kentucky's Master Settlement Agreement Funds into the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. 

To date, Kentucky has invested more than $438 million in an array of county, regional and state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based business enterprises. These funding approvals, made possible by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, represent just a few of the more than 5,000 projects approved, since the inception of the program in January 2001.

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