Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Indoor Farmers Market Among 17 Projects Approved

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 21, 2014  
Contact Information:  Angela Blank
(502) 564-4627
(502) 352-3723
angelag.blank@ky.gov
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2014) – Today the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (KADB), chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $1,731,020 for 17 agricultural diversification and rural development programs and projects across the Commonwealth during its November board meeting.

Statewide and regional investments approved included:

Indoor Farmers Market
Pleasureville Economic Development Council LLC was approved for up to $11,500 in state funds, $7,500 in Henry County funds and $5,000 in Shelby County funds to renovate and equip a building that will house a year-round indoor farmers market located in Henry County. All products in the market will be Kentucky Proud. For more information about this project, contact Susan Schlosnagle at 502-321-2727 or dtchcrkfarm@aol.com

County investments approved included:

4-H Youth Cost-share Program
The Owen County 4-H Club Council Inc. was approved for up to $15,000 in Owen County funds to establish a cost-share program for youth, ages 9 to 19, to purchase breeding and market livestock. For more information about this project, contact Jessi Williams at 502-484-5703 or jessi.williams@uky.edu.

Upgrades for Agricultural Arena
The Logan County Agricultural Extension Foundation was approved for up to $8,385 in Logan County funds to update and upgrade its multi-purpose agricultural arena. The upgrades will allow the arena to host additional events stimulating the local economy. For more information about this project, contact Leann Martin at 270-726-6323 or Leann.martin@uky.edu.

Equipment/Farmers Market Building
The McCreary County Soil Conservation District was approved for up to $6,300 in McCreary County funds to construct a shared-use equipment/farmers market building. The upgrades will allow the arena to host additional events stimulating the local economy. For more information about this project, contact Bradley Coffee Jr. at 606-376-5017 or mccrearycoconservation@gmail.com.

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. Ten CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $1,609,860 for Lewis, Logan, Todd, Clark, Boyle, Bath, Franklin, Clay, Rockcastle and LaRue counties.

In addition to these new approvals, an additional $60,000 was approved to enhance an existing CAIP in Scott County.

Environmental Stewardship
The Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program serves as a measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky producers. One Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program was approved for Franklin County, totaling $4,500.

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. One Shared-use Equipment Program was approved by the board for Franklin County, totaling $2,975.

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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 $425million 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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