Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Ten Kentucky Counties Approved for Agricultural Incentives

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 27, 2015  
Contact Information:  Sandra Gardner
(502) 564-4627
(502) 330-2105
sandrap.gardner@ky.gov
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2015) – Today the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $934,066 for 10 agricultural diversification and rural development programs across the Commonwealth during its February board meeting.

County investments approved included:

On-Farm Investments
Breathitt, Breckinridge, Butler, Casey, Livingston, Oldham, Rowan and Spencer counties were approved for the County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) totaling $919,066.  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.

Environmental Stewardship
Harrison and Nicholas counties were approved for the Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program (DAR) totaling $15,000. DAR serves as a measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky producers.

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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 $439 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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