Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Local Food Coordinator, Water Monitoring Project and Mobile Science Activity Center among 11 Approved for Agricultural Incentives

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 20, 2015  
Contact Information:  Angela Blank
(502) 564-4627
(502) 352-3723
angelag.blank@ky.gov
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 20, 2015) – Today the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $1,210,006 for 11 agricultural diversification and rural development programs across the Commonwealth during its March board meeting.

 

Statewide and regional investments approved included:

 

Local Food Coordinator
Lexington Fayette Urban County Government was approved for up to $50,000 in state funds, and up to $55,000 in county funds, over a two-year period, to a sustain a Local Food Coordinator position for the Bluegrass Farm To Table Program.  This program helps support projects that lead to increased markets for local farm products and provides education on health benefits related to the availability of fresh, local foods. For more information about this project, contact Ashton Wright at 859-258-3131 or awright@lexingtonky.gov

 

Water Monitoring Project
U.S. Geological Survey, Indiana-Kentucky Water Science Center was approved for $490,860 in state funds for a three-year monitoring study at a site on the Green River and an upper Ohio River site. This monitoring will show quantities of nutrients coming from watersheds and will assist in evaluating the benefits of implemented nutrient management plans by Kentucky farmers. For more information about this project, contact Angie Crain at 502-493-1943 or ascrain@usgs.gov

 

Revolving Micro-Loan Fund
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation was approved for $200,000 in state funds to establish a permanent revolving loan fund for small farmers. Kentucky Highlands will primarily work with Grow Appalachia in Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) counties of eastern Kentucky to assist small farmers in commercializing their products.  For more information about this project, contact Jerry Rickett at 606-864-5175 or jrickett@khic.org

 

Mobile Science Activity Center
Kentucky Agriculture & Environment in the Classroom Inc. was approved for $71,384 in state funds to purchase a new mobile science activity center for use in eastern Kentucky. This will be one of three mobile activity centers that go through the state disseminating information about agriculture and food production to elementary school and other community events.  The Kentucky Department of Agriculture operates and provides the personnel and management of these mobile activity centers.   For more information about this project, contact Jennifer Elwell at 502-921-2625 or jennifer@teachkyag.org

 

Mesonet Station
WKU Research Foundation was approved for $12,000 in Butler County funds for the Kentucky Climate Center to establish and administer a Mesonet site in Butler County. The automated weather monitoring system gathers real time weather information useful to agriculture for assisting in making crop damaging report, insurance adjustment, planting decision making, storm tracking and farm records.   For more information about this project, contact Stuart Foster at 270-745-5983 or stuart.foster@wku.edu

 

County investments approved included:

 

On-Farm Investments

Morgan, Ohio and Wayne counties were approved for the County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) totaling $276,203.  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.

 

In addition to these new approvals, an additional $47,059 was approved to enhance an existing CAIP’s in Barren and Lewis counties.

Environmental Stewardship

Bourbon County was approved for the Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program (DAR) totaling $7,500. 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 $440 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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