Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Local Food Coordinator, Water Monitoring Project and Mobile Science Activity Center among 11 Approved for Agricultural Incentives
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
County investments approved included:
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.
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.
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
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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