Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Agriculture, Environment Curriculum Project One of Eight Agricultural Incentives Approved

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 17, 2015  
Contact Information:  Angela Blank
(502) 564-4627
(502) 352-3723
angelag.blank@ky.gov
 


Hardinsburg, Ky. (April 17, 2015) – Today the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $132,681 for eight agricultural diversification and rural development programs across the Commonwealth during its April board meeting.

Statewide and regional investments approved included:

4-H and FFA Projects
Jessamine County FFA Alumni Association was approved for $10,000 in Jessamine County funds for agriculture related projects that help students gain interest in agriculture and explore agriculture careers.  For more information about this project, contact Carl Waits at 859-948-5527 or carl.waits@twc.com

Agriculture and Environment Curriculum
Kentucky Agriculture & Environment in the Classroom Inc. was approved for $72,500 in state funds for curricular material. The funds will be utilized for a program focused on professional development for student teachers, the Kentucky Agriculture Literacy Resource Program, a similar program for on-farm literacy and the Mobile Ag Day in a box. For more information about this project, contact Jennifer Elwell at 502-921-2625 or jennifer@teachkyag.org.

County investments approved included:

Environmental Stewardship
Scott County and Washington County were approved for the Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program (DAR) totaling $11,406. Scott County was approved for $7,500 and Washington County was approved for $3,906. DAR serves as a measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky producers.

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. Three Shared-use Equipment Programs were approved by the board for two in Pulaski County and one in Washington County, totaling $13,775. Pulaski County was approved for $8,690 and Washington County was approved for $5,085.  

In addition to these new approvals, an additional $25,000 was approved to enhance an existing County Agriculture Investment Program in Ballard County.

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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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