Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Agriculture, Environment Curriculum Project One of Eight Agricultural Incentives Approved
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
County investments approved included:
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.
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.
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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