Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Fourteen Agricultural Incentives Approved
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2015) – Today the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $2,692,136 for 14 agricultural diversification and rural development programs across the Commonwealth during its October board meeting.
Technical Assistance for Agribusinesses
The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) was approved for $700,000 in state funds over a two year period. These funds will allow KCARD to deliver technical assistance and provide educational opportunities for agricultural and rural businesses. For more information about this project, contact Aleta Botts at 859-951-8328 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mini-Grant Programs for Small Farms
Kentucky State University was approved for $990,000 in state funds over a two year period. These funds will be used to provide mini-grants that will assist small farmers, as well as producers with limited resources statewide. This will include areas related to organics, value-added products, aquaculture, farmer education and demonstration projects. For more information about this project, contact Kirk Pomper at 502-597-5942 or email@example.com.
Purchasing of Locally Grown Products
Knotty Corner Café, LLC was approved for $5,000 in state funds to purchase locally grown or raised products from Kentucky farmers for their café and market. For more information about this project, contact Cynthia Owens at 606-785-0477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) offers 10 investment areas that give Kentucky agricultural producers the ability to increase net farm income, add value to their products and diversify their operation. CAIP benefits and enhances agriculture across the state by stimulating markets for Kentucky agricultural products. Nine CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $860,870, for Bullitt ($100,000), Caldwell ($69,854), Carroll ($167,943), Kenton ($110,435), Robertson ($306,638) and Russell ($106,000) counties.
In addition to these new approvals, an additional $124,529 was approved to enhance existing CAIPs in Hardin ($54,529) and Jessamine ($70,000) counties.
The Shared-use Equipment Program assists broad-based community organizations on the purchase of farm equipment. The equipment purchased is made available for producer use in a specific county on a leased basis. One Shared-use Equipment Program was approved by the board for Marion County Extension District Building Foundation Inc. totaling $2,362. The funds will be used to purchase a sprayer.
Bullitt ($1,875) and Shelby ($7,500) counties were approved for the Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program (DAR) totaling $9,375. 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 Fund.
To date, Kentucky has invested more than $454 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 5,100 projects approved, since the inception of the program in January 2001.
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