Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Youth Cost-Share Program, Ham Curing Facility and Grain Bin Rescue Equipment Among 29 Agricultural Incentives Approved
CADIZ, Ky. (July 17, 2015) – Today the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $3,880,028 for 29 agricultural diversification and rural development programs across the Commonwealth during its July board meeting.
Grain Bin Rescue Equipment
Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department was approved for $935 in Adair County funds to purchase specialized rescue equipment for grain bin emergencies. For more information about this project, contact Brandon Harvey at 270-378-0393 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-H/FFA Ham Project
Metcalfe County 4-H Council was approved for $3,800 in Metcalfe County funds to purchase hams for 4-H/FFA members to learn the history and the process of curing hams and the science of food preservation. The hams will be exhibited at the Kentucky State Fair, where students will give a speech regarding the ham curing process. For more information about this project, contact Amy Branstetter at 270-432-3561 or Ambr223@uky.edu.
Ham Curing Facility
Magoffin County 4-H was approved for $1,325 in Magoffin County funds to purchase a ham curing facility for use by Magoffin County 4-H members. For more information about this project, contact Lacy May at 606-349-3216 or email@example.com.
Youth Cost-Share Program
The Green River Area Beef Improvement Group Inc. was approved for $20,000 in Daviess County funds for a youth cost-share program. This program will be for youth ages 14-19 that are interested in developing an agricultural production enterprise in the general categories of crop, vegetable, greenhouse or livestock production. For more information about this project, contact Fred Marksberry Jr. at 270-275-9038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taylor County Cattlemen’s Association Inc. was approved for $10,000 in Taylor County funds to continue the heifer chain program for beef and dairy cattle. This program will be for Taylor County 4-H/FFA youth ages nine to fifteen who want to get more involved in the livestock industry. For more information about this project, contact Amanda Sublett at 270-465-4511 or email@example.com.
Deceased Farm Animal Removal
The Pulaski County Fiscal Court was approved for $36,067 in Pulaski County funds to purchase a new deceased farm animal disposal truck to pick up animals as part of the county’s animal disposal program. For more information about this project, contact Tiffany Bourne at 606-875-6732 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. Thirteen CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $3,194,898 for Adair ($265,000), Allen ($194,860), Christian ($150,000), Cumberland ($175,197), Edmonson ($95,000), Fayette ($250,000), Green ($310,000), Hart ($390,000), Mason ($316,100), Nelson ($180,000), Nicholas ($325,409), Pendleton ($241,377), and Shelby ($275,000) counties.
In addition to these new approvals, an additional $586,048 was approved to enhance existing CAIPs in Boyle ($150,000), Campbell ($32,328), Franklin ($178,720), Garrard ($80,000), Knox ($40,000), Lincoln ($60,000), and Oldham ($45,000) 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 Hopkins County Farm Bureau, totaling $11,955. The funds will be used to purchase two sprayers and a cattle scale.
Boyle ($7,500) and Christian ($7,500) counties were approved for the Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program (DAR) totaling $15,000. 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 $449 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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