Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher awards agricultural development funds to Todd County
$173,200 will benefit three area programs
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher presented a check to the Todd County Agricultural Development Council in the amount of $173,200 for agricultural diversification efforts in the Commonwealth. Todd County received agricultural development funds for the Cattle Genetics Improvement Program, Cattle Handling Facilities Program, and the Technology Program in 2005.
“The funding of Agricultural Diversification is an integral part of sustaining agriculture across the commonwealth,” Governor Fletcher said.
The Todd County Agricultural Development Council continues to support cattle diversification efforts in the county. The Todd County Cattlemen’s Association received $65,900 to support the Cattle Genetic Improvement program. This program was created to increase the genetic quality of beef and dairy cattle in Kentucky through the selection of superior sires, either through purchase/lease of sires or artificial insemination (Al).
The Todd County Cattlemen’s Association received $60,800 for the Cattle Handling Facilities program. This program offers cost-share assistance to individual beef and dairy producers in Todd County to implement best management and health practices that augment efficient production and marketing opportunities for beef and dairy producers in the Commonwealth.
The Todd County Farm Bureau received $46,500 for the Technology Program. This program is to improve net farm income in Todd County through cost share on Technology that will improve farm operation efficiency and assist producers already exploring the use of technology in their operation, as well as producers who are interested in using technology for their operations.
The Kentucky Legislature continues to make great strides towards lessening Kentucky’s dependence on tobacco production while revitalizing the farm economy by investing 50% of Kentucky's Master Settlement Agreement into the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. To date Kentucky has invested over $191 million to an array of county, regional, and state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based business enterprises. The Todd County diversification programs represent over 2,150 projects that have been funded through Agricultural Development Fund, since the inception of the program in January 2001.
For more information about the sign-up period and the guidelines for county programs contact the Todd County Extension Office at (270) 265-5659. To learn more about cost-share and loan programs available in your area contact the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy at (502) 564-4627 or visit their Web site at http://www.kyagpolicy.com .