Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Awarded $417,481 in Agricultural Development Funds to Garrard County
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher presented a check to the Garrard County Agricultural Development Council in the amount of $417,481 for agricultural diversification efforts in the commonwealth.
Garrard County received agricultural development funds for the following: Agricultural Diversification; Forage Improvement and Utilization; Shared Use Equipment; Hay, Straw, and Commodity Storage; Cattle Genetics Improvement; Cattle Handling Facilities and Farm Livestock Fencing Improvement in 2005.
“Agricultural Development Funds are vital to the economic advancement and agricultural diversification of Garrard County,” Governor Fletcher remarked. “The advancements made in Garrard County will resonate across the commonwealth.”
The Garrard County Farm Bureau received $25,850 to encourage diversification efforts in Garrard County. The Agricultural Diversification program offers cost-share assistance with individual producers seeking to diversify production. The main goal of this program is to improve net farm income through development and expansion of new agricultural products and through the development of new ways of working with existing agricultural commodities.
The Garrard County Agricultural Development Council continues to support cattle diversification efforts in the county. The Garrard County Farm Bureau received $25,000 to support the Genetic Improvement program. This program was created to increase the genetic quality of dairy and beef cattle in Kentucky through the selection of superior sires, either through purchase/lease of sires or artificial insemination (Al).
The Garrard County Farm Bureau received $92,950 for the Cattle Handling Facilities program. This program offers cost-share assistance to individual beef and dairy producers in Garrard County to implement best management and health practices that augment efficient production and marketing opportunities for beef and dairy producers in the commonwealth.
The Garrard County Farm Bureau was awarded $97,650 for the Hay, Straw and Commodity Storage program in Garrard County. This program offers cost-share assistance to individual producers seeking to increase income by implementing the best practices related to hay, straw and commodity storage and utilization. Using these practices will then improve feed and straw quality.
The Garrard County Conservation District received $64,731 in support of the Forage Improvement and Utilization program. The forage program provides cost-share assistance with individual producers in Garrard County through improved forage quality, quantity and efficient use. It also encourages science-based forage management decisions.
The Garrard County Farm Bureau was awarded $90,825 for the Farm Livestock Fencing Improvement program. This program offers cost-share assistance to individual producers in Garrard County to improve pasture quantity, quality and efficient use for livestock producers resulting in increased net farm income.
The Garrard County Conservation District was awarded $20,475 for the Shared-use Equipment program. This program is to impact 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.
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 Garrard County diversification programs represent over 2,150 projects that have been funded through the 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 Garrard County Extension Office at (859) 792-3026. 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.