Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Awards $917,575 in Agricultural Development Funds to Shelby County
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited the Shelbyville Horse Show today and while there, presented a $917,575 check to the Shelby County Agricultural Development Council for agricultural diversification efforts in the commonwealth. Shelby County received agricultural development funds for the following: Agricultural Diversification, Cattle Genetics Improvement, Dairy Diversification, Farm Livestock Fencing Improvement, Forage Improvement, Hay, Straw and Commodity Storage, Cattle Handling, Goat and Sheep Diversification, and Technology in 2006.
“Agricultural Development Funds are vital to the economic advancement and agricultural diversification of Shelby County,” Governor Fletcher said. “These funds will allow producers to expand their farm’s net income through development and expansion of new agricultural products and through the development of new ways to work with existing agricultural commodities.”
The Shelby County Agricultural Development Foundation, Inc. received $70,725 to encourage diversification efforts in Shelby County. The Agricultural Diversification program offers cost-share assistance with individual producers seeking to diversify production.
The Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association continues to support cattle diversification efforts in the county. They received $37,425 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 or lease of sires or artificial insemination (Al).
The Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association continues to support dairy diversification efforts in the county. They received $38,700 to support the Dairy Diversification Program. This program was created to encourage and assist existing and new dairy producers throughout the Commonwealth for construction, renovation or modernization of existing diary facilities.
The Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association received $208,075 in support of the Forage Improvement and Utilization program. The forage program provides cost-share assistance with individual producers in Shelby County through improved forage quality, quantity, and efficient use. It also encourages science-based forage management decisions.
The Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association was awarded $5,125 for the Goat and Sheep Diversification Program. The purpose of this program is to assist producers as they venture into goat and sheep production. The program was developed to promote animal health and encourage science –based solutions to herd management.
The Shelby County Farm Bureau was awarded $74,075 for the Cattle Handling Facilities program. This program is to improve net farm income through improved cattle corrals and handling facilities for beef and dairy cattle. This allows for best management and health practices that augment efficient production and marketing opportunities for beef and dairy producers in the Commonwealth.
The Shelby County Farm Bureau was awarded $245,000 for the Hay, Straw and Commodity Storage program in Shelby 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 Shelby County Farm Bureau was awarded $210,000 for the Farm Livestock Fencing Improvement program. This program offers cost-share assistance to individual producers in Shelby County to improve pasture quantity, quality and efficient use for livestock producers resulting in increased net farm income.
The Shelby County Farm Bureau was awarded $28,450 for the Technology Program to improve net farm income through cost share on technology that will improve farm operation efficiency and assist producers already exploring the use of technology in their operations, as well as producers who are interested in exploring 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 $216 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 Shelby County diversification programs represent over 2,548 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 Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office at (502) 633-4593. 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.