Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Presents Check to Daviess County Agricultural Development Council
Presentation takes place at unveiling of the 2006 Kentucky Unbridled Spirit corn maze
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Owensboro today to present a $244,647 check to the Daviess County Agricultural Development Council for agricultural diversification efforts in Daviess County. The check presentation took place at the unveiling of the 2006 “Kentucky Unbridled Spirit” corn maze at Farmer Philly-Bob’s Lambert Land Maize in Owensboro.
The programs currently being operated with a portion of the 2006 April payment of Agricultural Development Funds are the following: Technology, Cattle Genetics Improvement, Forage Improvement and Cattle Handling Facilities.
“The Daviess County Agricultural Development Council has continued their support of agriculture diversification, enabling the county’s producers to make changes to their farming operation by adjusting to a new agricultural economy, including agri-tourism,” Governor Fletcher said. “This not only affects the agriculture sector but has a tremendous impact on the total economy of Daviess County and the commonwealth.
The Green River Area Beef Improvement Group, Inc. continues to support cattle diversification efforts in the county. They were awarded $15,000 to support the Cattle Genetics 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.
The Green River Area Beef Improvement Group, Inc. received $45,000 for the Cattle Handling Facilities program. This program offers cost-share assistance to individual beef and dairy producers in Daviess County to implement best management and health practices that augment efficient production and marketing opportunities for beef and dairy producers in the commonwealth.
The Green River Area Beef Improvement Group, Inc. received $30,000 in support of the Forage Resource and Improvement program. The Forage Program provides cost-share assistance with individual producers in Daviess County through improved forage quality, quantity and efficient use. It also encourages science-based forage management decisions.
The Daviess County Conservation District received $76,772 in support of the subsurface tiling portion of the Forage Resource and Improvement program.
The Daviess County Conservation District received $37,500 for the Technology Program. This program is designed to improve net farm income in Daviess County through cost share programs that will improve farm operation efficiency and assist producers already exploring the use of technology in their operation.
The Daviess County Agricultural Development Council also contributed $15,000 for Owensboro Grain Biodiesel, LLC. These funds will be used for the purchase of equipment and the construction of a biodiesel production facility that will have the capacity to generate as much as 45 million gallons of biodiesel annually.
Governor Fletcher 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 50 percent of Kentucky’s Master Settlement Agreement into the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. To date Kentucky has invested more than $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 Daviess County diversification programs represent more than 2,548 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 Daviess County Cooperative Extension Office at (270) 685-8480. 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.