Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Funding for Owensboro, Daviess County Projects

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 06, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Ryan Watts

Nearly $750,000  committed for street resurfacing, agricultural diversification

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today delivered nearly $750,000 for transportation improvements and agricultural diversification projects in Daviess County.

“The economic growth of Owensboro is important to the entire state. We recognize that and want to do our part to provide safe and reliable roads,” Governor Fletcher.  “This resurfacing project will help promote economic opportunity and will offer motorists a safer way to travel.”

The Governor presented $500,000 in funding for the repair and resurfacing of four streets in Owensboro – Fargo Street, Stockton Drive, West Third Street, and Standish Place.

Governor Fletcher also presented a ceremonial check for $241,346 to the Daviess County Agricultural Development Council for agricultural diversification efforts.

Daviess County 4-H Council and the Green River Area Beef Improvement Group have administered a portion of the money for model programs that include:

  • Shared-Use Equipment – a lower cost alternative to growers who do not need, or may be unable to afford, outright ownership.
  • Cattle Genetics Improvement – a cost-share program to assist beef and dairy producers in acquiring high-quality bulls or bull semen.
  • Commercial Poultry Diversification – assistance for poultry producers who want to expand or modernize, as well as farmers not previously involved in poultry production.
  • Agricultural Diversification – a cost-share program for individual producers seeking to expand into new agricultural products and to develop new ways of working with commodities.
  • Hay, Straw and Commodity Storage and Utilization – a “best practices” cost-share program to help increase net farm income.

“The Commonwealth is very fortunate to have agricultural development funds available during the transition from tobacco production to alternative agricultural enterprises,” said Governor Fletcher. “The Daviess County Agricultural Development Council is helping county producers implement best management practices related to agricultural diversification, which has a tremendous impact on the total economy of Daviess County.” 

Governor Fletcher and the Kentucky Legislature 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 proceeds in the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.  To date, Kentucky has invested more than $250 million in an array of county, regional and state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based business enterprises.

Over 3,000 projects have been funded through the Agricultural Development Fund since the inception of the program in January 2001.