The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Governor Ernie Fletcher, approved $2,874,325 in agricultural diversification projects across the Commonwealth at the monthly Board Meeting on July 16 in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Agricultural Development Fund Projects approved for funding at the July meeting include:
$11,585 Anderson County Farm Bureau Federation
Anderson County Farm Bureau Federation was approved for $11,585 in Anderson County funds to purchase a lime spreader to establish a shared-use equipment program for producers in Anderson County.
$5,000 Boyd County Conservation District
Boyd County Conservation District was approved for $5,000 in Boyd County funds to establish a lime cost-share program for producers in Boyd County.
$75,000 Buffalo Trace Area Development District, Inc.
Buffalo Trace Area Development District, Inc. was approved for $75,000 in Robertson County funds to implement a Hay Handling project in Robertson County, as an extension of the Lewis County pilot project.
$2,000 Economic Development Authority, Inc.
Economic Development Authority, Inc. was approved for $2,000 in Spencer County funds to assist with the advertising of the Taylorsville Main Street Farmers’ Market.
$10,000 Farmer’s Market Association, Inc of Taylor County
Farmer’s Market Association, Inc was approved for $10,000 in Taylor County funds for an expansion to the existing Farmer’s Market structure which would include storage, water, electrical hookups, and a shelter area for producers.
$37,000 Franklin County Fair Board
The Franklin County Fair Board was approved for $37,000 in Franklin County funds to construct a covered, open-sided sale and exhibition pavilion.
$13,434 Hopkins County Conservation District
Hopkins County Conservation District was approved for $13,434 in Hopkins County funds to continue an agricultural and environmental education program for local students in K-8.
$17,260 Jackson Purchase RC&D Foundation
Jackson Purchase RC&D Foundation was approved for $17,260 in Graves County funds to establish a shade cloth cost-share program to assist tobacco and horticultural producers in Graves County.
$42,000 Jackson Purchase RC&D Foundation
Jackson Purchase RC& D Foundation was approved for $42,000 in Graves County funds to establish a cost-sharing program for equipment to implement precision agriculture into local farming operations.
$1,000,000 Little Kentucky Smokehouse, LLC
Little Kentucky Smokehouse, LLC (LKS) was approved for $1,000,000 in state funds as a forgivable loan to expand their meat processing plant, with an emphasis on pork products that will have an annual capacity of fourteen million pounds. This expansion project will allow LKS to develop a source verified “Kentucky Fresh” pork product line, utilizing Kentucky raised hogs.
$8,142 Owsley County Conservation District
Owsley County Conservation District was approved for $8,142 in Owsley County funds for the purchase a manure spreader and two post hole diggers for shared-use.
$37,750 Sheltowee Farm, Inc.
Sheltowee Farm, Inc. was approved for $3,000 in Bath County and $34,750 in state funds as a forgivable loan for the expansion of year-round organic mushroom production and to increase production and add variety to help secure larger market contracts for Kentucky grown mushrooms.
County model programs are designed to provide farmers with cost-share funding to allow them to improve and diversify their current production practices.
The Agricultural Diversification program is designed to assist in the transition into eleven new areas of agriculture including dairy, aquaculture, and horticulture. County Agricultural Diversification Programs approved by the Board totaled $230,532 and included:
$3,472 Campbell County
$20,000 Daviess County
$26,250 Edmonson County
$25,000 Elliott County
$28,310 Fleming County
$36,000 Logan County
$10,000 Nelson County
$40,000 Robertson County
$31,500 Washington County
The Fencing Improvement program improves net farm income through improved pasture quantity, quality and efficient use of fencing for livestock producers. County Fencing Improvement Programs approved by the Board totaled $297,631 and included:
$60,000 Boone County
$32,631 Elliot County
$60,000 Fleming County
$100,000 Hart County
$45,000 Jackson County
The Forage Improvement program improves pastures to allow for improved grazing by animals, reducing producer costs for feed, and improving feed quality. County Forage Improvement Programs approved by the Board totaled $82,164 and included:
$16,137 Campbell County
$10,000 Elliott County
$26,027 Fleming County
$30,000 Rockcastle County
The Forage Improvement Shared Use program provides shared use equipment like no-till drills, pasture renovators, silage wrappers and baggers designed specifically for pasture improvement and improved forage utilization. County Forage Improvement – Shared Use Program approved by the Board totaled $13,100 and included:
$13,100 Laurel County
The Genetic Improvement program improves high quality herd genetics through the purchase of bulls, bull semen or bull leases. County Cattle Genetics Improvement Programs approved by the Board totaled $216,088 and included:
$52,500 Allen County
$4,650 Campbell County
$105,000 Hart County
$15,000 Jackson County
$38,938 Logan County
The Goat Diversification program works to assist producers to venture into meat goat and dairy goat production. County Goat Diversification Programs approved by the Board totaled $65,500 and included:
$20,000 Christian County
$10,500 Edmonson County
$35,000 Marion County
The Cattle Handling Facilities program assists with the implementation of best management and health practices that augment efficient production and marketing opportunities for beef and dairy producers. County Cattle Handling Programs approved by the Board totaled $239,097 and included:
$10,065 Campbell County
$25,000 Elliott County
$109,534 Fleming County
$52,500 Hart County
$30,000 Logan County
$11,998 Pulaski County
The Cattle Handling Shared Use program provides shared use equipment for best management and health practices. County Cattle Handling - Shared Use Program approved by the Board totaled $9,866 and included:
$9,866 Menifee County
The Hay, Straw, & Commodity Storage program allows producers to increase the quality and marketability of products to improve the overall farm income. County Hay, Straw and Commodity Storage Programs approved by the Board totaled $336,364 and included:
$15,300 Campbell County
$75,000 Christian County
|$53,500 Edmonson County
$126,064 Fleming County
$50,000 Logan County
$16,500 Lyon County
The On-Farm Water Enhancement program allows producers to adopt a proactive and systematic approach to expanding existing water supplies or to develop alternative water sources. County On-Farm Water Enhancement Programs approved by the Board totaled $125,000 and included:
$75,000 Christian County
$50,000 Jackson County
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. Of this 50% allocation, 65% of the Fund is set aside for regional and statewide agricultural projects, while 35% is earmarked for individual counties on the basis of their tobacco dependence. Since the inception of the program in January 2001, the Agricultural Development Board has approved over 1800 proposals committing over $163 million to an array of county, regional, and state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based business enterprises.