Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Pilot Farm Management Cost-share Program Announced
The Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy is announcing the establishment of a county Pilot Farm Management Cost-Share Program through the use of County Agricultural Development Funds.
The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (KADB) approved this program as a pilot for 2007. This program is designed to encourage the use of farm management services and programs. It will provide producers an opportunity to seek cost-share funds for certain farm management items pre-approved by the KADB. Currently, two programs are eligible, Dairy Herd Improvement and Farm Business Analysis. The KADB will consider adding other farm management items on the eligible list of services upon written request.
Each applicant seeking funding from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund must submit the complete application packet which includes forms, instructions, and other information to be used in applying to participate in the Pilot Farm Management Cost-share program. Forms and instructions may also be found on our website at http://agpolicy.ky.gov/.
Applicants applying for County Farm Management Cost-share Programs should submit an application directly to the appropriate county council(s). Completed applications will be prioritized by the county council according to the County Comprehensive Plan and forwarded to the state Agricultural Development Board for final funding decision.
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 into the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. To date, Kentucky has invested more than $231 million to an array of county, regional and state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based business enterprises.
Questions concerning these guidelines should be directed to the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy at (502) 564-4627.