Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Kentucky Corn Growers Association, Inc. Approved for $35,483
Frankfort, Ky.-The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved the Kentucky Corn Growers Association, Inc. for $35,483 in state funds to assist in the funding of a coordinator to oversee and coordinate and educational program for grain producers across the state. This proposal was one of the sixty-six projects, totaling $4,440,222, approved at the May Kentucky Agricultural Development Board Meeting.
The Kentucky Corn Growers Association will use these funds to assist in the funding of a coordinator to oversee and coordinate a new in-depth educational program, “Grain Crops Academy,” for grain producers across the state. This program will be used to increase Kentucky grain producers’ knowledge and management skills to enhance farm enterprise profitability, give them the skills needed to allow them to capitalize on new emerging grain and biofuel markets, and help minimize agriculture’s environmental impact on rural Kentucky.
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 $240 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 diversification programs represent more than 2,896 projects that have been funded through Agricultural Development Fund, since the inception of the program in January 2001.
For more information on this project contact Todd Barlow with the Kentucky Corn Growers Association at (502) 243-4150. To learn more about cost-share grant and loan programs available though the Agricultural Development Fund contact the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy at (502) 564-4627.