Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Kentucky Agricultural Development Board Approves $25,000 for Kentucky Agricultural Council
Frankfort, Ky.-The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved the Kentucky Agricultural Council for $25,000 in state funds to support the Task Force in developing the “Strategic Plan of Action for Agriculture.” This proposal was one of the seventy-six projects, totaling $4,931,814 approved at the June Kentucky Agricultural Development Board Meeting.
During the first Governor’s Summit on Agriculture the challenge was issued by Governor Fletcher for Kentucky agriculture to develop a “Strategic Plan of Action” that will encompass all aspects of agriculture and lead the industry to the next level of success. The Kentucky Agricultural Council was selected to lead the effort of developing the plan and therefore created the Task Force for the Future of Agriculture. The funds approved will be used to assist the Task Fore in the development and publishing of this plan.
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 $244 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 2,972 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 Dr. Tony Brannon at (270) 809-6923. 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.