Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board Presents $412,500 Ceremonial Check to Broadbent B & B Foods
Frankfort, Ky- Today, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, Chaired by Governor Steve Beshear, presented a ceremonial check to Broadbent B & B Foods in the amount of $412,500 during their grand opening celebration in Kuttawa, Ky.
These funds were used to build a new value-added pork processing facility and upgrade equipment to meet the needs of future growth. The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $400,000 in state funds, $7,500 in Trigg County Funds, and $5,000 in Lyon County funds for this project.
“I am committed to creating opportunities that make Kentucky’s agricultural communities stronger and help our rural economy thrive,” said Governor Steve Beshear. “Projects such as Broadbent B & B Foods, funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, play an integral role in achieving a new value-added opportunity for Lyon County.”
The Drennan’s purchased B & B Foods in 1999 and have won nine Country Ham Grand Champion Awards and two National Association Specialty Food Trade (NAFST) Fancy Food Awards. They currently cure, age, and smoke country hams, bacon and sausage.
Governor Beshear 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 $264 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 3,272 projects that have been funded through Agricultural Development Fund, since the inception of the program in January 2001.