Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Trunnell’s Farm Market Presented with $100,000 Ceremonial Check
Frankfort, Ky- Today, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, Chaired by Governor Steve Beshear, and the Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation, Chaired by Commissioner of Agriculture, Richie Farmer presented a ceremonial check to Trunnell’s Farm Market in the amount of $100,000 during their ribbon cutting celebration in Utica, Ky.
Trunnell’s Farm Market utilized the combined investment made by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation to construct a retail market facility and purchase kitchen and cold storage equipment. The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $62,240 as a forgivable loan, $11,000 in Daviess County funds, $1,313 in McLean County funds and a $25,447 loan by the Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation.
“This is a perfect example of how we can create opportunities for our farmers by providing them an outlet for their Kentucky Proud products,” said Governor Steve Beshear. “I am committed to making Kentucky’s agricultural community thrive and with the strong collaboration between the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and the Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation we can make this happen.”
The Trunnell’s Farm Market was started originally out of the back of a pick-up truck as a way to diversify the Trunnell’s row crop operation. Today, the operation has grown into a year round business selling flowers, produce, fall decorations, and Christmas holiday baskets. The retail operation offers an array of Kentucky Proud Products that have been grown or produced by Kentucky farmers.
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.